This summer Jen and Jon had big plans for their backyard, but like most plans, there have been a few bumps along the way. In this episode, they’re sharing an update on their progress, and what they still want to accomplish in the #StaggReno backyard.
We have a HUGE announcement this week on Heart of the Home Podcast. We have a big upcoming project, one that we’re pouring a lot of blood, sweat and tears into. It’s something that we feel is really taking the Stagg Design firm to the next level, and today we’re letting you in on the secret!
It’s reveal day! We’re taking you inside our Stagg Design Refugee Project finished product, and sharing how the whole thing came together. Before we dive into images, please watch this video. It’s so dear to our hearts and our videographer, Trevor, did such a beautiful job capturing the project.h
video: Trevor Rimmasch
I’ve watched it a dozen times and every I’m in tears.
A quick recap (you can see the before and read about how the project came to be HERE.) Our design firm wanted to start an annual service project and for our first, we found a sweet refugee family with some special needs.
We cut the ribbon and their reactions were so priceless. So let’s get to it! The photos of the before and after!
family room before
family room after
The living room got a complete overhaul. New paint, rug, furniture, decor, etc. I still can’t believe the transformation!
family room after
The kids room was a real design challenge. It’s small, and I felt really strongly that the children needed somewhere to play. I first thought bunk beds, but it isn’t safe for Alex. I came up with a trundle and I think it’s the perfect solution!
Too much metal in a home can often create a cold, sterile feeling, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid using them in your designs. Used correctly, metals can also bring a sophisticated, modern look to any room. One of the easiest ways to make sure a space still feels warm is by mixing different types of metals. In this episode, Jen is discussing the ways you can combine different materials to achieve the perfect design every time.
Here at Stagg Design we talk a lot about how your home can impact every part of your life. We fully believe in this idea, but we also realize it takes resources to create spaces that bring you peace and improve the way you live. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to help a deserving family for World Refugee Day. Kiran and Champha are refugees who are now raising their small family in Utah. Their 7-year-old son Alex has some disabilities, including autism and cerebral palsy, which provide unique challenges. This family was living in a small apartment that did not fit their needs. In this episode, Jen and Jon are sharing how their team tackled this home makeover for some very deserving people.
Benjamin Moore of Salt Lake City
Denise Sanchez, Homewerks of San Antonio
and so many other community members who raised funds and donated items
We’re lucky to have some wonderful clients. The projects we work on are beautiful, exciting, meaningful, and we hope they improve a family’s quality of life and that our designs give their home a peaceful feel. But our firm’s recent service project for World Refugee day did that and so much more. Today I’m excited to share the first of two posts about the Stagg Design Refugee Project! I’m starting with how the project came to be, and what we were working with for the home design.
photos by Trevor Rimmasch
When we started bouncing around the idea of a service project, we weren’t sure what direction we wanted to head. A single mom? A shelter makeover? We wanted to do something that wasn’t just beautiful– we wanted to improve someone’s daily quality of life. One of our team members had the idea of working with a refugee family and tying it in with World Refugee Day and we knew it was going to be someone who desperately needed our help. We worked with some missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to identify a family with great needs and that’s how we found our family!
The Magar-Gurung Family
Meet the Magar-Gurung family. Kiran (dad), Champha (mom), Alex (7), and Allysia (4). Champha and Kiran spent much of their lives in a Nepali refugee camp after fleeing Butan. They met after coming to Utah and got married. Alex was born extremely premature and has severe disabilities. He is autistic, has cerebral palsy, is non verbal and has to eat through a GI tube. He is growing stronger and is harder and harder to take out of the house, so Champha spends most of the day at home in their apartment with Alex and Allysia while Kiran works overnight shifts doing janitorial work at the Salt Lake City Airport.
Let’s talk about their home: it’s a modest 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment that was a collection of items that had been donated to them or that they had picked up at thrift stores. When I saw it for the first time I knew we had our work cut out for us. I started making some mental notes of all that was needed, which was basically everything. Nothing in their main living spaces was suiting their needs.
We decided to focus our efforts on three main areas: the family room, the kids’ bedroom, and the dining/laundry area.
The dining and laundry space
All of these spaces needed a lot of love, but more importantly they needed a lot of function. Let’s start with the family room. The layout of furniture was wonky. The light fixture was icky. The furnishings really all needed to go. The bedroom: this is the one that had me all choked up. There was no where for the kids to play with the crowded furniture and layout. I knew we needed a solution for this and I knew it was going to take some creativity. I mean, this poor woman was home all day trapped in this apartment with her kids and they had no where to play! Unacceptable.
The laundry and dining area mostly needed a washer and dryer. They were carting all of their laundry to and from the laundromat with their kids and we knew buying them a washer and dryer would drastically improve their lives. It was a must.
Alex listening to music on a tablet out with the old!
Day one: clean and clear. The first thing we had to do was clear everything out and give the home a good scrub. The missionaries and some wonderful volunteers helped us.
packing up old belongings to make way for the makeover
We got busy to work contacting companies for donations, asking for monetary donations via social media, and lining up everything we would need as well as a game plan.
And that’s where we ran into a major hangup. While cleaning out the old furnishings, we realized the beds had bedbugs. This is common in refugee apartment complexes, but we didn’t want to just ignore it. We had to address it! Intellibed, who had already donated one mattress, generously donated another one. We also hired an exterminator to clear out the bedbugs and spray for cockroaches. We then had to buy extra bedding, etc, that we weren’t planning on but we felt so strongly we couldn’t cut any corners.
Once we got over that hurdle, we could focus back on our original plans. We love our local Benjamin Moore store and the guys in there always have our backs on projects. They so kindly donated paint and Jon (and our wonderful photographer, Trevor) got to work giving it a fresh coat into the wee hours in the morning.
Day two: assemble, install, organize, beautify!
Installations are always long days but this one was exceptionally long. We had so many beautiful items donated from the furniture from Walker Edison to the mattresses from Intellibed. For the kids room, I knew we needed a trundle bed with a mattress underneath so they could save space during the day and pull it out at night. Many many thanks to former NFL star Merril Hoge who donated the money for the bed. It completely transformed the room.
We’re looking to hire a Junior Designer to work with both our Full-Service and Guided Design clients. You will be working alongside the Stagg Design team and under the direction of our Principal Designer, Jennifer Stagg.
Our philosophy here at Stagg Design is “Home is what we make it.” We are looking for a talented individual with a strong desire to create beautiful, personalized spaces through design. They will be responsible for helping our team create content and assisting on project installations and photoshoots.
• 1-3 years of interior design experience • Experience using Adobe Illustrator • CAD and Sketch up experience is preferred • Strong communication skills • Strong leadership ability and self-motivation • Team player • Flexible work schedule with a great attitude • Ability to multitask and work efficiently on your own • Must have means of transportation and their own computer
This is a part-time contracted position paid at an hourly rate. We’re looking for around 15-20 hrs/week time commitment with potential for growth. Must be flexible with work hours M-F and occasional weekends, all applicants must be local.
Stagg Design- Greater Salt Lake City, Utah or flexible for Remote
We’re looking to hire a Designer to work with both our Full-Service and Guided Design clients. You will be working alongside the Stagg Design team and under the direction of our Principal Designer, Jennifer Stagg.
Our philosophy here at Stagg Design is “Home is what we make it.” We are looking for a talented individual with a strong desire to create beautiful, personalized spaces through design. They will be responsible for helping our team create content, assisting on sourcing products and creating mockups, social media content creation, and marketing.
• 3+ years of interior design experience • Experience using Adobe Illustrator • CAD and Sketch up experience is preferred • Strong communication skills • Strong leadership ability and self-motivation • Team player • Flexible work schedule with a great attitude • Ability to multitask and work efficiently on your own • Must have means of transportation (if local) and their own computer • A strong knowledge of social media platforms is required • Marketing background is preferred
This is a part-time contracted position paid at an hourly rate. We’re looking for around 15 hrs/week time commitment with potential for growth. Must be flexible with work hours M-F and occasional weekends.
TO APPLY EMAIL YOUR RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO INFO@STAGG-DESIGN.COM
Nothing makes a statement in a kitchen quite like a quality backsplash. Choosing a good one can really make or break a kitchen design, but you don’t have to go big on the whole thing. In this episode, Jen is sharing some ideas for how to save money without giving up that showstopping look.
Summer entertaining season is upon us, and we are here to help you elevate your next outdoor gathering. Don’t worry, we’re not saying you have to bring out your fine china and best linens, but let’s ditch the paper plates and plastic forks together. In this episode, designer Jennifer Stagg has five ways to make your next summer barbecue memorable.
Getting started on a big project can be really overwhelming. What color paint should I use? What flooring? Fixtures? Lighting? The list goes on and on. Hiring a designer can help take off some of that pressure, but let’s be honest, not everyone can afford that kind of investment for every space in their home. Here at Stagg Design, we’ve launched a new guide section. Today, Jen is breaking it all down, explaining what it is, and how it can help you with your next project.