NW Staging expo a raving success for me especially

Education & Training with International School of Staging

The thought of meeting ladies whom I've met on active rain compelled me to go to Staging Expo in Portland on Saturday.  I was about to make reservations on Amtrack but then my husband (ANGEL that he is) decided to drive me down to Wilsonville Oregon from Seattle for the day.  Finally I could put face to name of dynamic members of the industry.  I was surprised by the enormous numbers of attendees and the high quality of the exhibits with exciting products.  The guest speakers were knowledgeable, the food was great and most important of all, all designations mingled happily.

But the best was yet to come.  Prizes were being drawn and my husband is now having his Sarurday afternoon nap on one of the most comfy sofas at Mastercraft Furniture Company.  The next thing, out comes the owner carrying this most amazing leather chair with the announcement that I'm the winner.!!!

OMG what a surprise.  What an amazing prize!! The most comfortable and stylish chair with leather is as soft as butter.  Thankfully I didn't come by train, where would I have put my new chair.  What is more, it's the exact same color as my headboard and so it now has pride of place in our bedroom. 

A big thanks to all. 

I've spent many of my years in the industry as a furniture and accessory buyer and designer.  I wanted to make special mention of fabulous quality being manufactured at Mastercraft Furmiture Company.  Far too much of the furniture in this industry is made in Asia.  We all need to promote and support American manufacture and buy locally made product.




Comments (20)

Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Andy ~ How's about a picture of that chair!? : )

Sep 14, 2008 01:36 PM
Kathy Alexander
GreatStages Home Staging and Redesign - Vancouver, WA
Home Stager Camas WA, Home Staging Southwest WA


It was a great event, for sure! I am sorry that I didn't have the opportunity to say hello to you, but I am glad that you came all the way from Seattle and won such a nice prize. I was wondering if you came on the bus and just how you would get that chair home!

Sep 14, 2008 03:05 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

What a nice surprise for you!!  Could not have happen to a nicer, more talented lady!!!  Enjoy your new chair!!! 

Sep 14, 2008 04:12 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Andy -- Lucky you!  There were lots of folks present who would have loved that chair -- glad to hear it's found a good home already (in your bedroom).  Kathy Alexander and I were saying, how is someone from WA going to get that chair back home??  Smart lady to bring your husband and car!

Sep 14, 2008 05:43 PM
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Sounds like that chair was destine to be yours.  Everything from your husband driving you to the spot in your bedroom just waiting for that very acquisition.  Glad the event was such a success.  Enjoy!

Sep 14, 2008 10:01 PM
Kym Hough
www.Staged-to-Sell - Danville, CA
Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA

Andy - I am with you 100%. Monty the owner has to be the most supportive manufacturer in our business. He will ship to us here in California and I am going to put my items up for sale on my virtual store to make room for all of his product. I could not believe the prices and the quality.  I am so excited that you won that great chair...jealous, but excited!

It was great to meet you and thank you so much for traveling so far to attend our event. We just loved meeting you and the rest of the Staging community of the Pacific Northwest. We feel like we know them all now and we are looking forward to coming back next year to do it again! Kym

Sep 15, 2008 02:50 AM
Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON

Nice score!

I agree, far too much is made in asia and is just not built to last.

Sep 15, 2008 04:13 AM
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Andy, Ditto from me.  It was GREAT fun, loved seeing so many old friends and Mary DeBella is a hostess with the mostess.  The event was top drawer.  Loved getting to know you a little better, and loved having your expertise in the audience.  THANKS for coming, Take care

Sep 15, 2008 04:40 AM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Andy so glad you blogged about your experience. What a great prize too! I love hearing how everyone mingled happily - it's what our industry needs. It sounds like the West Coast has got it together in terms of unity and collaboration. Talk you you soon!

Sep 15, 2008 05:26 AM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Wow Andy!  Sounds like you really scored!  That's one of the cool things about these expos... each sponsor provides raffle prizes.  Wish I could have been there, but I will make it a priority to attend next year's!

Sep 15, 2008 05:33 AM
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Andy - Sounds like you had a wonderful time.  It's great when events turn out successful. Congrats!

Sep 15, 2008 06:41 AM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Yes Andy -- I too was one of the envious ones when they called your name for that beautiful chair!  It was a wonderful event! 

I so appreciate your voicing your opinion about buying products created within the United States.  With so much talk of "going green" we need to remember to provide this quality and affordable option to the homeowners who value our opinions -- we are the Experts! 

Sep 15, 2008 07:25 AM
Andy Capelluto
International School of Staging - Seattle, WA

I truely appreciate all your meaningful comments

Sep 15, 2008 10:53 AM
Patricia Barta
Staging by Patricia - Great Falls, VA
Staging by Patricia, N. Virginia

Congrats!  Winner, winner chicken dinner!

Sep 15, 2008 12:08 PM
Shell Brodnax
Real Estate Staging Association - Valley Springs, CA

Andy I love what you did with the chair!!!

Sep 15, 2008 01:25 PM
Sheridan Corrie
Upstage, LLC - West Linn, OR

I, too, thoroughly enjoyed the expo. It was especially important for me to see other people who take their businesses seriously and are true professionals.  I have a lot to learn in this business, and the expo introduced me to so many resources.  Thanks to everyone who is willing to share.

Andy, I love the shoes you wore that day!

Sep 15, 2008 03:25 PM
Paula Springer
Key Elements Inc. Home Staging & Interiors - Portland, OR


What a great lineup of presenters and topics at the Expo. Kudos to Christine and Kym and Mary and Terylynn. I found the material presented to be on target for staging industry today and it had great info for all levels of staging experience. Plus the vendors were many and varied, and the food was FAB. What more could anybody want from a professional learning opportunity? Winning a big huge piece of furniture doorprize was a nice finish for ANDY!  Not the kind of thing you can tuck under your arm ! I am sure glad your husband wanted to take a drive that day!

Sep 16, 2008 03:26 AM
Andy Capelluto
International School of Staging - Seattle, WA

Thanks -  the shoes are by Ed Hardy - he's a tatoo artist very popular with the teenagers and being the mother of teenage boys I could't help but get excited by the shoes. 

And now my intention is to put my limited technical abitlities to the test and post a photograph of my new chair, next to my headboard - simply to show you all the amazing match.  This prize was meant to be!!! Stay tuned........

Sep 16, 2008 11:03 AM
Paula Springer
Key Elements Inc. Home Staging & Interiors - Portland, OR

Oh what great shoes! Please post a photo of those shoes too Andy!


Sep 20, 2008 12:29 PM
mari cohen bester

well done mrs cap!! you are doing a great job


Sep 20, 2008 05:08 PM