Joshua Hoegh from First Baptist Church of Elgin in Elgin, IL brings us this warm Christmas look.
Their 2014 Christmas series was titled “Simply Christmas”, and after weeks of discussion and brainstorming, they decided to move forward with a design that implemented “simple” elements, but in a grand and striking way.
The original concept was to incorporate panels of wood pallets and intermix metal conduit and Edison bulbs. This design, though beautiful in their minds, proved a bit tricky to take on. One challenge they faced was acquiring the materials that their design called for.
When it comes to using wood pallets for interior designs (whether on a stage or in your living room) there are a couple of challenges: (1) they can be hard to track down in large quantities, which they definitely needed for this design and (2) health concerns. There has been a lot of concern raised online about the chemicals that pallets are treated with, whether or not you have bugs in them, or even the question of what has been transported on them.
To get around these issues, Joshua went to their local Home Depot and purchased flat-top fence posts. It allowed him to purchase in large quantities, it still gave them the “look” of the pallet boards, and the best part – all of their fence materials were significantly marked down in the fall, since it’s no longer “fence building” season. They were able to purchase all of their wood for less than $200.
In order to get the “recycled” wood pallet look, Joshua purchased 4 different stains to give them 4 shades of wood.
The other issue was the Edison bulbs. If you’ve ever done ANYTHING with Edison bulbs, you know they aren’t cheap. At your local home repair store, you can find them for about $10/each. But after some online shopping, Joshua stumbled across 1000bulbs.com, which allowed him to purchase all of his light bulbs (after a Columbus Day promo code) for less than $4/each. The bulbs were wired into dimmers, so Joshua could control each panel (and Christmas tree lighting) manually. This allowed for a greater amount of freedom in our lighting design.
As they had done with some of our previous stage designs, Joshua wanted to incorporate their lobby in the overall design. To do that, they came up with smaller scale installations that aesthetically tied into the stage.
To finish it off, they intermixed on the stage and in the lobby, some of their Christmas trees that they’ve collected over the years.