All furniture for this project was generously provided by Raymour & Flanigan in exchange for this post.
All expressed opinions are 100% my own.
One of the silver linings that has emerged from being a home blogger has been the opportunity to work on impactful and meaningful volunteer projects alongside other creative and talented friends. You may recall the Bloggers Heart Habitat projects I’ve shared in the past; this fall I’ve been working on another really special design and am SO excited to show you how it all came together!
My friend Carli from Made By Carli is not only a fearless DIYer, currently restoring a gorgeous 140 year old house one project at a time, but also an employee of Amos House in Providence, Rhode Island. Amos House started as a soup kitchen in the 1970s and has grown into a social services agency that supports over 15,000 people a year and houses 165 homeless men, women and children each night. This non-profit organization also offer an addiction recovery program, education and job training, transitional housing, and a mother and child reunification program; they are truly doing amazing things there every single day!
Recently one of the Amos House buildings, a beautiful, large older house that has been used as office space, was remodeled into four affordable apartments for the community, and Carli reached out to a few of us local bloggers to help make these spaces into homes. Incredibly, Raymour & Flanigan, who has been a steadfast advocate of the Bloggers Heart Habitat projects, agreed to furnish the living spaces in ALL FOUR of these Amos House apartments!
I teamed up with Michelle of Weekend Craft to design and install the living room and dining space of one of these apartments and this is what we started with: a completely remodeled blank slate. It is small but mighty with two bedrooms, a bathroom and an open space for the kitchen, dining and living areas.
To maximize the budget Raymour & Flanigan gave us for this apartment, Michelle and I met at a local showroom and searched for beautiful but affordable furniture options to create both a living room and dining space, coming up with this design plan to work from.
And here is the space today!
The building had not had a final lead inspection at the time of our installation so we couldn’t hang curtains yet, but imagine white Ikea Ritva panels flanking these windows to soften the space and filter the light!
Michelle and I loved the robin’s egg blue Willoughby Sofa with it’s low arms and petite scale for this small apartment. We used it to divide the space into living and dining areas that are open and airy.
The Kelsie Chair fabric has hints of the blue from the sofa and the khaki wall color, and it’s such a cute size!!
I love how the pattern from a couch pillow plays with the floral chair fabric and the rug.
A super soft cream throw blanket is a great accessory for any room and I can just imagine the mama and sweet baby girl who are moving into this apartment cuddled up under this reading books before bedtime.
The sofa comes with 4 20″ pillows and we brought in some more pattern and texture with pillow covers – such an easy and budget-friendly way to change up a room.
The Tory coffee table is great for this space with no sharp corners for the baby to bump into, and easy traffic flow from the living room to the adjacent bedroom.
The Kenton pedestal table and chairs (also sold as a 5 piece set) are so perfect for this apartment. The table has a leaf so it can expand to fit 6 or even 8 at the holidays or dinners with friends and family, and day to day it can be used without the leaf as a small round table.
With some space planning you can really fit a lot of function into a small space. The kitchen has nice space for cooking, and while the dining area isn’t large, it’s ample for sharing meals and making memories.
In addition to the furniture, Raymour & Flanigan generously gave us money for any necessities to make the apartment move-in ready. We also shared an Amazon wish list on Facebook and many of you donated towels, pots and pans, dishes and other items, for which we are so very grateful!
It was beyond joyful to see the deserving mother and sweet baby girl who will be living here walk through the door and see all this waiting for them. What a happy holiday they will surely have in this warm, safe and pretty new abode!
A huge and heartfelt thanks to Raymour & Flanigan
for giving those transitioning from homelessness to employment and independent living a beautiful and comfortable place to call home!
Michelle and I had a lot of fun working on the Amos House project together this fall and I hope you enjoyed the special reveal! Don’t miss the other apartments, one designed by Carli of Made By Carli and Emily of EmilyEveryday featuring two gorgeous fireplaces original to the house, and another designed by Diane of The Rath Project and Charlotte of At Charlotte’s House that has the cutest little play area!
I’m super grateful to work with such a creative and fun group of bloggers – and particularly thankful to Carli for the opportunity work on this very special project!
Carli, Diane, yours truly, Charlotte, Emily and Michelle
Have a great week ahead!