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By Stacy Drake
Bay Area TV personality makes a move
Lisa Quinn has new gig in Nevada City
Lisa Quinn and her husband were looking to slow down from the frantic Bay Area lifestyle when they made the move this past spring to Nevada City.

It turns out, however, that Lisa wasn’t quite ready for life in the slow lane.

Within in three months of moving to Nevada City, the former TV show host opened the Lisa Quinn Home, a home décor and interior design business, in the New York Hotel in downtown Nevada City.

While this is her first retail shop/design studio, she brings stellar credentials to her fledgling business as a former local television home décor/design personality and home-staging business owner in the Bay Area.

Lisa enrolled in design school at the urging of her husband, Michael Orkin, after they bought their first fixer-upper in West Palm Beach, Florida. A fateful Christmas party for KPIX-CBS in San Francisco led her to a job working for HGTY as a set stylist, which she did for three years.

Lisa later went to work in the KPIX sales department as makeover shows were becoming popular. She soon had her own shows – “IKEA Dream Home with Lisa Quinn,” the “IKEA $500 Challenge” and “IKEA Ideas” at the station that were broadcast for five years.

In 2006, she went to work for KGO-ABC in San Francisco where she did a live afternoon talk show with Spencer Christian and hosted the Lifestyle segment, which included tips on home decorating. In 2010, Lisa got a  spin-off show called “Home with Lisa Quinn,” which ended live broadcasts in 2012 but is still nationally syndicated daily on the Live Well Network in approximately 65 markets. When the show ended, she started her own home-staging business called Stage Left in the Bay Area.

Lisa, who opened her Nevada City shop in early July, likes to describe herself as an interior designer with a retail location.
The home décor items she sells are as unique as Lisa.

As an accomplished artist and painter, Lisa repurposes items she finds at flea markets and thrift stores. She works with a dealer in Kentucky who supplies her store with French and Asian antiques. Her husband builds one-of-a-kind lamps from repurposed metal items.

“Basically, he sees a unique piece and puts a light bulb in it,” she laughs. Lisa sources the wood she uses in her projects from Petaluma Heritage Salvage.

Because of her television experience, Lisa is adept at staging homes for Realtors and anyone needing the outcome to look good on camera. Her services include anything from simple color consultation and small-space management to overseeing a project while working with contractors who can take the location to the studs and do the prep for her final touches.

Lisa will be participating as featured artist in Living La Vida Local, hosted by The Nest Family Resource, on Nov. 9 at the Stonehouse in downtown Nevada City.

For more information about Lisa and her work, visit 408 Broad Street #7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays or call 510-387-5184.

Lisa Quinn’s store in the New York Hotel has plenty of personality for
visitors and customers.