We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Schramme and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, you love what you do. It’s clear to anyone who knows you. Why and what about your work do you love so much?
I love what I do because I truly believe that if you live in a well-designed space it can change your life. There is no greater time than during this quarantine that proves how important being comfortable in your home is. I have a two and a four-year-old so I completely understand needing functional spaces but too often I hear “We need to wait until our kids grow up to redo our house.” There are so many ways to make a space child and family friendly but still beautiful. What I love most about what I do is seeing Homeowners faces when they walk into their newly staged home and say “I don’t want to move anymore,” or getting a phone call once someone has lived in their newly furnished home telling me how much joy their home has brought them . I enjoy the challenge of making any space come to life and enhance any architectural elements that it may have whether it be with art, mirrors, or a perfectly selected furniture piece.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the lead designer and founder of The Staged Collective. We are a luxury staging company in Dallas. After 13 years in interior design I started the company to have more flexibility with my family. Of course not all days were easy and especially in the beginning you will do anything to make it happen. One summer I remember spending six hours in 100° heat putting together chaise lounges for a photo shoot. No one else was going to do it so I got it done. I recently saw the quote “Someone could take the same hand you have been dealt and win”. This is so inspiring to me because anyone can be successful with perseverance and sometimes a little creativity if you need to switch gears and move in a different direction to succeed.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well it definitely depends on the friend! Two of my dear friends from LA were visiting in the fall and luckily it was during the state fair. It is such a fun, unique experience for people that have never been. After a corny dog, people watching, and some livestock we were ready to go but it never disappoints. I think Katy Trail icehouse has some of the best barbecue in Dallas and it’s a great atmosphere, assuming you can get a table. I love Honor Bar and R and D kitchen for lunch and an early cocktail. Beverley’s has quickly become one of my favorite spots for dinner. I think the JFK Museum is one of the best I have been to and is very engaging for people of all ages as well as the Perot. We live in such a great, diverse city. There is always something for everyone!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to recognize Steve Lawrence and Gina Dunn. Art in the home can bring an entire space to life and is the heartbeat of the room. I use these two talented artists in my staging to take houses to the next level. Many times a space will need a custom piece to create the proper scale or color palette and that is where these creative geniuses come in. All of their work is for sale and of course they do commissions as well.