Monday, December 21, 2015

BTSH's 2015 Reflections and 2016 Plans

Each year, as it comes to an end, I can’t help but get a little nostalgic. In May of 2008, I made the bold decision to embark on an exciting new adventure, and offer a new kind of service to Waterloo Region. While home staging wasn’t a new industry, I knew that it was a valuable service, that was under-utilized in my local community. I wanted to create a solution, and create a method for helping homeowners to make the process of selling their homes easier. 

At the time that I opened the doors to Beyond The Stage Homes, I couldn’t imagine that we would not only become the largest home staging company in Waterloo Region, but that we would build a thriving design business, mentor and inspire up and coming home stagers, and impact the local community all the while.

Beyond The Stage Homes is now a full-service team, and I have this incredible team to thank for making BTSH what we are today. 2015 was our best year yet for awards and accolades, and we are humbly honoured to receive each one. Check out our year in review:

January - received 3 awards from the Real Estate Staging Association:

RESA Top 10 Home Staging Team of the Year 2015
RESA Top 10 Vacant Home Stager of the Year Canada 2015
RESA Top 10 Redesigner of the Year 2014 & 2015

January - launched our first successful Home Seller’s Workshop, and have hosted several more throughout the year.

February - hosted a Cupcake Day in association with the local KW RESA Chapter

April - We were thrilled to take on a co-op student from Conestoga College. We enjoyed working with her so much, she later joined our team as a home staging assistant!

May - BTSH sponsored the KW MS Walk once again, and helped to raise much-needed funds for the Grand River MS Society chapter.

September - Style Corporation was launched as the parent company to Beyond The Stage Homes. 

September - Styled, Listed, and Sold Academy, the latest in home stager training, was launched as a division of Style Corporation right here in Waterloo Region.

October - Jennifer MacEwen, Design and Decorating Consultant, and Beth Thomas, Professional Home Stager, joined the ever-growing BTSH team.

October - Received 3 additional awards, both local and international:

Some other exciting achievements

Other awards:
- continued to educate, mentor, and inspire students of all ages (spoke at Conestoga (twice) and Sheridan colleges)

- signed up with Waterloo Region Small Business Centre as a mentor
- featured in Our Homes and Splurge magazines; noted in Snap'd
- incorporated Style Corporation, and now operate 2 divisions of this corporation, including Beyond The Stage Homes, and are looking forward to launching 3 new divisions over the next 2 years.

Some great causes that we supported throughout 2015 are:
- K-W MS Walk
- K-W Humane Society
- local children's soccer team
- Caring for Little Kidneys, McMaster Children’s Hospital
- Sleep Tight PJ Party
- Food Bank of Waterloo Region

What does 2016 have in store?

We plan to continue to build on our experiences. We will continue to host our ever-popular Home Seller’s Workshops, find new ways to mentor and inspire, and help even more homeowners to get the most out of their homes, whether they’re living or selling.

In January, Jennifer Roth and myself will attend the 2016 RESA Convention at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. I am honoured to be teaching an educational class in one of our break-out sessions. Each year, home stagers from across North America, come together to share their experiences, expertise, and support. 

As well, SLS Academy will be hosting their next Home Staging Career Workshop on January 16th, and will be offering their Home Stager Training program to Waterloo Region students in February/March.

The rest of the year promises to hold new adventures, and of course, exciting home staging and design projects. We can’t wait to get started!

All the best in 2016! 


Shauna Lynn and the entire BTSH team!

Contact Beyond The Stage Homes today to find out how to get your property sold!

Phone: +1 (226) 240-0766