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SPOTLIGHT Home Staging & Design is based in Baltimore, MD. Founded in 2014 by long-time friends Leah and Shoshana, SPOTLIGHT quickly became the go-to interior design and home staging company in the area. The duo’s collaboration came alive while volunteering their expertise for community-wide charitable events transforming simple spaces into venues beyond expectations.
As a premier Baltimore staging company, SPOTLIGHT found it important to add value to the local Stager community. The company has had the opportunity to bring RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) into Baltimore and create the Greater Baltimore Area Chapter. RESA is a global community of professional home stagers, redesigners, decorators and real estate professionals who are committed to advancing professionalism and excellence in real estate staging. We are privileged to be a part of it.


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About Leah

Leah Donaty grew up in Mexico City and has years of experience in the business world, allowing her to develop professional skills and business experience. Her emphasis on functionality and keen intuition help the team create innovative designs. As a mother of four, Leah also understands family needs in the home. “I love delighting people with creative, unexpected design solutions.”

About Shoshana

Shoshana Schmell has been working for the Baltimore community for over 20 years, and was certified as a Home Staging Expert by Lori Matzke in New York in 2013. With a background as an educator and a love for houses and renovations, this mother of five adds a personable, sophisticated, and family-centered touch to Spotlight’s designs. 

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…It just doesn’t feel like work. We both have a passion for transforming simple spaces into gorgeous, liveable homes. Every single job we do is personal to us. Our goal is simple: Whenever we walk out of a room that we’ve staged or designed, we want to feel like we could live there too.

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We were so fortunate to work with Leah and Shoshana on our extensive home renovations. They supported us every step of the way with every detail and there was no way we could have ended up with our beautiful home without their creativity and expertise. We would not think of doing another project with anyone else.

Rabbi Avraham Rappaport Baltimore MD

Shoshana and Leah, thank you so much for helping my clients stage their home at the Bluffs at Quarry Lake. Although the condo was gorgeous and had a great view of the Lake, the condo was littered with all types of children's toys and the decor was totally bland. Since the vast majority of buyers in the complex are older, I realized that I needed a professional to help stage the condo if I was going to sell it quickly and for top dollar. I listed the property after they implemented your suggestions, and within 24 hours the unit was under contract to the first person that walked in the door. I am sure that your staging the unit was the major reason why the condo sold so quickly. Thanks again for all your help.

Joseph Bondar Broker, Bondar Realty, Inc.

Leah and Shoshana staged our home about a year ago. We have to admit, we were a little sceptical about staging in general. But it WORKS! The Spotlight team provided OUTSTANDING results. Our home sold so fast, even the realtor couldn't believe it! YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO SELL YOUR HOUSE WITHOUT SPOTLIGHT!

Michael and Rina M, Greenspring ,MD

Our company rehabs many homes annually. Since we began using Spotlight Home Design, our sales have increased and our houses have been selling much faster due to their wonderful taste and style. They are cost-effective, and such great people to work with. All jobs get done in a timely manner, with no hassle or messes. We at K&S Renovations highly recommend Spotlight Home Design for all your home staging/design needs.

Adam Khosh K&S Renovations

Working with Spotlight has been a truly inspiring and gratifying experience. They were able to break down what needed to be done in each room in order to sell our house. In the end, our home sold really quickly, for more than we expected! We will continue recommending Leah and Shoshana in the future, as we are still using them to decorate our new home.

C & E Kahn, Mt. Washington, MD


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