Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A new look and a new adventure!

I treated myself to a little birthday gift by having a blog makeover.  Shari from Little Blue Deer whipped up this little number for me and I am clicking my heels together.  She read my mind [long distance by the way] and mine is hard to read.  Not a "Charlie Sheen" mind, but still a sketchy at times :)

I am pleased to tell you guys about a Non Profit organization that I was asked to participate in.  It is called Room Service  and was put together by Dayka of Life and Style and Erica of Blu Label Bungalow
 


"One shelter at a time...we're sharing our talents to help create comfortable, relaxing, and inspiring interiors for homeless families as they work to get back on their feet"
                                                                        
                                                                                Dayka Robinson and Erica Ward
                                                                                co-founders of Room Service Atlanta

Monday, we went to Nicholas House to look at the shelter and preview the space.  There are 12 rooms and a common area.  

Each designer picked a room to makeover.  It was a very humbling experience.  These families have all of their possessions in a room about 12 by 12 [some smaller and a few larger].  They are allowed to live there up to 2 years and Nicholas House spends the time educating, and preparing them to be out and self sufficient after that.  Kids go to school and parents work.

Here is the room I chose.  It is actually empty, but they are interviewing a family for it right now.  This room will be home to a family of 8.......pause.....think about that for a moment.
 
Mine also has a bathroom.


So as you can see I have a lot of work ahead.  I plan on asking all of my friends to "pony" up with some labor or cash...which ever they prefer.  Because it takes a village as you know :)

I am a little overwhelmed but I know once I get my plan together I will be like a dog chasing a squirrel.  I know one girl I am going to put on it...Angie and her amazing CL skills.  I need a new queen mattress...a desk, chair, bathroom vanity....the list goes one.  This project has to be completed in April!

So...let the games begin:)


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56 comments :

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

This is so great, not only the new look of your blog by Shari, but this effort by yourself and the other bloggers. It does indeed take a village!
Janell

A Delightful Design said...

AAAGH! Sherry, I let out such a loud gasp when I saw your new design that Jack asked me what I thought was so beautiful. (age 6)

These pictures made me a little misty. I love you (and Julie) for doing this. You are truly changing lives! muwah!

lizziefitz said...

Love the new look . LOL, Charlie Sheen. I am awe struck by this non profit organization, I had this identical conversation with my husband Sat afternoon! It seems like such a doable task, so many of my hopes of helping are too over whelming. Please keep us posted of the progress. Thank You.

Designing Domesticity said...

Love the new look! And congrats on your new project - well done you. liz

eclecticrevisited said...

gorgeous new blog image, Sherry...love it...
I'm so happy for you to be doing the shelter make-over...I used to be the case manager for a homeless shelter...so much work between the houses and the people staying in them...we had some great successes with getting families back on their feet..many people don't understand that these families are doing ok for the most part until something like illness, theirs or a child's or extended job loss completely wipes them out...the greatest civilizations are the ones that help out their less fortunate members...good for you Sherry....
many blessings...
maureen

My Interior Life said...

Sherry, I love your new look - it is so you (and that Charlie Sheen comment made me laugh out loud)! I read about the shelter project on Julie's blog yesterday, and I know it will be a humbling yet rewarding experience for everyone.

Splendid Willow said...

Sherry, love your new look (That Shari girl is incredibly talented!) - very you! And I love what you do for the Nicholas House. You can count on my support.

ox, Mon

Cathy Wall said...

You go girl! What a great way to give back, I have been looking for something similar in my community, maybe when time allows I'll have to get it going myself. Can't wait to see how you make that room a warm, lovely temporary home for a large family.
The blog looks terrific as well.
Cathy

bryn alexandra interiors said...

Sherry - Great new look!

I have really wanted to do something like this. I think it's so special to have a space that makes you happy, no matter where it is.

I've been wanting to come down to Atlanta for a while now.. please let me know if you need help, I would LOVE to help. Shoot me an email!

nouveaustitch said...

I'll pony up some cash. Is there a Paypal account for the non-profit that we can earmark for your project?

The Zhush said...

Beautiful new look, isn't Shari the best? And, room service sounds like such a great idea! Congrats on it all!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Blog resdesign is beautiful and a great reflection of your own style! Can't wait to see what you come up with for this family - you are an inspiration!

Mrs. DeVore said...

Love the new look! What an amazing thing to be a part of it. I would love to do something like that! If I lived closer I would definitely help! :)

Emily A. Clark said...

You look so fancy, I hardly recognized you :) Love the new blog look--the header is so "you."

I think it's wonderful you're part of this project. Can't wait to see what you do.

rachel @ gilly grey said...

I love the new look Sherry. It's gorgeous! By the way, I received my giveaway package in the mail on Monday. Thanks again. I'm having so much fun with all the goodies!

Courtney said...

The blog looks beautiful, and wow, that picture of all the bunkbeds lined up is really humbling. Counting my blessings, one by one, right now. <3

Joyce said...

Sherry this is so wonderful for you to give your talent and make someone feel special. I hope you will be able to share when you are finished.

I love your new look for your blog. When was your birthday? xo

Cindy said...

Your new header is gorgeous! Love it!
So, 8 people are going to live in that one room?? Really? or is that just the bedroom?

Cindy

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Sherry, the new design is awesome!! Looks beautiful!

And there is no greater reward than giving back....this space will be inspiring to us and those who will live in it while they rebuild their lives....if I lived closer I would love to be able to offer my labor skills....

Can't wait to see what you create...

Lou Cinda

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Your blog looks AMAZING!!! Isn't Shari just the best? Seriously, just gorgeous. Room service sounds like such an inspired idea- can't wait to see what you come up with for that room.

Angie said...

Hey Sherry - you know you can count me in! Not only can I help finding deals, I can help with some fund-raising ideas. Ever heard of biddingforgood.com? Let's talk!!

Luv the new look!!!!
Angie

Angela said...

Love your new header. I know you will do a fantastic job for these folks...anxious to see the progress.

shari @ little blue deer said...

Yay, very cool! Thank you so much for the shout-out, and good for you, designers can give back too, can't we! XX!

Dharma said...

Amazing makeover! Love the new layout. Love you more for taking on this new project. I know you'll make the most of what can be offered to this family while they transition to a new life and beginning :) Love your stuff, Lady! Keep us in the loop regarding donations.

A Vintage Vine said...

Oh my....your new blog look is delish! It knocked my socks off! Good luck in this new project....you will be such a blessing to this family! You designers deserve a very high 5 for this endeavor!

Dana {Southern Inspired} said...

I didn't even recognize it! I was like, who did I start following and didn't realize it! Love your new look! And that is an amazing thing that y'all are doing, those families will be so grateful :)

denise said...

love the new look of the blog, so light and refreshing! also, what an amazing organization to be a part of, blessings to you and the family who moves into that space, can't wait to see how you transform it!

Erika at BluLabel Bungalow said...

We are so excited to have you on our team, Sherry! You are such an amazing talent and an equally loving heart!

The blog looks lovely, btw. Shari did a wonderful job as usual!

Heidiopia said...

Wow, Sherry! First of all-- love the new look! Secondly, what a wonderful way to use your gifts! I have never heard of this organization so I'll be following closely. Congrats and Happy Bday!

The enchanted home said...

First beautiful blog..love the colors and the overall feeling..just beautiful! Last thanks for sharing this wonderful info, will check out the site. What a beautiful thing you and the others involved are doing for a needy family...it it heart warming to read about and I look forward to hearing more. Will go and look and see what its about now...Stop by my blog....doing an amazing giveaway, a pair of Murano handblown glass lamps
www.theenchantedhome.blogspot.com

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

Love your new look & the fresh & clean feel.

Such a great post--thanks for taking the time to blog about your space. I know it's going to be amazing after you work your magic!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

Your new look is great! What an awesome opportunity to serve. Can't wait to see what you do with this space.

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I LOVE the new blog look Sherry. It's sophisticated but simple. When I was in design school a group of us undertook a similar project and redesigned the common areas of a very large shelter in Toronto. It was life changing for me to meet people in that circumstance. I applaud your efforts...Carol

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Crushing on the new look! Very classy and gorgeous! That is such an awesome cause...they need your talent, that is for sure! Good luck!

The Vintique Object said...

Wowsas! The new look is perfect. And I'll be very interested to check back in with your updates on Nicolas House. Good for you!

Julie said...

so honored to be working with you!!! Your blog is killer...yay!!!

Lizzie Azzolino said...

Sherry! The site looks wonderful - and I'm so inspired to see your new project. Can't wait to hear how it goes.

HALLELUJAHS by Holly said...

Love it...your new design and your heart to help! Awesome!

Blessings to you,
Holly
http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com

Brilliant Chic said...

Sherry, I would love to help you with this project. I may have some donations for you if you need them. Please let me know how I can help. BriliantChic@gmail.com. Your blog makeoveris fantastic! Beautiful!

Jennifer

Annette said...

Hey there, pretty pretty re-do girl! Let me know how we can help with this project, i am happy to reach out to some of my vendors to help! email me any details! xo

Tiphany said...

Sherry - love the new look. I would be thrilled to come help you with the homeless shelter if you need me - Catherine's friend, Kyle, has a passion for homeless ministry, so if you need them to come from Clemson - let me know! Chandler and I could come do some clean up or help install - whatever you need. Also, let us know if you need items donated for the room.

traci zeller designs said...

I love the new look, Sherry! If there is any way I can help, please let me know. I am always up for a road trip!! What a wonderful project.

traci zeller designs said...

I'm trying to think what I can donate to help (other than cash, of course). Of course, you'll be putting together a look, so let us know as you think of things that would fit with your vision! I just visited our Charlotte REStore and they had brand new bathroom cabinets in ...

Capella Kincheloe Interior Design said...

Love love love the new look. Beautiful and a better representation of your talents!

Gretchen O. said...

What a great way to give back via design...everyone deserves a wonderful space to live in. I am sure you will make it perfect!

Blayne Beacham said...

I love your new look!!! It is so clean and crisp! Just wonderful. I'm also thrilled to hear you will be participating in Room Service! What a great way to give back!

A Perfect Gray said...

fantastic new look, babe. it is so YOU...

and I love what you're doing at the shelter...what an opportunity to make a family very happy...

Privet and Holly said...

This is exactly
the wonderful and
positive news that
I like to read....
People like YOU
sharing their talents
with others who can
really use them. Can't
wait to see what you
create for them, Sherry!
xx Suzanne

Marianne (Style For Living) said...

Love the new look, Sherry! Just perfect for you.

I love what your doing with the shelter. What a terrific way to give back to the community.

Rene said...

Sherry, your new blog design is beautiful! Happy birthday!!!

I admire you for taking on this project and cannot wait to see what you come up with.

lemondropdreams said...

My parish helps a similar charity in KC, Community LINC. I am really interested in helping when my younger two get older and are in school. I think it's a great way to help those in need.

Amy Vermillion @ Martineau Vermillion Interior Design said...

I love your blog Sherry and I think it's wonderful that you are giving your design talents to people in need.
Best,
Amy Vermillion

angela | the painted house said...

That room and bathroom won't know what hit it after you get done with it!

And, your new blog looks great!

Kathysue said...

Sherry this is an amazing cause and one that i wish I could participate in. I need to live on the east coast next to all my blogging buddies. I know you will do an amazing job!! This is so wonderful and what an amazing way to give back with your God given talent. God gave to YOU and now you are giving to others. Wonderful!!! KS

wendy30076 said...

What a great charity! Having a home that is a happy place, somewhere you are happy to come home to makes all the difference in the world. As you move forward hopefully you will give your readers more ideas as to how to donate. Maybe a home depot gift card for paint? Or Gift cards to stores to purchase other things you might need? Thanks for sharing! Wendy

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