Mary Ann Benoit

Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

Certified Color Strategist, Staging Diva Graduate, Certified Color Expert, BA Interior Design

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Hi, I'm Mary Ann Benoit, an award-winning Interior Designer, Home Stager and Color Expert. I provide diverse and unique Interior Design services, focusing on modern, colorful and sustainable global design styles. I am blessed to live on the ocean in Alaska, surrounded by dramatic mountains and glaciers. I also have a love for not only eco-friendly products but vintage elements and antiques, which has intensified my love of Coastal, Rustic, Vintage and Art Deco styles. As a certified color strategist, I love using both the art and science of color to create stunning and interesting combinations and help clients with their color conundrums! My other services, include Edesign, and Home and Virtual Staging for both your personal home or vacation properties. I am an expert at helping homeowners sell profitably, quickly and with less stress and helping vacation rental owners increase their bookings and attract their ideal guests. As a Bed and Breakfast owner myself, I know what it takes to make a guest happy. In addition to my lifelong interest in Interior Design, I recently retired from a 33-year career as a wildlife biologist. My observations of beautiful colors, patterns and designs in nature inspire me when creating interiors. As a lifelong artist in a variety of mediums, I also create stunning fractal and alcohol ink art for unique home décor custom designed for your home. Along with my education in design, staging and color, I have polished my skills by working with many clients, appearances on several home staging shows, my award winning blog, and You Tube Channel, which was rated as the one of the Top 30 Design Channels. I am honored to have won an award for one of the top Interior Designs of 2018 for my Edesign of a Turkish style living room. My clients are always delighted with both my creativity and extensive experience in customer service, project management, budgeting, and attention to detail. Let me help you “make magic happen” in your home. Take a look at some of my client testimonials and visit my site at

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My Specialties



Dining Room

Flex Space

Guest rooms

Home office

Living Rooms

Master Bedroom

Open concepts

Small spaces


Art Deco










Shabby Chic





"We had an excellent experience working with Mary Ann on color and design ideas for our home addition.! She is easy to work with and down-to-earth. Our anxiety about working with a design professional was put to rest within the first 5 minutes of our consultation, allowing us to to be open about our preferences and ideas while remaining open to hers. We highly recommend Northern Lights Home Staging and Design both for professional knowledge and results, and for being a pleasure to work with. "

~ Steve Lambert

" Mary Ann was very helpful and courteous! Home renovations can be overwhelming. I was caught up with the self help projects, the "you can do it" messages common on YouTube, and being completely overwhelmed when buying materials at Lowe's and Home Depot. For the uninitiated, you need to start with a plan and vision; that's where Mary Ann came in for me. She got back with me promptly, listened to my wants, and wrote out a plan with colors and brand names. Very reasonably priced."

~ James Bosnell

"Mary Ann is a talented and inspiring home stager and designer that cares about her customers and goes the extra mile to give them the best! Her background as a Home Stager and Bed & Breakfast owner also gives her a unique perspective, making her a valuable resource for vacation rental owners in need of designing their properties to increase their bookings and attract their ideal customers. She is also a gifted writer and video creator that helps home sellers and business owners market their properties."

~ Susan Atwell