In Loving Memory of Karen Dembsky

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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).


Karen Dembsky

In the picture below, she's to the left of the blue sign.

Karen Dembsky

Here we are with the crew from IKEA that helped make this event spectacular!

Karen Dembsky

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.


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Comments (15)

Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Kathy, what a wonderful tribute to your friend. I extend my sympathies to you for your loss.

Oct 13, 2013 02:50 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

The entire Home Staging Industry - indeed, Real Estate in general - owes Karen a huge debt for her commitment.  She was so encouraging to me when I was first starting out (2007!), as well as many others.  Thank you for writing this heart-felt tribute, Kathy!  God Bless and Keep you, Karen!

Oct 13, 2013 05:10 AM
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
Irvine Realtor®

>>I will miss your laugh

Yesterday my Son and close friends visited my wife's gravesite, and hung out for a few hours.  She died on October 8, 2003, a little over 10 years ago, and her grave stone says "your laughter will always be remembered".  So when you say "I will miss your laugh", I feel what you mean, Kathy.

Rest in Peace, Karen - lots of people miss you, and will continue to miss you for a long long time.

Oct 13, 2013 07:02 AM
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Thanks, Kathy S and Julia. I'm not surprised to hear how helpful she was to you Julia. She had a huge heart and was very giving.

Hi, Raymond. I'm so sorry to hear about your wife. My deepest condolences. I'll always remember Karen's laugh as it was infectious. Thanks for commenting.




Oct 13, 2013 08:57 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Kathy ~ We all miss Karen terribly, but we know that her spirit will live on in the many people whose lives she touched.  I met Karen here on AR, then at the annual RESA conventions we always shared a table --- and many laughs.  Karen's impact on the home staging industry was significant, as was her passion to educate the public about home staging's benefits.  We are forever grateful to Karen for the legacy she leaves for us to continue.  Thanks for this lovely tribute to your (our) friend Karen Dembsky.


Oct 13, 2013 10:16 AM
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Kathy, sorry to hear about the passing of your friend Karen. It sounds like Karen was an exceptionally talented person with a huge heart. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Oct 13, 2013 11:04 AM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

What a beautiful tribute to a clearly caring person.  My condolences to all who loved and were touched by her.

Oct 13, 2013 12:12 PM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

I was saddened when I heard the news. The staging industry will miss her. Your tribute was a lovely memory for those who were close to her. 

Oct 15, 2013 06:10 AM
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Thanks, everyone, for your kind words. 


Oct 16, 2013 08:43 PM
Iran Watson
Georgia Elite Realty - Marietta, GA
Marietta Real Estate Agent - Photographer

Wow, just stopped by to see what you've been up to Kathy and this was the first post I read.  I met Karen a couple of times and while I never got a chance to really get to know her, I sensed she was a great person and a very knowledgeable stager.  Another talent gone before their time...

Oct 20, 2013 09:09 AM
Heather Cook
Beyond the Stage Homes - Kitchener, ON
Delivering beautifully staged spaces

Kathy - what a wonderful tribute to a friend and fellow stager. While I didn't have the pleasure of truly getting to know Karen, I was saddened when I learned of her passing. She was one of the kindest people I met at the first RESA convention I went to and you're right - it's her smile that I remember.


Oct 20, 2013 11:53 PM
Ellie Viray
Deasy Penner Podley - Pasadena, CA
Realtor, GRI

Kathy ~ I did not have an opportunity to know Karen, but my sincere sympathy goes to you and Karen's family.

Oct 22, 2013 04:21 AM
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Kathy Nielsen- what a lovely tribute to a wonderful woman! She will be greatly missed. Thanks for sharing and giving this lovely tribute to her.

Nov 04, 2013 07:47 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

It's heartbreaking to read this post that Kathy wrote about our mutual friend Karen Dembsky, particularly because now Kathy herself has recently passed away so suddenly.  The loss of both of these amazingly talented women leaves a huge void in the home staging community and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to their families and friends.  May you both rest in peace, dear friends!

May 16, 2015 02:35 PM