Distinctive Styling LLC is a home staging and design company founded by Marian Jacobsen who started the business pursuing a long-held aspiration. After years of education, training and work in the industry, Marian continues to follow her passion for the arts and design with a
focus on real estate staging and interior decorating.
"Home staging and interior styling is both an art and a science. A good design considers the functionality of the room, its architectural features as well as the lifestyle of the client. Our design approach is to bring a fresh feel to the space, by adding texture, color, patterns and mixing exciting materials as in woods, fabrics, metals, stone and natural elements for a contemporary look that fits the clients needs and budget.“
Distinctive Styling offers exceptional services in the areas of property styling, staging and design for Homeowners, Real Estate Agents, Investors, and Builders. We work on large and small projects providing individualized solutions for our clients who either need to stage a house to sell, fully decorate a home or do a simple room refresh.
I highly recommend Marian. She has staged many homes for me and her work is
amazing. She is organized and professional and has an eye for detail. I fix up and sell
many houses and i consistently find that the houses that she stages sell more quickly
and at higher prices than the others.
Jacob W.Central New Jersey
First let me start by saying what a great job you did on staging the condo. My client and
I were both impressed. My client was so impressed, loved the pieces, specifically the
artwork, armchair, table and the stools for the breakfast bar.
Again, you did such a nice job.
Ryanne S.Princeton, NJ
Distinctive Styling staged a home for me in South River. I would highly recommend
them for any staging needs. They delivered exactly what was promised and the house
looked great. The home sold within two days on the market. I will be using them again in
the future! Great Job and very professional.
Tony E.South River, NJ
I've worked with Distinctive Styling on two occasions for our TV commercials - both
fabulous. I don't have an 'eye' for decorating and they really help walk us through and
explain what goes with what. Very professional, friendly & a pleasure to work with.
Dana C.East Hanover, NJ
Distinctive styling did a perfect staging job. It looked beautiful, was a pleasure to work
with, did a totally professional job and I would use her again for sure
Roni C.Short Hills, NJ
Distinctive Styling did an amazing job staging our house. Marian was timely and
professional and wonderful to work with. The house looked beautiful and sold in one
Jonas G.Somerville, NJ
I highly recommend Marian of Distinctive Styling Interiors! She helped me transform my
dreary living room into a space that is chic, comfortable and welcoming. She worked
quickly and has great vision. I loved working with her!
Linda H.Middlesex County, NJ
Distinctive Styling did an awesome job in staging our town home. Potential buyers loved
our newly built vacant town home but felt it was too small. I contacted Distinctive Styling
because I felt by staging our home, it would show potential buyers what could be done
with the space. Marian is very professional, knowledgeable and easy to work with. She
helped me figure out some of the finishes in our town home and she worked within our
budget. After staging, we sold very quickly. Thanks Marian!
Lisa M.Princeton, NJ
Everyone who comes to our house really likes the paint colors you selected for all the
rooms; they think we live in a new model home! We weren't sure at first, but we really
love the Sherwin Williams Pavilion Beige you chose for our kitchen. It coordinates well
with our cabinets, countertops and flooring plus adds some warmth to the room. Good
Scott and Carole Y.East Brunswick, NJ
It was Great working with you! The staging REALLY helped sell our home in South
Brunswick quickly, and with a bid over asking price. The pieces you brought in to
compliment what we had made our home look like a show place.
Bruce and Theresa H.Kendall Park, NJ
When we had to move our dad into a smaller place, we took some of his furniture there,
leaving the place looking a little bare, and his old stuff a bit tattered. The realtor
suggested that we "stage" the unit, with furniture provided through Marian Jacobsen.
We looked at a couple of places she had done and agreed to have her stage ours. The
furniture she picked was tasteful and much more appealing than Dad's older things --
the place looked nice and airy. We sold it not long after Marian did her work and we are
happy to recommend her to anyone who needs their home to look good for sale.
Chris T.Princeton, NJ
We have sold the condo thanks in no small part to your skillful staging. You had the
place looking very attractive and stylishly decorated, but also neutral enough. It was
very easy for potential buyers to project what they may want to do with the space, which
in turn encouraged them to make an offer. We were very pleased with the price we were
able to get in this difficult real estate market. Thanks for a job well done!
Jeffrey S.Princeton, NJ
“I have only the nicest things to say about Distinctive Styling. You could not have been
more professional, more flexible, more responsive or easier to work with - or in the final
outcome - more successful. Our staged property looked sensational and your magic
worked. The sale was quick and easy. Many thanks!”
Pam W.Princeton, NJ
“Thank you for a beautiful and successful staging job. We are very grateful to you. The
rental furniture gave the home an updated look and more appeal. I have recommended
your services to others. I do hope they call you, as you were very supportive and helpful
during this stressful time period in selling my parent’s home.”
“We are very happy with the results of your efforts! The fabrics you selected for our
chair and window valance coordinate well with our home décor. The workroom did a
wonderful job with the re-upholstery and window treatment installation. And by all
means, feel free to use me as a reference!”
Susan S.Princeton, NJ
“Thanks again for the worry-free professional execution of every aspect of our project.
We greatly appreciated your input on purchasing a coordinating light fixture appropriate
for the space. Regarding the floor plan, we liked your concept and where you were
going with it for staging. You made the process so easy; took care of all the details
including furniture rental with total professional handling. From design to ordering to
delivery to staging to removal, every step handled perfectly with no problems, no issues
and no need for our involvement. It was a perfect experience for us. We had great
feedback from buyers that our home showed like a model and we had you to thank for a
fast home sale! We are very satisfied clients and would highly recommend Distinctive
Geoffrey K.New York, NY
Distinctive Styling designed a plan to show the property at its best advantage
incorporating our furniture as much as possible plus bringing in a few rental furnishings.
They were helpful throughout the process of marketing our condo. They gave attention
to details and were helpful in decisions on larger issues such as how much remodeling
to do as well as paint color and carpet selection.
Paul F.Boothbay Harbor, ME
I wanted to let you know that the home looks incredible! Good job Marian and the
carpet and paint looks fantastic with the furniture! Looks like a new place. I just showed
it and people thought it was a new model!
Natasha D.Princeton, NJ
Looks great. I love the rental furniture. You did a great job! Wow! You made a big
difference. Thank you very much. Let's hope for a quick sale. I am starting to feel more
confident that the home will sell.
Cathy M.Princeton, NJ
"The house looks wonderful! You coordinated colors and accessories nicely with our
furniture and gave attention to detail even down to the kitchen towels! The neighbors
next door verified how hard you have been working. We feel very excited for the Open
House. Again thank you so much - this gives us so much hope!!"
Sarah H.Montgomery, NJ
Looks great! Thanks for getting this done for us...We couldn't have sold it without
you...Job well done!
Laura MPrinceton, NJ
"You did a great job staging... And the new carpeting looks so much better too! I just had
a showing and don’t want to get the owner too excited, but I believe someone may be
putting an offer in! This prospect came back as I told her we staged and think she will
see the place isn’t too big once you see furniture in it. She agreed and said staging the
vacant home made a huge difference! If it isn’t this prospect, then it will be soon as we
think the place shows well." ((**This home was on the real estate market for about 2
years and had an offer in 4 days after it was staged!))