Well this house now sits empty once again... but for a couple of days last week it was MAGICALLY TRANSFORMED (as these photos show). Last weekend was the culmination of over a years worth of "staging" event preparation. For one weekend a small army of people came together and donated their time, talent and treasure to transform a vacant home into a beautiful show-house... all for the benefit of Brickton Art Center. The event was a resounding success. Everyone is already buzzing about next year... full of ideas and anticipation on how to make it even better. One resident already offered their home as a tour site.
Brickton Art Centerdoes amazing things with and for the Arts and is one of the Crown Jewels that helps make Park Ridge, Illinois such a desirable community to live in. Brickton currently fulfills the cultural and creative needs of over 6,000 Park Ridge and Northwest Chicago community members per year. It offers over 200 fine arts classes, has hosted nearly 100 gallery exhibits featuring established, emerging and developing Illinois artists, and most importantly creates beautiful changes in the lives of at-risk populations through its art therapy based programs.
But like any not-for-profit, finding the monies to continue its mission is critical. At Real Estaging, one of our core values is our obligation to support not-for-profit organizations that make a difference in the world. So knowing that staging is an AWESOME marketing tool... a couple of us here at Real Estaging approached Brickton with a new adaptation for their Artistic Living event.
So besides freshening up and coordinating all the creative talent of the Gallery Home, whose rooms were separately "staged" by 9 different designers and/or retailers, we also worked with 5 residents in Park Ridge who opened their homes up to be sites on the first ever Park Ridge Tour of Homes.
A weekend long city-wide event of this scale takes hundreds of helping hands within a community, including individuals, business organizations, artists, designers, elected officials, corporations, residents, neighbors, and families that all helped in make this event the success that it was. Needless to say all were THRILLED that after all their hard work it was recognized by state Senator Dan Kotowski... who came and cut the ribbon kicking off the event and opening the Gallery Home Friday night at Gallery 1033 Cocktail Party. More pictures of the cocktail party can be seen here.
So, thank-you to the many that helped stage a successful event. And to my fellow stagers, I share this all with you, for while this one event showcased how we transform spaces, more importantly it shows that we can Staged It Forward... by giving it back.
PS: You may have noticed I have been a little absent from the Rain. THIS was a TON of work last week and all weekend. But it was well worth it. Oh... and our team did the Red Living Room.