Q + A

the voice of katrin hannan-bobe

Meet Katrin Hannan-Bobe, a local designer and style savant behind the boutique staging firm, s t a g e d.

Katrin beautifully adorns vacant and occupied dwellings with high-end aesthetics to set the stage for a successful sale. We sat down with Katrin at milehimodern’s listing, 128 South Fairfax, to explore the mind of a designer and witness her proven process.

What’s your backstory?

My background is in graphic design. After 20 years in the advertising industry, I took time off to raise a family. Coming back to work after a hiatus, I did not want to be stuck behind a computer again. I’ve always loved interior design, so staging has been a great segue into a related field.

Also, living in NYC for 15 years, I moved apartments a lot, and I’ve always been good at jury-rigging any space — no matter how temporary — to make it look its best.

Where do you like to source your modern furnishings?

I love to shop small and local whenever I can. When having to resort to big box stores, I try to be savvy and hunt for floor models. I also love layering old and new. Denver has some fantastic vintage stores — I like to mix in vintage pieces whenever possible.

Describe your approach with staging a client’s listing or room?

Staging is different from interior design in that its first and foremost objective is to help sell a space. To do so, it has to appeal to as many prospective buyers as possible and not to just a single client, as in interior design. I try to highlight a property’s positive attributes and downplay its negatives. It can’t be too taste specific — and I often have to tone down my own taste and pull it back a little. Having said that, if it’s also taste-neutral, staging can sometimes be a bit bland and generic. That’s where I try to differ and strike a balance — to have broad appeal yet give it a little extra design flair. 

Colors are vital to interior design, what’s your current color crush?

I’m happy to see warmer palettes making a comeback. I love seeing earth tones and organic materials. Copper and pewter green makes me happy. I do think they need contrast to set them off — blacks to ground them, or whites to make them pop.

In your opinion, what makes a house a home. 

A dog.

Summarize your aesthetic:

Eclectic yet clean

Who or what is your design muse?

My amazingly talented friend Andrew Egan in NY. Everything he touches is aesthetic gold.

Finish this quote: In design, …

…rules are meant to be broken.

If you could recommend any pivotal books, podcasts, leaders, social media influencers, etc., what would you recommend?

Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek — a book that is as old as me. It was required reading when I attended design school back in the day and still as relevant as ever.

On social media, I love @designboom, an online design + architecture magazine that has stood the test of time and rocks on Instagram. @core77 for all design and process obsessed makers and doers out there, and also check out @ruby_marylennox on Instagram. Gorgeous.

Is there a project you are most proud of? Why?

My first vacant stage was exciting – having cobbled together enough inventory to stage a whole house and to have it all come together. It looked gorgeous, sold in two days and it immediately led to my next job. 

Please give your favorite local shop or restaurant (or both) a shout out.

My favorite vintage store in Denver is ‘In The Wild’ on Colfax, and I can’t wait to be back at Hop Alley for some Salt + Pepper Softshell Crab Lettuce Wraps. Hang in there, guys!

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