St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging


Shameless? Maybe .... A new way (place) to share some of your decor tricks and creative projects

Some of you may know that I've been very busy for the past few months on a new project.  This project is at first glance completely unrelated to staging, but on second look has some great overlap.  You see, long before I entered the wonderful world of staging, I was a professional crafter.  I primarily painted home decor items (tole painting for those in-the-know).  I have been seen and featured in several national publications as late as October 2005. 

While home staging has occupied most of my time over the past few years (I started staging end 2005, early 2006), crafting has never been far from my heart.  I know many of my fellow stagers are also creative individuals who have a lot of information on fun projects like creating artwork, frames, floral arranging among others.  I thought I would take a moment to introduce you to my new project - The Hive

The Hive operates (or will operate) very much like our very own AR, having a lot to do with the fact that Matt Heaton is the developer.  (For those who don't know, Matt is one of the creators of AR.)  You'll have free profiles, blogs and the ability to add your blogs to groups and categories.  (plus creating your own group).

We are brand new and sitting right now with only 3 groups and 29 members.  I ask and encourage you to help us grow, just as you helped AR grow.  All the same benefits will apply, only this time I'm not asking for your staging expertise, but your creative side..... let's show everyone that beyond our staging ability (or real estate sales side) we love to be creative!!

Thanks everyone and see you there!!


 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

For more information on buying or selling in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, or Jacksonville, area, visit or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at, Keller Williams First Coast Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).


Comment balloon 20 commentsMelissa Marro • June 14 2010 11:07PM


Hmmmmm, sounds interesting. I'll check it out. Thanks.

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) over 9 years ago

Hi Melissa~  I went and signed up.  Eventually I am going to have a hobby!  I just have to make up my mind what it is I want to do!  Probably candlemaking and soap making.....

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for popping in Shar!

Vickie - actually one of our 3 groups (there will be more as members create them) is soapmaking and I just invited the soapmaking guild to come over.  I agree that soapmaking and candle making sounds like a great hobby!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 9 years ago

Interesting ... I will definitely have a peek at it.

Posted by Liz Gallagher, Montreal Quebec RESA member (LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers ) over 9 years ago

I swear, if I hadn't met you in person, I'd think you had eight arms like an octopus!  How do you do it all?  I'm in awe, and will certainly join!  Julie

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 9 years ago

I'm in. Thanks Melissa. 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) over 9 years ago

Before this post I wasn't really sure what The Hive was. I thought maybe it was another Etsy but I'm so glad it's going to be this type of venue instead. I will definitely sign up and will tell the other crafters about it at our meeting tonight.

Posted by Cheryl Cudmore, CSP, Brantford to Burlington ON (Sapphire Staging) over 9 years ago

Liz - Thanks!  Peek away!

Julia - lol!!  too funny!!  Thanks for joining us!

Ginger - Thanks so much.  I know you are always posting crafty stuff, so I was hoping you would!

Cheryl - glad to clear up the mystery.  It was hard to explain when there wasn't really anything there.  We will eventually have an online store, but that is still at least 6 months away.  Even when it is there, the community will be the biggest part of the site.  Thanks for spreading the word!


Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 9 years ago

Melissa how cool is that! Good for you... I love it when people follow their passion. Long before I got into staging, I became fascinated with decorative & faux painting and studied at Faux Effects in Vero Beach FL. It was a wonderful creative outlet for me so I can understand exactly where you are coming from. I'll be happy to support your new venture!

Posted by Tessa Skeens, Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors (Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign ) over 9 years ago

Melissa - fabulous news.  I love, love, LOVE the logo!  You are an incredible multi-talented and multi-faceted person!  (And I am sure between staging, teaching, kids and crafting - you don't get much sleep!     Congrats!


Posted by Barbara Heathcote over 9 years ago

Going to check you out right now.....what a great idea!  Best wishes on continued success!!


Posted by Julie Davis, Amy Blank - Rediscovered Interiors, LLC (Rediscovered Interiors, LLC) over 9 years ago

How exciting, and thanks for setting this up...I will be on over and sign up, looking forward to it...thanks again

Posted by Mary Lou Teague, Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN (HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC ) over 9 years ago

Very cool Melissa, I'll check out your new site...also w/ Matt as the developer it's gotta be winner

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) over 9 years ago

Melissa - I absolutely LOVE you logo and LOVE the name.  This will no doubt serve so many "crafty" people.  I look forward to joining.


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 9 years ago

Melissa- I'd head to the site because of the logo alone!  I'm leaving here to check it out. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 9 years ago

Congrats on the launch Melissa!  Love the logo too!

Posted by Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc (Simply Staged Inc.) over 9 years ago

Wow!  Thanks for all of the support everyone!  I feel the same way about the logo. When I saw it I was blown away.  It was created by one of Matt's designers.  They did an amazing job!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 9 years ago

I would be happy to join. Do you think I can transfer some ideas of mine from AR?

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) over 9 years ago

Anna - I would love it if you would!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 9 years ago

Ok, Melissa, I have just signed up in "The Hive" - this is a very "sweet" idea, and I'm just "buzzing" with ideas...  

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 9 years ago

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