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Welcome to the INSTYLE by Colbi Blog!

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INSTYLE by Colbi…The Dream Becomes a Reality

Hello everyone, and welcome to my very first blog post! I would like to take this opportunity to  introduce myself, to tell you a little about my business and how it got started, and to share with you what to expect in my upcoming blog posts.

My name is Colbi Swaim, and I am the owner and designer at INSTYLE by Colbi, an interior design and home staging company located in Ankeny, Iowa . Growing up, I always knew I had a passion for the home decor world.  I can’t tell you how many times I re-decorated my room and re-arranged my furniture in my teenage years.  In my early college years, I had the opportunity to help make material and finish selections for condominiums and to help with the staging of a model condo.  At that point, I knew the design and staging industry was the business I wanted to be in some day.

Justin & I

My husband, Justin, and Me

After graduating from Iowa State University in Ames and getting married to my husband, Justin, I got a job working for an interior designer. While I was working at my full-time interior design job, I also worked as an independent contractor for another interior designer doing home staging. After working in the industry for awhile and gaining experience and knowledge, I decided to start my own home staging and interior design business now known as INSTYLE by Colbi.

Most recently, I have been staging spec homes for home builders, and have been working with realtors and their clients on smaller staging projects. I have also been working on some design projects for various homeowners. I am very excited about the design and staging projects that I have going on right now!

I am willing to work on any project,whether it be big or small.  I  believe that every project should reflect your own personal style and taste.  I offer a lot of different services for home staging and interior design, so please check out my services page on my website, if you are interested or would like to learn more.  I will serve any city in the Des Moines Metro area, including Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, WaukeeUrbandale, Clive, Altoona, Johnston, Grimes and other surrounding cities and towns.  I am also willing to travel anywhere in Iowa or even to serve states outside of Iowa.

My Mom and I Staging

My Mom and I Staging a Spec Home

Please be sure to follow my blog to learn about trends, tips, and news in the staging and design world.  These will be the subjects in my upcoming blog posts. I will also be blogging about various projects I am working on from time to time. Please also, be sure to check out the rest of my website that just launched this week!  I have various pages on my website, including my  interior design and home staging services pages, my interior design and home staging portfolio pages, a testimonial page (including testimonials from homebuilders, realtors, and homeowners) and a how to contact me page.  You can also sign up for my newsletter!  And, please be sure to like and follow INSTYLE by Colbi on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Houzz to stay up to date with what projects we are working on.

I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to start this business.  I am very appreciative of all the support I have received from my husband and my entire family.  I am excited to see what the future holds for my business! There is nothing better than doing what you love…and I sure do love doing this. Please check back periodically to stay up to date with INSTYLE by Colbi!  Thanks for reading my blog. If you are in need of any staging or design services, or know someone who is, please be sure to contact me today!  I would love the opportunity to work with you or your friends or family.

 Ready to begin you staging or design project?  Contact INSTYLE by Colbi today to turn your dreams into a reality! (641)226-1990 or

Ready to begin your Design or Staging Project? Contact INSTYLE by Colbi today!