I LOVE MY PROFESSION BECAUSE... a challenge from my dear, sweet, intellegent,kind, & did I mention beautiful?... AR friend

Home Stager with Empire Home Staging Solutions

Normally on any given day, in my profession of home staging, I am faced with several types of challenges...what to do with the homeowners lime green walls or how to convince clients that putting linoleum on their kitchen counter tops just really is not a good idea! These types of things!                                                                                        

When my friend Kat De Long challenged me to write a post about why I love my profession, I had to sit back and think for a minute week...and really understand what it was, about my profession, that makes me enjoy it so much!  Well, here goes Kat...hope you like my post!

I Love my profession, because... first and foremost, I am a people person! What better way for me to get out and meet people than to deal with the general public!  My profession allows me to do this by constantly meeting with real estate agents and brokers, their office personnel,homeowners, clients and their families, personnel at my favorite shopping stores, of course my new friends of the AR community and other business social networking groups, etc. I always find meeting people interesting, I enjoy learning about them and what they do. Many bonds and friendships some old and some new have been started because of my profession.  Like that of my dear friend   Kat De Long , with whom I met through the wonderful world of Active Rain and who has challenged me to this post! 

Secondly, I love my profession so much because... it allows me to express my creative spirit which is one of my passions.   I love design & color.  From the time I was little...which was a long time  while ago...I have loved art and arranging and creating things! I studied art and interior design throughout high school and college and still today, I am constantly learning about art and form by viewing things in all my surroundings to see them for their artistic or architectural qualities. My profession of home staging, challenges me everyday to create inviting environments for clients,family and friends.  I get a thrill out of watching peoples reactions when they first see they're homes transformed! I love helping sellers prepare they're homes for the market and seeing they're enjoyment when they SELL!   I'm not one who normally wants the attention focused on them, I would much rather please others...I get more enjoyment from that!

Also, my profession, (which I absolutely love), did I mention that?... allows me the freedom to have a flexible schedule,allowing me to spend time with my family and friends.  After all, life really is about enjoying your passions and living each day to the fullest, with the ones you hold dear. (If it's not, please clue me in, if I'm missing out on something)!

My profession also allows for me to give back to my community through many charitable works throughout the year, which really makes my heart expand!  Giving back is something that fills my heart with joy, doesn't cost me a thing and I truly believe the giver receives more than the recipient!


Last of all, what better excuse would there be for going shopping than to be a professional home stager! Every girl loves to shop, well at least this one does...and I enjoy shopping for furniture and fabrics, unusual art pieces and accessories and coordinating items found in various stores and design centers and pulling them all together to form environments that are pleasing and inviting! 

Thanks for the challenge Kat, you really made me stop and think of how lucky I am to be doing something that I am so passionate about! 



For all your professional home staging needs call the experts at Empire Home Staging Solutions!    Serving the Inland Empire,San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas of So. California.                   Michelle Pimentel ASP, IAHSP  (909) 694-9981          


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Kat DeLong
Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (

Michelle:  You really are the BEST!!!  It is obvious how much you love your profession, as I've seen MANY photos of your finished work which, when you've completed, are works of art.  I am so design/staged challenged, I have to copy all my ideas from books or HGTV. LOL   BUT YOU, it comes natural.  THANKS for the kind words about me.... you really shouldn't have...  

Oct 18, 2008 03:51 PM #3
Robyn Guinn
StageAZ - Phoenix, AZ
Home staging, Arizona

Michelle, love this post!  Well said and straight from the heart.  You're not missing anything, you have it all!  Keep up the good work.

Oct 18, 2008 04:26 PM #4
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Wow, this is a really nice post.  It is obvious how much you have designed the life of your dreams.  We should all be so good at doing that.  I, like Kat am a good copier, you and many of the talented ones in our area just come by it naturally.  What a gift and a pleasure to read this post.

Oct 18, 2008 07:14 PM #5
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Great post Michelle.  Your passion and love for what you do shows in your work and is evident in your words.  It is such a great gift to be doing something you love isn't it?  Glad you found your calling.

Oct 18, 2008 10:38 PM #6
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Michelle ~ I could see myself also in your post, even down to the 23 years married! 

Oct 19, 2008 01:44 AM #7
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Elaine- We are so lucky! I wouldn't trade my profession for anything!

Wendy-Congrats on the 9 years!  We really are so fortunate, aren't we?


Oct 19, 2008 09:25 AM #8
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Kat-Your so Welcome! No one deserves great words said about them more than you! Thanks for the challenge, I had a lot of fun writing this post!

Robyn-Thanks! I'm sure your just as passionate about your home staging profession!

Oct 19, 2008 09:30 AM #9
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Terrylynn- Thank you so much, I'm happy you enjoyed the post.  I would have loved to tag everyone including you...hope it comes around to you so that you can write yours.  I would enjoy reading about your passions!

Michele-Merci beaucoup! I believe I really have found my calling.

Kathy-Congratulations on 23 years of marriage!  That really is admirable these days!  I know you are just as passionate about being a stager as I am.  I see it in your work and in the posts you have written.  We really are so lucky, as Elaine mentioned in her comment. 

Oct 19, 2008 09:38 AM #10
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Michelle, great post. It really is the one thing that defines a great stager. Loving what you do. I guess that would apply to any profession but with staging it is done on a very public scale for everyone to see. Your enthusiasm shines through for everyone to see.

Oct 19, 2008 10:16 AM #11
Barbara Cluck-Miksits
BCM Home Staging LLC - Ridgewood, NJ
Home Staging - New Jersey

Michelle ~ Could not have said it better. You are right on. I feel that a good stager is very passionate about what they do from the begining to the end. Great post!

Oct 19, 2008 01:20 PM #12
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Michelle F.-Thanks so much for your kind words!

Barbara-I'm sure you are just as passionate about your work, in fact I know we have a lot of passionate home stagers here on Active Rain!

Oct 19, 2008 04:42 PM #13
Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Broker, Toronto Real Estate

Michelle, it absolutely shows that you LOVE (yes, you did mention that) what you do ... and I guess I could never do it, because I hate shopping. :)

Oct 20, 2008 04:29 AM #14
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

As long as you love what you do...there are no limits to what you do for your business and in actuality....for you :)  

Oct 20, 2008 04:37 AM #15
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Glad I found this....well actually it is easy to find in Sally's Group :)  Anyway, I see you're right up the road from me...and it always amazes me when I see someone on here that is so close :)  Anyway it is nice to "meet you" here, especially if Kat tagged you, then I figure you're worth reading.  and it does sound like you enjoy what you're doing....me, I don't like decorating too much.  If I have something I decorate with it, but never go "get something."  Just goes to show there's a need for Stagers.......

Oct 20, 2008 01:01 PM #16
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Such fun Michelle!!  Love the music too! It is not work when you love what you do!!!  Finding your passion and sharing it with others is true happiness!!  

Oct 20, 2008 04:43 PM #17
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Sylvie-Too bad you didn't live a little closer, I'd probably do the shopping for you otherwise!  Thanks for visiting. :)

Celeste-Mahalo! You are absolutely right!

Kathy-Hey, nice to meet you too!  Anytime your in need of some staging you just feel free to give me a call!

Cathy- Thanks!  I know you love what you do, you share it with others here on AR all the time! :)

Oct 20, 2008 06:25 PM #19
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

So great to hear more about you -- your passion and enthusiasm shows in your work (and of course it did go without saying that you had to be a shopper extraordinaire)!

Oct 21, 2008 11:44 PM #20
Donata Morandi
2Glamour Inc. - Toronto, ON

Michelle, what  a great post, and you blog looks so professional, music and all!! I still have to learn a lot!




Oct 22, 2008 05:25 AM #21
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Michelle~ You have absolutely got to be the cutest and most sincere stagerperson EVER!  Loved the post and all the pictures and all that you have to say!  I wish you lived near here, your staging capabilities seem incredible!  You are right about the giver receives more than the recipient!

Oct 22, 2008 11:43 AM #22
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Margaret-"Shopper Extraordinaire"...I like the sound of that!  ;) Thanks for visiting!

Donata-Thanks for your kind words...come back and visit!

Vickie-Thanks for coming by to visit...I wished I lived closer too!

Oct 22, 2008 06:16 PM #23
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