Leah Donaty
Leah Donaty
443-253-7089

Shoshana Schmell
Shoshana Schmell
443-742-8717

About Us

SPOTLIGHT is a home staging & design company based in Baltimore, Maryland. Leah Donaty and Shoshana Schmell started the company in July 2014 out of their passion for creating beautiful spaces for people.

The Team

Long-time friends Leah and Shoshana have known each other since they were in high school. The duo's collaboration to create beautiful environments began when they started working on projects for their children's schools. "Leah and I hit it off when we worked on transforming the school gym into a sophisticated environment for the 8th grade graduation ceremony," says Shoshana. Leah says, "I was impressed with Shoshana's energy and passion for turning a room into gift of a beauty."

They had fun staging and designing other non-profit venues as well. People in the community were impressed how efficiently Leah and Shoshana worked together to create gorgeous results. Over the years, the two friends were overwhelmed with requests to take on more projects. So in 2014 they decided to take their passion and hobby to the next level and create SPOTLIGHT.

Shoshana Schmell

Shoshana has worked over 20 years in an Owings Mills school and is involved with the local community. With her background as an educator and her love for houses and renovations, this mother of five adds a personable, family-centered touch to the team. In 2013 Shoshana was certified as a Home Staging Expert by Lori Matzke in New York. "Whenever we walk out of a room that we've staged, I want to feel like I could live there too," she says.

Leah Donaty

Leah grew up in Mexico City and is fluent in Spanish. With a background in computer science, she worked for years in the insurance industry, developing professional skills and business experience. Her emphasis on functionality and keen intuition help the team create innovate designs while keeping within budget. As a mother of four, Leah also understands family needs in the home. "I love delighting people with creative, unexpected design solutions," she says. "Creating beauty for people gives me satisfaction."

Why We Do What We Do

We have a passion for transforming simple spaces and improving the flow and beauty of any home. Home is where the heart is, and every job is personal to us. We are with you every step of the way to make the process as easy and seamless as possible. Our goal is to surpass your expectations so that you'll be thrilled. It's a privilege to share our passion, take on new challenges, and help you achieve great results.