About HAVEN Home Staging and Redesign


Creating amazing spaces that exceed expectations.

We transform everyday spaces into memorable havens by building engaging relationships and truly understanding the needs of those we serve.

A relevant home staging and styling firm, we offer a warehouse of quality, fresh yet classic, inventory based in Chicago’s near west side with a focus on Chicago’s urban neighborhoods.


Cheri Kasella, Owner

Starting the company in 2009 after 16 years in real estate financing, Cheri has seen the incredible growth and transformation of the home staging industry over the last several years.  She has lead HAVEN as it has successfully grown to a team of stagers and stylists, a 10,000 square foot warehouse and hundreds of homes staged.  While a quick and successful sale of a home is the desired end result, Cheri especially enjoys interacting with clients and helping them through the process of staging a property.

Brad Pierce, Creative Director

Brad’s longtime passion for design has found him engaged professionally and personally in the field since a young age. Both right and left brained, Brad brings creativity, organization, and enthusiasm to his work, all while incorporating his design and marketing degrees. With a diverse career in marketing and design agencies, as well as an architecture firm, Brad has worked on both the client and agency sides for over 18 years. As HAVEN’s creative head, Brad leads and oversees the company’s overall design aesthetic and finished product.

Deniz Hedden, Operations Manager

Deniz comes to HAVEN with a background in management consulting and professional organizing, where she grew her project management skills and her focus on client service. Deniz honed her design expertise through classes at the School of the Art Institute. She is known for regularly surprising her family members with a re-arranged living room or bedroom. Her design interests are life-long and her love for the color orange knows no bounds.

Julie Gathman, Home Stylist and Staging Associate

Julie’s passion for interiors, a love of architecture and experience in furniture design and restoration made her a great fit for the HAVEN team. She gets her inspiration from living in a city built by artists and describes her job as “making pretty happen one space at a time.” With home staging, she enjoys bringing a space to life with a stylish touch of color. In addition to staging, Julie helps Haven clients with interior design and home styling.

Leah Fournier, Staging Associate

After a 20-year career as an insurance agent for one of the top insurance companies in Illinois, Leah came to HAVEN to pursue her lifelong passion for interior design, art, and architecture.  As an insurance agent, Leah developed an eye for detail and valued creating lifelong client relationships.  Interested in design from a young age, Leah has helped friends and family with their interior spaces.  Transforming rooms from drab to fab and providing clients with excellent customer service is her top priority.  One of the things Leah loves most about HAVEN is the opportunity to collaborate with a smart team working towards common goals and restyling everything and anything.

Vanessa Mercado, Staging Associate

Vanessa joins HAVEN with a background in men’s fashion. Her eye for keeping up with trends and style has naturally transferred into interior design. Vanessa loves the challenge of turning small urban spaces into functional living areas. As a mother of growing twin boys, she brings strength and energy to HAVEN as a stager, where there is always work to be done.

Corey Hansen, Warehouse Associate

Behind nearly every project is Corey at our warehouse. Corey helps keep HAVEN’s warehouse and our ever-moving inventory in order and ready for its next home. Chicago has always been home, including currently going to school at DePaul University. When not buried in boxes at the warehouse or books at school, Corey enjoys playing video games, drawing, and spending time with his dog.

Learn What Clients and Realtors Say

Visit our testimonials page to discover what HAVEN clients and realtors alike have to say about us. Gain insight from the perspective of a homeowner (staging and redesign projects), builders, home rehab professionals and realtors.

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