Hello and Happy New Year!   It’s been a busy month already, but I wanted to take some time to share a recap of the annual Real Estate Staging Association’s annual convention, aka RESCACON.   It was held last weekend in Las Vegas, NV and had over 400 stagers from all over the globe in attendance.  This was my third year attending the convention and it is an event that I look forward to all year!

So as I mentioned, the convention was in Vegas.  Arrived on Thursday evening and it’s always fun to be greeted by the welcome sign at the airport …

Once I arrived to the M Resort & Spa, where the convention was being held, I checked in and got my nametag and this great bag that I can use to carry items during consultations.

I then went on to attend the Cocktail/Networking Event, at which I caught up with fellow home stagers and also visited the trade exhibitors’ booths for information and resourcing.   Got some great items, catalogs and treats.    One of the primary sponsors, Cort Furniture, had a great set up of furniture on both the stage and at their booth.

I went back to get a good night’s sleep, excited about the speakers and break-out sessions for the next day!

On Friday, after the opening session, I began attending break-out sessions which all had wonderful content and opportunities for networking.  Topics over Friday’s and Saturday’s sessions will truly help me better service my clients and focus on where I can create the most value.   Our Keynote Speaker on Friday was Fred Berns, who provided fabulous tips on how I can help my clients with  resolving their home staging problems.

Friday night I attended the annual home staging awards dinner.   There was a lot of great competition this year, and I congratulate the award winners for 2017!

We continued with break-out sessions on Saturday, as well as hearing from our second Keynote Speaker, Sabrina Soto, one of the world’s most sought after lifestyle experts.   She shared lots of great information on her experience with home staging on the HGTV shows “Get It SOLD!”  “Real Estate Intervention” and “High Low Project.”   She also shared information on upcoming design trends, and was very personable and sweet.   I was fortunate enough to get a quick photo with her before she left.

It was kind of sad for the last day to end, but I had a great time expanding my knowledge and connecting with fellow stagers.   I also really enjoyed connecting with my home staging instructor, Cathy Hobbs.  Cathy is a successful home stager in New York City and is also a former HGTV Design Star contestant.  It was great to see her again; she has been very helpful to me over the past few years!

Stay tuned for more blog posts in 2017!!!