I just want you to know, Irene and I are so moved by your generosity and support for her sister Aimee's story and her children. We wanted to give you an update on what their space looks like now, and what will soon be possible with our fundraising efforts!
After all, now you’re all part of their story too!
As of today there is $10,272 in our fund with 7 days left to go. It’s exciting to check the balance each day as it continues to climb. . .
Here are some pictures of the house as it is now.
Only my regular readers will get this but check out how much pink-beige is in this house! It's as if they knew I was coming, haha. Seriously. It's why I want to banish this colour from the planet, it's so heavily overused as an 'If all else fails and you don't know which colour to choose' colour.
We’d like to paint the main living areas as well as most of the bedrooms and we're looking for a paint company to sponsor all the paint, please contact irene here if you would like to contribute!
Irene and Aimee have decided to shop extensively out of the Ikea catalogue as they have such a wide range and well-priced furnishings for homes – lots of fun and bright colours and exactly right for this home makeover.
So here's what it looks like now. . .
Here's our idea board for the living room. The denim slip-covered Ektorp sofa from Ikea will be perfect for all the energy and play this room will see. Katie from Popocolor has generously donated some of her gorgeous cushions and we've chosen these to set the colour palette for the rest of the room. An Ikea rug combined with a HomeSense ottoman makes a great start:
You can see that the pink beige walls in NO WAY relate to the blue and gold tiled floors. Overall though, this is a pretty great kitchen for this family of six!
Aimee's Room (The Master Bedroom)
Aimee's room will have the blue bedding she loves combined with wood furniture. Her bedroom is actually a large bonus room and will double as her in-home office. It's almost 500 square feet and we've got great plans for how to set up the space in a way that will be cozy, functional and pretty, including a small seating area where she can go when she needs to drink a cup of tea in peace:
Esther has decided her colour scheme will be blue, dark brown and white. She has very definite ideas and we'll be using the neutral look of the artwork and curtains to add her own special spin:
Remember yesterday's post where I was talking about contrast? Well, creating contrast in design is not about black and white, or bright pops of colour, it's mixing patterns and solids appropriately as well.
Here's what Esther had chosen, and here are the small tweaks that I made to turn it into a more pleasing combination:
Emily's opinion was, "I like red." So red she shall have. And some bright blue and a little bit of green. Irene bought this wonderful Madeline book and will frame some of the pages.
Amazingly enough, the colour scheme of the book matched the colour scheme we put together for her. Okay, we planned it that way:
Sam loves anything and everything lego and can stay quietly entertained for hours in his room playing with his toys.
Joe is planning on becoming a palaeontologist when he grows up and we've given him a room that will let him explore his interest in dinosaurs and digging in the dirt.
Dan is fascinated by life under the sea and so we're going to have an artist come in and paint a mural on one of his bedroom walls.
Just new paint colours alone will make such a huge difference to all of these rooms!
We are a little more than halfway to our goal of $20,000. Besides giving this family a fresh start with furniture, there are so many basic items they need that will make such a difference! Aimee has NEVER had anything new, everything has ALWAYS been second hand.
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far, there's such power in numbers! Y'all are awesome!! xo Maria
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