Today I’m back for the final look at the completed Habitat for Humanity house.
However, let me catch you up quickly. The awesome folks at GMC invited me and seven other bloggers on a Hidden Treasure Adventure. We met in Detroit and were each assigned a room to decorate in a Habitat for Humanity house in Atlanta. Our mission was to drive from Detroit to Atlanta on the 127 Corridor, shopping the World’s Longest Yard Sale to find what we need to furnish our space. We were given a budget and a timeline to complete the mission.
Before I go any further, I want to thank GMC for making this possible. None of the bloggers who participated were compensated for this event. We all donated our time and service to this worthwhile cause. In addition to our budgets for decorating, we had beautiful 2015 Yukon XL Denalis to drive in yard sale-ing style, and accommodations throughout our adventure. Thank you so much, GMC!
Okay, back to the story.
Let me introduce you to the bloggers…
Ashley from Simply Designing, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Brooke from All Things Thrifty, Dusty from All Things G&D, Lucy* of Lucy’s Inspired, Sarah* from Nestrs, and Allison of Two Thirty-Five Designs.
*Lucy and Sarah might look familiar to you. They are currently on HGTV’s Beach Flip!
The bloggers split up into groups to travel the yard sale in two and a half days (Wednesday evening through Friday). The groups met up each evening for dinner and chit chat and, of course, to talk about our finds.
Side note: The Yard Sale was incredible. If you are into yard sale-ing, flea markets, or repurposing, you MUST shop it at some point in your life. Typically, it’s the first week in August.
On Saturday we arrived at the house and had the afternoon and early Sunday to decorate, paint furniture, create art, style, and whatever else we needed to do to design our rooms.
The home we decorated was for the Yaro Family: Moumini, Mireille, and their two children, Yassine and Elias. Mr. and Mrs. Yaro are refugees from the Ivory Coast. Mr. Yaro is currently enrolled in night classes with the goal of become a teacher. Mrs. Yaro is a stay at home Mom. They got this home in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity -DeKalb. Sunday was the dedication of the home. They had no idea we had decorated the entire space for them. They were some of the sweetest people I’ve ever meet. They were so pleased and grateful of our work. It was an honor to do this for them.
Ashley was in charge of the living room. (Read her post here.)
Other than the couches, which were donated by John Miles Chevrolet, a local Atlanta GMC dealership, she completely furnished the space. The beds and frames for the master bedroom and children’s rooms were also donated by the same dealership.
I love the industrial style coffee table she refinished. She also painted a dresser to act as a TV stand and created lots of DIY artwork.
Lucy took on the kitchen.
She ran with a rustic theme for the space. She used a bead board wallpaper to create a backsplash, added unique art to the walls, and filled the cabinets with plates and kitchen tools for the family.
Rhoda designed the dining room. (Read her post here.)
She found a beautiful table with chairs which she reupholstered for a fresh and clean look. She also added lots of style and pattern with curtains.
In addition to the boy’s room, I gave the laundry room some style. I found an old wood shelf and laundry bin. With a few accessories for color, the space was looking much more like home.
Brooke and Allison acted as mentors on this particular trip. They were not assigned a room to decorate, but assisted the bloggers. They both were on this trip in the past and offered helpful tips and tricks. They used their budget to buy the family a few items from their Wish List, which included a new dryer, a lawnmower, and a food processor.
As I showed you in my previous post, I designed Elias’ room. My inspiration was soccer as you can tell from my DIY artwork. You can read more about my design HERE.
Dusty tackled Yassine’s room. (Read her post here.) Given Yassine’s love of pink and purple, Dusty hit the nail on the head.
She was extra ambitious with her design, taking on lots of DIY projects. She painted almost everything, including a feature wall. I totally loved her vision and completed space.
Dusty also decorated the guest bathroom.
Finally, Sarah furnished the master bedroom and bathroom. (Read her post here.) The Yaro Family mentioned they like blue, green, and orange, so Sarah used those colors as her inspiration.
She DIY’d several things in her space including artwork, lamps, and side tables.
What a beautiful transformation, right? I also thought it was very amazing how well the house looked as a whole. Although each room / blogger had his or her own individual style, the rooms were cohesive. We actually didn’t plan that. I think it happened thanks to the repurposing and a similar color palette.
As you can tell the Yaro Family, the bloggers, and the GMC team were super proud and happy with what we created in four-and-a-half days. I’m so excited for the Yaro Family and wish them much happiness and love in their new home.
Again, I will be adding links to the other bloggers’ spaces as soon as they are available. If you’re looking for more information on a particular room or detail, just keep checking back.
Thank you so much for following along on this fun journey. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.