Cheryl Ruetten got her start in design while in Baltimore where she earned her National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ.) While still attending college for her degree, Cheryl started working for Nancy Foreman Design now known as NFD Inc. At NFD Inc., Cheryl worked on commercial design, specializing in space planning and construction documents for offices. Through hard work and a strong reputation with her clients, Cheryl was promoted to Vice President of NFD Inc. However, while living and working in Baltimore Cheryl met her husband, Greg, who was on active duty in the Coast Guard.
After moving to Virginia Beach with her husband and infant son, Cheryl started working for Rodriguez, Ripley, Maddux, and Motley Architects as a Senior Interior Designer. The main project Cheryl worked on during her time as RRMM, was a renovation of the Noncommissioned Officers Club, which had previously been destroyed by a hurricane at Langley Air Force Base. While living in Arizona Cheryl’s love for crafting and creating beautiful art led her and her husband to open a pottery studio, Glazin’ in the Sun, where she helped people create original works of art.
Cheryl, Greg and their sons moved to Southern Indiana in the spring of 2012. Since living in the Greater Louisville area, Cheryl has had several jobs in the area of design including a visual merchandiser at Furniture Row, and a Project Coordinator for Munson Business Interiors. Upon starting at Living Spaces by Lyn, Cheryl is currently working on residential projects but looks forward to getting back to her roots in commercial design for businesses.
Karen has been professionally transforming spaces for more than seven years. She creates timeless and affordable designs that you’ll love for years to come. She earned her home staging Expert Psychological Stager certification (EPS) in 2016 and became a certified Residential Transition Specialist (RTS) in 2020.
Karen feels a home should reflect the owner’s interests and be a relaxing refuge from the rest of the world. She shares Lauren Liess’ opinion, author of Habitat, “Decorating is about envisioning how people will wake up, perform daily routines, cook, eat, be with loved ones, party, relax, work, play… it’s about living.”
She previously was a Design Specialist at Pottery Barn. There she honed her skills in furniture placement, fabric selection and creating the right mix of elements to give a home that “just right” feel.
Before diving into home interiors, Karen spent 14 years in public relations at Chase Bank and Family & Children’s Place. While her children were young, she was a substitute teacher at St Francis Preschool. She holds a Journalism degree from Western Kentucky University.
Karen lives with her husband, son, daughter (when she is on break from college), and a dog named Oliver.
Jill’s career in staging and design began after an empty nest and a milestone birthday prompted her to meet with a life coach. A recurring theme throughout this experience was her love of furnishing a room, picking color, art and decor. She always loved shopping with family and friends to find that perfect piece for their space. She decided to cultivate this enjoyment and received her Expert Psychological Stager (EPS) and Psychological Color Expert (PCE) certifications. In addition, she attended the Interior Design Program through the New York Institute of Art and Design. This has all led Jill to an extremely rewarding ‘second act’ in interior design and staging.
Jill enjoys working with people to create spaces that meet their needs and make them happy. To her, the spaces we live and work in need make good sense and reflect who we are and what we like. She loves helping people cultivate their ‘personal style’. Another favorite for Jill is helping people merge the old with the new-keeping beloved furnishings and mixing them with new pieces to revive a space. She also loves when things get a little messy during a kitchen or bathroom renovation. Transforming these important spaces in a home is amazing!
She also loves working with people who are moving and need to prepare their homes for the real estate market. Her training has provided her with the skills to help people navigate through the (often emotional) task of editing and decluttering their beloved homes. Helping people strategically move furniture, change the paint color and accentuate architectural features is magic!
Jill’s career path started in education and social services. She taught high school English and worked with adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both endeavors greatly enriched her life!
In her spare time, you will find Jill with her family, friends, and beloved little dog, Benny. Her interests include hiking the many beautiful trails in the area, reading a great book, listening to a riveting true crime podcast, watching a series on Netflix, a trip to the beach, dining out at a locally owned restaurant and a fun DIY project.
Lisa has loved decorating and design since she was a small child. Her interest in home staging peaked when she hired Living Spaces by Lyn to help stage her and her husband’s flip property. After that meeting, her wheels started turning and haven’t stopped since.
Lisa thoroughly enjoyed taking Kristie Barnett’s Expert Psychological Staging course, and upon completion, she wanted to jump right in. Seeing the transformation take place in her own property was magnificent and further solidified her decision to pursue this career.
Before becoming involved in staging and design, Lisa taught 6th and 7th grade for several years at Saint Agnes School. She took some time off to be with her two young children, Cooper and Lyla. Although she misses her days in the classroom, she is ecstatic to have found a career that has the flexibility to balance time with her children and husband, Scott, while also doing something she is super passionate about.
Founder, Living Spaces by Lyn
Lyn Mabry built Living Spaces by Lyn with a deep passion for helping others create spaces they love. She created a well-respected business with projects ranging from color selection and furniture placement to full-blown renovations. As her business has grown, we were all lucky to join her team and learn from her. It is an honor and privilege to carry forth Lyn’s mission of providing honest and approachable design services. We wish Lyn all the best as she pursues her design passions in North Carolina!