The home staging community is mouring the lost of our friend, Karen Dembsky. Karen, owner and founder of Peachtree Home Staging, passed away on October 6th.
For those of you who may not have known Karen, she was a passionate, caring and loving individual. She knew the value of staging and was superb in her marketing skills. Not only was Karen an active member of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), she was the Georgia State President. Nearly every year, Karen received an award recognizing her contributions. The latest award was given to Karen in January for having spearheaded the changes in the RESA awards program.
Karen also created a group in Active Rain with the sole purpose of helping newbies in the business. The group was dedicated to the following:
As the business of Home Staging becomes more rampant and is rapidly sweeping across the U.S. and Canada, the inquiries from interested Newbies and Wanna Be Home Stagers are dynamically increasing as well. This site is for experienced Home Staging Professionals to share their wisdom and advice to those interested in learning more about entering into a home staging business or career. The goal is to provide and build a “Real World” understanding of the Home Staging business struggles, obstacles, ethics, competitiveness, and standards.
Fortunately, I had the great pleasure of working with Karen on many levels. For example, back in 2008, the two of us hosted an event for the home stagers in and around Atlanta, GA. This was our 2nd event. We had held them back-to-back (one in 2007 and this one in 2008).
Karen is on the right hand side of this photo (the one with the big smile).
In the picture below, she's to the left of the blue sign.
Here we are with the crew from IKEA that helped make this event spectacular!
While we may have been competitors, you would never have known it. We shared leads and worked together closely. We called each other "girl."
Karen - I will miss you. I will miss your laugh, your words of wisdom, your loving kind spirit and your tenacity. You were one of the smartest stagers I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I feel blessed to have been a part of your life for the past 6 or 7 years. I'll miss you, my friend.