In the midst of the sweltering August heat (90+degrees), on the third floor of a Midlothian home, a group a of local home stagers, realtors and designers from Richmond, VA painted, assembled, fluffed and hung to design a sanctuary for Lauren Cherry, a local 7-year-old pediatric cancer patient and her family.
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.
Amanda Carlson RESA Greater Nashville Chapter President and RESA Regional Vice President, Kristie Barnett recently were involved in the design for the House for Hope, a designer showhouse benefitting 10+ children’s charities across middle TN. Both RESA members served on the design board for the project. Kristie selected both the interior/exterior paint color palette, while Amanda designed one of the bedrooms in the house.
All the work was pro bono and the proceeds of ticket sales and the sale of the house itself (approximately 100K) went to the charities. The house and project was featured on Domino.com, in the Tennessean newspaper, and in the Greater Nashville House & Home magazine.
See all the photos on Instagram here.
Story submitted by Kristie Barnett.
As part of our giving back to the community, RESA Ottawa Members actively engaged in a very special project at St. Mary’s Home—an Ottawa-based social service agency that provides a full range of programs and services for young pregnant women, young moms and dads, and their infants and young children. This facility, located in Ottawa’s Vanier community, supports young women to have a healthy pregnancy and birth, and help young parents gain the knowledge and skills to raise healthy and happy children.
Our project involved re-painting three main rooms in the centre: the Cafeteria, Stroller/Cloakroom, and Child Development Areas, as well as the entrance and reception areas. We changed the out-dated burgundy, purple & dark blue/yellow colours into fresh pistachio, chocolate brown, light rose pink, silvery grey/blue and shell & water blues. The group added a couple of unique features — some birch trees on one wall in the cafeteria, a faux garden window in the tots’ play kitchen corner and flowers on the wall at the entrance to the Child Development Room! In addition, new floor tiles have been ordered and will be installed in the Stroller/Cloakroom in the near future!
In her comments on the completed project, Kathleen Cummings, Executive Director at St. Mary’s said, “Words cannot begin to express the gratitude felt by myself and everyone here with St. Mary’s Home. My breath was taken away when I looked in the rooms today.”
In addition, the Executive Director indicated that she “would love to showcase this amazing gift both in our Annual General Report and at our Annual General Meeting in September”, and invited our volunteer members to attend!
The Young Parent Outreach Centre, managed by Early Childhood Educator, Dixie Desmarais, provided services to 447 youth (young pregnant young women, moms and dads) and 225 children under the age of four. Service to these clients resulted in 7,523 youth visits and 2,492 visits from children. In addition, the Child Development staff had 2,423 child visits and 204 distinctive children in their programs.
St. Mary’s receives funding from various groups and organizations and is supported by many, many volunteers who help keep this facility a vital resource for many young men, women and children. RESA Ottawa Members were more than happy to help make a difference for this community.
This project was brought to our attention at our May, 2016 meeting by one of our members, Nuala Durkin of NuLook Interiors. RESA Ottawa would like to thank the wonderful staff at St. Mary’s and those listed below for making this event so special:
Stacie Chamberlin (Access Staging)
Kim Dingwall (Refined Rooms)
Judy Darling (Darling Home Staging & Décor)
Jeanne Zacharuk (Showcase to Sell)
Jessie King (Silver Linings Home Staging)
Patricia Burnett (Burnett Staging)
Nuala Durkin (NuLook Interiors)
Nancy McPherson (Elegant Strategies)
Kathryn Wilson (HomeReady Home Staging)
Joanne Paquette (Image Home Staging)
Generosity from the following:
Denis Lacelle (provided 15 gallons paint)
Frank Ryan Catholic School (Cash donation 226.20 for supplies)
Ron Zaleski (Plasterer)
Ben Elliott (Flooring Installation)
Submited by Judy Darling
Despite the chilly start to the day and during a most busy spring season, members took a day off work and gave back to the community by volunteering their time, skills and elbow grease, for Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build Week. Women’s Build is a program designed for women to learn basic construction skills while assisting building homes for those in need. Tasks ranged from hauling doors up two flights of stairs to installing new wood floors. Some were lucky enough to work alongside their daughters who volunteered as well! The rest of the day included grouting and even siding the exterior…..great skills were brought and taught….nothing was lost on these home stagers who will use their knowledge with future projects, to be sure. . Experience is not required…you too can learn how to use a table saw or nail gun as many did during this awe-inspiring transformation. This program brings attention to the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide through teamwork and charity. What an amazing day which included lunch and some amazing home-baked cookies. All sights on next year to include even more members.
Submitted by Barbara Nazzaro, President Elect of the RESA Massachusetts Chapter.
RESA Regional Vice President, Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging, recently participated in a pro bono staging with a team of writers from CandysDirt.com. The five-part series and pro bono staging resulted from ‘ruffling some feathers’ over comments made about a Dallas listing that had an exterior as cute as a button yet the interior photos left a lot to be desired. Never meaning any harm, the team decided to show them the changes they had in mind! What a great project and an interesting read as each of them describe the experience. Thanks for sharing Karen!
Several members of the RESA Dallas Local Chapter recently completed a service project at the Center For Transforming Lives, a women’s center in Fort Worth, TX. The RESA Dallas Chapter Secretary and Owner of Vitamin G Designs Gemma Hobbs, coordinated this amazing event that include a great team including: RESA Dallas Chapter President, Karen Otto of Home Star Staging, Dallas Chapter President Elect Amy Fedosky of New Again By Amy to name a few and Lance Selgo of Unique Exposure Photography who took the amazing after photos.
The Dallas Team of stagers refurbished and staged several rooms including, a TV lounge area, the general waiting area and one of the counseling offices where the onsite counselors meet with women who come to the center for a variety of needs. The Center for Transforming Lives were deeply grateful for all the hard work, new furnishings, artwork and accessories they received. The Dallas Team (pictured below) were extremely happy to share their talent, time and energy making this positive change for the women’s center.
Information provided by: Gemma Hobbs
After photos by: Lance Selgo
RESA member Amy Wagner, Expert Psychological Stager (EPS), of Reflections of You, LLC, is a breast cancer survivor. She and her staging team participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Oct 24, 2015 in Louisville, KY.
Amy Wagner states, “Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way, so we decided to make a difference by walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The donations our team raised will enable investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research as well as provide free information and services for those diagnosed with the disease. More than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday this year!”
Event info and pics provided by Amy Wagner, Reflections of You.