The Leaders...with passion, dedication and our readers in mind
AH Publisher, Best Selling Author, Marketing Coach & Speaker
In the real estate staging and decorating world since 2001, Angela is thrilled to bring a voice to both, through this interactive online magazine. Angela is a Marketing Coach and the owner of OTB Publishing and One Thought Beyond Coaching. She is also the author of the ‘SUCCESS of Marketing’, a workbook used in business programs across North America and co-author of HOME STAGING: The Power That Sells Real Estate. Her marketing technique, through coaching, teleclasses, and workshops have been instrumental in the growth of many small businesses since 2001. Angela’s experience includes: High exposure branding, product development, cross promotion, internet marketing, advertising, and course development.
AH Director of Content, Tori Toth is a best-selling author, DIY and lifestyle expert, award-winning home stager and lifestyle authority. You can visit Tori Toth’s YouTube channel , which has helped her to reach sellers around the country. Her goal with her videos (which have been viewed nearly 1,000,000 times) is to “make home staging a real estate standard”. A former Emmy-nominated Multi-Media Journalist for six years, Tori is familiar with the world of creativity, high-energy and multitasking, plus has an eye for detail, design and DIY, learned growing up around her father’s construction business. She has appeared in global media. She is married and lives in Queens, NY with lots of fur babies!
AH Senior Editor, Marketing Coach
Brand Marketing Specialist and Marketing Coach, Linda Kafka has worked in the design industry both domestic and internationally in 2009. She specializes in strategic and tactical aspects of branding, marketing communications, product launches, events and project management of campaigns.
A thought leader effective at creating competitive advantages by leveraging industry knowledge, new sales techniques and marketing technologies to support and drive sales….she is an advocate for the design industry. She leads with Passion + speaks with Purpose!
AH Art Director, Photographer
Sarah MacLeod is a full time lifestyle and wedding photographer. She has a passion for art and the emotion it evokes from others. She finds joy in working with others to tell their story and works to create art that captures the essence of life in that moment. Sarah loves the creative process and enjoys trying new techniques and locations for capturing everyday life in photographs. Sarah is the mother of two beautiful kids and lives with her husband in St. Catharines, Ontario. In her spare time she loves traveling with her family to far away places experiencing culture, food and architecture through her lens.
Gregory F. Osborne
AH Online Editor,
Gregory Osborne’s love of words is infectious. When other read the dictionary for necessity, Greg explores it like an adventure, looking for new words to express and swing like a sword in the online world. When he is not writing or proof reading, he can usually be found exploring the world through the eyes of his 3yr old grandson.
Special Feature Contributersfeatured columnists, sharing expertise
AH Feature Columist: Art to Love + Sell,
Carrie Colton, is an artist, multidisciplinary designer and the founder and director of design studio & art gallery, Studio Sixty Six. As an artist, designer and curator Carrie has an undying commitment to beautiful, functional interiors and branding graphics. Her goal, when creating living and working environments and branding graphics for her clients, is to capture their spirit, taste and needs. She parley’s her passion and proficiency in all things visual into cogent, meaningful design that her clients embrace. She is advocate for upcoming artists…watch for her “From the Gallery: Art to Love + Sell” column in every issue.
AH Feature Contributor, International Chef
Award winning chef Johnny Kirk’s interest in culinary arts began from his perch on the kitchen counter watching his mother and grandmother preparing not only family meals but also the baked goods his grandmother sold locally. But it wasn’t until he working his way through college at The University of Mississippi that he worked for his first restaurant. After graduating from UM with a degree in Psychology, Johnny attended Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, SC graduating with a 4.0 and an Associates degree in Culinary Arts.
AH Feature Contributor, Rooms to Live + Love
Elizabeth Scruggs is an award- winning female general contractor, interior decorator, and real estate stager. In business since 2000, she is a certified Expert Psychological Stager, True Colour Expert, and Tennessee state president of the Real Estate Staging Association. She authors the home decorating column ‘Coming Home’ for Wilson Living Magazine, and is one of the authors of the Amazon best-seller Home Staging: The Power That Sells Real Estate.
Technical Decorating Editors...opinions, experience and showcased work
AH Technical Decorating Editor, CEO Creating Contrast Designs,
Claire Jefford began her Interior Decorating business, Creating Contrast Designs, in 2011. Claire’s firm specialises in 3D space planning, offering virtual tours of designed spaces from one room plans to entire home redesigns. They also work on many custom decorating projects as Claire has a keen eye for detail & especially loves to mix patterns and fabrics. This year her company was named one of the Top 30 Interior Design firms in Ontario and Claire is the highest reviewed design professional in the GTA on houzz, with over 87 reviews.
website – www.creatingcontrastdesigns.com
AH Technical Decorating Editor, Interior Design Consultant
Charles Messenger is an interior design consultant with Harmonizing Homes Interior Design and Home Staging. He has an excellent approach to solving design problems and generating fresh solutions of internal spaces. He brings his ambition, creativity, and dedication to helping his clients create a beautiful environment. Charles is innovative and stays current on the trends within in the design industry.
website – www.harmonizehomes.com
AH Technical Decorating Editor, Interior Design Consultant
Corinne Kaas founded Harmonizing Homes in 2009. She and her team specializes in Full Service Interior Design and Home Staging services. Studied at the NYSID, she brings skill and creativity to every project no matter the size. A recent recipient of the Real Estate Staging Association Top 10 Designers of & Home Stagers of the year in the Occupied category.
website – www.harmonizehomes.com
AH Technical Decorating Editor, Interior Decorator,
Rachel Moriarty is a leading home and personal style expert in San Diego. She is an Award winning Interior Decorator with more than 12 years of experience redesigning the houses, vacation and investment homes of successful professionals in and around San Diego County, Mexico and virtually nationwide via her eDesign service. Her work as a photo stylist has been published in several fashion and home décor catalogs.
Best known for elevating spaces by incorporating her clients existing furnishings. Rachel creates livable, unique spaces by blending styles into a cohesive, one-of-a-kind look. A collector herself since the age of 12, Rachel loves mixing vintage with new and high with low to create a storied home for her clients.
AH Technical Decorating Editor, Property Stylist
Angela McKinnon is a property stylist and owner of Home Dream Designs in Toronto, ON with more than 15 years of dedicated experience. Couple her tenure in the industry with an innate and elegant sense of style and with an impressive formal education, Angela is a trusted authority.
A proud member of the Real Estate Staging Association, Angela is a consummate professional and lifelong learner committed to the principles of design and a connoisseur of the latest industry design and style trends. Angela’s fastidious attention to detail, her high energy and positive attitude are a huge asset to the AH Team.
website – www.homedreamdesigns.ca
AH Technical Decorating Editor, Interior Designer
Veronica Solomon is a multi award-winning interior designer whose work has been featured in numerous publications including The ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter magazine, Houston House & Home magazine, Katy magazine, and national blogs such as Apartment Therapy. She has been named as one of The Top Ten Emerging Designers To Watch By Black Interior Designers Network. She has established herself as one of Houston’s most highly acclaimed interior designers and lifestyle experts. She has created unique and memorable interiors for a wide variety of residential, homebuilding and commercial clients over her 10 year career as the CEO and Creative Director of Casa Vilora Interiors
website – www.casavilorainteriors.com
AH Technical Decorating Editor, Interior Decorator,
Sheri Bruneau began her company, Get It Together, after leaving the teaching profession after 17 years. What originally started as a Professional Organizing business 8 years ago has grown into a full-service Interior Design firm. Helping her clients renovate with confidence, Sheri uses 2D and 3D renderings to allow her renovation clients a view of the project prior to any hammer being swung. Sheri follows a simple rule in her designs: make the space functional first, then turn that function into pretty. One of the many strengths of Sheri is her ability to organize and run a renovation project that sticks to a budget as well as the calendar. Organization and communication are her strengths when working with clients. Her latest kitchen/main floor renovation was recently featured in Calgary’s Child Magazine.
AH Technical Staging Editorsopinions, experience and showcased work
AH Technical Staging Editor, Designer
Naomi Findlay is the founder and principal educator at the IIHS™, known as Australia’s Rapid Renovation Expert. She also runs SILK Home Staging & Styling, a successful home staging business, is the author of the bestselling book Ignite Your Property Mojo and regularly writes for realestate.com.au.
AH Technical Staging Editor, Certified Home Stager
Joanne Abrahams formed her company Rave Re:view Home Staging & Redesign in the summer of 2009, at the end of her first year of ‘rewirement’. Some like to say they’re retired. She likes to say she ‘rewired. In her first life she was a Reading Recovery/elementary school teacher. In her present life she’s a home stager and a redesigner. Colour, shape, angles, lines and forms are her life’s blood. They nourish her soul.
She’s appeared on CTV’s Live at Five, was a 2012 finalist for professional stager of the year sponsored by RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) and has had her work displayed in RESA’S consumer magazine, Canadian Home Trends magazine and Halifax’s Coast magazine She has presented numerous sessions on Home Staging and Decorating at libraries throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality, at Eastern College in Halifax as well as at an Oak Island Woman’s Retreat and was chosen by The Junior League charitable organization to decorate one of three properties for their Homes for the Holidays in 2012.
website – www.ravereviewhomestaging.com
AH Technical Staging Editor, Home Staging Stylist
Cynthia is an Accredited Staging Professional, a Sherwin Williams Certified Color Analyst, a member of the International Association of Staging Professionals, the Real Estate Staging Association and is very active in the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.
Cynthia holds her BA in Public Relations from Southern Methodist University. She has served on the boards of the Humane Society of the United States and Friends for Life.
AH Technical Staging Editor, Real Estate Staging Consultant, Speaker
Bobbie McGrath is a national award winning home stager, trainer, speaker and co-author of Amazon’s best selling book, “Home Staging: The Power That Sells Real Estate”. Bobbie was voted by her international peers as one of the Top Ten Occupied Home Stagers in America in both 2015 and 2016. She has been recognized as “Best of HOUZZ” for customer service and design in 2015, 2016, and again in 2017. Bringing her expertise to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area has raised the expectations of the home buying public!
website – www.successfulstaging.com
AH Technical Staging Editor, Co-Owner, Founder of Chicagoland Home Staging
Margaret Gehr has been focused on the design and merchandising of resale properties since 2005 when she founded Chicagoland Home Staging. Having studied at the Harrington Institute of Interior Design in Chicago, she brings her unique skills and creativity to every project no matter the size. In addition to staging homes, Margaret experience includes project management, custom window treatments and re-design projects. Margaret is a visionary and advocates continuing education, leading her team by staying current and on trend within her industry.
She is the founding Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) Greater Chicago Chapter President and member of MainStreet Organization of Realtors.
Margaret and the team’s award winning work have been recognized in the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and publications nationwide.
website – www.chicagolandhomestaging.com
AH Technical Staging Editor, Owner / Luxury Home Staging Specialist of BA Staging & Interiors
With masters in business and marketing and a background in interior design, Birgit brings unique skills and a keen sense for beautiful design to all her clients. Creatively she transforms spaces into extraordinary selling features. She is known for her extraordinary and on trend staging designs.
Birgit’s other passion is photography.
Her work has been featured on HGTV, NBC, FOX News, CBS, ABC, New York Times, and several print media.
website – www.BAStagingInteriors.com
AH Technical Staging Editor, Owner / Certified Staging Stylist of Well Dressed Home
Susi is a Certified Staging Professional, accredited Interior Decorator, and trained Professional Organizer, with a passion for transforming homes into showcases.
Her love for creating fabulous spaces and all things beautiful stems from Susi’s past experience owning and operating two trendy home décor boutiques and several mall based seasonal Christmas shops in the Greater Toronto Area, where her brilliantly merchandised shop windows and in store displays quickly created a demand for both staging and decorating services.
Her staging work produces rapid sales results in the GTA, and she loves helping the Realtors by working closely with set sales records in asking prices, and days on market.
Susi is co-author of the best selling HOME STAGING: The Power That Sells Real Estate Book, and has had her work published in a variety of publications.
website – www.welldressedhome.ca
AH Technical Staging Editor, Home Staging Stylist, Trainer
In 2004, Tracy Molendi launched Simply Organized & Staged a real estate staging company, providing efficient, expert solutions to businesses and individuals. Tracy has grown her successful staging and design company to the largest in her area, helping thousands of home owners and Realtors sell their homes and listings.
Tracy is the creator of Professionally Presented Properties, an educational certification program to teach the importance of staging, and a co author of the book Real Estate Staging, The Power That Sells Real Estate. Along with building her business Tracy has taken an active role within her industry as a (RESA) Real Estate Staging Association’s State President and a mentor for the HSR Training program.
website – www.stagingpeoria.com
AH Technical Staging Editor, Home Staging Stylist, Interior Decorator
Red Barrinuevo is an Award-winning home stager and interior decorator based in Toronto. He is the founder and the principal designer for REDESIGN4MORE Inc. His passion for home staging and home decor coupled with his corporate experience has made his company one of the most successful staging business in Toronto.
An active blogger, Red has written hundreds of articles for home staging and home decor. He has been a featured expert in publications such as the Toronto Star, Toronto Metro, The Globe and Mail, Blog TO, and Toronto Life. He is also a guest blogger for various real estate and home decor media sites.
His goal is to share his passion for home staging to help home owners maximize their home’s potential when it is time to sell. Since he started his company in 2010, Red has staged and redesigned hundreds of homes in Canada and the US.
Red Barrinuevo is a member of the Canadian Staging Professionals and the Real Estate Staging Association.