GETTING TO KNOW: CENTRE STAGED

INTERVIEW BY CHRIS TIESSEN

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS MORE CAPTIVATING, GRATIFYING AND FULFILLING THAN BEAUTIFUL SPACES? AT HOME. AT WORK. AND AT PLAY, TOO. SPACES THAT MAKE PEOPLE FEEL UPLIFTED. AT EASE. CREATIVE. ENGAGED. JENNY HILBORN AND HER HUSBAND, JOSH, AGREE. WHICH IS WHY THEY’VE RECENTLY DECIDED TO COMBINE THEIR BUSINESSES, CENTRE STAGED AND CENTEX ENGINEERING, UNDER ONE ROOF TO PROVIDE INTEGRATED COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL STAGING, DESIGN, AND ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS. FROM NEW HOME BUILDS TO OFFICE FIT OUTS, JOSH AND JENNY’S TEAMS OF STAGERS, INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGNERS, AND PROFESSIONAL DRAFTING TECHNICIANS WORK HARD TO TRANSLATE THEIR CLIENTS’ DREAMS AND DESIRES INTO IMPRESSIVE REALITIES. WE RECENTLY SAT DOWN WITH JENNY TO DISTILL THE COUPLE’S VISION.

SO WHY DID YOU AND JOSH DECIDE TO BEGIN WORKING TOGETHER? Because, quite simply, it’s a perfect fit. My business, Centre Staged, has been staging homes and commercial spaces across the region for a few years now. And Josh’s business, Centex Engineering, designs build outs and fit outs for infrastructure, residential and commercial clients. By working together under one roof, we’re able to provide clients with turnkey solutions that include everything from initial engineering plans to final interior and exterior design. 

WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR CURRENT CLIENTS, THEN? We currently work with several home builders – including Mezcon Construction, Worton Homes and Sloot Construction – as well as with commercial clients like Demikon Construction and Clarion Medical Technologies. 

YOUR IDEAL CLIENTS? New home builders are always awesome to work with. And commercial clients. I’d love to start working with restauranteurs. Hair salons. Floral shops. Really any client that would need integrated engineering and design solutions beginning to end – and that appreciates clean, inviting, practical design. 

HOW DO YOU BEGIN A PROJECT? We always begin by attempting to truly understand the client’s wants and needs. How they want to use a particular space. And how they want to feel while using it. It’s so important that any well-designed space be inviting, unobtrusive, and effortlessly usable – whether it’s someone’s home or their place of business. 

WHAT ARE YOUR INSPIRATIONS? I’m from England, so I’ve always been inspired by European architecture and design – especially the older stuff. It’s all so timeless and classical – yet also pragmatic. Josh and I have traveled a lot, so I’ve been inspired by many global design cultures. Right now I’m especially loving the buildings and design of Barcelona and Singapore. Josh, on the other hand, is keen on net zero and carbon neutral builds – like Australia’s Pixel Building. 

YOUR STAGING COMPANY, CENTRE STAGED, CONTINUES TO EXIST OUTSIDE OF ITS COLLABORATION WITH CENTEX. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT IT? We’re an award-winning business with Guelph’s largest staging inventory warehouse. We stage more than 150 homes each year, and work with almost all of the region’s brokerages. I don’t see this changing – no matter how much Centre Staged continues to work with Centex. I love staging homes – and seeing happy clients – too much to let it go

Centre Staged
7-265 Hanlon Creek Blvd, Guelph
centrestaged.com