So if I was embarrassed by 3 months passing between my last post and the previous one… I don’t even know what the word is to describe what I should be feeling now! Funny thing is, I’m not worried. This blog is a way to record my creative wanderings and sometimes I’m wandering around too much to check in.
Right now, however, I’ve just finished a project that I was so incredibly proud to be a part of I want to share it. The kindness of others never ceases to amaze me.
About 2 years ago, A Room of Her Own was born. Along with my very talented co-chair, Scott Schersel from Interior Spaces, we coordinated the efforts of local designers and community members to adopt the 20 maternity bedrooms of the residents of Alpha House. In two weeks time, these rooms were transformed from drab, dreary dorm-style bedrooms into beautiful, boutique style havens for new moms and their babies. Click here to see the transformation.
Since that time, Scott and I have assessed all the living, office, and classroom space at Alpha House. We determined that our next project would be the semi-independent apartment. This is a 3-bedroom apartment within the walls of the maternity residence. It’s a space where homeless teen moms live and learn about how to become self-sufficient. The girls who live there have lived in a maternity bedroom and have had to apply to move into the apartment. It is space reserved for those who have proven they are determined to make the changes necessary to improve their lives and the lives of their children.
As I have witnessed many times now… when you put things out into the universe, the universe responds. What happened next was simply astounding. A member of our community was visiting Alpha House to learn more about the mission. She was shown the design board and learned about our plans for the apartment space. On the spot, she made a large donation to make our dreams a reality.
If you think that’s incredible, here’s more! We were referred to John Martinez of JSM Custom Builders. Initially, we were concerned that the construction costs alone would eat up our generous donation. John surprised us by not only donating the cost of his services, but he lined up sub-contractors who donated their time, and in many instances, the materials as well. There are no words to describe our gratitude to John and his associates. They worked tirelessly through the holidays to replace tired, dingy carpeting with beautiful hardwood floors; tore down and replaced cabinetry in the kitchen, installed lighting fixtures; built closets, ripped out bathroom tiles, etc., etc., etc… all to bring this project to its fruition. When they were done, Scott and I finished it off by adding furniture, artwork, area rugs and other necessities. The payoff in the end was the smiles and tears from the residents and staff at Alpha House.
And now…without further ado, is the big reveal of the main living areas. I’ll share photos of the bedrooms next week!