Staging to Sell or Styling to Stay? Decor Workshops Deliver Guidelines; Kristine Porter Shares Styling and Staging Tips and Trends on October 25 and 26

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Kristine Porter’s love for painting furniture and re-purposing household items began in grade school. Today Porter emboldens homeowners, real estate professionals and designers to take risks that yield results by teaching interactive workshops October 25-26 in Crystal Lake.

Beginning Fri., Oct. 25 at 7 pm, Porter defines and refines Style, leaving students with a style file and room plan. She explores how to impact the tone of a room in Color & Accessorize on Saturday from 9-11 am. The workshop concludes Saturday afternoon with Holiday Decorating (fall through Christmas) from 1-3 pm. Separately, classes cost $48, or buy two workshops and get the third class free for $96. Classes will be held at Country Inn & Suites in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Styling, or re-purposing items already owned, appeals to cost-conscious homeowners who wish to create a new and cohesive look at home. Home staging prepares a house to be listed on the real estate market by clearing clutter and highlighting spaces that enhance the home’s marketability to buyers.

According to RE/MAX, the Chicago metropolitan real estate market sold 29 percent more homes from April to September, 2013, while median home prices rose 13 percent compared to the same period last year. Homes that were professionally staged for selling helped attract buyers and boost sales.

As a Master Trainer, Porter specializes in training and certifying professionals to start a small business or simply remove the need to hire professional decorators. Through her 5-day, hands-on course, students gain the necessary skills, tools and experience to do what they love; style and stage homes for a living.

To register for classes, go to http://www.stylingandstaging.com/#!addicted-to-decorating/c22mt

Prior to launching Styling and Staging, Kristine Porter co-owned Redesigning Interiors from 1999 to 2008 where she trained more than 300 professionals in Home Styling and Staging. Kristine holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Purdue University as well as a Masters degree from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

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