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Archive for November, 2009

Better Than Good Enough

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Tammie and I recently attended a conference with stagers from all over the country. We met and talked with some very interesting and talented people who love their work. Listening to stories of “stagings gone wrong” made us laugh and learn, while hearing ideas of what works left us with energy and enthusiasm for jobs to come!

One thing we learned at the conference is that home staging means different things to different people, both consumers and stagers themselves. The creative profession that we are engaged in has loosely defined boundaries, that can have the tendency to encourage an anything goes type of policy.

While personal expression and creativity are a must for staging, we believe other musts should include quality and professionalism. Using what a homeowner has is certainly limiting at times; that is why they call us—to be the professional and determine what can and cannot be used in staging for a sale.

Our business, at Pineapple Interiors, focuses on vacant staging, an area we enjoy as it gives us a lot of latitude. It’s amazing how at the end of the day, a formerly empty home winds up having personality and appeal. As professional stagers, our first priority is to make sure that the personality the home takes on is a favorable one, allowing potential buyers to see the home at its best. Secondly, we feel a responsibility and commitment as  trained home stagers to keep the standards high. We want the public to understand that staging and quality go hand in hand, and that paying for a professional to come in, adds value that you cannot be duplicated simply by adding a few things found at a tag sale.

Budget of course is a concern, and keeping costs low is always a goal, and something that helps in securing future jobs! As professional stagers we are trained to have an eye for what looks nice. And as professional stagers we must cultivate resources for finding these products at reasonable prices. and at the same time convey to our clients that staging is a value added product, and one that is inexpensive, but not cheap. We need to make sure that we are staging in this fashion too.

It’s exciting to see redesign and home staging becoming familiar words to the general public. Making sure they are words associated with quality is important to us and something that we hope as a community of stagers we can work hard to promote.

Darby Inventory a Success!

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

We are happy to report that the implementation of Darby Inventory at Pineapple Interiors has been a huge success. It is a great feeling to know that all of our inventory is accounted for. We know where it is, how long it has been there and even how much revenue our inventory is generating. Our staging clients now receive a professional, itemized list of the pieces they are renting, which is helpful both for their records and to cross-reference the items to be delivered.

Since Darby Inventory is web-based, we can even pull together jobs when we are away from the warehouse. It also allows our entire team to access our inventory from anywhere at any time.

Regardless of the size of your inventory, Darby Inventory can be a great tool for your business.