THANKFUL THURSDAY: She didn't think that I would take the picture!

Home Stager with Ready 2 Stage

As many of you know, we home stagers like to work hard, but have fun while doing it.

 I am so blessed to have my niece in the home staging biz with me.  Where my talents fall short--hers kick in and vice versa.  We love to work together to make vacant homes comes to life and occupied homes look updated and make the best possible impression on potential buyers.

 There are always lots of shouts and questions from one end of a home to the other, and sometimes we catch each other talking to ourselves or making strange faces because something doesn't look quite right.  I am the one usually taking our photos, so recently at a post-staging photo shoot, I captured my staging partner when she thought that I wouldn't.  She was goofing off and trying to ruin my shot and I got her!  Now my revenge is complete and I have a priceless photo that I can share with the world and get a few laughs.  

Way to go Crystal!  Here's your 15 seconds of fame!!Say cheese!


Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign works with Realtors and Home Sellers in Southeast Tennessee to maximize their selling potential.  Staged homes sell 50% faster and for 6-10% more money.  Invest in staging today--staging costs much less than your first price reduction!  Contact Lori Donegan at (423)506-3718

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Ready 2 Stage Home Staging & Redesign serves all of Southeast Tennessee

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Comments (13)

Sheila Kennedy
J29 Project - Rochester, NY

This is a riot!  Way to get her!  I just have to say I love the pears on the place settings - looks awesome!

Jul 22, 2009 02:47 PM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Thanks Sheila!  Crystal is a ball of fire wrapped in a tiny package just like you!!  haha  Have a pear.....

Jul 22, 2009 02:54 PM
Tonia Mosteller
Interior Redesign-Design, Home Staging & Holiday Decorating - Charlotte, NC

I love it Lori, you are soooo funny! Those are the moments you must capture on camera. I agree with Sheila I love the pears and you know the table-scape is one of my favorites.

Jul 22, 2009 04:06 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

She is adorable and she must be so much fun to work with.  Great photo!  I would have shared it with the world too!

Jul 22, 2009 11:38 PM
Mike Saunders
Retired - Athens, GA

Lori - I do believe I heard something about never trusting a stager with a camera.........

Jul 23, 2009 12:07 AM
Debra Valentine
Designing Details ~ Staging & Design, LLC - Bountiful, UT
Utah Home Staging for, Bountiful, Salt Lake & Surrounding Areas

What a hoot Lori! Thanks for reminding us to take some time from our hard work to have a great time. It's a consensus the table your created is lovely.

Jul 23, 2009 07:08 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Tonia--I just couldn't survive the stress if we couldn't cut up in the process!  Thanks for you comments

Sharon--She is fun to work with!  We are similar in a lot of ways.  My boys say that she is my "mini-me."  Couldn't resist sharing it.  Thanks for commenting

Mike--I'm not sure about that saying--you just better watch what you do when my camera is around!!  Thanks for the comment.

Debra--Fun and work go hand in hand for me.  That's just my way, I guess.  Thanks for your compliments on our table!

Jul 23, 2009 09:09 AM
Judy Schneider
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA


Now you will have to let us know her response when she sees this blog! LOL! How wonderful that you can enjoy working together like you do!

Wishing you the best!


Jul 24, 2009 01:42 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Judy--She may never know.  She still lives in the country and cannot get high-speed internet, so she is rarely "aware" of on line things.  I'll never tell and maybe no one else will!!  haha  Thanks for your comment.

Jul 24, 2009 05:12 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lori- wouldn't it be great to have her energy after staging all day?!?  Great photo and even better memory.

Jul 24, 2009 05:36 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Kathy--Those momentary bursts of energy are great, not to mention that I have @10 years on her!  Thanks for the comments.

Jul 24, 2009 06:22 AM
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

what fun -- love that photo!  thx for sharing

Jul 27, 2009 12:18 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Karen--Thanks for your comment.  We like to mix a little fun in with our business, but you have to watch your timing.  Sometimes you could be considered un-professional!

Jul 27, 2009 03:09 AM