Giving back to my community has been something that I’ve tried to do more of in the last few years. Working at home and having more flexible hours lends itself to more opportunities like that and I hope to have more of them. Last year, I embarked on a room redo at The Lovelady Center with several of my small group friends and it was so rewarding to complete that project. It was done on a really tight budget (less than$175 to be exact), so click over to see that one which was done almost entirely with yardsale finds.
Since moving back to my hometown of Marietta, I have had the fun pleasure of connecting with fellow bloggers in the area and that has been so rewarding. Last year when I visited NYC and the Nate Show, I met up with Erika Ward, who lives here too and she and her friend, Dayka Robinson,both designers in Atlanta, brainstormed on putting together a design team to makeover homeless shelters in the Atlanta area.
Room Service Atlanta was born and they took on their first project with The Nicholas House, which is near Grant Park. It’s a shelter for moms, dads, and kids who have no where else to go and they can stay from a few months to a couple of years. This old house really needed fixing up to make it much more comfy and cozy, so with the help of their talented team of volunteer designers, the house underwent a total transformation in 5 days time. I found out about the project just before the work week started, so I headed down there to assist as I could, painting a few things here and there and getting to know some of the people involved in this very worthy cause.
Really, I just walked around chatting it up a lot, but I did wield a paintbrush on some furniture too. 🙂
Most of the rooms looked just like this shot, so instead of showing all of that, just know ahead of time they had to work in tight spaces, with lots of “stuff” around them. Storage is the number one problem in a home like this.
The main lobby area was transformed by Margaret Norcott, who did a fabulous job of enlivening this space with color and fun.
Sweet Lakeitha, who I also met last year in NYC at the Nate Show, had a large room and several friends helping. I did do some priming of furniture for her and watched as her space transformed into something beautiful too. I didn’t get to take pics of the Afters, but you can read it all on Lakeitha’s blog to see the final reveal.
Ally, from the blog From the Right Bank, put together this stylish space. You can read all about her room here.
Brand new blog friend, Lori May, (who lives out my way) did a fabulous job in her space too. Loved the blueberry walls with accents of crisp yellow and orange.
Atlanta decorative painted, Kristin Davis, added her special touch in the room with a hand painted mural in the corner. Isn’t that the cutest?
Extra storage, baskets and containers were added to give these rooms some much needed organization. I loved Lori’s shade with the stripes of ribbon down the side. She is sharing a tutorial on that soon on her blog. Loved it!
Julie and Anisa, with Milk and Honey Home, put together this stylin’ space. It’s a large room with many huge bunkbeds, so they made a living area out of one side of the space. They are the brilliant ones who came up with the fun gray flooring that was added to the room.
Kimberly Ward put this room together and it looks sunny and cozy. Cork on the armoire gives the residents something to put messages or pictures on. Great idea!
My friend, Angela, with The Painted House, designed this small space for a mom and 2 kids. It was really cramped with a full size bed and bunkbed, but Angela really hit it out of the park with her space saving ideas for storage and organization, something that was sorely lacking in most of these rooms.
Her restful palette was a feast for the eyes and so much improved this small space, it was just incredible. I hung out with Angela and my friend, Renae, who was helping her for the week and we had some good times. I did more talking than helping, but I did try to lend a hand whenever I could.
Angela’s really brilliant idea was putting this Ikea corner cabinet in place, which gave them room to hang clothes and get some of their stuff off the floor. The Ikea storage boxes with window seat on top was also a space saver and added more needed storage. This one was genuis!
Dayka Robinsons room came together so beautifully. Go on over and see her pics, they are much better than mine are and really show this room off.
I had so much fun meeting new friend, Sherry Hart. OK, seriously. I want to be Sherry when I grow up. I loved watching her work and in case you missed it, Sherry’s home in Atlanta was featured in the May issue of Better Homes and Gardens. It was so much fun to open up the magazine and then get to meet Sherry. She’s a blast and I hope to hang out with her even more and go shopping together!
You must click over to read Sherry’s post. I had to really hurry to try and take pics of her space and they were still finishing up as I was snapping away, but you can see how incredibly pretty it all is. I loved all the colors she used in here to brighten up this otherwise drab space.
Erika Ward (one of the masterminds of Room Service Atlanta), who I’ve so enjoyed getting to know, had a suite of rooms to do. This is the only area that was ready for photos and these really do not do it all justice so you have to go on over to Erika’s blog, BluLabel Bungalow to see the whole space.
She added some great color and accessories to the space, as well as painted, organized and added new flooring. Some of these ladies took on a lot that week!
And check out the paint treatment on the fireplace. I just loved this one, done with taping it off.
So, if you ever get a chance to jump into a charitable project like this, I hope you’ll do it! It’s very rewarding to makeover a space and give the room owners a much needed infusion of organization and happiness just by making over the room.
A room can be ugly or beautiful and I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t choose pretty, given the chance!