ActiveRain Connection Leads to HGTV

Home Stager with Reinventing Space

 Making great connections within the ActiveRain community can lead to even greater things! 

Julea Joseph, Chicagoland Home Stager & Interior Stylist was hired to design spaces for HGTV show "My First Place."  The show moves from city to city filming 1st time homeowners as they pursue to purchase their 1st home.  

After wrapping up in Chicago, their next stop was Portland Oregon.  Julea volunteered to find the next designer for that city knowing that the combination of skills that it takes is a unique one: A design professional that has married interior design skills with home staging skills.  Skills such as -

  • Someone that can understand the needs and desires of the homeowner, rather than inflicting their own personal tastes.
  • Transform a space quickly, efficiently & effectively all within a fixed budget.
  • Has resource partners that abide by the same standards.
  • Understands TV production. 

 Luckily within the ActiveRain Community there are wonderfully talented experts -

Maureen Bray ~ Home Stager Portland OR ~ Room Solutions Staging ~ Portland Oregon:

Her first episode aired on Jan. 7th, but will be repeated Feb. 16th and March 11th; the second one will air Feb. 18th - Stay tuned for the other 3!


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Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
Julea Congrats that is great for yoiur buisness!
Jan 20, 2010 10:22 PM #1
Jane Nicastro-Disch
Weichert Realtors - Watchung, NJ
NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
Julea: Is that the Chicago Way? Good work. Regards,
Jan 20, 2010 10:24 PM #2
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Well done Julea....another classic example of cultivating relationships over time will illicit positive results.  Good for you to maximize your potential and exposure through these mediums.

Jan 20, 2010 10:33 PM #3
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Hey Julea ~ Thanks so much for the nice mention -- and by the way, thanks again for recommending me to the producers of My First Place!!  It was such a fun experience to work on 5 episodes for them this past summer.  At the same time, I'm really enjoying watching YOUR Chicago episodes -- so creative and clever!  A/R is really an amazing networking resource!  :-)

Jan 20, 2010 10:43 PM #4
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

What a perfect selection. Maureen is an incredible stager who has impressed many with her skills!


Jan 20, 2010 11:07 PM #5
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Great way to give another stager the endorsement!  And it sounds like a rewarding & fun experience too!  

Jan 21, 2010 01:23 AM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager
That's an inspirational story from all sides! Congrats to both of you for the huge success!
Jan 21, 2010 03:27 AM #7
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager
How amazing is AR that it's introduced us all? Julie
Jan 21, 2010 08:43 AM #8
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Such talent and so incredibly inspiring!! Love the show Julea and Maureen! Congratulations Ladies!

Jan 21, 2010 01:56 PM #9
Julea Joseph
Reinventing Space - Chicago, IL
Julea Joseph House Stager - Reinventing Space
It is awesome isn't it. When I 1st joined the Staging portion of AR is was like watching a train wreck, now, years later it is a wonderful group of highly professional business owners all striving for the same results.
Jan 21, 2010 09:52 PM #10
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA
That is awesome!!! I will have to look for the episodes. Hey, I wonder if there is some way you could stream them and link them on your website or something...I am NOT tech savvy but I am sure this can be done.
Jan 21, 2010 10:02 PM #11
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Valerie  ~ Jumping in here to answer your question ... YES you can link the episodes on your website, which I plan to do after all 5 of mine have aired.  That will make it easy for people visiting my website to see them.

Jan 22, 2010 02:10 AM #12
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