Lori is the driving force behind the Hope Designs team she personally oversees every detail of every design ensuring that the job is going according to schedule and the final product meets her clients’ expectations.
Lori began her career in design over two decades ago obtaining her diploma in Interior Decorating. Lori started on the path to a highly successful interior decorating and home staging career achieving her certification in Home Staging through the Canadian Staging Professionals (CSP) in 2007 really fuelled her business. Since these early days in the design and staging industry, Lori & Hope Designs have successfully established a recognized brand and respected reputation in the community of home staging, decorating & design.
Lori’s expertise as a Toronto home stager landed her the highly sought after position as the “In-House Stager” for one of the world’s most well-known real estate brokerages. Thanks to her aptitude and talent in the field of Home Staging Lori was appointed as a Mentor for The Canadian Staging Professionals, an honour that only 17 Mentors worldwide have achieved. In 2012 Lori was awarded the title of “International Master Stager” by the CSP International Business and Training Academy.
In addition to her passion for the design and staging industry, as well as her experience, it is Lori’s personable approach, genuine smile and sense of humor with her clientele that sets her apart in the highly competitive Design and Real Estate Industry.
Lori continues to build on her knowledge and expertise by investing in ongoing education and training, staying current on relevant decorating trends and classic designs so that she can provide her clients with the best services possible. Complacency and mediocrity is not an option for Hope Designs.
It was not suggested to list a house with nothing put inside. Therefore, Lori of Hope Designs was referred by my Real Estate Agent before our town house put into listing. After home staging, a contemporary & stylish look was outlined. Lori has a very strong sense on design. She wisely matched up the colour, furniture as well as art work which provided an idea to the potential buyer how to make use the space & decorate the house. Our townhouse was sold within a month with market price. Such good experience led us to use her service again on selling our second property, a detached single house. Beautiful home staging pictures posted in the listing arose over 85 showings & our house was commented as “a model house”.
The work done by Hope Design really accelerated the sales process. Lori’s professionalism, courteous manner & considerate character build a trust in our relationship.
We surely keep her in our contact list; with no doubt to recommend to our friends for her excellent service.
I hired the HOPE DESIGNS team to stage my house to sell. I had an awesome experience dealing with them from the start till the end! They were punctual, respectful, and detail-oriented all the way through. The team nicely planned out the staging of my house. I came back to a lovely furnished and designed home. My house sold in record time at an amazing price too! The choices that were made for the furniture, artwork, and decorative items were right on. I had never seen my house look so nice and never realized its full potential until I saw what HOPE DESIGNS had done to stage it! The team came in and out (to stage and de-stage), without leaving behind any traces; everything was clean and tidy! I really enjoyed working with HOPE DESIGNS and can’t imagine we would’ve had such a smooth selling process without their professionalism and expertise. I am looking forward to working again with them very soon to transform my new house to a home!!
It is my pleasure to submit this testimonial regarding my experience with Hope Designs Home Staging and Interior Decorating as a Design client. Lori was very easy to work with, she is extremely easy going and despite the fact we were decorating my entire home which can be stressful, she made the process a lot of fun! Someone from Hope Designs Home Staging & Interior Decorating team always got back to me in a timely manner, which was important to me as I work long hours. Lori was respectful of our time together, I felt as though 100% of her time and attention was focused on me.
The team are very knowledgeable and knew where to take me shopping to avoid spending more time and energy than necessary. They were able to help me decide the look I wanted and understood my design aesthetic from the start. I felt throughout the process that Hope Designs respected my budget by not taking me to places that were way over my budget line. Overall it was a wonderful experience working with Hope Designs. I look forward to spending quality time in my newly designed home with family and friends!
Recently we had the opportunity to meet Lori and her team. It was an unbelievable experience we will never forget. We actually saw our home transformed from a comfortable and cluttered home in which we lived in for 26 years, to a comfortable, uncluttered and awesome home which had our neighbours and family wondering if they were entering the same home! Everyone that saw the before and after were amazed!
Lori and her team are just awesome! They are supportive, understanding and know how to get the job done………true professionals!
We would very highly recommend Lori for any staging and decorating needs, both to family and friends, and to my clients.
And by the way, we sold our home in just 3 days!
Another amazing experience with Lori Howard and her professional team at Hope Designs! Lori assisted with three of my listings this month alone and they all sold quickly and two of them went over asking price! Incredible transformations on two detached homes in Oakville and Mississauga as well as a very urban loft in the posh Yonge & Eglinton area.
Lori has incredible vision and insight into what would make a home stand out and have a “wow” factor. She is a true professional and works well under pressure. I am proud to say that she is an integral part of my business which equates to successful home sales and very grateful clients.
From the moment that I recommended Lori to my clients, I knew that this project would be executed in a professional manner. Lori met with the Client & made her suggestions. On the day of staging her team worked in a diligent & respectful manner. The end product was awesome!!!! I would refer her services to anyone that wishes to stage their home for sale, or for great design advice.
The Hope Designs team was very reliable and hard-working. They provided us with an accurate and reasonable quote for their work. They provided a wonderful modern look for our home that absolutely increased the final sale price in the busy Toronto market. I would highly recommend their services.
The transformation of my home by Hope Designs was extraordinary.
Lori Howard brought out the very best of a 100 year old house; her colour choices, furniture selection and placement highlighted the “bones” of the home to its best. My home was listed for $819,000, we received 10 offers and it sold for $1,000,000! Wow $181,000 over our asking price (122% over list). Her team is courteous, efficient and extremely professional. Staging is a bit overwhelming, but they work hard to make it as painless as possible. I highly recommend Lori Howard and her crew to anyone planning to sell their home!
When my husband and I were selling our home, our realtor recommended staging. She got us in touch with Lori at Hope Designs. We couldn’t have been more impressed with the transformation! Lori was incredibly honest and skillful when offering us her services. We were going through a difficult time personally and working with Lori was like working with family. Although staging may seem like an unnecessary expense during an already expensive process, Lori’s expertise and stylish inventory helped us sell our home quickly! I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Lori and Hope Designs again in the future.
I have used Lori for many of my listings, and she never ceases to amaze me with the transformations.
As a Real Estate Agent, I know the importance of having a home staged, even if I think the home looks great to begin with. But Lori goes in and works her magic, and the home that once looked great, now looks FANTASTIC. Lori’s talent to transform a home from “ordinary” to EXTRAORDINARY” provide me with a competitive edge that ensures my listings get SOLD. Best of all, my clients have welcomed Lori and appreciate her honest, and professional advice; and implementing her recommendations.
We bought a house and wanted a quick sale of our current home. With a very cluttered house we had a lot of work to do before it was ready for market and with an extremely active 2 1/2 year old I knew it was going to be a challenge and stressful. However, with the recommendation of our real-estate agent, Lori Howard (Hope Designs), came in and gave us helpful hints on de-cluttering.
Once we had uncluttered, we hired Lori (Hope Designs) to stage our home; working with our existing furniture she placed it differently to expand the space and added beautiful accessories that helped to really showcased our home. Within 3 days our house went to market; it began listing on Thursday and by Sunday of the same week it had SOLD!
Thank you, Lori, for taking the pressure off myself and my family and with such fast and great results! Thanks again Lori, for everything!
As a homeowner who has lived in the same house for 19 years my exposure to staging was a new experience. Initially I was not receptive to this new service (staging was not done in 1990). I didn’t really see value for my dollar.
The suggestions Lori gave us during her first consultation were very helpful. They improved the appearance of our home immediately (once we finished her to do list). I thought this is good, great improvement. The second visit from Lori was the actual staging with her accessories and some of ours. The result was amazing. Our house sold the first day on the market at full list price! I know the staging helped that happen.
I recommend Lori’s staging services and I am reluctant to let her take all the lovely things away that she placed in our home.
Lori came to our home and did a consultation she was very thorough, she went through the entire house room by room and told us exactly what we needed to do to sell our house. She gave us ideas about furniture placement, necessary repairs and de-cluttering. Lori told us which colours to paint specific rooms and left paint chips for us to take to the paint store.
Lori was very nice and made us feel very comfortable, she was very easy to work with. Rather than hiring Hope Designs to stage the house before we listed it we decided to do as much as we could ourselves. Unfortunately after one month on the market the house still hadn’t sold. We were afraid that we would have to pay the mortgage on two homes (as we had already purchased a new home). We called Lori back and she came and staged the master bedroom and main floor bathroom and gave us suggestions about the rest of the house. At that time we did a lot to increase the curb appeal of the house.
We were so relieved when the house SOLD 9 days after Hope Designs staged it.
The Hope Designs team did a fantastic job of staging our home. Lori and her team were extremely efficient and responded well to a very quick timeline. During our consultation, the team provided great suggestions, recommendations and tips. What impressed me, in particular, was their sensitivity towards my young children – they were very respectful in ensuring that they were not put out by any changes.
The team staged the home in one day – we came home to a lovely design that really showed off the home’s best features. Careful consideration was paid to the details – great artwork, furniture and accessories were chosen that truly enhanced the space. After selling the home a very short time later, for more than the original asking price, I have no doubt as to the value that the Hope Designs team delivered.
When I initially decided to work with stagers several years ago to prepare my listings to go to market, I tried number of them referred to me by my associates. I finally met Lori 4 years ago and have not worked with another stager since. I will gladly attest to her professionalism, her eye for detail, and her helpful and co-operative manner with my clients. Lori and her team of stagers arrive on time and well-prepared and then stay until the job is done (one was quite late in the evening!) looking perfect. Most of my clients wish they had met her before they decided to sell as they just love the transformation! One client hired liked the job that Lori did so well that she hired Lori & her team to ‘stage’ their workplace! I would heartily recommend Lori and her team to anyone looking for staging or decorating assistance!
I would highly recommend Lori from Hope Designs for your staging needs. At first when we decided to sell our house we did the obvious things: neutral paint, de-clutter and repairs. We had a few real estate agents come by during this time to provide us with some appraisals on what we should look at listing our house for. We heard that staging helps to sell a house more quickly, so we reluctantly set out to find one. Lori was prompt in getting back to me (next morning) with answers to all of my questions. We decided to have her come by to provide us with a consultation. She went through every room with us and provided suggestions for improvement. She also helped us with the outside colour for our house to add curb appeal. We followed through on her suggestions and after she staged the house it was absolutely stunning. Our listing price went up by $50,000 from the original appraisals and we sold in 7 days receiving 98.6% of our asking price. Lori has the ability to accentuate the best features in your home. She is calm under pressure, works hard to ensure that you are pleased, and has a fantastic personality. Thanks for all of your help we couldn’t have achieved this without you. We’re looking forward to working with you on our new house!!!
I want to sincerely thank you for your amazing service throughout the three plus years that we’ve worked together. Your knowledge and expertise in home staging is astounding and definitely vital when trying to attract potential buyers, and even perhaps raising the value of the house. After taking your input into consideration for one of my listings, we were able to attract five offers in less than a week’s time and the home sold for $50,000 over the asking price. You can work with any space, no matter how big or small and the transformation is always very impressive and tasteful. Even the little tips that you suggest to my clients make a big difference.
Your professional service is also much appreciated – always punctual for meetings and very prompt in responding to emails and phone calls.
It is my pleasure to recommend you to anyone who is looking to do home staging and I look forward to using your services for many more years to come.