And just like that, Room Service Atlanta 2013 is done!
This is one of my favorite projects to take on each year because the work we do-- designing spaces for families & children in transition--is so incredibly rewarding. Don't get me wrong, there are still the hiccups in the plans, concerns about logistics and the ever-present budget constraints that accompany every project, but it's so much easier to put that stuff into perspective when you know that you're working for people who have often times, never had a beautifully designed room to call their own.
This year we were back at the United Methodist Children's Home continuing our work from last Fall. With 2 cottages and over 25 designers, we had double the work but double the fun as well. The finished project is truly incredible and I'm so honored to be a co-founder of such a wonderful organization.
So here's the skinny on my space:
I selected a room in Williams, the boy's cottage, that originally looked like this:
Blah, blah, blah.
In Williams, each young man gets a private bedroom and lounge space, and then they share a communal bathroom, kitchen and 2 den spaces. Something was calling me to do a bedroom long before this project started, so I ultimately stuck with my gut (and I'm so glad I did!). I shared some inspiration pics a few weeks ago and knew I wanted to design something relatively masculine, so I dug into my fabric stash and came up with this palette...
I've been holding on to that plaid forever but figured this would be the perfect project to use it and make design magic. In the end, I think I was right...
In crafting my design plan, I knew I wanted to reuse whatever furniture was salvageable from the room and then fill in with other pieces where necessary. I loved the twin bed that was originally in the space but needed to do a daybed since I had so many pillow textiles, so I grabbed a head board from another unused bed and had my painter--who donated his services for this project--spray the bed as well as the walls. My good friends at Sherwin Williams (Columbia Drive) donated the paint for my room (though Glidden graciously supplied over 85 gallons of paint for all designers in both cottages!!) and after much debate, I decided to go with a deep khaki green for the walls, an ashy olive deep green for the trim & doors, and a basic black for the bed...and I LOVE the way the paint turned out.
I found this pair of vintage chairs in the UMCH flea market and was able to snag them for free (!!!,) so I had my upholsterer recover the box cushions to match one of the pillow designs.
It was SO hard for me to leave these behind.
This pair of barrel back cane chairs is incredibly well-made and in perfect condition so of course I wanted them for my stash...but they ended up looking gorgeous in the room once re-done. The Pierce dresser was donated by our amazingly generous Premier sponsors at Mitchell Gold Bob Williams Atlanta (who donated over $20,000 in furniture & lighting to our project this year) and it was the perfect compliment to my other pieces of furniture which included the original nightstands that I left unfinished for a rustic look.
The fabric for my gorgeous drapery was donated by Award Fabrics here in Atlanta (to the Trade only and SUCH a great resource!) & my drapes and bed pillows were generously fabricated for free by Sew Cozy Interiors (and when I tell you she did an incredible job, I am not lying...my pillows were actually lined which is not something I normally do, even for myself!). Underfoot Design & Flooring (my FAVORITE ATL source!) donated my 9x13 Banded Siskiyou rug and MGBW Atlanta donated the pair of red lamps & shades.
The artwork over the bed was my feeble attempt at abstract art (*covers eyes & runs away*), the mirror was brand new & has been in my stash for 8 years along with the Ikea frames and one of the Fiore pendant lights that I originally used in the show house back in January. Those basket weave stools? Mine, too (oh, but I did pay for the gold faux bois wallpaper that's in the frames!).
So now the real question is....what did I spend on this room??
And while I haven't taken a poll, I probably had the most inexpensive makeover of
the whole group. Because my total out-of-pocket costs only came to about...
Now that's what I call deserving design, delivered.
**A huge, HUGE thank you to my wonderful donors & sponsors....I couldn't have done it without you!!!!**
(More shots of other transformations tomorrow!!)