St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging


Now an Award Winning Stager... wooo hooooo!! Thanks IRIS!

This year I decided to submit for the 2008 IRIS photo contest held at the Riding the Wave Conference in San Diego, CA.  I entered a few of the categories, but honestly, I don't redesign and I rarely do owner occupieds anymore.... I refer those to my team.  I had a slight struggle deciding what photos to submit for the vacant home staging living room category (the only one that allowed vacant staging).  I have this tendency to forget to take the before photos (shame on me) and then there is a problem of making sure they are the exact same angle (which was clearly stated on the entry form). 

Finally I decided on a home I recently staged....


AND I WON!!!!!  It is the first time that I have entered photos to this contest.  It was very exciting!!!  Unfortunately it will be the last time I'll be able to enter it.  Now that I am an instructor we will not be allowed to submit our photos.  That said, we have discussed adding a 'class project' to the contest, so now I'll be able to enter rooms that my students have done!  That means that they will all have the opportunity to become award winners too!!

So.... for all of those of you who voted for me, THANK YOU!!!


 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 15 commentsMelissa Marro • October 12 2008 07:20PM


Congratulations Melissa!  I enjoyed these photos when you posted them and wrote about this home a few months ago. The staging was fabulous-color palette was very lovely!! 

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) about 10 years ago

Congratulations Melissa!  I remember these photos too!  You do awesome work and it is certainly deserving of acknowledgment and award!   You may not be eligible to personally win this particular award while an instructor, but I predict your work will be acknowledged/rewarded in other venues.  Continued success & thank you for sharing your knowledge of the business with all of us too! 

Now,  go shout it from the rooftops as you have inspired all of us to do!!!!!

Posted by Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc (Simply Staged Inc.) about 10 years ago

Good for you Melissa!  Congrats!!  Regards-Kathleen G

Posted by Kathleen Garvey, Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales (HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver) about 10 years ago

Congrats Melissa! Your work is awesome as always. It's easy to see why you won! Thanks for sharing the great news with us.

Posted by Donna Schoby (Liberty Bank of Arkansas) about 10 years ago

wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! send out a press release! You deserve it! your fan, kh

Posted by Kate Hart (Hart & Associates Staging and Design) about 10 years ago

That is so awesome Melissa.  Very deserving.  Congratulations!!!

Posted by Charlene Storozuk, Home Stager - Burlington Ontario (Dezigner Digz) about 10 years ago

Congratulations Melissa!

This is another perfect example of why I always say- just do it. If you don't do it, you are guaranteed not to win or get whatever it is you are thinking about going after.  The only person stopping you is yourself and the limitations that you put on yourself. 

Yeah Melissa!!!!!

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 10 years ago

Congrats - you deserve it!

Posted by Home Staging (Showhomes) about 10 years ago

Congratulations, Melissa!  A well deserved honor...the transformation is beautiful!


Posted by Teresa Mills Schremm, Online Home Staging - Coast to Coast, ASHSR (Looking Fine by Redesign, LLC) about 10 years ago

Nice job Melissa, your work always looks wonderful!  Congratulations.

Posted by Robyn Guinn, Home staging, Arizona (StageAZ) about 10 years ago

No surprise to me Melissa. I noticed a long time ago when I got in the line named "Fans of Melissa's work" that it was quite lengthy.  You should feel very proud! 

Posted by Gary Barnett, Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis (Home Matters) about 10 years ago

Congrats Melissa!  Your staging was great and you deserved to win.  Great photos as well.

Posted by Debbie Wheeler, Chandler, AZ Rooms Rearranged RESA, IRIS (Real Estate Staging/Rooms Rearranged, LLC) about 10 years ago

Congratulations Melissa!  I love the color palette in this home.  I had to leave before they gave the awards out, so I missed the excitement!

Posted by Patti Glover, CISS,RESA, Home Staging, Ventura County CA, Conejo Valley, LA (Stage It In A Day!) about 10 years ago

Congratulations again Melissa, well deserved.  Good point about taking pictures from right place for before and after.

The trick is you never know where the good place is going to be before.



Posted by Jennifer Duchene, Stager & Redesigner (Lift Your Spirit Home Transformations) about 10 years ago

Congratulations Melissa! The room you created is beautiful and the photo shows off the room perfectly.

--Anne Rains

Posted by The Rains Team, A higher standard in real estate (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) about 10 years ago

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