Sometimes the Dreams That Come True Are the Dreams Your Never Even Knew You Had

It’s the Christmas season, and there’s so much to be getting excited about.  Parties, celebrations, gifts, and spending time with those we love, right?  It’s also near dawn of a brand new year, which means new goals and dreams for our future.  What are the dreams of your future?

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Ten years ago, I dreamed of spending my time doing something I truly loved.  Something I was passionate about.  That all started with a love of homes. A love of houses, real estate, interiors, renovation, paint colors – all those things and more.  But I had two degrees in the field of psychology.  What on earth was I doing dreaming about the places where we live, and how to make them everything we desired – a place of comfort, a place of peace, a place of solace and respite?

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So I jumped on the crazy train and threw off the chains of my schooling and decided to pursue my passion for Home Staging.  I never could have dreamed where that train would take me. A few weeks ago, I found out that I won two national home staging industry awards.  The first one is for Top 10 Home Stager of the Year:

 

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The second one is for Top Ten Redesigner of the Year:

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And to top it off, I was honored at being elected a Regional Vice President of the Real Estate Staging Association® (RESA). When I told Mr. Man and the kids, they immediately said, “You mean assistant to the Regional Manager!”  If you never watched The Office, you may not get the reference, but they thought it was HILARIOUS.

Anyway, I’m thrilled by all of this good news and thrilled to offer you the chance to pursue YOUR dream of a career in home staging and design – even if that’s not what you intended 20 years ago.  Guess what?  DREAMS CHANGE.  And that’s totally OK.

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I have four spots left for my January 29-31 course, where you can become certified as an Expert Psychological Stager™.  I believe there are four people who are DESTINED to chart a course that will change their life – I’m not sure who of you will have the courage and the drive to make the change, but I can’t wait to meet you in January!!!  Don’t let your dreams just be dreams – sign up today:

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Psychological Staging in Action – Home Staging Befores and Afters

You may remember this dining room I posted about a few weeks back:

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I have to tell you:  it’s pretty exciting to be shopping for groceries in your very own local grocery store and be able to pick up a magazine you are in.  And thankfully, not a tabloid.
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The 3 Questions You’ve Been Asking About the Expert Psychological Staging™ Course

Many of you have asked questions about the Expert Psychological Staging™ (EPS) certification course that I am offering January 29, 30, 31, 2015.  Since they seem to be versions of the same three questions, I thought I’d share the answers with you all, in case you are wondering about the same things but haven’t asked.

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Obviously, I would encourage you to take my course!  But I thought you might appreciate the perspective of some of the recent graduates of my September 2014 course.  Here are the questions and answers you might need:

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Psychological Staging™ Sweatshop

We’ve all been working hard getting ready for the Expert Psychological Stager™ training course.  By “all,” I mean me, Allison, Mr. Man, Lego Allen, and my daughters.  Mr. Man’s basement studio has turned into a sweatshop.

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Would You Paint Your Ceiling Black?

What would you consider painting black?  Perhaps surprisingly, black-painted windows draw your eye to the landscape beyond – more so than if the window were painted white.

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Home Staging – What NOT to Do

I spent much of the Labor Day weekend preparing the presentation and manual for my Psychological Staging Training in a little over two weeks. In reviewing and gathering old staging photos to use in my presentation, I stumbled on a blogpost I wrote over four years ago that I thought I would share with you guys.  I think you’ll get a kick out of it:

 

Did you know that staged homes sell for about 15% more money in 1/4 of the time of unstaged homes?  Good home staging is a must in today’s difficult real estate market.  You have only one chance and about 15 minutes to make a prospective buyer fall in love with your home.  With fewer eligible buyers, you have to make every showing count – big time.

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The following photographs are “befores” of some of my early clients’ homes.  All of my clients are wonderful and talented people – but everyone needs a little help to make the sign in the front yard go from “For Sale” to “Sold.”  Names are withheld to protect the innocent and the unstaged.

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