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I ALWAYS TELL MY CLIENTS THAT ABOVE ALL, MY JOB IS TO MAKE SURE THEIR HOME HAS A SOUL.

Conversely, her design background also comes into play for Missy’s sellers who benefit from her staging services and experience. In fact, she personally stages every home she lists, always utilizing as much of the homeowner’s own furnishings as possible. “When a home hits the market, it should be edited in a way that buyers can see themselves living in it,” she explains. “Yet it also needs to have character. My goal is to create rooms that buyers want to linger in. The emotional reaction that staging can evoke always helps to sell a home for maximum value.” Yet for Missy, it’s about so much more than avoiding mistakes or saving time. The veteran broker and mother of three prides herself on the notion that finding and designing a home for a client is a sincere privilege. “This is your nest. It’s where you are going to live, raise your family and create memories. There’s no greater or more meaningful responsibility than that,” she says. “I always tell my clients that above all, my job is is to ensure their home has a soul.” To that end, she believes that a good decorator captures the essence of the person living in the home – a lesson she learned from mentor and design legend Carleton Varney while living on Mackinac Island (Varney designed the tony vacation enclave’s famed Grand Hotel). “I always tell my clients to surround themselves with the things they love. For me, that’s the only hard and fast rule of design,” she smiles. “I also believe that editing and accessorizing a home is a true art form. Whether I am staging for a seller or designing someone’s forever space, the impact that the right accessories can have on a room is significant.” And while Missy’s personal tastes lean towards all things classic – she loves antiques, Asian influences and blue and white hues – her design prowess reaches far beyond her own preferences. “Good design is good design and that spans many genres. We can get rather stale if we stay within one specific style – branching out into other styles like mid century modern and mountain contemporary has made me a much better designer,” she affirms. One thing remains certain regardless of style or scope. Missy gives her clients her all. “I don’t take on too many jobs at once. It’s incredibly important to me that I spend as much time as possible finding my clients a home they genuinely love and designing that home to perfectly fit their life and style.”

Getting to Know

MELISSA CHRISTIE DE KONING Five dream dinner party guests? Margaret Thatcher, Dorothy Draper, Tony Robbins, Ricky Gervais, Julia Child Most treasured item in your home? A pair of whimsical antique porcelain Chinese Fish. They were on my grandmother’s mantle in Palm Beach. I have always loved them, they are a daily reminder of her impeccable style and taste. Dream design project? I would love to design a fabulous boutique hotel where each guest suite has a unique personality that will surprise and delight its’ guests. Favorite place to shop for interiors in Denver? Design Wright, Aaron Johnson, Artisan Rugs, Homebody on 6th. Online? Chairish and 1st Dibs In the World? The Paris Flea Market, Maison&Objet Home Trade Show (also in Paris) and Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta.

MC Home Source 720.394.7077 missy@mchomesource.com MCHOMESOURCE.COM

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