Another Pen + Napkin Makeover Has Wrapped And This One Was Made Possible By So Many Helping Hands (Including YOURS)!

Howdy everybody! Ashley of Ashley Fiocco Designs again once more to share comfortable information: We did it! With the beneficiant assist of so a lot of you, we had been in a position to furnish and adorn a stunning residence for a neighborhood SoCal household in want. To remind you, I volunteered to associate with Pen + Serviette on a Really feel Good Makeover to assist remodel a largely-empty, gloomy condominium into a comfortable haven for a single mother and her teenage son. Suzie and Brett (not their actual names) had fled home abuse, had been homeless, however then had been in a position to safe an condominium and have been attempting to get again on their toes.

For steering within the design course of, I met with Suzie and Brett to be taught their preferences and to debate how they’d wish to really feel of their residence. I then created a marketing campaign web page to lift the funds wanted for the makeover venture. Pen + Serviette and I had been amazed (and moved) by the response! We surpassed our fundraising purpose and nearly the entire objects on Suzie and Brett’s want lists had been bought instantly by you, EHD readers. I unfold the phrase the place I may and was in a position to collect many glorious, gently-used objects from members of my neighborhood. Almost 170 (!!!) individuals got here collectively to make this transformation occur. I’m certain I communicate for all of us after I say we’re so grateful to be part of such a form, caring group.

Right here’s the place we began:

The condominium was darkish, with damaged blinds that left the inside uncovered. Suzie and Brett every had, of their bedrooms, a mattress on the ground—however not a lot else. The house was neither welcoming nor purposeful.

And now right here’s what Suzie and Brett are actually in a position to come residence to:

Evidently, they had been delighted! Suzie mentioned the house felt “vibrant, like sunshine” and was “uplifting and comfy”. That is exactly what I hoped the sensation could be! She mentioned her coronary heart was warmed “throughout” and couldn’t determine whether or not to spend extra time in her bed room or the lounge, as she loves them each equally. Brett nodded with approval (and I additionally caught him smiling!) when he first noticed his bed room. He particularly preferred his desk setup and thought the general vibe was “cool,” notably the pops of vibrant pink. Coming from a teen boy, that is excessive reward!

Suzie’s Bed room

I needed Suzie’s bed room to be heat and calming, only for her, with an announcement wallpaper to anchor the house and usher in some mushy sample. As soon as Suzie informed me the colours she likes (browns, pinks, and deep blues), I knew the Asana Dusty Pink was THE wallpaper for the right backdrop. I contacted the crew at Insurgent Partitions and after I informed them about this Really feel Good Makeover, they generously offered all of the wallpaper. It’s a Peel & Stick utility so if Suzie and Brett ever have to maneuver, the paper needs to be straightforward to take away. It utterly makes the room!  An enormous “thanks” to the great individuals at Insurgent Partitions.

Brett’s Bed room

In Brett’s room, we added cozy layered bedding with a grid sample to usher in visible curiosity, whereas the darkish inexperienced printed curtains present gentle management and further privateness. We saved and framed the anime posters Brett already had. The black and pink desk and chair had been a necessity, to ensure that him to have a devoted house for homework (and video video games). The pair of inexperienced framed mirrors flanking his new upholstered mattress brings in symmetry and displays gentle. The pink steel locker nightstand gives wanted bedside storage whereas including a little bit of youthful edginess that I knew Brett would respect. We organized his spacious closet, permitting us to take away the cumbersome (and damaged) dresser that had beforehand dominated the room. Brett now has ample house contained in the closet, not just for his garments, however further storage too, and a few detrimental house round his mattress makes the bed room really feel a lot bigger.

Dwelling Room

In the lounge, I needed to create a comfortable, inviting house during which Suzie and Brett may chill out. The very first thing I sourced (for every of the rooms) was lighting, so their residence could be correctly illuminated. Lighting alone, after all, makes an enormous distinction. The damaged window blinds had been repaired and we put in each sheer and blackout curtains. Now Suzie and Brett can preserve the blinds open all day, because the drawn sheer curtains present ample privateness, whereas nonetheless letting in ample pure gentle. At evening the blackout curtains present full privateness and a measure of safety which I do know is necessary to them. 

The wall-mounted bookshelves body the TV, which now sits on a stunning donated media console. The lounge is sort of massive and is the primary communal house when pals or kinfolk are over, so I needed there to be loads of seating choices. We created two studying corners with IKEA accent chairs, and the deep, mushy leather-based sofa was graciously offered by Poly & Bark, a longtime associate of Pen + Serviette. A member of the crew mentioned that that is his “dream sofa,” and it is rather good. I like the tufted again and the wealthy cognac tone of the leather-based—the scale is ideal for the room. Thanks a lot, Jonathan and Mario, for exhibiting me across the Poly & Bark outlet warehouse and for all of your assist!  

Many of the ornamental objects, picture frames, baskets, and many others., on the bookshelves and console tables had been donated by the little market, a nonprofit group that works with artisans from around the globe to supply moral, eco-conscious presents, equipment, and residential décor. I’ve a good friend on the managerial crew there (thanks, Meka M., for all of your assist!) who was in a position to coordinate the donation of numerous stunning objects with which we had enjoyable styling.

Displaying household photographs is a good way to make an area extra particular person and homey. I requested Suzie to offer me with any footage she had of her with Brett and different household. I framed a number of and created a gallery wall in the lounge so the faces of family members will probably be the very first thing they see when coming residence. There have been additionally so many messages of assist despatched with objects from the want lists or with donations from the marketing campaign web page that I needed to seize these great phrases of kindness. So, I printed as many as would match and made a framed collage to remind Suzie that there are such a lot of of us along with her, desperate to assist, shoulder, or coronary heart when one is required.

I needed to say a particular because of the nice group of volunteers who assisted in the course of the intense two-day set up: Mauro N. (thanks for the time and experience you donated to this venture!); Chrissy D. (thanks for TWO full days of effort!); Gabby V.; Katelynn; Randall; Salvador and Carlos with S-Staff Turnover Specialist and Nick G. (who, on the final second, offered an skilled hand to put in the wallpaper). Thanks to Olivia Katz Photograph for all the gorgeous pictures, and a particular shout out to all my Uni. Hills neighbors who donated objects to ensure this turned out in addition to it did – Cami S., Jodi O., Kim H., Susan J., Chrissy M., Catherine L., Cynthia L., and A.Ok. There have been so many donations collected that there are a number of items of furnishings and decor in storage to be used on future Pen + Serviette tasks. Your kindness retains on giving!

And to the ladies at EHD, with out Emily’s platform and attain, this venture would by no means have been as profitable because it was. Your entire crew at EHD (I do know as a result of I set to work with practically all of them!) went above and past to advocate for this, whereas additionally making very beneficiant monetary contributions. They care and are the true deal. I can solely attempt to specific my admiration and respect for these ladies. Thanks for utilizing your voice to unfold good! And to all EHD readers: Thank YOU! This was really a crew effort, and I’m so comfortable to have been part of it. We made an actual distinction in somebody’s life.

The crew at Pen + Serviette, primarily Catie and Danni-Lynn, are dynamos doing inspiring work – I’m wanting ahead to working extra with the group.

An nameless donor to this venture quoted Laura Ingalls Wilder in a notice included along with her donation: “House is the nicest phrase there’s.” This Really feel Good Makeover enabled all of us to contribute to a house for a household who wanted somewhat assist. What a privilege! Let’s preserve the goodness going: unfold a form phrase, donate, volunteer, assist a neighbor, or get in contact and let’s do extra of those! Thanks once more, a lot, to all.

*Design by Ashley Fiocco Designs
**After Pictures by Olivia Katz Photograph

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