Raphael House of Portland is a multi-faceted domestic violence agency dedicated to ending intimate partner violence for good. They proudly serve individuals and families of all backgrounds, cultures, ages, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations. Our RESA Portland Chapter gave back to them in a big way this holiday season.
Our amazing RESA Phoenix Chapter held our first Annual Christmas Gift Exchange. We enjoyed the beautifully decorated terrace, lunch and sharing holiday traditions and exchanging gifts. It was the perfect meeting for the end of the year.
It is our job as stagers to bring life to each and every house we touch. At HOMEmade DESIGNS we take pride in working with our clients and transforming their homes to their highest potential. We take each house and develop an individualized plan of action to highlight each feature of the home.
The staging industry although large in our span across North America, we are close knit through social media and our personal relationships. We are all watching the devastation wreaking havoc on the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, and our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow colleagues who are affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Although we are only in the beginning stages of this disaster, we are thinking ahead of what help we can give to our members in need. RESA has set up a donation process for those who would like to donate to the RESA members who have suffered losses due to Hurricane Harvey.
If you would like to donate please click the graphic to the right for more information.
If you are a RESA member and Hurricane Harvey has affected you and you need assistance please email Alexis@RESA-hq.org to explain your circumstances. RESA staff will do all we can do to facilitate financial assistance or to help find resources for you locally. Financial assistance is dependent on the donations received.
Recently Todd McAllister and Michelle Minch taught an intimate workshop on how to shop the Furniture Markets at the Las Vegas Market. The class was a great success and home stagers are already asking for them to do more workshops! We are delighted to bring you a home staging tip from Todd McAllister himself!
A few weeks after The Home Staging Industry Awards, David posted a photo of his newly redesigned bonus room. The first thing I noticed was the vintage inspired green couch along with a perfectly paired contemporary piece of art that hung right above, and I thought to myself, “Oh My! I need to get David to allow us to feature his home on the Home Staging Newswire” and lucky for us he said yes!
David shares a beautiful home with his partner Nik, who is also the co-owner of their shared business, and a RESA member. David and Nik won Top Staging Team In North America at the Home Staging Industry Awards in 2014. If you’re thinking this must mean their home is picture perfect- than you would not be disappointed.
When David and Nik bought their 5-bedroom home built in the early 2000’s it was decked out with ornate, traditional finishes that didn’t really fit their contemporary style. They decided to remodel most of the home before moving in, all in just 2 ½ weeks!
When someone invites me into their home, I always feel a little bit closer to them. There is something so telling about a person’s home, the stories waiting to be told and memories that have been made on display. When I asked David what his most valued item in their home was he told me about a piece of furniture they are currently using as an entertainment center, “The sideboard that my parents gave me. It’s an original Danish piece purchased in France in 1955 that is just beautiful.”
Besides the striking green vintage couch that inspired this featured story, I also could not help but notice the modern piece of artwork that hung right above it, so of course I had to ask where he got it – with the hopes of adding it to my own wish list! What I found out was that some of David’s most valued pieces in their home such as that very piece, the art in the dinning room and above the fireplace, are all original pieces by Nik.
The kitchen, by no surprise is one of David’s favorite spots in their home because it tends to be one of the places they spend the most of their time. After seeing his sleek kitchen I can understand why. It literally looks like something that you would find on a Pintrest board for those of us day dreaming about our dream kitchen. The open concept, large island, and lighting are not even my favorite part… I am obsessed with the painted kitchen cabinets.
Coming off the kitchen, is another one of the most used rooms in their household, the family room. It fits right in line with David’s design style, which he described as “global, contemporary and casual.” I personally love his use of the mirrors chosen for the far end of the family room, as they work magically with the homes original architecture. My only qualm is that I do not live here myself.
More Photos of David and Nik’s home:
5 Things You May Not Know About David:
- He owns a business management company, and says if he had not pursued a home staging career he would have strictly focused on that.
- His Favorite paint colors are Benjamin Moore White Dove, Revere Pewter, and Eagle Rock.
- He would like to see the Stainless-Steel trend on its way out – he loves the idea of matte appliances that don’t show fingerprints and make a bolder statement instead.
- You will not find an etagere in his home because he does not like to display collections.
- He draws a lot of his inspiration from HGTV and magazines.