Our Team


Carol Kaplan on KUSI morning news

Carol Kaplan, CEO

Carol KaplanCarol Kaplan is the Founder & Creative Director of Everything Creative Designs in San Diego, CA. She is considered by many of her clients as “the home staging expert” in the San Diego area.

She has been providing professional home staging services for the past eight years to an extremely satisfied clientele of both home sellers and realtors.

Originally from South Africa, Carol was able to bring her love of color and design into her work in San Diego.

Carol is a member of the Mission Bay Real Estate Association and the REBA – La Jolla Real Estate Brokers Association. She was also voted “Woman of the Year” in her category with NAPW – National Association of Professional Women.

If you are looking for a professional home stager who is an expert in her field, reliable, dedicated, talented and always works within your budget then look no more – you have found her in Carol Kaplan and her company Everything Creative Designs!

Everything Creative Designs stages vacant homes as well as occupied homes. Her furnishings are trendy, sophisticated and always create the right look for her client’s target market. Her homes always sell with multiple offers and in record time!

Many of the staged homes by Everything Creative Designs have been featured in Dream Homes, San Diego Garden and Home and has appeared on the NBC Today Show.

Read this article featuring Carol in a recent UT magazine: Home staging is red-carpet treatment.

Jenna Batsheva Gross, Interior Designer

Jenna Batsheva GrossJenna Batsheva Gross is our in house Interior Designer. She received her BA in Interior Architecture and Design in South Africa. Jenna has extensive experience in high-end residential design after working for award-winning designer Brian Leib in South Africa.
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Jenna gained exceptional hospitality design knowledge when she worked for two of the largest international interior architectural design firms, Wilson Associates in South Africa and Aedas Interiors in Hong Kong.

With 6 years of interior design experience, and having lived in South Africa and Hong Kong, Jenna has now joined Everything Creative Designs in San Diego.


Whitney Parrott, Senior Designer

Whitney Parrott Whitney Parrott joined the Everything Creative team in September of 2014. She was born and raised on the East Coast, where the majority of her family still resides. Whitney graduated from Towson University with a BA in Communications and Advertising.

She was quickly offered a job with a local real estate company doing staging and marketing. After meeting and falling in love with her boyfriend, the two decided to make the journey across the United States to sunny San Diego.

Whitney loves anything art-related, from painting to museums to designing. She loves the outdoors and can be found spending weekends at fun, local restaurants with her boyfriend and beloved dog, Roadie.


Leah Schmaman, In-House Artist/Designer

LeahWith a passion for fine arts and a love for architectural design, it’s no surprise that Leah picked up and moved across the country to join the dynamic Everything Creative Designs team. As their In-house Artist, Leah creates commissioned art for each staged home. With an exceptional eye for color, design and composition, each piece is carefully integrated with the “feel” of the home, creating a cohesive atmosphere that flows throughout the space.

Leah’s love of travel and the fact that she’s originally from South Africa means she can draw on much inspiration be it from past photos or a myriad of interactions with interesting people from around the globe.

“When I first arrived in the U.S in 2000, I worked for an architectural rendering company. It was the perfect experience for me at the time as it anchored all my inspiration and helped me express myself in new ways. I discovered a genuine interest in structural art and as I continued to learn, my experiences and personal history coalesced. Whether I’m staging a home or working on art to hang on its walls, I’m enjoying creating a story that evokes beauty, comfort and home.”


Ruthie Malak, Designer

RuthieWith an educational background in Interior Design from San Diego State University, Ruthie has always had a passion for space planning and architecture.

Before Everything Creative Designs, Ruthie worked in the wedding industry as an Event Manager. Coordinating weddings highlighted her ability to manage many detailed elements while still maintaining an eye for décor.

When she joined the ECD team she immediately realized home staging was the perfect fit. Staging allowed her to combine her love of architecture, space planning, design, and décor all under one roof.


Theresa Cushing, Operations Manager

Theresa Cushing Theresa Cushing is our Operations Manager. She has over eleven years of experience in real estate including luxury high-rise projects, title and escrow, REO asset management, and luxury residential resales.

Theresa was born in the Philippines and has lived all over the states. She fell in love with San Diego after obtaining her BA in Business at San Diego State University.

Some of her inspirations come from traveling and being involved with the San Diego community. Theresa is an ESL tutor and serves on the Board of Laubach Literacy Council.


Raul Santos, Warehouse Operations Manager

Raul Santos
Raul Santos is a renaissance man. He is the Warehouse Operations Manager at Everything Creative as well as a craftsman, mover, and designer extraordinaire. Raul’s extensive scope of skills, knowledge and experience is attributed to his education at the Art Institute of California – San Diego. After obtaining his B.A. In Interior Design, he joined the Everything Creative team.

Raul is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico and came to the U.S. at the age of sixteen. He has a kind quiet nature and is quite unassuming. Raul’s love for the arts inspires his many talents including photography, 3D rendering, and image manipulation.


Nick Krause, Transportation Manager

Nick Krause Nick Krause, an Everything Creative mover, was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He moved to sunny San Diego two years ago.

He enjoys cooking, hiking and exploring our beautiful city. His motto – work smarter, not harder! Fun Fact: He went commercial fishing in Alaska as a vacation.


Joji Fillmore, Lead Mover

Joji FillmoreJoji Fillmore, Lead Mover for Everything Creative, has 8+ years of moving experience.

Originally from Connecticut, Joji has lived in San Diego for 5+ years now and considers it his home.

Some of his major accomplishments include working with the Red Cross at Ground Zero, five months of back country trail maintenance in Kings Canyon National Park and backpacking 890 km through the north of Spain on the Camino de Santiago.

You can frequently find Joji breaking out in song and dance to “I’m a little teapot, short and stout.”


Alejandro Madrid, Assistant Mover

When he’s not meticulously placing furniture in one of our homes Madrid can be found accessorizing any of the rooms and bringing his touch of style to the space. With experience in retail, construction and residential and commercial remodeling Madrid has proven himself to be a man of many talents. By taking initiative and always bringing his positive attitude along, he is a pleasure to work beside.

In his spare time he enjoys playing with his dogs Zenna and Fiona, spending time outdoors and drawing cartoons.


Contact us today for more information.

It’s time to get creative with your home!