Active Rain Home Stager's Designs on HGTV April 2nd ~ My First Place in Portland, OR

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Portland OR home stagers on HGTV

One of the many benefits of being an Active Rain member is that we have media opportunities come our way that we might not have found otherwise.  This happened to me when I saw an AR post from HGTV's production company that mentioned their show 'My First Place' would be filming in Portland, Oregon and they were looking for first-time homebuyers.


Although I wasn't a first-time buyer, I realized that this was an opportunity to do some design work for the show.  I commented on the post and then followed up with the show's production company.  This led to a few phone interviews, a review of my portfolio, followed by a contract to do all the design work for five episodes of their Portland shows!

The first episode I did the design work for airs on April 2nd at 8am Pacific time /11am eastern (check your local listings for times on the HGTV channel); it's titled "Quick Bid on a Bungalow."  Here is the storyline:

"Portland Oregon newlyweds Troy and Linea hope their first place will be a Craftsman Bungalow.  They find a new build in a Portland Oregon Craftsman style that Linea is ready to bid on, but cautious Troy wants to do a little more research.  When they discover that another bidder wants the house, they are pressured to bid immediately, so they actually make an offer that's more than the asking price to be competitive.  While that tactic lands them the contract, an inspector turns up trouble in the backyard.  Tune in to see how it all comes together!"

This photo is a "sneak preview" of the design we came up with as a Housewarming gift from HGTV for this fun young couple; we had the sofa, chair & ottoman custom-made for them at a local furniture manufacturer, based on the colors and style they liked. Check out their cute little dog "Peanut" at the end of the show, as he dances around the new area rug and his new leopard-print dog bed!  The new homeowners loved their first place and their new living room furnishings :-))

This "final" design is the one we did for these first-time home buyers

Portland OR home stagers on HGTV

The next episode of our design work airs on HGTV April 24th, "Deadline to Find a New Home"

Active Rain membership provides many excellent opportunities for business growth through media exposure!  If you're not a member yet, sign up today and watch your Google ranking climb to the top.  Plus, you'll learn so much here to help you in any real estate-related career.

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Christina Sanchez Hood
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Congrats Maureen!  Home staging is an art and it pays for Sellers to consider the benefits!  I am so happy to be able to share your episodes with my clients :)

Apr 01, 2012 04:49 AM #44
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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 Barb ~ Media exposure helps people find you and remember you, I think.  But a good website can do the same as well.  Thanks for your good wishes.

Hi Christina ~ Thanks for stopping by to comment.  This particular HGTV show (My First Place) is not about selling a home, rather it shows the journey of a couple buying their first home -- so instead of staging to sell, we were decorating with the buyer's taste in mind.

Apr 01, 2012 04:59 AM #45
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hello Maureen. Congratulations on the TV spot. I will watch for you on HGTV. Just terrific!

Apr 01, 2012 05:40 AM #46
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Leslie Godbold
WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio - Asheville, NC
Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living"

Congratulations Maureen. You did yourself proud!

Apr 01, 2012 06:25 AM #47
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Congrats with not only one episode but two! Great exposure for you!

Apr 01, 2012 08:30 AM #48
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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 Sheila ~ Thank you -- watch for my design work, not me :-))  Didn't even have to make sure my hair was in order LOL so it worked out fine ...

Hi Leslie ~ Nice of you to say, I appreciate it!

Hi Lyn ~ Actually I did five episodes, but my two favorite ones are being shown this month.  Thanks for stopping by!

Apr 01, 2012 11:47 AM #49
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Maureen, I am so happy for you. This is such an exiting opportunity and great exposure. I watched whole episode. Who wouldn't want to have such a perfect room as a gift. I can't wait to see more. Please keep us posted.

Apr 01, 2012 01:11 PM #50
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Maureen....GREAT to see talent showcased and spotlighted!  HGTV knew how to find the very best in Portland!

Apr 01, 2012 02:43 PM #51
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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 Anna ~ Thanks for watching the online version!  It was fun to do, especially because they were a very nice young couple. And their little dog was so cute, too.  The new show that features my design work is airing on April 24th.

Hi Kathy ~ You are much too kind -- but I'll gladly accept your compliment!!  Thank you!

Apr 01, 2012 03:24 PM #52
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Maureen - This is sooooo exciting!  Unfortunately, they aren't showing My First Place up here any more, and you can't watch it online because of telecommunication laws.  But I'm glad you posted a photo - looks fabulous!

Apr 02, 2012 02:03 AM #53
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Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Congratulations Maureen.  While AR may give us the opportunity to gain notoriety, your diligence and great staging work realized that potential.  You're destined for continued and even greater success.

Apr 02, 2012 10:57 AM #54
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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 ~ Oh, I'm sorry that you can't see some of the HGTV shows in Canada -- thanks for commenting!

Hi Lloyd ~ Really, I was in the right place at the right time.  I've been very lucky that way!  Many thanks for your kind words -- you made my day!

Apr 02, 2012 04:21 PM #55
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Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

My first real estate broker said luck was opportunity meeting preparation and skill.  I think that's right.  You can be modest, but I know you're exceptional.

Apr 02, 2012 05:00 PM #56
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Came back to report that I watched the show and I loved it.  What a nice couple and such a cute little doggy!  Your staging was fantastic, of course!  They really seemed to appreciate it.  

Apr 03, 2012 06:43 AM #57
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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 again Lloyd ~ I like that definition of Luck .. and thank you once again for your comment :-)

Hi Sharon ~ Thanks for letting me know -- I'm so glad you enjoyed this show!  The young couple were delightful to work with -- they had clear ideas of what they wanted in design and color palette.  And 'Peanut' stole the show at the end!

Apr 03, 2012 03:52 PM #58
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Maureen, great work, and congratulations on working with HGTV!    What an honor!    Your work is beautiful!

Apr 05, 2012 04:23 AM #59
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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Maureen, I am an HGTV junkie. My husband is amazed that I can work in real estate all day and still manage to watch these shows. Thanks for the link so I can check this one out. Congratulations. I love the design.

Apr 05, 2012 02:22 PM #60
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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 Joan ~ Thanks for saying so!

Hi Tammie ~ Like you, I'm an HGTV junkie too.  Glad you make time to watch your favorites.  All I can say is, thank goodness for TIVO technology!

Apr 05, 2012 03:41 PM #61
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William True
True Sarasota Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate

Hi Maureen - I just read a reblog of this on Sarah Oswald's blog, and hopped on over to say - Congratulations! Way to go!

Apr 11, 2012 04:10 AM #62
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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 William ~ Thanks so much for stopping by .... that was nice of you!  I hope that Sarasota Real Estate is enjoying a busy Spring season.

Apr 11, 2012 04:12 PM #63
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