January 25, 2010

GreenApple Staging & Images makes a Great Debut at the Calgary Real Estate Tradeshow

Wednesday, January 20th was the 6th annual Calgary Real Estate Board Conference and Tradeshow. GreenApple Staging & Images was proud to be one of 102 exhibitors contributing to the theme, “A Brave New World”.

The GreenApple team had a great time mingling with both the attendees and other exhibitors. We had tons of traffic at our booth and got a chance to meet many hardworking and forward thinking Realtors.

There is definitely an increased interest in Home Staging, professional Real estate Photography, and pre-market Consultations as part of an individual Realtor’s marketing plan — all part of the new economy. I believe these strategies are not just trends. They are definitely here to stay as our consumer oriented society continues to respond to visual appeal.

We staged our booth with our brand colors — black, white and apple green, of course — and we were happily surprised that GreenApple was declared one of the top 3 Staging Exhibitors! We were all tied with an Honorable Mention for booth design and service.

We also held a draw and gave away a Pre-Market Consultation package and an MLS Photography Package. When I called the winners, they were thrilled and are eager to apply these services to their next listing. 

It’ll be all work and no play for awhile, as the “Spring” real estate season seems well underway in Calgary already. But that is exactly what we bargained for!

Thanks to everyone who visited us at the event, and all others who supported us behind the scenes!

January 18, 2010

Let’s Give to the Relief Efforts in Haiti!

It has been nearly a week since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, which occurred on January 12, 2010. Measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, and being just 10 km below the earth’s surface, marks this particular quake as one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in an already impoverished nation.

Today’s news continues with stories of hope. Rescue workers are still finding survivors amidst the rubble. I find that nothing short of amazing to think that people can survive for that length of time — probably injured, and without food or water . . . just waiting for someone to dig them out before they draw their last, weakened breath.

While there is that ray of light in this terrible situation, the bad news is still really bad! Death tolls are estimated to be between 50,000 and 100,000. Tens of thousands of more people are without even the simple homes they once knew.

At GreenApple Staging & Images, we have a particular soft spot for the homeless. While we help others to make their homes a place of beauty, or an appealing place to live, we remain conscious of the fact that there are many who do not have a single room to call their own.

Would you join us in donating to the relief efforts for the nation of Haiti? Here is a link to a special website set up by CBC that lists reputable organizations for us to direct our giving through. Let’s pause for a moment, looking around at all we have, and allow ourselves to be moved to do what we can to help those in a state of emergency and peril.

And remember that your donations will have twice the impact since the Canadian government has generously announced that it will match donations through the organizations linked to above! I don’t know about you, but I’m really proud to be Canadian!

In the meantime, let’s also keep these dear people in our hearts and in our prayers.

Filed under: In the News — Tags: , , — admin @ 9:49 am
January 12, 2010

Black and White are Back!

I’ve been out in the stores for the past week between appointments looking for new inventory going into the Spring real estate and staging season. I was really surprised to see so much black and white everywhere! It is back as a popular choice in upholstery, bedding, linens and accent pieces.

The new interpretation of this classic decorating theme is in large, graphic prints. One application in particular that I saw over and over, is the “statement” chair with a large scale black and white damask fabric. These pieces will look absolutely stunning and elegant in a living room, home office or the bedroom.

The best part of the whole black and white theme is that you can really dress it up with any colour that you want. At GreenApple, we’re kind of fond of black and white and green :-), but it’s just as easy to pair the combo with some juicy citrus colours, pink, teal (it’s back, too!) or the all-time classic, red.

I was also loving the black and white bed linens. Again, a very elegant look for a master bedroom . . . or totally fun for a kid’s room.

If you’re looking to change up a room in your house, consider this great duo! When else can you be right on trend with such a timeless design?!

Filed under: Home decorating,What's New — Tags: , , — admin @ 7:16 pm
January 3, 2010

GreenApple is going to CREB Forecast 2010. Are you?

January 20, 2010 marks the 6th annual Conference and Tradeshow for the Calgary Real Estate Board. This year’s focus is on the “brand new economy, brand new consumer, brand new technology” for today’s real estate market.

GreenApple is proud and excited to part of the changing face of real estate! Our business focus of home staging and professional photography is all about helping home owners more effectively market their property to today’s consumer. And not only do we follow Calgary’s real estate market and trends, we are also part of national and international networks that allow us to see how larger influences will affect us locally.

If you are a Real Estate Professional, drop by and visit us at the show! Enter our draws for complimentary services, including free pre-market consultations and full real estate/MLS photography packages. Multiple winners will be announced following the show, just in time for the busy Spring market.

We look forward to seeing you at the Telus Convention Centre on January 20th!

Filed under: Home Selling,What's New — Tags: , , , — admin @ 1:34 pm