We had so much fun in Las Vegas last month at the RESA Convention last month! We had amazing speakers (Sabrina Soto), the coolest group of vendors (Ashley Furniture, Cort, Surya, Paragon), the largest attendance of home stagers of any Convention and the most competitive awards grouping I've ever seen! Our industry is hot and when we get together...amazing things happen.
Here are just a few of the many highlights from that event...
The HSR Happy Hour (Pre-Party)
Who doesn't love a good happy hour? Before the Convention began, I treated all my HSR Members, Grads and Staging Mentors to free drinks at the Center Bar in the casino and it was a great way for stagers to meet, network and connect before the big event.
My Certified Color Expert (CCE) Training Won
For the third time I've been privileged to win the "RESA Most Innovative Product and Service of the Year Award"! I was blown away since the competition this year was fierce and there were so many great finalists.
I'm very proud of this training because I believe Color Consultations are becoming more essential and I'm excited to help stagers and designers create a market for this service (much like I did when staging was brand new).
I also spoke on the subject of choosing "Ideal Color Schemes" and am doing a FREE live webinar on color, so sign-up by clicking on the image below if you LOVE color.
Lots of HSR Grads Won Awards Too!
Victoria (www.VictoriaStaging.com), Audra Slinkey, Emily and Yvette (www.orchidinteriorsllc.com), Arti (www.studiortdesign.com), Cynthia (www.transitionshomestagingtulsa.com), Monica (www.preferredstaging.com), and Laurie (www.roomswithimpact.com)
In every category there were many HSR Grad award winning finalists! The body of work was better than I've ever seen in the history of staging awards! Over the next few months, I'm going to be sharing these incredible photos on this blog and on the NAR staging blog.
Seeing is believing, and when you see these incredibly talented stagers work their magic...it will give you goosebumps!
HSR Alumni Kristine (www.elitestagingandredesign.com) and Birgit (www.birgitanich.com)
I shared a bit about Orlando (www.thehomestagingguy.com) in a prior blog post about "How to Get a Staging Job", because he is also one of my wonderful staging mentors, is State President of RESA for Florida and regularly jumps into my live, training webinars in the HSR Members Area to motivate and comment...I love this guy!
Sabrina Soto Had an Incredible Story
Don't you love a good story? Sabrina Soto was an incredible speaker and we had an hour long "chat" question and answer session that inspired, illuminated and motivated all of us. She's as down to earth as you would think, very kind, genuine and had some excellent insights on trends in the industry. She even gave us a little "HGTV gossip":).
I Got to Meet so Many Wonderful HSR People in Person!
My staging and design certification training is online, so while I get to talk and email HSR members daily...I don't get to see them in person (unless they come to a San Diego RESA event). The RESA Convention allowed us to pre-party, celebrate the industry and get to know each other better.
The Staging Industry is FILLED with the most AMAZING group of people!
AND...I Got to Share All of This With My Two Beautiful Sisters!
I was so blessed to have both my sisters fly out and support me at the convention!
My REAL Sisters got to meet my "Staging Sisters"... How cool is that?!
So...save up your pennies and make sure to attend next years, RESA Convention with me if you are a home stager!
If you're not a home stager but thinking about it, then watch my free video about the industry, "Is Staging for You?"
Here are some of my favorite highlights from the RESA Convention…