One Room Challenge Week Four: The Meaning Behind the Details

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One Room Challenge Week Four: The Meaning Behind the Details

Blink your eyes and it’s Wednesday again! Time is just flying by, but it’s so fun to meet you here each week and fill you in on Tie’s House-to-Home happenings. Today we are talking about #DETAILDAY! Kind of like Chip & Jo’s #DEMODAY but way more fun and way less dangerous, if you ask us!

We got down into the details this week and made a lot of progress with our DIY Volunteers, GordonDunning and our generous furniture sponsors. First – a touch of background information for those of you that are new. As part of the Dwell with Dignity mission, we aim to begin our transformations with a completely blank slate – think ‘Extreme Home Makeover’. That means the items that the family currently owns need to be refreshed or donated.

Dwell with Dignity Atlanta One Room Challenge Before Dining Room

Let’s dig into the ‘refreshed’ part for a minute. We all can quickly think of items in our own homes that have unique stories and irreplaceable importance. Their presence warms a space and welcomes happiness. Our Dwell with Dignity families often have items that they too value because of their story and significance. It is important to us to incorporate these heirloom pieces into our designs.

Because of the support of our generous donors and creative volunteers, sometimes we are able to afford to fix and refresh these items. We love when this happens so that the memories of the cherished pieces can live on in useful and beautiful ways.

The refresh part is very energizing and already underway thanks to our team of DIY volunteers and long-time sponsor, Benjamin Moore. As we shared in One Room Challenge Week Two, we are painting the boy’s current chests of drawers in Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy… and boy, are they looking nice!

Next up are two transformations that are rich with importance to Tie… When our designers first met with Tie, they quickly learned about two pieces that Tie fought to keep with her wherever she and her boys went.

This armchair is a very meaningful gift from the gentleman that Tie cared for when she worked as a professional Caretaker. After Mr. Deedy passed, his wife thoughtfully parted with her husband’s special chair knowing that Tie would be the best recipient of this cherished family piece. What a touching act of love! This armchair is currently being recovered with Contentment Navy Velvet by Robert Allen, chosen by GordonDunning.

This sweet chair was Tie’s great-grandmother’s chair! Tie’s relationship with her great-grandmother is very dear to her and it warms our hearts to be able to fix up this family heirloom and refresh it with new fabric. Next time we see this beauty, she will be expertly covered in Wool Chevron Rain fabric by Robert Allen, also chosen by GordonDunning.

We want to give a huge thank you to Edward’s Mother Earth Foundation for their generous home sponsorship that is allowing us the luxury of keeping Tie’s family heirlooms in shape and in her personal style.

{ Teaser: Next week we will share the donating process that our families go through. Bring your tissues! }

Back to the ‘thank you’s’! Even more thanks are in order to the over ten creative and willing volunteers that joined us at the Dwell with Dignity Atlanta warehouse last Friday. This was our final DIY Day of the One Room Challenge before this home installation so we had our work cut out for us! In fact, this day was the first of it’s kind for our new official chapter – and it’s something that I have been dreaming about for months. Arts and crafts day!

As you can see by our project inspiration garland, we had quite the set of projects to tackle in just 3 hours. We fired up the glue guns, starting shaking spray paint cans, turned up the Whitney Houston playlist, and got creating!

Inspired by the boys’ brand-new plaid upholstered headboards that we made in One Room Challenge Week Two, Angel and Ronnie took an abstract approach to painting large wooden letters in a plaid pattern. One for each of the boys, these will help provide separation in their shared space. Plus, they feature all of the boys’ favorite colors! And…. some gold too, because we couldn’t resist!

Tie’s youngest 2 boys will be sharing a room. While we want the room to feel cohesive, we also want to represent each of the boys’ special interests and favorite things. We purchased some of their favorite toys (legos, toy cars and super heroes) and gave the plastic figurines a dose of shiny gold spray paint to create some fun and individualized graphic art.

Using scrap pieces of wood and leftover Benjamin Moore Hale Navy paint from the dressers, we created 4 square backdrops for these super fun gilded lego people, super heroes and toy cars. They still need some finishing touches – but we think they are as cool as can be and can’t wait for the boys to spot the ones made just for them!

To complete the bold and graphic wall art moment in the boys’ room, we continued with more spray-painted gold toys. These tall and skinny wooden art pieces, one for each boy, were made by glueing roadway tape (it’s a thing!) onto scrap pieces of painted wood and then arranging the gold cars in a wonderful Atlanta-themed traffic pattern. We love the movement! (or lack there of…?)

Now… the boys can’t have all the fun! You can bet on the fact that a Dwell with Dignity home will have a gallery wall! Family photos, lovingly made art, found objects and more – gallery walls create a beautiful visual story of our families’ positive journeys. To fill up the huge living/dining wall, we grabbed more scrap pieces of wood and added bold blocks of color inspired by fabrics chosen by GordonDunning. The wood grain peeks through for plenty of warm texture. Easy!


Easily our volunteers’ favorite project of the day – we made a series of woven wall hangings! Using different colored and textured yarns, gold painted faux feathers, bronze craft wire, and wooden beads, all of the ladies let their creativity run wild! From knots and braids to bead design and color layering, each woven wall hanging its so very unique to the girl (or groups of girls! or mother-daughter team!) that made them. We can’t wait to see where GordonDunning decides to use them in Tie’s home. Hey Volunteers – I have a feeling this project will be back again soon… 😉

Believe it or not, it’s not all DIY around here. Thankfully some amazing donors and retail partners have offered their design products for Tie’s new home. GordonDunning has been doing an exceptional job at choosing just the right elements for Tie and her boys. Take a look:

Texas-based luxury linen retailer, Peacock Alley, has been an incredibly loving supporter of Dwell with Dignity’s since our inception almost 10 years ago. They generously gift each and every DwD family in both Dallas and Atlanta with complete bedding and towel sets. I know! It’s unbelievably generous! For some of our families, these sheets are the very first set of matching, new sheets that they have ever owned. A good night’s rest is crucial to a successful day; and a sturdy bed, fresh mattress, new sheets and a warm blanket can make a world of difference to these moms, dads and their sweet kids.

You know what else is crucial to success and happiness? A stable and strong family support system. Bonds are formed and connectivity strengthens around dining tables across the world. It is a reliable place for families to gather over weekend breakfasts, daily dinners, late-night homework sessions and all of the family game nights that we can fit in. Just think of all the important moments that happen around your dining table. GordonDunning chose this stunner, the Mercer from AllModern, to set the stage for delicious meals and long family laughs.

GordonDunning never forgets the details! These beautiful elements will be gracing Tie’s brand new living and dining room in no time! We can’t wait to see how the Pencil Shavings Vase by Jill Rosenwald and these super soft Betwixt Water pillows by Arianna Belle mix into the full room design.

How about we close today’s weekly e-get-together with a little inspirational quote? WORK HARD & BE NICE! It’s that simple, friends! These 3 pieces of artwork (Lady Gray, The Meadow, Nice Work) from Minted will be filling up Tie’s walls in just days – we are counting down!

We’ll be back next week – same time – same place – with an emotional look into the donating process, plus more updates on the final steps of our ‘House-to-Home’ process for Tie and her boys! Thank you for following along! – Amanda Macy Hall


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Need to catch up? Week ThreeWeek Two |  Week One  |  Intro Post


Dwell with Dignity designs and installs complete home interiors for families who desperately need an environment that will support health and wellness. Our mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design; one household at a time. We empower families to lead their best lives and to thrive in a safe, functional, and beautiful environment.

Dwell with Dignity works with agencies that have programs in place to take families from homelessness & poverty to self-sufficiency.  Often times, after a family has received all of the counseling, training, and support from our partner agencies, they find themselves struggling to provide a home in which they can thrive. Dwell with Dignity addresses this critical economic need through our mission.

We create inspiring home interiors with the labor of dedicated volunteers and with the generosity of our donors. Dwell with Dignity works with interior designers and members of the trade to furnish the families’ homes including all furniture, art, bedding, kitchen supplies, food in the pantry and their first night’s meal. Our goals are to bring good design to those less fortunate, inspiring them to maintain a standard of living they can be proud of and thrive in.

We feel that if we can change a person’s environment, we can change a person’s outlook on life. When we provide our families a place to be proud of and thrive in, we have set the stage for breaking the cycle of poverty and setting up future generations for success.

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  1. christine dovey April 26, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I love all the creative projects you’re doing…I’m actually doing a similar thing with the toys…so fun!!!

    The chairs are so special and will be beautiful with the two fabrics you’ve selected!!

  2. Nikki April 26, 2017 at 9:15 am

    So happy to see that you don’t just scrap everything & buy all new – it’s those items with memories that make a house a home. BTW, my boys share a room too & we did some similar projects – kids love things like that. Great job so far!

    What you do is so amazing, I can’t think of a better way to give back. Everyone deserves great design & a beautiful place to call home. If you ever decide to “branch out” in Houston you’ve got an instant volunteer – I’m sold!

  3. Charlotte Lindsay April 26, 2017 at 10:16 am

    You guys always do such a great job. I love all of the DIY’s that you guys did, especially for the shared boys room. I think it is great that you are going out of your way to make sure that the room is not just cohesive but that each child feels like they have their own space. The toys on wood is such a cute idea, especially the cars.

  4. Cassie Bustamante April 26, 2017 at 10:36 am

    the gold toy art is so fun! what a great and happy space you’re creating!

  5. Dabito April 26, 2017 at 11:55 am

    The wall hangings are so good!

  6. Jen @ RamblingRenovators April 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I love that you incorporated existing pieces that had special meaning into the design. It’s going to look great!

  7. Morgan April 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I love all the little details – and yours are so thoughtful. They are what really make the space so special & unique.

    I am also participating in the ORC and making over my walk in closet. Check it out if you are interested:

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    I love the community involvement on this transformation. It is looking so good! Can’t wait for week 6.

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