Moving Forward - The SIF Week in Review Aug 17- 23, 2008

Home Stager

No matter what hot topics may temporarily sidetrack us, a continuing theme in the SIF community is moving our industry forward.  This past week, there were quite a few posts designed to do just that.

In an effort to continue what Craig and Yvonne started, SIF has joined forces with RESA to put on another set of Round Table discussions designed to help us work together by communicating with one another to work out the bugs within our industry. (I stole Karen's graphic, isn't it nice?)

In reference to these discussions, Maureen Bray asked us to give our inputon what topics would be most benificial to ourselves and the industry as a whole.  Karen Dembsky put out a call to action and Juliet Johnson reminded us why all of this, among other things, is so important to our industry. What are those other things, you might ask?  Check out Terrylynn Fischer's exciting announcement for our staging friends in the Northwest.

But, moving forward is not all about roundtables and staging expos.  It is really about the information we post regularly that educate the general public and specifically potential newbie stagers about the reality of professional staging.

Abby Reilly did an excellent job on explaining why a potential stager should talk to a seasoned pro before jumping on the staging wagon. Cindy Lin, in her infinite wisdom, reminded us that just because you can, doesn't mean you should (a good reminder for even the most seasoned of us)  and Kathy Nielson pointed out that your staging reputationis within your control, so you need to decide what kind of stager you want to be.

The way I see it, individual growth is really much more important than our growth as an industry, because the former has an definite benefit toward the latter.  If we as individuals are willing to expand our horizons, it only works to expand the horizons of the industry as a whole.  Janice Sutton learned a valuable lessonin that regard this week and I am personally glad she shared it with all of us. I also hope she survives her week of latrine duty. In addition to that, Carole Provenzale shared how her wide range of blog content opened a door for someone else to share their services with her. How cool is that? Finally, the lovely Joelle Green shared the benefits of opening yourself up to the possibilities of working with another stager.   Together, they achieved stunning results.  On that same note, I'd like to congratulate Karen Reynolds on her new business venture. Welcome back, Karen!

Kudos all of you for moving forward and moving the industry with you!


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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Very Nice job Kimberly.  This was just about as exciting of a week as I've seen in a long time.  Thanks as usual for doing this recap.

Aug 24, 2008 07:13 AM #1
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Great summary, Kimberly!  It was a great week with lots of solid posts from which to learn.  Thanks for the mention.


Aug 24, 2008 07:41 AM #2
Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta

Great review!  SIF just keeps getting better and better!  I am extremely happy to hear about SIF and REAS joining together.  Thanks for the mention.....and yes I am surviving latrine duty....No crappy week for me!

Aug 24, 2008 08:04 AM #3
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

Hi Kimberly -- Thx for the great summary and ALL YOU DO TO KEEP US MOVING FORWARD! We applaud you!

Aug 24, 2008 09:01 AM #4
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Great summary of the week's events.  Thanks Kimberly for all you do.

Aug 24, 2008 10:05 AM #5
No Longer Available
White Rock, BC

Hi Kimberly,  thank you for the week in review.   I have been away for so long,  this will be a good fast track to get caught up.

Thank you for the mention as well.   Nice to know I added a little value here.

I look forward to catching up on some of your blogs as well. :-)

Aug 24, 2008 10:37 AM #6
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Fantastic job of a re-cap.

I'm really impressed

Keep up the good work

Aug 24, 2008 01:45 PM #7
Juliet Johnson
Vizzitopia - St Johns, FL
Jacksonville Photography & Digital Marketing

Amazing, but not the least bit surprising, summary of s-o-m-e week!  Well done, you have such grace, Kimbo.  I am always so delighted by your gentle wisdom.  We are all the better for having you guide us.  Hope school's fun.  Talk soon.  Jj

Aug 24, 2008 02:01 PM #8
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Gary - Exciting sure is a democratic way of describing it.  ;)

Kathy - Thanks for giving me something to feature!

Janice - LOL!  Elaine sure is a strict camp counselor, isn't she?

Karen - You are too kind!

Aug 24, 2008 02:40 PM #9
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Michele- You are welcome.  Thanks for the appreciation.

Joelle - Glad you are back!  You may not find a lot of new blogs from me, but my reviews will help you catch up!

Virginia - Thanks!

Juliet - School is fun. Thanks for the flattery. ;)

Aug 24, 2008 02:43 PM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Kimberly, Thank you SO much for the mention and it was a terrific Week in Review.  I have to go back and see the ones I've missed!

Aug 24, 2008 03:24 PM #11
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Kimberly, I had a very busy week last week so I missed alot of what was going on here on AR. Your post sure makes it easy to catch up! :)

Aug 25, 2008 12:56 AM #12
Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!

Kimberly- Hope you enjoyed your week off last week! My head is still spinning which is why I missed some of these great posts! Thanks for putting this together, and all the time you spend for us!!!

Aug 25, 2008 11:41 AM #13
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