Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Tingle.
Jessica, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My family and I grew up in Coronado, a very unique, small town. I did not take the “normal” route as most of my friends did and go to college, instead, I chased my best friend Anastasia and moved to Encinitas. Soon thereafter, I had my daughter Jameson Rose at 25. I raised her as a single mom, which has made it challenging to find a financially sufficient career. I stuck with the hospitality industry since it was easy money and flexible hours. I worked in various restaurants in Coronado and Downtown until I found Sbicca in Del Mar, where I stayed for ten years. I met life-long friends & created some of the best memories of my life, but I knew I wanted more – I just had no concept of what that meant. I would get ideas and gain momentum in different fields, but nothing ever stuck – I grew bored, very quickly.
I have always had a huge interest in fashion, pop culture, art, and architecture, but it wasn’t until I started traveling that my path became clear. After a trip to Barcelona, I decided to get a job at an interior design studio in Del Mar. I was maintaining my serving job at Sbicca full time and doing admin work during the days. As is typical of most creatives, I found office work confining, and I knew it would not be a good permanent fit. I started researching different avenues within the interior design and styling world and was immediately drawn to home staging. The fast pace, constant change, and exposure to a wide variety of aesthetics – it was everything I’d ever wanted!
I decided to reach out to a few companies that impressed me and was able to connect with one in particular. Soon thereafter I was hired as an assistant and as soon as I started, I loved it! It was hard work but I wanted to learn and absorb as much as I possibly could – I had finally found something that kept my interest and inspired me, and I had endless energy for it. I worked for the company for about a year but I knew there wouldn’t be a creative director position available within the company anytime soon, I was back to the drawing board. Finally, I decided to create my own space. I reached out to my favorite staging company in LA on a whim, with no expectation of them responding. The owner of The Platform Experiment responded right away – she promised me that if I didn’t leap of faith, I would regret it forever. I started Staging Collective the next day.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a home staging business is not an easy endeavor. The overhead to start and sustain is unbelievably high. I am extremely fortunate that I have amazing people in my life, that truly believed in and shared my vision – without them Staging Collective wouldn’t exist. Staging Collective is almost a year old- I was able to quit the restaurant about three months ago, so for the first nine months or so, I was working four nights at the restaurant, staging about two to three properties a week, and a full-time mom. I was exhausted, to say the least.
Please tell us about your work.
We specialize in residential/commercial staging, interior design, and commercial event styling. Our design is raw and refined, masculine and feminine, modern and minimal, with an edge to it. Because I grew up by the beach, the foundation of my style comes from natural elements but my love for art and culture brings in the vintage flair and soul to add depth to the design. I try to keep it simultaneously consistent while still always evolving. I am always training my eye, I find constant inspiration from traveling, art, mother nature, architecture, fashion, vintage shopping, flea markets, and magazines. I live and breathe for creative inspiration and find it everywhere I go.
A lot of people don’t have a keen eye to conceptualize how they see the house, so when we are going into these different projects, we are experimenting with each space to give the potential buyer a chance to expand their imagination and visualize the property as their own.
What sets us apart is the community and team we work with, from the agents, local artists, makers, and of course our favorite photographer Ollie Patterson who truly brings our work to life.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
One of our properties was featured in the LA times, that was pretty cool to see.
- Website: stagingcollective.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/staging_collective
- Facebook: facebook.com/stagingcollecitve
Ollie Patterson, Nic Fierro, and Cameo Media Production