Pick Three Gold Stars - Twinkle, twinkle here we go...
My three gold star picks for the 3 Gold Stars Challenge have to include the people I met up with in person at the recent RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) Conference this past January. After playing on Active Rain for just over a year, it was such a joy and a pleasure to finally meet some Active Rain friends in person. It was as if we'd know each other for years. Here we go...
Valerie Sagheddu - Apostle Art Home Staging & Design
Valerie is from the Poconos - not Pinnocci, the Poconos. I don't really know where the Poconos is, but rumour has it it's in Pennsylvania. How did I get hooked on Valerie's posts? Well, it all started with that fascinating video she did on how to hand curtains without a curtain rod. I still have it book marked to this day. Val has a wicked sense of humour, and doesn't skip a beat. She's an absolute riot to have around, if ever you're at a Conference. Being of strong faith, she has started a group called Praying in the Rain. Ok, it's a tough decision, with so many great posts, but this was one of my all time favourite Val posts. Love ya, Val!
Marianne Cherico - Interiors by Marianne
I was super excited to meet Marianne at the RESA Conference. We'd been emailing back and forth. Marianne is a former Realtor® turned Home Stager, and understands the real estate industry, and also the importance of marketing one's business. Bouncing ideas back and forth has been stimulating and exciting. I'm a huge fan of Marianne's work. Staging all those beautiful, Massachusetts (did I spell that right?) homes would be a dream come true, and Marianne's work is always tasteful, inviting and unforgettable. Marianne always gets the "oozing with charm" homes to stage, as in this post - enjoy! Love ya, Marianne!
Charlene Storozuk - Dezigner Digz
Ok, first off, Charlene needs to learn how to spell. Charlene, honey, it's "designer" and "digs", just so ya know! Tee hee. You may know Charlene from her wonderful staging tips. I'm not sure, but I believe she is closing in on the one millionth tip, isn't that right, Charlene? Another incredibly talented stager, Charlene beckons from Burlington, Ontario. Ah, finally a place I can spell and pronounce! Charlene is a prolific writer, and her articles are featured in the International Business Times and the Women's Council of REALTORS. She is also a Contributing Blogger for REALTOR Magazine. Now, how's that for impressive? This is the second year in a row that I've met Charlene at RESA, and look forward to reuniting next year. I love this post Charlene wrote about a day with Debbie Travis.Love ya Charlene!
Last but not least, an honourable mention goes to...
Cathy Lee - C.L. Design Services Home Staging
When I think of Cathy Lee, I think of bowers of flowers - ah, that San Francisco connection, home to sea breezes, great wine, fresh seafood and great home staging. I was so excited to spend more time getting to know Cathy Lee. Last year, I only exchanged a few words, but this year we made up for it. Cathy Lee loves life and embraces it to the fullest. This shows in her amazing staging designs. She is an absolute sweetheart, with a warm, welcoming heart. Here we are, toasting another fave, San Francisco Realtor®, David Ames. Want to know what Koi, Quails and Hummingbirds have in common? Read about it here. Love ya Cathy Lee!
Note to editor Craig: I really wanted to add Laura Baker - Ready? Set,...Sell! HomeStage&ReDesign & Maureen Bray - Room Solutions Staging, two more amazing stagers I met in Vegas, but they have already been featured by others. Love ya Laura & Maureen!