RYS Interior Consulting
NC Real Estate Broker
With over 16 years experience in the residential real estate industry, I have been able to leverage the sales, customer relations management, marketing and social media skills I have acquired over the years into two successful career paths. One as a real estate broker with one of the highest producing firms in our area; and the other as the owner of a successful Interior Consulting firm which offers services such as luxury vacant home staging, color consultations, consulting on renovations for both residential and commercial projects and many more. In our first 4 years in business, ReFresh Your Space (RYS) has been involved in over $11.2 Million in residential real estate projects.
My educational background includes graduating from Appalachian State University (1991), as well as attending the Harrington Institute for Interior Design in Chicago (2002-2003). I have also had the good fortune of seeing design styles and trends from all over the world during my 18 years while working for United Airlines, which helped set apart my design aesthetic.
In 2019, I was named one of the "2019 Top 75 Most Influential People in Real Estate Staging" by the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), the trade organization for the real estate home staging industry. I have also been awarded with a Houzz.com 2019 "Best of Houzz Award for Customer Service". And, the BOD for RESA asked me to take on the challenge of becoming the first NC State President for the Real Estate Staging Association.
Along with my work as a real estate broker and interior consultant; in the Spring of 2020 I completed my 3 year term on the Appalachian State University Alumni Council, which is an elected group of 20 Alumni who represent over 130,000 current ASU alumni. I am also on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Sigma Upsilon chapter of my fraternity at Appalachian State University, Lambda Chi Alpha.
I am also volunteering on the first ever collaboration between my alma mater, Appalachian State University, and our local Habitat for Humanity with a program called "APP Builds a Home", assisting with their fundraising efforts and community outreach. And when I am not fulfilling any one of these responsibilities, I am also certified as an Instructor for a North Carolina, 4 hour continuing education course for REALTORS®️ developed by RESA called "Staging to Sell, What Every Agent Should Know".
I currently reside in the beautiful Village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina with my family, which includes three rescue dogs; two Pugs and a Boston terrier.
Affiliations and Awards:
Kayla McDougle, Project Design Assistant
RYS Interior Consulting
Habitat Club President and Co-Founder of "App Builds a Home"
I am currently a Senior attending Appalachian State University studying for a degree in Interior Design with a minor in Building Sciences. I was drawn to interior design because of my love for art that has existed throughout my entire life. I am a very hands on person, and the combination of design and construction appealed to my love of creating things. My area of interest lies primarily in residential design, because I enjoy the opportunity and challenge to create spaces that accurately reflect the personality of each client.
Outside of class work, I have been able to participate in multiple internships over the past 4 years, including one last summer that was in California. In addition to these internships, I have had the opportunity to complete a few freelance projects, including a nursery design and a general client consultation.
Throughout my entire college career I have been lucky to be involved with the Appalachian State Habitat for Humanity Club. For the past 2 and a half years, I have been the President of the Club and have had the opportunity to work closely with the local affiliate, Watauga County Habitat. Last year, I became a co-founder of the project, “App Builds a Home”, which is a collaborative project between Appalachian State University and Watauga County Habitat to help local families achieve affordable housing.
When not working or studying, I enjoy going on hikes around Boone and working on my photography skills. Road trips are also one of my favorite past times, and 2 years ago, I was able to go on a cross country road trip from California to North Carolina.