A Southern California Home Stagers' Lunch - Thanks So Much Michelle Minch!

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Home Stager with Dezigner Digz

I just returned from a trip to Orange, California to visit my Stepdaughter.  I'm not too thrilled about being back home.  The weather is so dreary in the Toronto area right now and there's not a palm tree in sight.  Well, maybe the odd one in a shopping mall if I look really hard, but that doesn't count :-).

While I was in California, Michelle Minch of Moving Mountains Design Home Staging in Pasadena, California arranged for a Stagers' lunch.  She is just as awesome in person as she is on her Active Rain blog.  What an amazing lady!  I can't thank Michelle enough for organizing our get together.  It was SO much fun and everyone was so generous with their tips and advice.  Also there were Michelle Krawczyk and Leigh Blackwell, both of Staging For You, Inc. in Rancho Santa Margarita, California as well as Michelle Minch's Assistant, Melissa.

I was truly humbled to be amongst such talent and so honoured that they took the time to travel to Orange for lunch with me.  I also have to give a big thank you to Active Rain, because if it wasn't for AR, I never would have made these connections.

I hope to be back in California some time next year to visit my Stepdaughter and if so, I would love the opportunity to meet up with them again.  Next time, lunch is my treat!  

Dezigner Digz is a home staging and interior decorating company located in Burlington, Ontario.  The owner, Charlene Storozuk, is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association and is the founder and current President of the Halton & Hamilton-Wentworth Real Estate Staging Association.  For more information about us, visit our website at www.dezignerdigz.com

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Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Home Staging Los Angeles & Pasadena, CA
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

Charlene: Thank YOU Charlene. I'm sorry I was so late and missed the first hour or so, but traffic was horrible and I was driving from Granada Hills (about 50 miles on the 5 Fwy, which is like Purgatory!). I really enjoyed meeting you and Michelle & Leigh as well. I wished we all lived closer so we could do this more often. What a dynamic group. I look forward to going to your neck of the woods - hopefully sooner than later.

December 15, 2008 01:22 PM
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Charlene,

It was so great to meet you.  What a yummy lunch!!! If you need anything or have questions, feel free to call me anytime.  Keep in touch.

Best of luck to you in 2009! 

~Michelle

Michelle Krawczyk

www.stagingforyou.com

866.591.8293

December 16, 2008 06:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario
Dezigner Digz

Michelle M. - Don't feel bad about being a bit late.  I saw for myself while I was in California how horrendous the traffic can be.  I felt bad for you that you got caught in it.  It was so great to finally meet you after conversing through our AR posts and our telephone conversation.  I wish we lived closer to each other too.  I'd love to be able to do this more often.  I will probably be back in California next year to visit my Stepdaughter.  If so, I'll let you know when I'll be in town.  I'd love to come and see your warehouse some day and if I'm lucky see one or two of your staged properties.  I hope you come to my neck of the woods some day soon.  I'll take time off to play tour guide if you'd like :-).

December 17, 2008 11:34 AM
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Wendy Timmons
Temecula Realtor
Allison James Estates & Homes

Charlene, I am so SORRY that I missed your lunch! I lost a whole week with that death cold. I was soooo looking forward to it. I will be there next time you come out for sure! I hope you had a great time in CA. I am still bummed about missing you.

December 17, 2008 12:51 PM
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Cathy Lee
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA
CL Design Services Home Staging

How fun!!  Maybe you would like to fly up north to San Francisco when you return to LA-we are just an hour away???   I will get some stagers together here and show you the city.  We would love to meet you too!!    

December 17, 2008 09:39 PM
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Charlene Storozuk
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario
Dezigner Digz

Michelle K. - Thanks so much!  It was really great meeting you too.  Lunch was excellent - my kobe beef hamburger was probably one of the best I've ever had!  I did feel a little guilty though since everyone else was eating salad :-).  The diet starts in '09!  Thanks so much for your offer of assistance and I'll definitely keep in touch. 

Wendy - I'm sorry to hear that you were sick.  I hope you are feeling better now.  I would love to meet you the next time I'm in California.  Orange is pretty far though for you to travel to, I'll understand if you can't make it.  I'll phone you while I'm in California if we can't get together.  At least we can have a good chat on the phone :-).

Cathy - It was a lot of fun.  Just an hour by plane eh?  I would love that.  I'll have to see if I can sneak away without my Stepdaughter noticing that I'm missing :-).  I'd love to meet you too!

December 21, 2008 09:29 AM
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Benita Gottfried
New Vision Interiors LLC

It is nice to see that people are actually fostering good relationships through AR.

December 22, 2008 08:08 AM
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario
Dezigner Digz

Benita - I've met so many great people through AR.  I see that you're in New Jersey.  Hopefully one day we'll get a chance to meet.  New Jersey isn't that far from Toronto.

December 23, 2008 07:20 PM
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Cathy Lee
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA
CL Design Services Home Staging

Well, if you can't sneak away maybe I can pop down South!!!  My son and daughter in law live in Los Angeles.  :)

December 23, 2008 10:13 PM
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Charlene Storozuk
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario
Dezigner Digz

Cathy - That would be awesome!  I'll let you know in advance when I'll be back in Orange County.

December 24, 2008 08:25 AM
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Wendy Timmons
Temecula Realtor
Allison James Estates & Homes

Hi Charlene! Orange is only 1 1/2 hrs away! That is what was so frustrating for me, you were so close and I couldn't go! I will be there next time!!!! Phone calls are nice, but I want to see you in person!!!

Next time for sure :) Wendy

December 27, 2008 09:50 AM
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Charlene Storozuk
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario
Dezigner Digz

That's great Wendy!  I'm really looking forward to meeting you :-) !!!

December 30, 2008 12:06 PM
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