Last year, just after I moved back to the Atlanta area from Birmingham, I was invited to help out on a collaborative project for a charity here in Atlanta through a group called Room Service Atlanta. A group of talented designers were getting together to do a total makeover on this old and neglected house that was home for families going through hard times. The house needed a big spruce up to make it pretty so those living there could look around and enjoy the changes in their surroundings every day that they lived there. I helped do some painting and hung out with the girls who were making over the rooms and so enjoyed being part of the makeover. I made new friends in the process too.
It’s exciting to see a space go from drab to fab in one week.
So, this year when the new project was announced at the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur, I was on board with jumping in to do a room. Even though I’ve got a huge project of my own going on, I wanted to step up and help out on this charity event. Call me crazy!
Chapel at the United Methodist Children’s Home.
We all met up at the home and took a tour through the young mens’ cottage that we will be working on. It’s definitely in need of a makeover inside. The young men living here will be from about 18-21 years old, so we want to make it a space that they will enjoy living in.
My partners are Angela and Lori, two new friends I’ve made since moving back to Atlanta and I met them both at last year’s event. They are so talented and fun and I know making over this room with them will be a rewarding experience in itself.
You can see the space is in dire need of beautifying and that’s what we hope to do.
The walls will be painted, as well as furniture and we’ll bring in some softgoods and hopefully turn these rooms around. There is a bedroom and lounge room that goes with it, so we’ll be doing both rooms.
The lounge room has a refrigerator and old wooden sofa.
We are thinking about recovering the cushions and keeping this piece. Of course, our makeover will be done on a budget. All of that brown paneling will be primed and painted. I’ve got lots of experience with that!
Erika Ward is one of the of co-founders of Room Service Atlanta and my hat is off to her and Dayka Robinson, who started this very needed organization of helping shelters and homes in the Atlanta area by making them over.
I’m thrilled to be part of the project this year, so stay tuned for more! We’ll be planning and executing our ideas in the next few weeks and then installation on the rooms will happen the week of October 22nd. Of course, I’ll share all the pics with you, my readers!
You can see all the participating designers for this year’s project at Room Service Atlanta and read more about this wonderful organization. If anyone wants to make a donation to this cause (and help with our room materials needed), please drop me an email and let me know. We are working on a budget and are all responsible for getting things for our rooms and we would be glad to have it!
And, if any of you girls in the Atlanta area would like to come out and help us with painting and other projects, the week of October 22nd, please let me know that too. We would welcome your help!!
Oh, what an exciting endeavor! As the mother of 3 boys (20, 18 and 15), I know how little regard they give their surroundings, and yet how profoundly their surroundings affect them. An attractive and comfortable living space has a relaxing, comforting and civilizing effect. I can’t wait to see what you do! I’ll pray for the young men finding a fresh start there.
Rhoda: I am so excited for this project- the Methodist Children’s Home is a very special place. Prayers up for a successful project- this will be such a blessing for all involved.
I can’t wait to see the after pics, Rhoda! I’m sure it will look fabulous. Good for you for donating your time to the task! 🙂
Rhoda, I remember when you did last years. I am looking forward to seeing how this will turn out. You and others were such a blessing to those families last year and I know you will be to these young men this year. 🙂
This is so nice of you to drop what you have going on at your home to help these young men. I know they will appreciate updating their space.
God will bless you all.
Shannon Fox says
Rhoda, what a wonderful way to give back! Both fulfilling and rewarding. I can imagine the young men will be extremely appreciative of any improvements y’all are able to make!
Jen Y says
I loved seeing the rooms last year & can’t wait to see what you do with these. I hope this will give these young men a good start & encouragement.
Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says
If I lived nearby, I’d be there to lend a hand in a heartbeat Rhoda! I know you’ll turn the space into someplace fabulous for those young men.