Sheron Cardin's Input...: Voting for Stager Idol is Now Closed!

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Voting for Stager Idol is Now Closed!

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Below is the announcement opening the voting procedure for Stager Idol but voting is now closed and we are off to the next phase with our top 10!

 

It's finally here; our first opportunity to see all the before and staged pictures and vote on them.  Voting for your favorite Stager Idol competition has begun and continues all week until February 17th at which time the voting process will be cut off at midnight.

Due to the format limitations of our Stager Idol web site, voting is a 4 step process so please read carefully:

  1. Print out the Stager Idol Voting Made Easy Form
  2. Then visit the Stager Idol Photo Gallery
  3. Browse each Stager Idol contestant's photos then rank each one on a scale from 1 - 5 stars, then write those down on the Stager Idol Voting Made Easy Form
  4. Once you have ranked each contestant, click on the Voting Page and enter in your votes

You may go back and vote for contestant's that you missed but you can only enter once per contestant...until your voting is finished or until you have exited the voting.

After voting is finished, you will not be able to re-enter the voting page so be prepared to take your time and look carefully at each Stager Idol contestants work.

(Example: If you hit the DONE button then you cannot go back again and if you vote for half the contestants and don't hit the DONE button but just close your browser then you can go back at a later time to finish voting. In other words' once you hit DONE, you are DONE!

How to Vote: Click here

 

 

Namaste

Comment balloon 31 commentsSheron Cardin • February 11 2008 07:50PM

Comments

OMG!!! This was so hard. Everyone looks great. Should we consider the difference for using rental furniture packages as opposed to creating another look with your own furniture? Just a thought... I loved looking at all the different styles. Nice job everyone!
Posted by Lori Kim Polk, Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento ( Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services) over 11 years ago
Lori - Glad you asked that: Occupied homes are always more of a challenge than furnishing empty spaces...so it is important to look at the before and after pictures carefully and to look for the greatest transformations.  I have seen many vacant stagings that are breathtaking transformations as well.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
These were so hard to judge. What talented Stagers. How can anyone not be a believer - they need to see these! Kym
Posted by Kym Hough, Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA (www.Staged-to-Sell ) over 11 years ago
How fun to see all these fantastic photos... I think it should be divided in two categories, occupied and vacant.
Posted by Judy Heinrich (Judy Heinrich Home Staging) over 11 years ago

Okay, I'm the first casualty of going into the wrong screen first.  I read the above post and clicked on "click here to vote" thinking it would take me to the Stager Idol site where I could begin the process.  Wrong.  I "voted" by clicking on that link without having seen a single picture.  Guess I'll have to sit back and see if my favorites do well.  LOL

Posted by Andrea S over 11 years ago
Sheron:  There is a problem.  #1149 appears to have the "before" from #1120 - perhaps they are the same stager?  Julie
Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 11 years ago

Quickly - Andrea, you are still OK as long as you closed your browser window and did not click DONE.

Julia - thank you for finding that mix up. We knew there was bound to be something and we will fix it. 

Judy and Kim - you can forward this post to everyone you know including real estate agents and they can vote too.  

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

These are all wonderful.  I hope people really hang in there and look at all of them - there are some great lessons and examples in each and every one of them.  Thanks to all who participated.  What a great crash course of staging!!

I'm also very impressed with the photos being watermarked.  Shell, that shows what a considerate, class act you are!  Thank you.

Posted by Juliet Johnson, Jacksonville Photography & Digital Marketing (Vizzitopia) over 11 years ago

We did not separate the categories from vacant and occupied because these photos are NOT competing with each other, you are ranking them on a 1-5 start system based on the photo submissions on their own Merritt.

Juliet, class act!! thanks so much! I know all you are passionate about your business of staging homes. I am passionate about my business of helping others build their businesses. I have zero talent for staging homes, but I have built Multi-million dollar businesses, departments etc. I love to help people especially women realize their dreams and build their businesses.

Hopefully I am reaching that goal.

Posted by Shell Brodnax, CEO- RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) over 11 years ago
Sheron, been there, checked out the pics, mulling over my decisions.  Its hard because they were all great!
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) over 11 years ago

Terry - if you visit the voting page you will see that you vote for all the stagers with a 1 to 5 star vote...I know it is difficult not to give out 5's for everyone :)

Juliet - thank you so much for your support! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Sheron, so pretty much if someone tells their entire data base to vote for their number with 5 stars they can stack the deck? Darn, I would hope that it could truly be fair and be voted on just by the pictures. Not sure how the next level goes, those photos with the most stars go to the next level? Kym

Posted by Kym Hough, Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA (www.Staged-to-Sell ) over 11 years ago
Hi Kym - I wouldn't worry about stagers stacking the deck...it is going to take a lot more than a few pleas for votes for a stager to win...plus they will have no control after this phase. Here is a link to how Stager Idol works.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Personally, I dont see stacking the deck being an issue. Really, cheaters suck. If anyone is cheating you wont feel great about yourself when you are done. I deem you into guilt FOREVER!. There now no one will cheat!

I would hope that everyone if they are sending emails out are just asking people to vote honestly. The top ten people move forward and then the celebrity judges take over.

Posted by Shell Brodnax, CEO- RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) over 11 years ago

the site crashed

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so i'll go back and look at them again tomorrow.

A few of them had the photos out of order and it was confusing

It's amazing the difference when one starts with a clean plate compared to a lived in messy plate.

 

Posted by Virginia Tatseos (Stage-Show-Sell) over 11 years ago

Hi Virginia - we did not find a problem with the site so please let us know if you run into this problem again.

Due to many contestants submitting their photos incorrectly, time constraints made it impossible to correct every one. I personally have gone through them all and they are simple enough to hit the back button for the few photos that are reversed. Thanks everyone!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Sheron, I voted, but because I live in Florida where our votes NEVER count, guess you can call mine a wash!  But do I get an "I voted" sticker to stick on my shirt anyway?
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) over 11 years ago

Great work Sheron and Shell! There are a ton of great entries, and I am excited to see what happens in the next round!

Posted by Bevin Googer, www.StagingAndRedesign.com (First Impressions Home Staging and Interior Redesign) over 11 years ago

Terry - you have a Florida complex because we ARE counting your votes!

Bevin - we are too! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Sheron, don't be too sure!  There are forces at work, which we can't see.  At least here in Florida :-)
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) over 11 years ago

Sheron - The stagers that submitted their work have done an awesome job!

Y'all have obviously worked very hard at putting this together and I'm looking forward to seeing the next phase.

Jackie

Posted by Jackie Peraza, Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts (Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC) over 11 years ago
Jackie - thanks...we hope everyone is enjoying the competition. 
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Sheron:  I went to the Idol blog site, and there I saw some, but not all, of the contestants (their names, interviews, etc.), I thought this was an anonymous contest (I posted a similar comment on Shel's post too.).  I'm glad I voted before knowing who was actually in it - it was fun trying to guess whose work I was looking at!  Julie
Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 11 years ago

Hi Julia - Stager Idol is an International competition and for the most part the stagers interviews are helpful to those voters who are not familiar with Active Rain, RESA, etc.

I had a similar experience as you because we know a few of the contestants from Stage it Forward but in reality, there are thousands of real estate professionals that have been invited to participate and vote who don't even know who we are. Hope this helps to put it into perspective.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Have you voted yet? Tonight and tomorrow are the final minutes where you decide who goes to the semi-finals. Make a difference and VOTE! It is fun!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
I voted!  I voted!  Great work to all that submitted...I had a lot of trouble ranking everyone.  Great work to all of you that have coordinated this...I cannot wait to see who makes it through to the next round.  Good Luck to all the contestants! 
Posted by Abby Roselli, Staten Island Home Stager (ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC) over 11 years ago
Stager Idol is an exciting time for everyone, especially that special ONE who will be selected as our first STAGER IDOL. And the prizes are huge! Updates coming soon.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
That was fun & I could pick out lots of stagers' work- now who wins??????
Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 11 years ago

Who won?

Posted by Christine Craig, Allied ASID & NKBA (Designology Interior Design) about 11 years ago

Hi Christine - looks like you have been busy! Kathleen Garvey took the first prize and is our Stager Idol. We are so proud of her!!!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 11 years ago

Sooo cool! Thanks Sheron!     

Posted by Christine Craig, Allied ASID & NKBA (Designology Interior Design) about 11 years ago

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