Getting Your Significant Other Excited for Big ProjectsHeart of the Home add
It’s a question the Stagg Design team gets a lot: how do you get your significant other on board with your big ideas? Jen and Jon have tackled many projects together over the years, but they haven’t always both been excited for all of them, so they have some experience in the convincing department. In this week’s episode, they’re sharing what they’ve learned during their DIY journey about calming your partner’s concerns and getting them just excited as you are to tackle that big task.
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What Captain Marvel Has To Do With Home Design ft. JonHeart of the Home add
Have you ever had one of those moments where you’re sitting in a movie and have a big “Aha!” moment? Jon recently had one of those, and it happened during one of his favorite super hero movies. Today he and Jen are discussing why Captain Marvel made him think about home design and DIY, and how it can help you tackle all your projects.
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3 Times to Splurge and to Save on FlooringHeart of the Home add
Choosing the right floor coverings can be one of the most stressful parts of any new build or redesign. Sometimes you know exactly what you want, but a tight budget forces you to make a different decision. So when do you stick to you guns and when can you settle without sacrificing style? Whether you’re in the market for hardwood, carpet, or tile, Jen is sharing her best ideas for balancing budget and quality.
5 Ways to Prep for Spring ft. JonHeart of the Home add
It’s finally that time of year when the snow is gone, the sun is shining, and signs of life are popping up. With spring finally here, you’re probably itching to spend some quality time outside. But before you uncover the patio furniture and light up the grill, there are some things you should remember. Today, Jen and Jon are dishing the 5 things everyone needs to do to get their home ready for spring.
A Day in the Life of a Working MomHeart of the Home add
It’s a question Jen gets asked all the time: how do you balance your work life with your mom life? From her time as a full-time journalist to now owning a small business and working as an interior designer, she’s picked up a few tricks along the way. Today, Jen is pulling back the curtains on all the late nights, early mornings, struggles, successes, and everything in between.
April Fools’ Throwback: Punked or Project Nightmare?Heart of the Home add
Here at Heart of the Home and Stagg Design, we love a good practical joke, so we couldn’t close out this month without sharing some of our favorite April Fools’ Day pranks. Jen and Jon have also been on the receiving end of some bad building projects that felt like tricks, but turned out to be all too true. In this episode we’re dishing all the dirty details, because sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.
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7 Tools Every DIYer Needs ft. JonHeart of the Home add
Nothing gives you that sense of accomplishment quite like wrapping up another DIY project. But it can also feel frustrating, if you’ve been working without the right tools. So, if you’re new to the world of DIY where do you start? Today, we’re picking the brain of our resident tool expert, Jon. He’s sharing his list of must-haves to make your life a whole lot easier.
Designing a Magazine Quality Home That Still Feels Like YouHeart of the Home add
You’ve seen those picture-perfect homes in magazines: everything seems polished and in its place. And while achieving the same look may seem impossible, there are simple things you can do to elevate your space. Today, we’re getting tips from someone who really knows her stuff. Amy Panos is Deputy Editor of the Home Design section at Better Homes & Gardens magazine, so she’s seen it all. Her design style is simple: if you love it, it deserves a space in your home. In this episode, she’s taking us behind the scenes of her magazine day job, and sharing her best ideas for getting your home photo ready.
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9 Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor ft. JonHeart of the Home add
Home improvement projects are stressful enough to begin with, but add a bad contractor to the mix, and the whole process can feel even scarier. So how do you know if you’re hiring someone who will help rather than hurt your progress? And when things go wrong, how do you pick up all the pieces and finish the project if a contractor leaves you high and dry? Jen and Jon have been there, and today they’re sharing some of the things everyone needs to know before hiring help. As a bonus, they’re also discussing the time a contractor left them in the lurch just days before a big photo shoot.
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Living Large in Small Spaces ft. Shavonda GardnerHeart of the Home add
These days, it seems like “bigger” is often equated with “better”, especially in home design. But there are people fighting this trend. Shavonda Gardner from SG Style is one of them. A few years ago, she and her wife went against the norm and decided to downsize. They moved their family from a spacious house to a small cottage where every inch counts. Shavonda believes having a small home shouldn’t prevent you from living a large life. Today she’s sharing how downsizing has changed their lives, and their bank accounts, for the better.
10 Ways to Give Your Entryway ImpactHeart of the Home add
It’s the first thing people see when they walk in your home, so nothing sets the mood in your space more than the entryway. But sometimes coming up with impactful designs in smaller spaces can be difficult. Today, Jen is dishing some of her top designer secrets that will get your guests excited to see the rest of the house.
7 Tips on When to Splurge and Save on LightingHeart of the Home add
When you’re planning a project or renovation, things can quickly get expensive. We usually tell clients to over-budget on projects, because things inevitably come up. But there are some tricks to getting the look you want without breaking the bank. Today, Jen is sharing her best tips on where to splurge and where to save when it comes to your home’s lighting.
8 Ways to Keep Your Home in Tip Top ShapeHeart of the Home add
Having a space where you want to spend all your time is one of the best parts about creating a home you love. But all that living can take its toll. In this week’s episode, the dynamic DIY duo of Jen and Jon Stagg are once again sharing their best tips.
Behind the Design: Project Modern ModelHeart of the Home add
Project Modern Model – it’s a home the Stagg Design team still can’t stop talking about. Situated atop a mountain ridge overlooking the Salt Lake Valley in northern Utah, this project gave us a unique opportunity. The home features floor to ceiling windows and some of the most stunning views you’ll ever find. Today we’re taking you behind the design to explain some of the decisions the team made to give this model home a modern, sophisticated, and yet comfortable feeling. They’re tips you can use when upgrading or modifying your own spaces. And be sure to check out photos of the project over on stagg-design.com.
Interview With Dave Cawley, Cold Podcast HostHeart of the Home add
In this bonus episode of Heart of the Home, we’re stepping away from our regular topics. Our host, Jennifer Stagg, worked for years as an award-winning journalist before launching her interior design career full time. One of the biggest stories she covered was the disappearance of a young Utah mother, Susan Cox Powell. The story captivated the country with its bizarre twists and turns. Now, nearly a decade after her disappearance, Susan’s story is the focus of a viral podcast called Cold. In the series, host Dave Cawley takes an in depth look at the case, including the disturbing interactions between Susan, her husband Josh Powell, and father-in-law Steve Powell. For this bonus edition of Heart of the Home, Dave agreed to sit down with Jen for a one-on-one interview about what he’s uncovered so far, plus his thoughts on the case. Dave’s also giving us a special preview at what’s coming up in this week’s episode of the Cold podcast.
Little Ways to Create a Memorable Valentine’s DayHeart of the Home add
Holidays are meant for creating memories, and whether you’re happily married to the love of your life, single, or somewhere in between, Valentine’s Day should be no exception. You might instantly think of diamond rings, fancy dinners and expensive flowers, but you don’t have to pull out all the stops or break the bank when celebrating love. The day can be just as special with simple touches like festive decorations, homemade treats, and thoughtful messages. Join us as Jen shares some fun ideas to create a Valentine’s Day sure to make even Cupid jealous. We even have a freebie for you! Valentine’s Play Date Party Mini Valentine’s Mailboxes Valentine’s DIY Doilie Garland
Limiting Tech at Home ft. Amy IversonHeart of the Home add
“Low media home” is certainly a buzz term these days, but is it something that’s right for your home and family? Technology and family guru Amy Iverson is a mom of three who has found the right balance in her home. She writes a column for a Utah based newspaper where she shares her philosophy of helping kids become “conscientious digital citizens.” In this week’s episode, Jen sits down with Amy for an interview that will have you pulling out your phones and changing the settings, setting boundaries, and evaluating your family’s use of technology.
Designing Spaces for KidsHeart of the Home add
Designing rooms for kids is one of Jen’s favorite things. But there’s a fine balance when creating whimsical spaces that are also sophisticated. Whether it’s a bedroom or a playroom, involving little ones in their own design can help them feel ownership. In this week’s episode, Jen is sharing some simple ways to get kids’ input in tasteful ways.
When to Choose an Old Home Instead of New ft. JonHeart of the Home add
There’s lots to consider when becoming a homeowner: do you want to buy new, build a custom home, or are you up for a renovation? Jen and Jon love home projects, so for their current home, the Stagg Reno, they opted for a mid-century home renovation. But that’s not the best choice for everyone. In today’s episode, they’re sharing why they opted for a large project, and what you should know before making such a big decision.
Baking like a Pro at Home ft. Courtney RichHeart of the Home add
It’s no secret, the smell of fresh baked goods can stir powerful emotions. Whether it’s the scent of your grandma’s cookies wafting through the air, your mom’s homemade pie, or another treasured family treat, that unique aroma instantly transports you to specific places and memories. No one understands that philosophy better than Courtney Rich from Cake by Courtney. She’s a self-taught baking expert who believes anyone can create bakery-quality treats at home. Today Courtney’s sharing her top tips, equipment recommendations, and the one thing she always has in her kitchen.