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Staging an Event... With the Help of Many, For the Benefit of Many.

Well this house now sits empty once again... but for a couple of days last week it was MAGICALLY TRANSFORMED (as these photos show).  Last weekend was the culmination of over a years worth of "staging" event preparation. For one weekend a small army of people came together and donated their time, talent and treasure to transform a vacant home into a beautiful show-house... all for the benefit of Brickton Art Center. The event was a resounding success. Everyone is already buzzing about next year... full of ideas and anticipation on how to make it even better. One resident already offered their home as a tour site.

Brickton Art Centerdoes amazing things with and for the Arts and is one of the Crown Jewels that helps make Park Ridge, Illinois such a desirable community to live in. Brickton currently fulfills the cultural and creative needs of over 6,000 Park Ridge and Northwest Chicago community members per year. It offers over 200 fine arts classes, has hosted nearly 100 gallery exhibits featuring established, emerging and developing Illinois artists, and most importantly creates beautiful changes in the lives of at-risk populations through its art therapy based programs. 


But like any not-for-profit, finding the monies to continue its mission is critical.  At Real Estaging, one of our core values is our obligation to support not-for-profit organizations that make a difference in the world. So knowing that staging is an AWESOME marketing tool... a couple of us here at Real Estaging approached Brickton with a new adaptation for their Artistic Living event.

So besides freshening up and coordinating all the creative talent of the Gallery Home, whose rooms were separately "staged" by 9 different designers and/or retailers, we also worked with 5 residents in Park Ridge who opened their homes up to be sites on the first ever Park Ridge Tour of Homes.

A weekend long city-wide event of this scale takes hundreds of helping hands within a community, including individuals, business organizations, artists, designers, elected officials, corporations, residents, neighbors, and families that all helped in make this event the success that it was. Needless to say all were THRILLED that after all their hard work it was recognized by state Senator Dan Kotowski... who came and cut the ribbon kicking off the event and opening the Gallery Home Friday night at Gallery 1033 Cocktail Party. More pictures of the cocktail party can be seen here.  

So, thank-you to the many that helped stage a successful event. And to my fellow stagers, I share this all with you, for while this one event showcased how we transform spaces, more importantly it shows that we can Staged It Forward... by giving it back.


PS: You may have noticed I have been a little absent from the Rain. THIS was a TON of work last week and all weekend. But it was well worth it. Oh... and our team did the Red Living Room.


Comment balloon 18 commentsCraig Schiller • May 24 2007 07:26AM


Congratulations Craig, another fine design. I swear you are going to have to consider opening up a school of photography. How did you get the back side bars on the photo? You never cease to amaze me.
Posted by James Frazier (James Frazier Personal Development Coach) over 13 years ago
It looks like it was a very successful event. Loved the cocktail party photos. Get some rest!!!!!
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 13 years ago

I agree. This looked like it all went very well.

I also agree with "Get some rest!!!!"


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 13 years ago

Craig, this is amazing.  Awesome work.


Posted by Home Staging over 13 years ago
This was an amazing gift you and others gave, your time, tools and of course talent - You embody the "pay"/stage it forward mentality. I salute you and the others everywhere who look beyond themselves and to the needs of others.
Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, (Home Star Staging) over 13 years ago

Great job Craig!  The rooms look fantastic.  Thanks for showing us how to Stage it Forward in our communities.  It is wonderful how you could all work together to create such a beautiful masterpiece!!


Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 13 years ago
Beautiful!!!  That kitchen makes me want to COOK!!  (I rarely cook!)  I love all the colors, you could just relax and feel right at home....hopefully YOU will get to relax since your work is done!!
Posted by Lori Hakeem Oxley (Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.) over 13 years ago

Hi Craig,

Your photos are great, and the house looks amazing! What a great cause to lend your time and talent too. Glad to see you back at the Rain!

Posted by Penny Schoenbeck, AZ Home Styling (AZ Home Styling & Redesign) over 13 years ago
I'm so impressed that you are able to give of yourself even when you are so busy.  Your good karma bucket must be full.
Posted by Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax (Keller Williams Select Realty) over 13 years ago

I just left a long comment and it went "poof" I was saying...before I was rudely interrupted......this looks fabulous!

Did the designers get different homes, or different rooms within these homes - because the photos you show flow like it was the same designer.  I love to hear stories about giving your time to great charities...CONGRATS!

Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 13 years ago

It really looks fabulous, I too love the kitchen and have to agree with Tina that giving of YOUR TIME when you are so busy is HUGE...I hope that you were well appreciated.

Phyllis pafumi

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) over 13 years ago

It's great when you can use your talents and resources for a worthy cause...the home looks beautiful!


Jo Potvin Design To Market LLC

Posted by Jo Potvin, Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market (Design To Market LLC) over 13 years ago


Fantastic staging and beautfiul photos.  What a great idea to help out a non-profit while at the same time promoting staging. "Staging it Forward" at its best!!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 13 years ago

Nice work, Craig.  I helped out with staging some homes for an historical house tour a couple years ago.  It was a lot of fun and a good way to showcase my business.


Posted by Sandi Gerrard over 13 years ago

Craig - GORGEOUS pictures of the staging that was done!  And what a huge undertaking this had to have been - wonderful giving back to the community.


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 13 years ago
The living room was my favorite! I was not surprised as I read down and found that it was your contribution. I loved looking for you in the pictures. How proud you must be. Congratulations!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 13 years ago

Hi Craig,

Familiar with Prak Ridge, beautiful area with lovely homes. I used to live near there. Great job with the event- proud to be part of a great group of people on this site! I am new to this site!


Posted by Kathy Dyer Roseville Sacramento Staging Real Estate Home Stager Services (One Step Staging- Home Staging services Roseville/Sac areas) over 13 years ago


Nice presentation as probably need a break as all your creative juices keep flowing out of your head and on to the floor...what a mess that must be.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) over 13 years ago