Is there a “formula” to put together a well designed space? 🧪📖. Sure, there are design principles or rules, but I often think design rules were meant to be broken. If you could plop any family into this room and make it their home, then I totally missed the mark. You may look at it and love what you see (I hope you do!) but you won’t look at this room the way the homeowners do. They look around and see little gems I’ve placed around the room that speak just to them, like they’re in on an inside joke. Like the map of their hometown, the childhood guitars hanging on the walls, the antique console table that belonged to a grandparent, now injecting her memory into the space. These things make this room an original, just like this family. I think that’s what makes @staggdesign stand apart. We aren’t afraid of quirk. We embrace it. We intimately get to know our clients age what is important to them and incorporate those things into their home. Home is sacred ground in our book, and there’s no formula for that. It’s a recipe we write individually for each and every client we work with. *this is the home office of my dear friend and soul sister @nothingdownaboutit . I’m so honored she trusted me with her sacred ground.
We recorded a #heartofthehomepodcast episode today that took me back to the time our kitchen at #staggreno looked like the swipe thru 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 😱 I often get asked how I knew our home could look like the after shot, or how I can look at a client’s home and feel confident in the transformation before I start. I could give you the technical answer and get into all the details about floor plan, possibilities within a home’s footprint, budget, etc., but what it boils down to for me is GUT. I believe a home has a spirit. You can feel it when you walk in. I imagine a family laughing, living, growing, and making memories inside. I don’t feel like we chose the #staggreno , it chose us. Don’t believe me? The day we found this house we were frustrated from many months of trying everything we could to buy a different house and despite our best efforts, things kept falling through. Exasperated, we started driving around a neighborhood we had always loved, but had reservations about. We drove down a street we had never been down before, to a for sale by owner sigh that had just been put out that morning. We called, and later we found out the seller walked out and took down the sign after that phone call. They accepted our first offer and we had ourselves the #staggreno . You’re in your home, your neighborhood, your position for a reason. And when I can help you turn your home into what it was meant to be, well, that’s the ultimate fulfillment as a designer. #staggdesign #homeiswhatwemakeit
Anyone have a New Year’s resolution that includes finally finishing a home project? Maybe it’s a room in your home that needs a major overhaul, or maybe it’s just a refresh. Here are a few tips to help you getter done in 2020: 1- narrow your focus to one space at a time. It’s tempting to say you want to redo your whole house, but more often than not tackling a huge project becomes overwhelming and you might end up throwing your hands up in the air half way through. Start with one space and finish it completely before moving on to the next. 2- know your limits. I’m all about learning new skills and DIY, but before you jump into a project, do a lot of research and weigh whether it’s too advanced for your skill set, or would cost/take you more time than just hiring it out. Sometimes just because you could do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. If you think you’re up for the challenge, go for it and you’ll be so proud when it’s completed! 3- timeless over trends. I do love a good design trend mixed in here or there, but I tend to lean toward classic design and sticking within the era your home was built in. I may be unpopular in this position, but not every house can be a modern farmhouse imo. Ask yourself what your home is supposed to be before jumping on a trend train. What projects do you have planned for this year? Tell me below! Hey @jonathanstagg , it’s time we finish the laundry room at #staggreno don’t ya think? (Pretty family room from the basement of #projectmodernfamily )
Saying goodbye to 2019, grateful for a year full of growth, learning, opportunity, and possibility. I’ve honed in on my goals for the fresh year ahead and I can’t wait. Hey 2020, I’m ready for ya.
I GOT YOU BABE 🕺🏻🎤✨ If you invite us to a disco themed surprise party, you can expect Sonny & Cher to attend. I wish you all could have experienced Jon’s exposed chest hair and platform shoes in person. It’s worth a zoom in. Also why isn’t there a disco ball emoji?
Just finished packing away the last of the Christmas decor, our home is fresh and clean, and it feels symbolic. I’m excited for the fresh year ahead! I love New Year’s. Every end of year, Jon and I go on a date to a fondue restaurant and map out our year ahead. We lay out goals both personally and professionally, go through each of our kids and talk about their needs for the next year, and review the year ending. We both come prepared with lists and inspirational quotes and our waiter always gets a kick out of it 😂 #whentwotypeasmarry 👩❤️👨. It’s become a treasured evening through the years and I can’t wait for our date this year! I love a fresh year with so much possibility! What about you? Are you a lover or hater of New Year’s, and what are your traditions?
Tonight at Christmas Eve dinner, my dad and mom gave each of our girls a music box. Each was unique, and was carefully selected for each granddaughter. When Ruby wound hers up and it started to play, I froze in my tracks. It was a song I knew very well: You Light Up My Life. You see, when I was exactly Ruby’s age, just before my 8th birthday, my grandfather gave me a doll. The doll had brown hair, a blue hat and a music box inside. When you wound it up, its head would nod back and forth to the song You Light Up My Life. My grandfather passed away on a trip to visit our family for my birthday and this doll was his final gift to me. We were very close, and I have always felt like he was my guardian angel, watching over me as I grew. I’ve listened to that music box doll hundreds of times. When I was sad or scared, felt alone or frustrated, I would wind her up, set her on my dresser, and the melody would make me feel as though my grandfather were right there with me. You could say tonight was coincidental; that my dad just happened to pick a music box for Ruby with the same song my grandfather had picked for me. But I know my grandpa was there tonight, enjoying our Christmas feast, watching his great-granddaughters laugh and play, and I’d like to think his nudge to my dad during gift selection was his way of letting me know he’s still here, actively watching over my life, just as my dad is for my girls. For this and many more reasons, tonight was one of my favorite Christmas Eves ever. May the magic of Christmas, loved ones passed and present, and the love of our Savior be with you on this sacred holiday.
I’m so grateful. These people are mine forever, and I sit back in awe of it so often. These precious girls; this good and loving father and husband. Our many blessings and opportunities to not only do what we love, but also to use our time and talents to serve others. I’m so very blessed and it is not lost on me— not even for a minute. This has been one of the more hectic months of my life. Between hosting multiple gatherings to a fundraiser to school performances, huge @staggdesign client projects, the Christmas hustle and bustle and a million things pulling for my time and attention, I’ve found myself feeling a bit drained. I’m tired, I’ve been sick all week, and I don’t want to even think about walking in a store of any kind. I’m giving myself permission to stay in comfies all week, order takeout when I don’t feel like cooking, and soak up every bit of Christmas magic I can with this sweet family of mine. They make my world go ‘round.
If it’s special to you, it belongs in your home ✨✨✨ This is a mantra we stick to at @staggdesign The small chest/console against the wall in the #projectmodernfamily home office is very special indeed. It holds all of the keepsakes from a sweet baby who passed away shortly after birth. My client was almost apologetic about it at first, saying we didn’t need to include it in the home’s design. No way— it means so much to them! It absolutely belongs! Where else do you house all of your most treasured items if not in your most treasured place: your home? The whole reveal of this space is up now on the blog. I just love this home (and these clients who have become dear friends) so much. #staggdesign
Confession: I’m having a hard time getting in the mood for the holidays. I’m usually itching to pull out the decor and already have my Christmas cards stuffed and ready to go, but this year I’m totally behind. Maybe it’s that I have some big project deadlines looming, but mostly, I think it’s that there are a lot of people experiencing great heartache and I can’t help but imagine the gravity of their sorrow. But let me tell you about last night. Friends and strangers showed up to send love and help to a newly widowed mother in her darkest hour. We packed @awakenstudios and raised over $10,000 in a single evening. I am so grateful to all of you who opened your hearts and wallets for a family in great need this holiday season. And if this season is about anything for me, it’s about Christlike love.