Labor Day in the Lou!

The Labor Day holiday typically signifies the ending of summer.  Kids are back to school, neighborhood pools are closing, the long days of sunlight will become shorter and we will soon get a break from the St. Louis heat.  Here is a list of events around the St. Louis area to help you end your summer with a bang!

Big Muddy Blues Festival

This iconic St. Louis event is in its 21st year!  Taking place on Laclede’s Landing, there will be 45 musicians/bands playing on 3 outside stages and 3 indoor clubs over the course of the weekend.  The local restaurants will be serving drinks and food.  The event starts at 3:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is $10.

Japanese Festival at MOBOT

The Missouri Botanical Gardens is celebrating the 40th annual Japanese Festival this year.  This 3-day cultural event features traditional music and dancing, martial arts, cooking demonstrations, guided tours of the Japanese Gardens, and so much more.  Check out their website for a full schedule of events.  Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children/garden members.

Greek Festival

St. Louis Greek Festival is in its 99th year – wow!  The celebration starts Friday, September 2nd at 11:00 AM and goes throughout the weekend until Monday, September 5th at 8:00 PM.  As one would expect, food is a huge part of this festival and an array of Greek favorites will be available.  In addition to the delicious food and drink, you can enjoy live entertainment, jewelry, art, and tours of the beautiful St. Nicholas Church.  Admission is free!

Midwest Wing Fest

Midwest Wingfest has become an annual showdown for local restaurants and organizations to compete for the title of “Best Wings in Town!”  This 2-day celebration is held in the parking lot of the St. Clair Square Mall in Fairview Heights, IL with proceeds going to Climb for PTSD.  This year national recording artist, Jon Pardi, will take the stage, as well as 3 other performers.  Other events include a 5k and wing-eating contest!  Admission is free but donations are welcome.

St. Louis Antique Festival

If you are into fine antiques and collectibles and enjoy “the hunt” you can’t miss this festival!  The event takes place at the Belle Clair Fairgrounds in Belleville, IL on Saturday (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and Sunday (10:00 AM – 4 PM).  Peruse over 30,000 square feet of unique pieces from over 90 vendors.  Admission is $6 and is good for both days.

Also, mark your calendars for Songs 4 Soldiers on Saturday, September 10th.  Full post coming next week about this great cause!

Schaub+Srote Architects | Latest Completed Projects!

I can’t believe summer is already coming to a close! We have been quite busy here at Schaub+Srote Architects | Planners | Interiors! We have so many exciting new projects in various phases of design. While planning, drawings, sample ordering, pricing, etc. are all important steps in the home building/renovation process, nothing is more exciting than seeing the final product! Seeing your vision and plans come to fruition is a magical feeling!

Here’s a peek at a few projects we have completed this year.

SACKSTON PRAIRIE

This home was built in a modern prairie-style. I love the exterior of this home with its strong horizontal lines complimented by natural stone and stucco. Inside, the floor plan is open and the decor is cool and contemporary!

LAUREL FARMHOUSE

The essence of cool. This modern farmhouse is clean and classic, yet modern and fun! Check out the floating staircase, beautiful planked fireplace and vaulted ceiling.

SUNSET HILLS OUTDOOR ADDITION

I’m sure this addition is getting lots of use this summer! It includes an extended garage with a large grotto located directly beneath it. Equipped with a bar, dining and lounge area, bathroom and changing room, this grotto has everything you need for a summer gathering.

TWIN FAWN CUSTOM

This custom spec home is currently FOR SALE!  It is situated on a 1 acre level lot and offers over 5,000 sq ft of living space. It was completed with neutral finishes with textural interest to create a relaxing interior and serve as the perfect backdrop for future home owners.

We have quite a bit more in the works so stay tuned for another update in the future!

A Well Lit Interior

Lighting is one of the most important considerations in your home. It sets the scene for experiences and emotional responses. When done incorrectly it can lead to eye-strain, fatigue, headaches and stress. When done correctly it can facilitate daily tasks, highlight architectural features in your home, expand spaces or create an intimate environment. There are 3 main types of lighting that should be considered in every environment – Ambient, Task and Accent. Lets break down these layers and show you some of our favorite examples of how to accomplish them in your home.

GENERALLY SPEAKING

Ambient Lighting is commonly referred to as general lighting. As the base layer of lighting it provides a blanket of overall illumination in a space, and is essential to any lighting plan. Its main function is to provide adequate lighting for visibility and safety to navigate throughout an area. In some cases it serves as the only light source, such as a laundry room or closet. Examples include recessed and track lighting, wall sconces and chandeliers.

THE TASK AT HAND

Task Lighting is a smaller, more concentrated light used to illuminate specific areas where a more intensive and directed light source is required. Island pendants, undercabinet lighting and a well placed desk lamp are the most common applications of task lighting.

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVES

Accent Lighting is used to highlight a specific object. It evokes feelings of meaning, creates drama and conveys importance of the object it illuminates. Most commonly it washes light over artwork and sculptures, bookcase displays and highlights architectural features in a home.

Hopefully this will shed some light on one of the most commonly overlooked aspect of interiors. We would love to see how you have incorporated lighting in your own spaces. Feel free to share!

The Art of Healing

Today we want to celebrate the healing power of art!

Art is the free expression of the human mind and senses and it allows one to feel liberated. It makes you see, smile, feel, think, it transports you to another place, and it connects people. Last week, we came across a very inspirational company (thanks to Elements of Style for sharing). We wanted to help spread the word about this company with a great mission and also share all the wonderful programs we have right here in St. Louis!

ARTLIFTING

The company is called ArtLifting! They empower artists living with homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork. ArtLifting is about creating opportunity, empowerment, and validation. They offer artists the chance to secure their own income through the sale of original paintings, prints, and products. By showcasing and selling artwork via ArtLifting.com, artists gain self-confidence that permeates all aspects of their lives. Every artist earns 55% from the sale of their work; 1% from each sale goes to a fund, which provides art supplies to therapy groups nationwide; and ArtLifting uses the remaining 44% to further their mission. Amazing, right?! The company started in Boston in 2013 and has quickly spread to 11 states around the country. Below are a some art pieces available for purchase (click the picture to be taken to the link). There were so many great pieces to choose from, so make sure to peruse the whole site!

Charles Blackwell - Bass Thumping in Red Blue Set

Bass Thumping in Red Blue Set by Charles Blackwell

Jeff Roysdon - Crest

Crest by Jeff Roysdon

Andrew Weatherly - Heaven at Night

Heaven at Night by Andrew Weatherly

Michal Baksh - Still Life Pineapple

Still Life Pineapple by Michal Baksh

Shannon - 4 Horses

4 Horses by Shannon

While St. Louis is not currently involved with ArtLifting, there are several local programs with the same impetus that we encourage you to explore! These 5 companies are doing great work in our community and many of them host events throughout the year. We hope you’ll visit their websites and follow their social media accounts to stay in the loop!

ST. LOUIS ARTWORKS

St. Louis ArtWorks was founded in 1995 as a collaborative partnership with Grand Center Inc., the City of St. Louis, and the Regional Arts Commission. Since that time, ArtWorks has provided opportunities for thousands of young people, successfully helping to prepare them for future education and employment opportunities. ArtWorks bridges economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-served youth with arts education, workforce development training, and 21st century life skills, including fiscal literacy and professional communication. In 2015, ArtWorks proudly celebrated 20 years of creating opportunities for St. Louis youth. To learn more about their amazing artists, artwork, staff and programs visit St. Louis ArtWorks.

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FRIENDS OF KIDS WITH CANCER

Friends of Kids with Cancer is devoted to enriching the daily lives of children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and blood-related diseases. Their mission is to be an advocate for these special kids and provide them and their families with the educational, emotional and recreational support needed as a result of the long hours of chemotherapy, illness and isolation. Through their art therapy program children are provided a creative outlet to release their emotions and help them sort through their feelings, confusion and fear.  In 2010, they introduced Art from the Heart. This special fundraising event centers around an auction of the art pieces created by kids with cancer in St. Louis. For more information on Friends of Kids with Cancer or to attend the upcoming Art from the Heart event please visit FriendsofKids.com.

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VISIONS FOR VETS

Visions for Vets offers free visual arts workshops to military veterans to help assist in the healing process, provide community and serve through art. They seek to bring the healing power of art to Veterans in need–whether it’s physical or mental healing that they need. Launched in November 2015, they offer interactive art workshops in a variety of visual artistic disciplines, including ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting. Visions for Vets ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for Veterans and their families. If you would like to learn more about this organization or find out how to get involved please visit their Visions for Vets Facebook page.

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COMMUNITY COLLABARTIVE

The Community CollabARTive is an arts collaborative housed at Peter & Paul Community Services. This program generates cohesion among residents of transitional housing programs and staff members and connects them to the arts, culture, and creativity in a meaningful way. The program was founded by Con Christeson, artist, and Tom Burnham, shelter services director, and is funded by The Regional Arts Commission and Missouri Arts Council. Many local artists, students, volunteers, and neighbors have participated over 18 years! Participants work with artists in a variety of art forms such as creative writing, dancing, drumming, sculpture and painting. The residents and staff succeed and fail together and learn to relate to one another on a personal level. They are currently holding a mixed media art exhibit exploring the intentional conceptualization of self through reflection on personal goals, dreams and challenges. Stop by the Maryland Heights Government Center until August 20 to see the artist’s work! Learn more about Community CollabARTive here.

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ARTISTS FIRST

Artists First is a non-profit organization that fosters the growth of artists with disabilities through creative self-expression. Artists First offers art-based programs throughout the greater Saint Louis area serving aspiring artists of all ages whose lives are challenged by developmental disabilities, pervasive mental illness, and/or traumatic brain injury. Visit http://www.artistsfirststl.org/ for more information.

Artwork by Jeff Johnson

Artwork by Jeff Johnson

Artwork by Melelani Perry

Artwork by Melelani Perry

Artwork by Ricky Douglas

Artwork by Ricky Douglas

Are there any other local programs you know of in the St. Louis area?  Please share in the comments if you have any more information!

Feature Image via Art Lifting:  Bubbly Creek 3 by William Douglas

Get It Together!

It’s already August, which means “back to school” is right around the corner! Getting in a new routine and organizing our daily lives can be a struggle. Here are a few tips that can help simplify the day-to-day.

Productivity Apps

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Wunderlist is an app that stores all types of to-do lists. I love that it allows you to share your lists and work collaboratively with friends and family (i.e. my husband and I share a grocery list, when he buys an item and checks it off the list, I am notified). It has also been a great way to help us organize our kitchen renovation project. I love hearing the satisfying chime as I check off a task.

Google Calendars is a great way to stay organized. Because I enjoy hand writing everything I used to keep a physical planner. However, I recently converted to Google Calendars and I will never look back. In addition to notifying you of upcoming events and estimating the drive time based on current traffic conditions, it also allows you to invite and send the event to others.

Cozi is an app geared toward organization for the whole family, including chores, groceries, upcoming events, etc. Its features allow multiple family members to manage appointments and schedules with one account, as well as organize and update shopping and to-do lists.

Create a Drop Zone

Whether you enter your house through a mudroom, laundry room, back entry, foyer or straight into the kitchen, it’s imperative to have a “drop zone” to corral the clutter. A designated place for shoes, coats, backpacks, mail and keys will keep your belongings organized and looking good. Below are some ideas for incorporating a drop zone that works with your space (I love the creative garage mudroom solution).

Control Paper Piles

Establish a system to deal with mail and the piles of paper your kids will surely come home with on a daily basis! I really liked how Young House Love handles their paperwork. They keep a basket in their office (see above photo) and put the papers from their child’s backpack into it daily.  Every two-weeks, or once it is full, they go through the papers and decide what to file, what to display on their bulletin board, and what to toss.

iHeart Organizing is another great source for ANYTHING & EVERYTHING dealing with organization. To organize her children’s school work, she keeps a file box for each kid with folders for K-12.  She attaches their school pictures to the front of each folder and is very selective about what she saves. Read more here!

Product Picks

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  1. Gold Study Wall Board
  2. Antique Pewter Wire Basket
  3. Braided Wool Baskets
  4. Wall Mounted Leather Catchall
  5. Classic Polished Hook
  6. Woven File Storage
  7. Woven Storage Box
  8. Hammered Gold Letter Sorter
  9. Reclaimed Wood Chalkboard
  10. Wood Wall Organizer
  11. Wood Study Wall Organizer
  12. Letter Storage Box

Do you have any tips and tricks for staying organized?  Any apps that you have found successful?  We would love to hear your ideas!