Staging for an Occasion
My client’s request was to have a warm and inviting entry. It’s not often that I get a direct call from my church pastor. So imagine my surprise when I answered my phone and was greeted with, ‘Hello Sister McCurdy.” True to form, he was on his way to another commitment, But he personally made the time to ask for my help on staging the newly renovated sanctuary’s narthex (lobby).
The occasion was celebration of his 3rd pastoral anniversary. There would be many visitors to our newly remodeled sanctuary. The narthex, an entry where worshippers gather before service, also serves as a holding spot for latecomers to wait during prayer. Before staging it looked like a long hall spanning several sets of double doors leading into the sanctuary. Opposite those doors is a wall of glass and double doors as the entry into the building.
Function is always the first concern when I select furniture for a space. And I knew that it would need to be furniture that would stand up to the traffic of weekly services. But we did not have to sacrifice style. Modular furniture gives total flexibility for changing events. The armless sofas and chairs allow more people to easily and quickly sit while waiting to enter the sanctuary. And they look warm and inviting. A personal touch was to have calligraphy of the church’s mission statement and various bible verses sprinkled on the walls. Some were done by hand and others were pre-printed appliqués.
Staging before you buy is a great way to test the pieces of furniture to see if the investment is good in the long term. “Greeters” hand out the week’s bulletins, flyers, and brochures to worshippers as they leave the building. To that purpose, two credenzas with storage flank either side of the long entry. They are functional and stylish. This piece turned out to be a definite “yes” for a similar future purchase.
And, as always, I am happy when my clients are satisfied. The highest compliment is a testimonial. If you live in the Orange County, California area, contact Mary Etta Designs and let us show you how to warm up the entry in your home or business.