My room at Nicholas House

This might be a little like the Oscars where you scroll through their acceptance speech :) to get to the next beautiful dress.  After a full week [about 40 hours] of installation it is done.  First can I say thank you to Erica and Dayka of Room Service.  I was honored to be asked as a participating designer/blogger.  They did not know me from "squat" yet they trusted that I would do the work without any complaining and drama.  Can somebody tell me how to "unglue" my lips?

You should go to the Room Service web site and click on the other designers to see their rooms.  Seriously people.....everyone did a fabulous job.

Honestly I had the best time except maybe going up and down the stairs [a thousand times at least].
Should we start at the beginning....
My first visit....3 bunk-beads and a full.


View in the opposite direction.
Not too many of the rooms had a bath.....as you can see it is in BAD condition!

I started shopping and these pillows with the big leaves on them were my inspiration...that and the fact that I saw the green lamp at the same time on clearance in Homegoods.  
Monday...paint day.  As you can see my room is now occupied.  Everything had been put on the beds...nothing in the closets or drawers.  All the clothes were in large plastic bags.  Can you say "hot mess" ......
End of day one and I rearranged the room to help give them more space.  I also painted the closet floors black.
Big whoop...I was pretty smug thinking I was doing good on time...HA HA.


Day 2 I painted this and the plumber came to install the new sink vanity.
Day 3 I had a couple of volunteers and we went through all the bags....Now I did not give that much thought.  All I knew is that the visual clutter was almost preventing me from moving forward.  I had to organize.....everything folded and put in drawers according to size...the best we could.  Everything hung up in the closet space.  I also put sheets on the bunk-beads and pillows.  Let me say that when they move in they get ONE flat sheet issued.  No pillows and there were NONE on any of the beds.  Come to find out that after a couple of other people did the same thing the residents got upset.  Remember this is all they have......and I guess it was not very respectful to go through their things......whoa...I got lucky on that one.
I also decided to paint black stripes....yea but only got a chance to paint one....it was that kind of day.  My sweat was sweating....I was starting to think maybe I would not finish.....
Day 4...Mom got her new sheets and pillows.  Managed to get the stripe painted.  Mom also labeled all of the black containers that I got her and filled up!  Goodie!
Got rid of the other armoire because it was so deep and got this one from Home Depot.  Note to self.....that sucker was HARD to put together....not that I actually had a hand on it ..... but it looked hard when Patty and Antonio were working on it :)
So thankful for Jan, Patti and Antonio!  Jan and Patti had to go on a business trip on Wednesday but changed their flights to get back to Nicholas House by 11:00 on Friday morning.
This is how I left it on Thursday afternoon.  And just to let you know that I found it just like this on Friday morning.  Mom made her bed, folded the comforters at the foot of the bunk-beads and left me the sweetest note....
OK...we all cried like babies after reading this note.  Full steam ahead.....

People...I would have NEVER finished if Angie had not come over for 2 hours during lunch.....Jan and Patty arrived at 11....my room would have been pitiful.  Honestly I was on a float in the middle of the ocean and there were sharks all around......then the coast guard showed up!!!!  My friends  went above and beyond......I did not ask they just came.
Here are the after shots...
The bath.....picture at yard sale for $5...new vanity, new mirror, shelf and 5 cups for the kids toothbrushes.  Valance from target and I just ironed some ribbon on it.  
Painted dresser.....all the art was from Goodwill mostly...got the frames and painted them black.
I got that quilt from a thrift store for $18...it was perfect.  I had gotten the tray at GW, painted yellow and put some black and white wallpaper in it.  Besides the quilt, all the bedding came from Homegoods.
Every afternoon on my way home I had a list of things to find....I just happened on the embroidered pillow at Homegoods on like Wednesday!
I got the rug at Ikea....and I found the orange pouf on Thursday afternoon....Let me tell you I was dancing out of that Marshalls!
There are 5 kids living in this room so I wanted to get them some cute things to sit on.  Found that little chair at Ross.  It replaced the little red one [in the 5th picture on top of the bed].  There is no cable but they use the TV [new thanks to Jan] to watch videos.
The kids bedding also came from Ikea.  I bought 6 teddy bears at GW and changed out all the bows with the same ribbon.  The were $1.19 each!
Here is the one lonely stripe :(.  I got the desk and chair at a yard sale.  Lamp and clock at Target.
I also put in some shelves on the other side of that stinking armoire [I am still mad at that thing for being so difficult]  I wanted to throw it away on Thursday and go buy another one but everybody looked at me and cussed.  OK....then.

That was their calendar....it just happened to be my colors.....I was so glad that I was able to fit in a desk.
Rug and pillow...Ikea.
Accessories on desk....duh.  The last 15 minutes were madness.  
Jan and Lakeitha.  She needed some loving because she jumped in at the last minute to do a room.  Somebody donated those burlap curtains so I used them to cover the closet.  I also bought a few black panels and cut them in half to make bedskirts.  I just stapled them inside the slats which  helped hide the storage bins I had for under the beds.

Thanks to all of my friends who donated.  My sister Nancy was one of my largest contributors.  She owns a restaurant in Sandy Springs called Nancy G's which is a great little neighborhood bistro.  She has "doggie dining" on her patio!  Her food is great...of course it is my fav restaurant :)

My friend Jan....she rocked in every way.  Nobody is a bigger supporter in my endeavors.  Always.  No questions asked.

My builder Phil who installed the vanity.
Michael Ladisic of Ladisic Fine Homes
Charles Crawford president of Private Bank of Buckhead
Maria, Angie, Dee Ann, Kristen, Maggie and so many others who donated when I pleaded for cash.....

Hope I did not forget anyone....I don't want to have to read about that in the tabloids!  I am not going to tell you how much I spent....but I will say I got a little carried away.....OK...more than a little.

Can't wait to do it again.




84 comments

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks amazing!!! i love that orange pouf, too and need to get to marshall's! awesome work, sherry!

Erika Ward said...

I seriously could've hung out in your room everyday, but clearly I had a project of my own :-) Your talent and ability to combine secondhand finds with retail items AND make it all look custom is nothing short of genius.

It was a honor to have you on board, Sherry. I learned more from your than you know.
xo,
Erika

The Sister Sophisticate said...

What a darling note! How great is it when you can use your talent to give back to someone else. Mom must feel like a queen in that lovely room! I love all of your thrifty finds and how you refurbished them! This cam out great, you should be soo... proud! I do not know about anyone else,but it makes me smile so I know Mom and Kids are smiling too!

Rene said...

Wow! Where in the world do I begin?! This room is amazing Sherry. I am so proud of ALL of you for taking this on. I'm sure those families are all thrilled with their new spaces. I mean, a flat sheet & a pillow? Things to be thankful for.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

I am looking at the Rooms posted so far and I can truly say you ladies did not skimp a bit on this project. I meant You would have thought this was the ATL designer showhouse. I am not just saying that. You ladies have done marvelous work!



Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

C J said...

WOW, wow, wow! Well done in every way. You'll never know just how much you have meant to the family living in this now gorgeous, functional, clean, safe space. You are an inspiration. Thank you for your time, sweat and talent!

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

I'm in tears at the end of this post. It is amazing what you have done. Transformed a college dorm room into a home. I can't imagine living with how little those folks have. Sometimes we forget just how lucky we are. I'm sure the family loved it. It truly is a beautiful room. I especially adore that yellow and white quilt.

Jessie said...

The room looks lovely! You did a wonderful job using thrift store finds and inexpensive furniture. It's good to know that they are lots of people like you who gives back to the community. You should be very proud of yourself! :)

By the way, I love the orange pouf and the green clock! They are so fabulous!

Anonymous said...

i cried reading your posts and i cried when i saw the mom's written note (and i don't cry easily, lol). this room touches my heart! thank you for caring enough to make a difference.

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

love what you did here,great job! :)))

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Your room turned out great! I know the family loved it!

bluehydrangea said...

Sherry,
Your room is beyond amazing!! Love it all!! You deserve a big gold star for your forehead!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a super job y'all did. It looks marvelous! I know that family appreciated it sooooo much. Great colors.

A Perfect Gray said...

babe. it totally rules and you've already gotten the sweet note to prove it. your talent is only surpassed by your generosity.

donna

Angie said...

Sherry, your mom would be so proud of you! You are a true role model! Love ya - Ang

Kathysue said...

Sherry you utitlized every inch of space and still made it look like a designers room!! Amazing job and a wonderful selection on your part of items to put in the room. I can only imagine how thrilled they were. All the art really gave the room a feeling of HOME!! Great job, proud to call you friend,xo Kathysue

Judy said...

First and foremost my hats off to you and all your helpers/contributors for making such a beautiful and special place for this family. I'm sure this is something they will never forget...the kindness of strangers. What a lesson for all of us that it is truly better to "give than to receive."

What an amazing self-less thing to do.
Judy

hartmom said...

Sherry your room is incredible! So inspiring and such a wonderfully nice thing to do! You are using your talents to do good things...very cool! Love this room! Karen

P.S. Didn't notice this at first...your name is Hart...my google account is Hartmom...it's becuase my kids went to Hart High here in the Los Angeles area...hope people don't think I'm your mom! LOL

Morgan @ PepperDesignBlog.com said...

Fantastic job! Wow, it's a wonderful improvement! I'm sure it was very very appreciated.

Kristen said...

WOW! it looks SO great. and what a sweet note they left you! so nice.

i wish i'd have known you needed help with that stripe, i totally would've done it for you last wednesday!!!

Kelsey said...

This is the sweetest thing, I love the room!

Interior Design Musings said...

Sherry,
I am so proud of you!! I think you did a fantastic job. LOVE the quilt! my favorite of the room. I also love that you were able to make a very depressing space not only feel cozy and warm, but glamours. Great job. PS: can I borrow Angie?! Would love her Craig's list skills on a project or two around my house!!! M.

Sherri Cassara said...

Sherry, what a big heart you have to spread your talent and so much joy to this family. The room is beautiful! I love all the extra touches and details you added. You are amazing.

Renae Moore said...

Sherry,
It's so rewarding to do something nice for someone but even better when they sincerely appreciate it! That Mama will keep her room just like you did it. You did a spectacular job, love all that you did. And yes, it takes a village!
xx

Emily A. Clark said...

Holy cow! I would be happy to have a room in my house just like this. You are da bomb! :) Just had to say that bec. I haven't used that term in a while. . . .

charm home said...

Okay, first of all, girl you have some MAD skills. Second of all, I had no clue that your sister is Nancy from Nancy G's. Billy and I love that place. We live just down the street from it...a little further since we moved but still very close.

Now, back to your mad skills. :o) Seriously, the room looks amazing!!! I'm sure that the family is just thrilled to be in that space. Congratulations on pulling it all together. I'm sure it was a very hard task to get everything to come together but you definitely pulled it off. I absolutely love it!

Cindy said...

That CAN NOT be the same room. Unbelievable. I don't even know how you visualized it with all the crowding and "stuff" to deal with. What an AMAZING makeover... good grief! I absolutely love the way the artwork over the bed looks, and the way it ties in with the delightful pillows...
that's a crazy good makeover!

Cindy

The enchanted home said...
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The enchanted home said...

am soooo blown away!~ I cannot believe that is the same room...it brought tears to my eyes for the good you are doing and the HUGE difference you are making in someones life. You are an amazing person. I am touched by your goodness. You have a gift that goes far beyond your great decorating skills and that is your kindred spirit and your big giving heart. I commend you......absolutely beautiful in too many ways to count.

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

You have outdone yourself, Sherry! This room is such an amazing transformation! The family must be absolutely elated with the result. What a wonderful cause and I have no doubt the family appreciates it more than they could ever express. You inspire me!!! xo

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

i actually did think hartmom was your mom at first. my first thought was, "oh how nice, sherry's mom commented on her blog!" LOL. thank God i read further!

your room looked so amazing, and what you pulled off was nothing short of miraculous! everything looked so fresh, and you know that note made me cry. your family was so, so sweet, and so appreciative--i ran into the mom before i left and she was so happy. job VERY well done! and shout out to your great group of friends--they ALL worked their fingers to the bone! and i also have to shout out nancy g, because i love the coconut shrimp & sweet potato fries. and now i'll stop with the shout outs.

thanks for being contributing your time & talent, sherry. you are ALWAYS a joy (and a hoot!) to work with. :)

classic • casual • home said...

SUCH a happy and useful haven for this family. So many thoughtful touches. I once decorated a reception area for a homeless shelter and it was nice to think it was the first thing that welcomed them.

Smiling throughout your post and then choked up at the note. My husband wanted to know what I was reading. I said "About human kindness." Well done.

Cathy Wall said...

You rock! What a transformation, from a "room" to a "home" with all of the details and niceties any of us would put in our own place. The space is fun and and from the sounds of it you had fun creating it. What a gift, from not only your heart, but that of your friends, family and donors.
Cathy

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

You did a wonderful job creating a retreat for this family. It's so nice to see people using their gifts to help others in need. And, what a blessing to you to know that your hard work is so much appreciated :)

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is absolutely amazing Sherry! It is as gorgeous as it is functional! I love the colors you used and that lamp rocks...I know it was as rewarding for you to do this for them and I can't imagine how much they appreciate all of your sweat!

And a good team is key!

Beautiful job...giving back is truly the best...

Lou Cinda

Magpies and Magnolias said...

OK, woman, you made me cry.

What an amazing thing you and your team did for this family. Everyone deserves to live with dignity, no matter what their socio-economic conditions may be. You not only gave them back their dignity, but you did it with amazing style.

You and your team rock!

P.S. Hope things are going well at your home!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Sherry, it's absolutely amazing! I can't even imagine how thrilled the room's occupants were to walk in and see what you'd done. What a service you provided ... a real ministry.

Brilliant Chic said...

Wow! Looks fantastic! Hard work always pays off !

traci zeller designs said...

That is just awesome, Sherry. What a fantastic gift you gave to that room's residents! Yay for you and your team!!!

Lisa Gabrielson said...

Sherry- You are a hero...and a very good designer! The color combo is cheerful, modern and fun, and the layout is practical and functional. Fantastic vision! What a gift you have given these families. Brava!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Fantastic!!!! Janell

eclecticrevisited said...

oh em gee!! this is such a transformation!!! and amazing...I can so imagine the feeling this family had when they saw the "results" of all your hard work...what a difference in these people's lives you have made...
Sherry...you are truly an inspiration...
blessing to you..
maureen

Danielle {freshquince} said...

Divine...these are the best makeovers ever as there impact is so much greater than a simple redesign. Having a warm and inviting space in hard times can make a huge impact. Great job!!!

My Interior Life said...

I'm just going to add to all of this by saying that your skills at pulling everything together in a week and making it look effortlessly beautiful are exemplary! Seriously, you and all your faithful volunteers deserve serious kudos. Was Jan who we met at Scott's? She looks familiar.

Stacy said...

Unbelivable! You did an amazing transformation ana what a lovely to help another family. Truly inspirational.

eddieross said...

Wow, you did an amazing job!!!!!!! I am sure "Room 6" is beyond impressed and so thankful!
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Xo,
E + J

Kara said...

What a beautiful room. :)

Dharma said...

That note made me teary eyed. Bless you and your team and all those teams who completed this work. What gorgeous rooms.

What a gift of love and dignity.

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

Fabulous! I love the colors you chose-can't imagine how excited they must be with their new room!

Cathy Wall said...

Hi again,
I was so inspired by the whole concept and project, I decided to share....
http://roomrx.blogspot.com/2011/05/design-does-good-room-service-atlanta.html
Cathy

Mrs. DeVore said...

This looks AMAZING! What an awesome thing to be a part of!

Mimi said...

You outdid yourself! I wish I could have seen the look on all their faces when they saw their new home.Pride- and joy, which they may not see too often.
You truly did "pass it on", Sherry.
I'm proud of you.

lisaroyhandbags said...

wow it looks really amazing! A+++ :)

Catie said...

This is SO awesome!!! It gave me chills reading. Great job. All the hard work paid off & you are so talented & generous. I live in Atlanta and I am amazed by this charity.
PS-love your sister's restaurant. The pimento chz is delic!

M... said...

Amazing job! You and your friends outdid yourselves. Really. (And can I say I want the pouf -- badly!).

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Your room turned out amazing! I know the family was ecstatic. I can't believe it is the same room as the before's.

Julie said...

My sister is still talking about your room! (and I'm still thinking about it). I loved being in that room almost as much as I love being around you. You rocked it girlfriend.

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Wonderful job! Love all of your thrifty finds and how you pulled it altogether. So kind of you to be involved.

Pam said...

The room is simply beautiful! I can only imagine how much brighter their days are because of your generosity and talent!

Joyce said...

Everything looks beautiful. Your heart must be busting with joy to know you added a ray of sunshine to others. I love the note. Thank you my friend for brightening their days with your talented and giving them hope for a brighter future. xo

designchic said...

It looks unbelievable, Sherry!! I know they were THRILLED, because I was so excited when I saw it myself. Truly a warm, cozy, and inviting room!!

The Vintique Object said...

You've done a good thing, Sherry. A good, and kind, and thoughtful, and beautiful thing!
Camille

Lori said...

Sherry, only you could do a room in a shelter that looks like it belongs in a magazine. Seriously, that shot of the mom's bed. Gorgeous!

So glad to work on this project with you! You can borrow my tools any time!!

Lori
www.lorimayinteriors.com/blog

Annette said...

of course you did an awesome job, what a cool project! i am impressed!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Sherri, its so good!! What a fantastic improvement. Love the color scheme. I want one of those leafy pillows for myself.

I can't believe you did this in 5 days. I bet you are exhausted still.

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Stunning transformation! What a great thing you did and I'm sure you will never really know the comfort you have brought to the residents of room 6. Well done girl!

Splendid Willow said...

Sherry, this actually brings tears to my eyes. What an absolutely beautiful and inviting room you have created. A place to call home! You should be so proud of yourself (and your team) and I am sure the family is beyond happy.

An unbelievabe makeover and very, very inspirational.

5 stars my friend. 5 BIG stars!

ox, Mon

P.S I have updated my blog roll and you are on it.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sherry, I just loved your space! It turned out fabulous. I'm blogging all of this next week. You should be very proud of your room. It was over the moon great! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Amy Vermillion @ Martineau Vermillion Interior Design said...

Sherry,
Your space is fantastic and I know you have a gold star in the BIG Designer House in the sky!
Fantastic, really!
Amy

shannon said...

Such a beautiful room. I love the colors, the art, the stripe---it is so luxurious feeling. Great job!

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Wow that room looks fantastic, yall did a great job.
This is pretty touching hopefully it inspires someone else to do the same. I teared up a bit after reading her letter as well and that doesn't usually happen since I'm pretty gangster and all. But seriously wonderful job.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

GORGEOUS! Wow, what a transformation. Lucky mom. Amazing how some fabric, paint and fresh bedding can change a space!

Kara said...

Extreme Home Makeover has nothing on you and your helpers, Sherry! The transformation was so amazing, and it brought tears to my eyes to think how grateful that family must be to have such a lovely space to call home, considering what it looked like before. BRAVO!

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

That turned out absolutely amazing and what an absolutely deserving and amazing cause! Bravo on a job well done, my dear!

Michelle said...

The finished product was awe inspiring. To know that the family will come home everyday to that room is amazing. God Bless!

Claire said...

It is fabulous. Hands down dynamite!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

The room looks beautiful! You did an amazing job! That note totally got me all teary-eyed. What a wonderful thing to do - using your talents to serve others!

Angela said...

What a beautiful room! I know you guys create beautiful spaces for a living, but it took bravery to tackle those spaces with the challenges they presented on storage and space. You did an amazing job.

Anonymous said...

this is quite possibly the sweetest thing I've ever seen! amazing what you were able to turn out!!

Morning T said...

You are awesome Sherry- this is amazing!! I'm going back to look through it all again.
xo~
T

Melissa at HOUSEography said...

sooooo great!!

casey at loft and cottage said...

Sherry, how warm, beautiful, layered, and inviting this room is! Awesome job and incredible transformation. It really is a great place to live now.

LiveLaughDecorate said...

Never saw this 'til now. Sorry to be so tardy to the party but what an amazing fusion of thrift finds/DIY/and newbie steals from some of my favorite stores. I'm sure that family will be eternally grateful that you gave them a home in the midst of what wsa a chaotic time in their lives. Awesome stuff.

Mike said...

I really like the painting in the one bathroom that is above the bathroom minor. It's very nice.

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