The Room Service Afters!


Our cars didn’t pull out of the United Methodist Children’s Home campus until 8:30 pm Friday night–after a full, fun week of transforming three rooms of the young men’s dormitory.  I’m pretty sure my partners, Lori and Rhoda, have spent this last weekend exhausted just like I did.  But it is so much fun and wonderful to be around all those other creative types.

So, on with the photos–albeit horrible because it was twilight when I took them.

The entry:

Remember the before?

New black and white VCT was donated for the entry and main hallway.  Checkered floors are such a classic, right?  My bird painting hangs above the chest from Habitat for Humanity that Chris painted for us.  A coat of white spray paint refurbished Lori’s old lamps.

“We need more things for the wall,” I said.

“A shield mirror framed in brass would look great,” said Lori.

“Yeah, you go find that.”

And what does she find?  A shield…with black velvet and mini swords!  On a serendipitous stop at an antique store next to where she picked up our drapes, she found this shield and promptly texted it to me and Rhoda.  A coat of white paint makes it pop against the paneling.  It is one of those ludicrous objects that is just perfect for the room.  It makes me chuckle.  Black velvet!

We also had a bedroom and its adjoining lounge to do.  Here is the before:

A coat of primer and two coats of paint freshened the rooms up.  Thank you to Zinsser, Dutch Boy, Purdy, and Sherwin Williams for donating paint supplies.

[photo: Dayka Robinson]

The bedroom after:

Kirkland’s, one of Rhoda’s sponsors, donated the yellow lamps.  The bedside chests were existing–we painted.  Lowe’s donated the vinyl floors we installed–don’t they look awesome?  So easy to install.  The two paintings above the bed are two I did last week.  Room & Board donated the aqua blue metal bed.

The lounge after:

The little blue table from my kids’ playroom saved the day when the table from IKEA that we planned on buying was ‘temporarily oversold.’

There is a snack/desk area opposite the sofa.

I finished the third large-scale painting on the last day of install–whew!

I also did the two mini paintings last week.  The bitsy collage one on the easel kills me!

Many thanks to Rhoda and Lori’s contribution to the space–painting, sponsorships, donations, cleaning, shopping, idea hatching, furniture assembly, ribbon glueing, handle installation, etc…we did it!  It was great working with such talented ladies.  And, thank you to Heather, Kim, and Mari for volunteering their time to help us paint and install the floor.  Thank you to the donors who gave cash for the shopping, and thank you to Chris for helping us prep the rooms.  I’m so excited for these boys to get settled into their new home!

I will post links to the other rooms as they pop up–all the other spaces are fabulous.  All the designers went all out.

You are invited to the wrap party this Thursday at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Buckhead.  Thank you, Dayka and Erika of Room Service, for organizing this transformation!


  1. THANK GOD YOU TURNED THE COMMENTS BACK ON!!!! You are SO amazing! Had you stopped at the artwork, I would have said great job…but you went above and beyond and the spaces look beyond phenomenal. You guys did a great job and what a great cause. I’m still berserking over the art and cannot decide which one I like best…I like them all.
    P.S. I love cake and kittens are soft. 🙂

  2. Wow. Great job. The rooms look wonderful. What a gift to the people who will enjoy them!!!