When Active Rain Friends Visit My City

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When Active Rain Friends Visit My City


I absolutely love it when Active Rain friends phone up to say they're coming to town.  Case in point was last night.  I was thrilled to join Maureen Bray, Stager Extraordinaire and Owner of Room Solutions Home Staging in Portland, Oregon, and Jackson West, Uber-talented Property Stylist and Instructor for CCSP - Canadian Certified Staging Professionals. 

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The last time I saw these two colleagues was at the RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) Conference, and there was just so much going on that we really didn't have a chance to get a good chat in.  Well, we remedied all that last night, when we met after Jackson's staging class for drinks and dinner.  It was a gorgeous evening, with hot, humid weather.  All the outdoor terraces were jam packed with people, so we opted to sit inside a fabulous restaurant in Yaletown called Brix, which Jackson recommended and didn't disappoint.  What did we talk about first?  The restaurant's decor, of course - come on, we're designers!  The restaurant has a great vibe, with brick walls and gorgeous chandeliers dripping from the ceiling. 

It's great to comment and chat on Active Rain, but this can be somewhat limiting.  When you finally get to meet your online friends in person, it's as if the flood gates open and you can't talk fast enough, exchanging ideas, trading stories, extolling the joys of being a part of a the wonderful, online community called Active Rain, and just generally enjoying each others company. 

Thanks, Maureen and Jackson, for a great evening, and hurry back to Vancouver and let's do this again.  Right now, who's coming to Vancouver next?!!!


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Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Laura - Yes, I believe the world tipped a little over to the west!  Hope we didn't break any of your accessories with the tilt...  Oh hey, and don't forget - if ever you're in Vancouver...

Kathy B - Perhaps a Cosmo or two was ingested.  Good food, good wine and good friends - it's a powerful thing!

Anna - Oh yes, a Lasso (is that one 'o' or two?)...  Yee haw!

Roger - I know you've met your fair share of Rainers in person - it's such a fun experience.  Yes, we definitely have to meet Roger, it's written in the stars.

Ginger - We're really not that far away.  It would be lovely to have you come visit. 

Kathy S. - Oh, it will happen, and when it does, you'll love it!

Sep 25, 2011 04:12 AM #12
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Sally!!  What fun to see you again and catch up on your staging projects, your recent trip to Paris, and of course as you  mentioned -- all things related to staging and design.  I love the restaurant that Jackson recommended -- he knows all the good places, that's for sure  :-)   Vancouver is such a cosmopolitan city with gorgeous neighborhoods.   It sure is fun to meet our AR friends whenever we can!!

Sep 25, 2011 07:13 AM #13
Rainer
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Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Sally great post and will certainly try out the restaurant the next time I come out and see my son!  Glad you had a fabulous fun time.

Sep 25, 2011 01:22 PM #14
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Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

Sally,

It is interesting how we meet friends here, and then finally get to meet them in real life.

Brian

Sep 25, 2011 02:40 PM #15
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Maureen - Ah, the guest of honour!  It was so delightful to catch up with you and Jackson.  Maureen, I could listen to your stories all day - you're a great raconteur!  I'm glad you had some nice weather for your stay.  Sounds like the staging went amazingly well.  What a wonderful reaction from the homeowner - that makes it all worth while, doesn't it?  I hope it won't be too long before your next visit. 

Sep 25, 2011 02:57 PM #16
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Wendy - Do check out Brix - the food was fabulous, as well as the decor.

Brian - Now I just need to work on meeting my Eastern Canadian A/R friends! 

Sep 25, 2011 02:58 PM #17
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Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

Sally,

 

If you are coming this way, then be sure to gives us all the "heads up" about your trip.

 

Brian

Sep 26, 2011 01:20 AM #18
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Brian - I certainly will!  And if ever you're coming out west...  well, you know the rest!

Sep 26, 2011 03:20 AM #19
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Such fun!  What a lucky trio to get together like that!

I love Maureen and Jackson.  I modeled my head shot on Jackson's AR photo at  the time...too funny!

Sep 26, 2011 04:06 AM #20
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Julie - So wish you could have been there with us!  Jackson is always an inspiration - love your headshot!

Sep 26, 2011 04:08 AM #21
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

Soooo jealous! I miss you and Jackson is my staging idol, love Maureen too! Glad you had so much fun! Cannot wait to see all of you in Viva Lost Wages!!

Sep 26, 2011 06:41 PM #22
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Sally and VB missed this post & photo, very nice and exciting!

VB ;o)

Sep 27, 2011 10:02 AM #23
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

OH I wanted to come.....LOL. Some day I will meet everyone, I just know it.

Sep 27, 2011 11:43 AM #24
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Cathy Lee - We miss you, too!  Really looking forward to Vegas in January!

VB - Thanks for the support!  Yes, we had a great time catching up.

Sharlene!  You'll just have to book the RESA Conference in January - that's the best way to meet all of your favourites in one room!

Sep 27, 2011 01:55 PM #25
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Only my Mom calls me Sharlene when I am in trouble! And that hasn't been for about 30 years! LOL. Not sure I'll make RESA. It is always shortly after I get back from 2 weeks in Florida so is hard to get away again. It is a little later this year so we'll see!

Sep 27, 2011 03:07 PM #26
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Ok, Shar-Shar - I promise not to call you Sharlene anymore...  unless you're in trouble, of course!  Fingers crossed we get to meet you in Vegas!

Sep 28, 2011 01:11 PM #27
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

I am so jealous...I would love to get to meet all the friends that I have made here on AR, maybe one day I will make it to your "neck of the woods" as we say here i n Tennessee !!

Sep 29, 2011 02:19 AM #28
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Mary Lou - Hey, we say "neck of the woods" here, too!  I would also love to meet you one day.  Do come visit our lovely city.

Sep 30, 2011 03:30 AM #29
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Kym Tarr
Prep This House Interiors Inc. - Kelowna, BC
Its all in the details!

Great Sally to have such wonderful company in amazing Vancouver.  I hear Jackson is coming to Kelowna which will be exciting.. So any or all Active Rain Stagers, if you come to our beautiful Okanagan valley, before you start the wine tours, pick up the phone!  We love it when visitors come! LOL

Sep 30, 2011 06:36 AM #30
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kym - I almost made it up to Kelowna this year, but our trip was cancelled at the last minute.  Will surely ring you up when I'm in your beautiful city next - and vice versa! 

Oct 01, 2011 03:02 PM #31
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