Ontario RESA/SIF Home Stagers Roundtable - Colleagues Not Competitors - A Great Day!

Home Stager with Dezigner Digz

I'm just home from today's roundtable meeting which was open to all home stagers across Ontario.  I wanted to write about it while I was still so pumped up. [A big thank you to Karen Hubert who car pooled with me.  She had to put up with my talking the whole way home ;-).]  

There were 26 attendees registered for the event.  Although not everyone was able to make it, we ended up with 21 home stagers in attendance.  Everyone had such a good time sharing information and chatting about our common passion - home staging.  The main thing that I took away from today was the unanimous agreement that we're colleagues, not competitors.  What better way can we move the staging industry forward than to have that attitude!

Our meeting lasted 4 hours as there was a lot of information to cover.  Michelle Finnamore was kind enough to be our Secretary for the meeting.  She brought her laptop and typed away furiously to catch all of the information.  She assures me that I'll have her notes by tomorrow - talk about efficiency!  Karen Hubert was appointed our official Timekeeper and I was the Moderator.  Although Karen gave me the heads up when our 10 minutes per question time limit was approaching, we managed to go over on some of the more important topics.  

I would like to thank Mark Miller and the team at Executive Furniture Rental for making the day possible by opening up their doors to us.  Their showroom is beautiful and the furniture absolutely gorgeous.  Executive Furniture Rental was also kind enough to put on a fantastic lunch for everyone.   

Here are a few photos from the day: 



Front Row (left to right):  Patricia Hutchinson, Karen Hubert, Kimberley Hawley, Charlene Storozuk, Lori Howard, Michelle Finnamore, Susan Crema-Martin, Janet Raynor

Back Row (left to right):  Sandra Garland, Rosina D'Ardis, Kathy Booth, Sandra MacLennan, Alison Overington, Sheryl Koss, Karen Bates, Stacey Larocque, Duncan Scott, Mari Blair, Otilia Biondi

[Two attendees escaped before the group photo]

A big thank you to everyone that attended.  Your contributions made it such a valuable day for all.  


Dezigner Digz is a home staging company located in Burlington, Ontario and servicing Ancaster, Hamilton, Aldershot, Burlington, Waterdown, Stoney Creek, Bronte, Oakville, Milton and surrounding areas.  The owner, Charlene Storozuk, is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association and is the founder and current President of the Halton & Hamilton-Wentworth Real Estate Staging Association.  For more information on us, visit our website at www.dezignerdigz.com  

Comments (17)

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

Charlene ~ Great pictures!  It sounds like you had a very productive meeting and a great turn-out!

Nov 30, 2008 12:04 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Charlene, thank you for organizing this round table. It was an informative afternoon and one that we hope will be repeated often.

It was very motivating to be around people that are so passionate about their chosen career. We have such diverse backgrounds- it is always interesting to see what skills each person can bring to the discussion table.

Thank you to Mark from Executive Rentals for hosting the event and supplying a healthy lunch. Your showroom is huge and stocked with the latest furniture as well as the classics.  I encourage all Stagers in the area to come for a visit to see how Executive can help you grow your business. Mark has a unique points incentive program in place which you will have to be sure to ask about.


Nov 30, 2008 12:22 AM

Hi Charlene,  I believe  you had to listen to me on the way hme too.LOL.  I enjoyed the day very much and I learned a lot.  Looking forward to the next one.  It was nice to meet some people I have heard of and seen pictures but haven't met in person and to see some of our own RESA Chapter members.  Thanks Michelle Finnamore for the PST information.  It really got me hinking.  Take care everyone.

Nov 30, 2008 01:10 AM
Karen Hubert, Center Stage Design

OOPS!!! The last comment was mine. 

Nov 30, 2008 01:11 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Charlene, What a lovely turnoout!  It sounds like you had a fun and productive day.

Nov 30, 2008 08:45 AM
Kathy Booth, Setting the Stage
Setting the Stage - Newmarket, ON
Home Staging and ReDesign Professional

Charlene - I really enjoyed the day and meeting so many successful people that are truly passionate about their careers.  Very motivating!


Kathy Booth

Nov 30, 2008 11:46 AM
Isabel Gomes
Gomes Design - London, ON
Interior Decorator, Stager - London, Ont

Glad to hear it was such a great success.

Nov 30, 2008 12:45 PM
Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Hey Charlene, first, I did recieve your recap... Thanks.  Second, there was a terrific turnout....  Good for you.

Nov 30, 2008 12:55 PM
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

Hi Charlene -- thanks for all your contributions to make this happen for so many of your local area stagers!  It's a lot of work to pull together; but very gratifying, don't you think? Congrats on the exceptional turn out and job well done!

Nov 30, 2008 11:44 PM
Sandra Garland from Renewed Design, Toronto

Charlene, Thank you so much for arranging the event.  It was very informative and you did a great job keeping it on track.  Good bunch of diverse people, bringing many issues and just plain fun to the table. I look forward to the next one.

Dec 01, 2008 12:15 AM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

What a great group picture!!!  And... congrats on such a successful turn-out.  What a great benefit this was to all stagers!


Dec 01, 2008 03:07 AM
Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging

Thanks for posting the photos & summary, Charlene.  It's great to recognize some of the other AR stagers.

Dec 01, 2008 09:39 AM
Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

Hi Charlene,

I heard good feedback from the meeting from our CRDA members who attended (Sandra MacLennan, Rosina D'Ardis and Kathy Booth). 

Sorry I missed it.  Keep up the good work.

Dec 02, 2008 11:35 PM
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Kathy P. - Thanks!  It was a very informative day.  I was really happy with the turnout.

Michelle - I can't thank you enough for agreeing to take the Minutes of our meeting.  You did such a fabulous job and talk about quick turnaround!  Thanks so much.

Karen H. - It really was great to meet more home stagers from around the GTA.  I was so pleased that some of our local RESA chapter members were able to attend as well.  I'm glad I didn't talk your ear off :-).

Carole - Yes, everyone enjoyed it and learned a lot as well.

Kathy B. - I'm glad you enjoyed the day.  It was great meeting you!

Isabel - Thanks!  Sorry you couldn't attend this one.  Hopefully you'll be able to make the next one.

Gary - The recap was thanks to Michelle Finnamore.  She did a fabulous job of putting all of the notes together.  We did have a great turnout!

Karen D. - Thank you!  I was really pleased to be a part of the roundtables.  It definitely was rewarding.

Sandra - You're welcome.  It was great meeting you.  We really had a terrific bunch there.  I'll be looking forward to the next one too.

Kathy N. - Thanks!  I think everyone came away with something from our meeting - very worthwhile.

Kathy R. - You're welcome.  I was really looking forward to meeting the AR members in person. 

Sandi - I'm so glad that the feedback was good.  I think everyone enjoyed the day.  I hope you'll be able to attend our next meeting.

Dec 03, 2008 04:36 AM
Magi Roth
Simply3 - Vaughan, ON

Hi Charlene, glad you had a good turnout with such positive results.

Dec 03, 2008 05:49 AM
Hope Designs
Hope Designs - Bolton, ON
Hope Designs, Toronto’s Award Winning Home Staging

Charlene: You did a fabulous job organizing the SIF round table! What a fabulous afternoon, it was a pleasure to meet everyone, I learned so much. its too bad we couldn't arrange to meet more often than once per year. Thanks again, it was great to meet you in person!

Dec 05, 2008 01:13 AM
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Magi - Thanks!  It was a very positive day.  Hope you can attend the next one!

Lori - Thanks so much.  It was really great to meet you too.  We should definitely get together in the new year some time.  Maybe we could meet somewhere halfway between Burlington and Bolton for a coffee!

Dec 17, 2008 12:36 AM