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About House Candy Home Staging


Home staging is a smart investment in your largest investment. Good staging helps buyers connect with and see themselves living in a home. Good staging also = great listing photos which gets your house seen and sold faster. 


Home staging is more than just decorating. Part of staging is to make sure that a home's spaces are utilized properly, organized, styled in current trends and colors that motivate today’s buyers. A good home stager is always thinking about the details in a home that communicate to potential buyers about how well the home has been maintained and all the possibilities the home has to offer.  House Candy Home Staging will help you decorate your home to sell more quickly and for more money. 


What I look forward to most is making your home look and feel special. With lifestyle staging I like to tell a story to potential buyers. It’s so important that your I can help create all the little details that will make a buyer fall in LOVE with your home. I look forward to meeting you and making the potentially stressful process of selling your home a little easier, and even a little fun.


Just so you know. We don't just do staging! We can also help you with interior decorating, paint color consultations, and styling your home or vacation rental. Contact us to find out more.

About Ashley


Your home is in good hands. This is my passion and I enjoy what I do. I hold myself to the highest standard of professionalism. My education includes degrees in business and public relations from San Jose State. As a student, I studied graphic design, fashion, marketing, advertising, and photography. Professionally, I have always held creative positions as an event planner, a marketing manager, and art director - most recently for a chain of thrift stores. One newspaper referred to me as the “Martha Stewart of Thrift”.  For fun, I enJOY home remodeling and decorating projects. I’m always working on something creative. I have an eye for detail and understand what it takes to stage your home to sell for top dollar.

Ashley holds the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Business, SJSU

  • Graduate of Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program

  • Master Color Consultant

  • Master Interior Styling and Composition  

  • Accredited member of RESA 

  • Home Staging Educator and Presenter- Contact me if you'd like me to present to your brokerage or group.

  • Approved vendor:  RealVitalize - Coldwell Banker 

  • Holds full liability insurance 


I have lived and owned a home in Aptos since 1995 and I am very involved in our community. Our two children attended Aptos schools and live in the community. I am a founder and sponsor of Carrie's Dream Dance Scholarship Fund and dedicated six years to establish a thriving organization which has raised over $165,000 for local youth dance to date! My husband Scott is a long time surfer and water enthusiast and he spends much of his free-time swimming in the Monterey Bay. Scott is also president of the Monterey Bay Swimming Association. Scott and I have life long passion for snow skiing and spend as much time as we can on the slopes.


-Ashley Tapley, Lead Home Stager & Master Color Consultant