2nd UPDATE! A RE:STYLE Home Staging Event in Brighton, MI: "Home Is Where The Art Is, Too" Open House

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4 Women Artists Exhibit at 6020 Wyndam Lane, Brighton

Earlier this year, I saw a couple posts about using the work of local artists in houses that are staged as a great way to get more exposure for all concerned. So, when I noticed that the Brighton Art Guild was temporarily set up in a vacant storefront in downtown Brighton, I stopped in to ooooo, ahhhh, and chat. I met a few artisits and floated the idea of showcasing some of their work in an appropriate house, and they seemed interested.

Long story short, I reconnected with them when I got the opportunity to stage a spectacular house in the prestigious development of Pine Creek. And, voila--the "Home Is Where The Art Is" Open House was born. It was originally scheduled for early December, but that turned out to be less-than-auspicious timing. So, we are rescheduling it for Saturday, January 31, 2009. 


Here are some photos from the "soft opening":

LR  Family Room off kitchen and Living room

There will be 4 artists exhibiting, and selling, their work: Anne Marie Buckman, Linda Dunn, Kim Isaac and Kally Walcott. 

Master Bath  Master Bath

Master Bath  Powder Room

Some of the "gang"

Surprise! Consultation nets the 4th artist!

The Thursday morning before the December 7th event, I had a consultation with a client. In the course of the consultation, I noticed some interesting fabric pyramids. When I said "Tell me about these" she proceeded to explain that she sews, and has exhibited these at various art fairs. So I asked her if we could use them for our event, and she was more than happy to oblige! (I also accomplished some subtle "decluttering" at her residence by this suggestion!)

Dancing iris 

The large canvas on the right was finished just in time for the event. Sadly, the artist was dealing with her mother's imminent death, and used this stressful time to fuel her creative expression. Painted as a tribute to her mother, who died just after it was completed, Linda Dunn's work is a powerful as it is beautiful.

The work on the fireplace mantle was also recently completed by the artist, Anne Marie Buckman. Both these pieces bring so much life and warmth to the room, don't they?

Anne Marie Buckman

Here is the fabric art of Kally Walcott, on the floor below the paintings by Anne Marie Buckman:


Pyramids  Pyramids

Pyramids  Pyramid

And some close ups of more of Ann Marie's work:

Abstracts   Abstract

We had a lot of fun, and helped get more awareness for the artists, and the house! Hopefully Michigan's weather will cooperate and we'll get even more participation this time!


Event: "Home Is Where The Art Is, Too" Open House

  Coffee and Dessert Artists' Reception

Where: 6020 Wyndam Lane, Brighton, MI 48116

When: Saturday, January 31, 2009; 1 PM to 4 PM


Kimberly Isaac

Anne Marie Buckman

Linda Dunn

Kally Walcott



Sheryl McIntyre, Coldwell Banker Schweitzer

Kathi Presutti, RE:STYLE Home Staging and Redesign




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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

What a great idea!  This kind of out-of-the-box thinking is your trademark and you're an inspiration to the rest of us:)

Good luck Sunday--hope the house and artwork sells quickly.  It looks gorgeous!  Wish I could come check it out in person.

Dec 01, 2008 09:35 PM #1
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Such a clever idea and you heard about it on AR.   We look forward to your report.

I'm very curious as to how you are marketing it to the public

Dec 02, 2008 08:48 AM #2
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Wonderful idea Kathi!  Your work as well as the art looks fantastic.

Dec 02, 2008 09:08 AM #3
Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging

Great idea, but did you have to include special insurance coverage for the art?

Dec 02, 2008 09:15 AM #4
Fernando Rosado
West Palm Beach, FL
561-906-0050 or 561-840-8950

I love this Staging. The Drama of the Black and dark colors splashes of bright colors hmmmm I just got inspired for my next Master Bedroom next Monday . Thanx (wink, wink)  ;)

Dec 02, 2008 10:20 AM #5
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Kathy, the staging and the art work are great! They compliment each other very well. Great job!

Dec 03, 2008 10:17 AM #6
Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC


I wish you could come, too. I still need to get with you for our "Wine and Whine", but this Open House hs been consuming me...


Well, I'm marketing it more to Realtors, and only somewhat to the public. i have tried to get some press, but all i managed was a couple of calendar listings...I think positive real estate news isn't the most popular to cover! I di post this as an event on Facebook, and I did several email blasts to my "sphere"--we'll see how it goes!


Thanks so much! I also got a fiber artist to participate at the last minute!


You know, I didn't do that. But I may yet look into a fine arts rider.


Thanks! I'll look for the pictures of your Master!


Thanks so much! I can't wait to post the updates with more of the art!

Dec 06, 2008 07:58 AM #7
Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions - Roanoke, VA
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Kathi - What a great idea and great staging!  I can not wait to hear how it goes.  Good luck!


Dec 06, 2008 08:43 AM #8
Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC

Thanks, Wanda! I'm hoping all goes well!

Dec 06, 2008 11:16 AM #9
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