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As you know we have been working on a Dwell with Dignity assignment for weeks preparing to transform a 2 bedroom apartment for a very deserving, formerly homeless, mother of two. To learn more about this project and the background click HERE!
We spent the day preparing for our portion of the project – a shared bedroom for 2 young girls, ages 3 years and 18 months. We were told that the girls loved reading, arts and crafts and dress up! We were very excited to get started!!
Here is the before:
We had a lot of work to do…..
We had a great DIY group who transformed many of the pieces for us! Do you remember this?
Many thanks to Dena Stormer of Hearts and Sharts for giving this old dresser new life. (this was Kelly’s husband’s childhood dresser).
We got lucky with some great knobs from Hobby Lobby!
Thanks to the wonderful donations of some essentials and arts and craft supplies from Lori Creed Raney of Hedgecock Creed. If you haven’t heard about her new furniture line, click here!!
We received a monetary donation from our client Rebecca and and an amazing gift from Jeanine Harper who cleaned out her daughters old dress up trunk and donated several gorgeous, costumes, tutus and girly outfits, along with a pile of awesome books!
Here is the recipients reaction when she walked into the girl’s room:
This room was truly a labor of love. Many thanks to Woodstock Furniture Outlet for donating the bunk beds and mattresses, Currey and Company for the table lamp and Lamps Plus for the fun bubble chandelier!
This chic fabric for the window treatment was donated by Steve McKenzies, a wonderful lifestyle store located in the West Midtown District of Atlanta. While you’re there, make it a point to have lunch at Miller Union, a fabulous restaurant right next to their store on Brady Avenue.
Many thanks to SJC Window Designs for fabricating the valance and for always being willing to donate her skill and time even when she is swamped!!
Our industrious and skilled installer Chris Ray of Hangman Installations helped us hang the window treatment, art, lighting and lended a hand to anyone else who needed assistance that day!
The 18 month old is still in a crib until she is old enough to be in her own bed. The reason the bunk beds were used was so that once the crib was removed, the two beds could be used side by side and there could be a matching set of twin beds. In the meantime, we put a baby blanket in the crib donated by Sugarboo Designs that was so soft, I would like an adult version for myself. The saying makes my heart melt!
“Lord, look down from heaven above and touch this special child with love. Protect and guide this little one until each and every day is done. Remind us often that it’s true: This little life is a gift from you. A miracle You’ve sent our way. Lord, bless this child today.”
One of the most special features in the room was the original art we had commissioned by one of our favorite Atlanta artists, Jason Kopydlowski of Jay Scott Studios.
Upon viewing this piece, the girl’s mother fell to the floor!!
Here’s more of the reveal!
To see the before and afters of the rest of the apartment and more inside information on the project click here!
All of the designers and volunteers unselfishly gave of their time and talents to create a special place. It was a pleasure to be a part at of this project!
Pictured above: Brian Pinion of AJW Designs, Kim Turner (co-founder of Dwell with Dignity), me – Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc., Ann Wisniewski of AJW Designs, Julie Montgomery of juliemontgomeryinteriors.com, Nancy Foster, Terri Hunt, Lathem Gordon of gordondunning.com , Dena Stormer of heartland sharts.com and Cate Dunning of gordondunning.com.
As if this wasn’t emotional enough, the recipient has written a book about her life story and we each got a signed copy. I read it in a day and a half and was so moved by her determination and courage. You can purchase a copy here!
Thank you Dwell with Dignity for creating this wonderful foundation and allowing us to make a difference in other’s lives!!
Their mission: To help families escape poverty and homelessness through design; one household at a time.
Photography by Tom England Photography and Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc.
Despite the twenty (literally) design projects we have going on right now, working with Dwell With Dignity to design a new home for a once homeless mom is currently our greatest thrill. As with all of our charitable outreach, the kindness and generosity of our family, friends and colleagues is amazing!
Since our last blog post on this project (read HERE), we’ve secured even more donations:
Duvet Covers, Shams and Sheets from Serena and Lilly.
A “Bubble” chandelier from Lamps Plus
Dress up clothes and books from our client and friend Jeanne Harper
Mattress and pillow covers and art supplies from Lori Creed Raney from Hedgecock Creed
A financial donation from our client Rebecca Phalen.
I had quite a bit of fun at Homegoods on Friday and found a clear glass lamp with a light pink shade that I am going to fill with crayons. Adorable! Hot pink throws for the end of the bed, more colorful throw pillows and a little white barrel bedside table are also in my car! Woohoooo!
These little girls are going to have a new beginning that will change their lives. It gives me goosebumps!
We still have lots of finishing touches to purchase (a dress up trunk, shelves for books, dress up hooks, a crib blanket) and no funding to do so. If you’d like to donate to the Dwell with Dignity Atlanta Chapter, please click HERE and be sure to dedicate your donation to Kandrac & Kole little girls room.
Stay tuned – we are installing on September 17!!! YIPPEEE!
Kelly and Joann
Yes, our charity work is in full swing again! When it comes to changing lives (literally) thru the power of design, we can’t turn down an opportunity. This time we are partnering with the amazing Dallas based organization Dwell with Dignity to help them establish a provisional chapter in Atlanta. We will be working with a talented team of designers, organizers and DIYers to completely furnish and decorate a 2 bedroom home for a single mom with 2 small girls who was recently homeless.
The mission of Dwell with Dignity is to “help families escape poverty and homelessness through design: one household at a time.”
Our task is to help a young mom who has escaped a life of poverty and abuse, worked hard and saved her money so that she could give her little girls a better life. We are going to help her make her new home comfortable, happy and BEAUTIFUL.
Joann and I are specifically in charge of designing the little girls room! But boy do we need some help.
We’ve already had heart felt support from the following folks:
Woodstock Furniture Outlet: A set of bunk beds
Jay Scott Studios: An original piece of art
Lacefield Designs: Throw pillows on the bed
Dena Stormer of Hearts and Sharts: Refinishing of a dresser donated by Kandrac & Kole
Currey & Company: Dresser lamp
Steve McKenzies: Fabric for window treatment
SJC Window Designs: Labor to make custom window treatment
Chris Ray with Hangman Installations: Time and labor to install art and window treatments
We still need the following:
(2) sets of twin size sheets
(2) mattress covers
(2) inserts for standard pillow shams
Dress up trunk and dress up clothes for a 3 year old and 14 month old
Small table for beside bottom bunk
Small bedside lamp
Pink or purple crib blanket
Age appropriate books
Book shelf (these little girls love to read and be read to!)
Art supplies (we have artists in the making)
Small chandelier (every girl needs a little bling!)
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1. For a product donation, contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. For a monetary donation, please give directly to Dwell with Dignity, (a 501c3 non profit organization). Click HERE. When you are on the donation page, please make sure your donation goes to the Atlanta Chapter AND specifically to Kandrac & Kole. It should look like this:
We are transforming this home on September 17th. OMGGGGG that’s right around the corner!
Thank you thank you for all your love and support.
Kelly and Joann
a) Using your talents to help others is a rewarding experience. Helping those less fortunate to have a sense of home has been a goal and mission for Kandrac & Kole.
b) Starting with a “princess room” for Emma and onto Room Service Atlanta, Dwell with Dignity and Guatemala mission trips, our deeds have been varied and purposeful.
2. Making Generosity Part of our Growth Strategy
a) EMMA – child of a 25 -year old mother who was a victim of domestic violence and had to move in with Grandparents. She was 2 and her brother was 11 months old. We were asked by family members if we could help with bedroom. That was back in 2011. Read blog titled “My Good Deed”.
i. Reaching out to family members, vendors, clients and colleagues to help us with our mission.
ii. Jay Scott and Joan Looney – original art on walls
iii. The closet factory – bookshelves
iv. Family – Brother and Sister in law – Cinderella Carriage Bed
v. Others – books, beanbag, growth chart, and monetary donations
b) ROOM SERVICE ATLANTA – Launched in 2010
i. Design Community Outreach – Started by Erika Ward and Dayka Robinson
ii. Goal – To combine a love for design with a commitment to serve others.
iii. In 2012 and 2013 we redesigned an apartment and the Boy’s Lounge at The United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur and the following year, a Girl’s Cottage.
iv. The Independent Living Program for youth in the foster care system who are at least 17 years old and are ready for a decreased level of supervision as they prepare for independence. Many of these boys have been in foster care their entire lives. The amazing staff at UMCH provides 24 support to these kids as well.
v. This support consists of giving them educational, vocational and employment opportunities.
vi. They also help them to get medical and mental health services as needed.
c) DWELL WITH DIGNITY – http://www.dwellwithdignity.org
i. Started in Dallas – Founded in 2009 by interior designers Lisa Robison and Kim Turner
ii. Mission: To help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time.
iii. Goal: Bring good design to those less fortunate, inspiring them to maintain a standard of living they can be proud of and thrive in.
iv. Method: Create inspiring home interiors with the labor of dedicated volunteers and generosity of donors.
v. They partner with local social service agencies that have programs in place to take families from homelessness and poverty to self-sufficiency. They nominate families that have made a commitment to self-sufficiency and changing their life. Often times, after a family has received all of the counseling, training, and support from their partner agencies, they find themselves struggling to provide a home in which they can thrive. Dwell with Dignity addresses this critical economic need through their mission.
d) THE ATLANTA DWD PROJECT – The entire 2 Bedroom apartment was done for a deserving, formerly homeless mother of 2 girls, ages 3 and 18 months. The details of the room we designed. http://kandrac-kole.com/portfolio/charity/dwell-with-dignity/
i. Crib and Bunk Beds (for room to grow)
ii. Original art by Jay Scott Studios
iii. Bedding from Serena and Lily and Lacefield Designs
iv. Lamps from Currey & Co.
v. Fabric by Steve McKenzie in Atlanta
vi. Blanket by Sugarboo Designs
vii. Our next DWD project will be in September 2018
a) Kelly’s karma story of meeting CRI
b) Catalyst Resources International – https://www.catalystresources.net was founded in 2008 and is a registered non profit organization that seeks to partner with Guatemalan pastors and other Christian organizations in an effort to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people.
c) Projects – Building homes, churches and chicken coops, establishing feeding programs, supporting medical and dental clinics and helping with the orphanage House of Hope.
d) Our trip this year – June 9 through 16, 2018. Please visit our Gofundme.com account. https://www.gofundme.com/kandrac-kole-goes-to-guatemala