A newly renovated Stagetecture – Monday, May 10th!

June 5, 2009, Stagetecture began as an idea in my head , “To help everyday homeowner’s stage and decorate their homes.” Out of this idea has grown an awesome blog, friendships around the world (from Turkey, Russia and native Arab countries.) In my wildest dreams, I never thought almost a year later I would launch a REAL website!

Here I am, 141 blog posts later, and walking on cloud 11, it is time for Stagetecture to grow up and become an adult.  With this new adventure comes challenges, obstacles, and rewards and gains.  I hope that you will continue to bring me feedback, so that Stagetecture can grow to be what you want it.

The new website address will be: www.stagetecture.com.

(Don’t worry you will be directed there, even if you come back to this site.)

Stagetecture moves up to be an 'adult'!

The new site will feature:

*Sleeker, more modern feel (Totally Stagetecture!)

*More user-friendly navigation

*Blog posts can be viewed – ‘By Room’ or ‘By Inspiration’

*Do it Yourself – Will feature (E books, and D.I.Y. resources)

*Consultations – Stagetecture can help you by phone/email

*Sponsor area – Have a business? Advertise with us, inaugural pricing for 3 months!

*So much more!

* Come check it out on Monday there will be a Restoration Hardware giveaway just for you!

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Today will be my last blog post until Monday, May 10th.  Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and if my kids saw me at the computer they would kill me! There’s still lots to do for Mom, read these posts below:

*Free activities to do with Mom

*Wonderful gifts for Mom

*Handcrafted items to make Mom

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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The sweet smell of Spring, I've never met a mom that doesn't adore flowers


Mother’s Day – 3 FREE things to do with Mom this weekend!

Entry #84, May 7, 2010

You have exactly 2 days until it’s Mother’s Day have you thought about activities to do with mom this weekend?  I have 3 things that you can do this weekend, and they’re absolutely free!  Mother’s Day is not suppose to be about breaking the bank.  Make this weekend special by spending the most valuable thing you have with your mom, your time.

1.) West Elm – Summer Design Class – Saturday, May 8th

Take advantage of this great idea from your local West Elm store.  Call your local West Elm to RSVP to a 2 hour design class featuring decorating for outdoor living.  Mom will love it, and you’ll get good ideas!

Call your local store to RSVP for Saturday's event!

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Receive 10% off after the event

2.) Brunch for Mom

How many times has your mom cooked for you when you were well, sick, had friends over? Show mom how much you appreciate her with a brunch prepared by you and your family.  This is a good family activity to do, and it will mean that much more that the family participated in it!

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Cook mom a Mother's Day Brunch

3.) Pottery Barn Kids – Mother’s Day Craft Workshop –  On Saturday May 8, and Sunday May 9 – have Mom make crafts with the youngsters!  While supplies last, visit your local Pottery Barn Kids for Mother’s Day crafts the kids will love to make and give.

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Check your local Pottery Barn Kids for craft times

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The kids and Mom will have fun!

Take care of Mom this weekend, you won’t regret it.


Garage organization – Is it as ready for Summer as you are?

Entry #83, May 6, 2010

We spend months getting the patio ready, and making sure the Spring cleaning has been done.  What about about your garage? Can you get to the beach toys? Do you even know where the family luggage is? It’s time to put the Christmas decorations where they really go, and unclutter your garage!

Unclutterer has a feature on how to organize your garage for the summer.  Go grab your spouse, and read on!

1. Remove: If you want to really organize from the ground up, take everything out and take a good look at the

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Pull your car into the garage, and mark how much space it takes up.

space you have.

2. Measure your car: When everything is out of your garage, pull in your cars and mark the floor where your car ends on all sides. You now know how much room you have if you want your car to fit.

3. Throw Out: Get rid of the old and damaged. Decide what items are no longer useful, damaged, or have missing pieces, and dispose of them.

4. Recycle: Reduce the clutter and be eco-friendly. Old newspapers, magazines, glass, aluminum, old oil or paint can be recycled.

5. Donate: Time to get rid of the things that won’t ever fit or you won’t ever use again. If the items are still in good shape, donate them to a worthy cause.

6. Group Items By Category so they are easy to find: When returning items to your garage, group like items together, such as sports and recreational equipment, garbage and recycling, lawn and garden, hardware, home maintenance, and tools.

Need some extra help? Try using a garage specialty company like The Uncluttered Garage.


Easy entertaining for Cinco de Mayo (That can double for Mother’s Day!)

Entry #82, May 5, 2010

Happy Cinco de Mayo! For those of you that celebrate this holiday – enjoy yourself, and drink responsibly! O.k., enough for my public service announcement, let’s talk entertaining! Let’s face it, Cinco de Mayo is associated with partying, entertaining, and having fun.

I found some great crafts/entertaining pieces that are intended for Cinco de Mayo, but the colors and fun mood can work for Mother’s Day too!

Martha Stewart has a feature on Cinco de Mayo decorations – and when I saw the oranges, pinks, and yellow’s… I instantly thought, make these for Mother’s Day Brunch! She’ll love it!

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Set the scene, festive paper flowers always make a spring event fun!

How about these creative foil napkin rings!

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These napkin rings could be reused for many holidays to come.

I’ve heard of confetti, but how about scented confetti? This would be great to throw, or to have scattered around the dining room tablecloth.

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Confetti... it makes things fun, yep!

Tell me when you see this flower arrangement it isn’t screaming… ‘Happy Mother’s Day!’

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Flowers brighten up every table, and every Mom's face!

For more Cinco de Mayo (a.k.a. Mother’s Day) decoration ideas, visit Martha Stewart.


West Elm lighting inspiration and a giveaway!

Entry #81, May 4, 2010

Remember a few weeks ago my post on West Elm daybed highlights? Today, I came across APT Dwelling’s giveaway for a  $50.00 gift card from West Elm, highlighting their new catalog.  As I glanced through all of the wonderful new items from West Elm, I was especially smitten with the beautiful lighting fixtures.  I’ve done several posts about letting natural light into your home, and how it makes the human body feel connected and alive.

The right kind of lighting in your home can awaken the senses, or set the mood.  I love these West Elm lighting fixtures, from sconces, pendants, to floor lamps. All of them inspire me to want to entertain, or cozy up with a great book in the corner!

No one will know you burned the food when they’re seated at the table with this beautiful Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Pendant lighting fixture!

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Let's Entertain! - Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Pendant

Bring the seaside into your bedroom with this dramatic Natural Capiz Pendant.

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I would close all my drapes, just to see these shells illuminate... Zzz...

I can see myself curled up on the couch with the latest issue of West Elm, with this dramatic Weathered Wood Floor Lamp by my side.

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This floor lamp takes center stage in any room

For more great lighting ideas visit West Elm.


Home & Work – How productive is your environment for you?

Entry #80, May 3, 2010

I have a homework assignment for you to do today. When you get out of your bed, and clear the sleep out of your eyes – look around you.  Do the same thing when you get to work today, preferably before you see your boss, which puts you into a bad mood.  What is it about your home and work environment that makes you feel good, or not-so-good?  Do you feel like you accomplish your goals when you’re in the space? Do you feel better when you walk out of the space, like outside?

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How is your environment affecting your productivity?

If you can answer to these questions, that you feel unproductive in your space, today’s post is for you.  Debbie Bowie, Author of  Rock Scissors Paper – How Environment Affects Performance has a wonderful article about helping you develop a higher performing and productive environment.

I think these tips would help you in your home, office, studio, anywhere where productivity is key.  Debbie has 10 tips in her article. Below are 5, and visit Lifehack for the remaining 5. If you are a Stagetecture reader, you’ll notice that many of the following tips are the same for home staging, uncluttering your life, organization, etc… There is a common thread – Our environment shapes our moods and our way of living in a space.

Following are ten characteristics of spaces where you can be both productive and comfortable.

  1. Clean–Dust, dirt and grime are sources of negative energy. Negative energy is distracting and interferes with your ability to feel comfortable and motivated.
  2. Organized–When you’re organized you can find what you want when you want it, keep track of what you need to do, and work efficiently. Being organized also helps you feel more in control and empowered.
  3. Uncluttered–Clutter distracts. Clutter irritates. Clutter attracts more clutter. It also talks to you. I’ll bet the last time your space was cluttered with paper it said something like, “Why don’t you take care of me?” or “What a mess!” Who needs a space that says unkind things to you!
  4. Walls painted a color, not white–When you are in an environment that is predominantly white you are
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    Natural light, be happier, and think clearer

    more prone to anxiety and depression. The reason for that is that color doesn’t show up against white walls. You are nurtured by color. When you don’t have enough color in your environment, you’re more likely to feel blue or anxious. Paint your walls a color and watch the color in your wall hangings and window coverings pop off the wall.

  5. Good natural lighting–We all know that rooms with windows are preferable to rooms with no windows. But, for optimal performance you want to have rooms with light that is not too bright and not too dim. Light is energy. In rooms that are too bright, you run a risk of burnout because you’re being exposed to too much energy. If windows let in too much light, bringing in heat and glare, window coverings can be used to moderate the level of light. If a room is too dim, there isn’t enough energy in the space and it’s very hard to feel motivated to take action. In that case adding additional light is essential.

For the rest of Debbie’s tips visit Lifehack.


Mother’s Day Gift Idea – 2 gifts in one!

Entry #79, May 2, 2010

Mother’s Day is a week away, and most people have not purchased their gifts yet.  In an effort to make you all get

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You pick a theme, Mom gets the experience and another gift!

moving, I decided to research more gift giving ideas for you, all you have to do is buy.  (I’m trying to make it easy for you!)

Jolly Mom has an article on a wonderful gift giving idea called Vivabox. It’s two gifts in one, now Mom will believe you really thought of everything!

A Vivabox is an exciting new product that combines the freedom of choice with the personal touch of a real gift.  This two layered gift can be the answer to all of your gift giving dilemmas.  The first layer is a gift inside the box that is intended to familiarize the recipient with the product.  The second layer is the gift card that can be redeemed for their gift selection from a menu of choices.

1.
You Pick The Theme
Do you have an idea as to what type of gift someone would like?  Select one of our themes that you think they would enjoy the most.  This is the part that gives it a personal touch.

2.  They Try The Samples
They open the box and enjoy the gift inside.  Depending on the box this could be a gift to try, taste or use and they all relate to the theme of the box.

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Themes range from Coffee, Tea, to Dining and Spa treatments

3.  They Choose The Gift
After enjoying the first gift, the recipient visits this website and enters their card number.  They will be taken through the redemption process where they choose their final present.  This is where the freedom of choice happens.

Result: You have given them a present they actually WANTED!  The basic theme was chosen by you for a personal touch but the actual gift was customized by the recipient.  This ensures that you have given what he or she will most enjoy.  Plus, they got to experience the joy of receiving the perfect present for longer than ripping off the wrapping paper.

This idea is great to me! How often do you get to buy a gift that you put effort into, but the recipient gets to pick their own gift too? Fabulous!

To learn more, visit Vivabox.