It’s week three of the One Room Challenge and we think it’s about time for everyone to get to know our lead volunteer designers, Lathem Gordon and Cate Dunning of GordonDunning! Take it away, ladies!
Hi! We are Lathem and Cate, the faces behind the boutique interior design firm, GordonDunning. Our Atlanta-based (Decatur to be exact!) business has been up and running since 2014, although our design-loving souls met years earlier while getting our feet wet with other notable design firms in the city. We founded our business on a mutual love of antiques, color, pattern, blue and white porcelain, and, most importantly telling our clients’ stories.
We have had a really exciting past year, and we are so honored to have been asked to join the Southern Living Designer Network and are so excited to have designed a space for the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Showhouse that opens tomorrow. Yay!! We are busier than ever and 100% having the ultimate time of our lives. As we juggle client meetings, installations, and industry activities, it is always important to us that we use our design talents to serve amazing families in our sweet city of Atlanta.
Every client project that we take on is evaluated with our GordonDunning Five Pillar Filter. Sounds so serious, huh?! Stay with us… The 5 pillars are: Kindness, Gratitude, Teamwork, Bravery, and Joy. These carefully chosen words represent the people that we strive to be (and surround ourselves with), the company that we are building, and the impact that we seek to leave through our work. Spoiler alert: they all totally fit in with the mission of Dwell with Dignity – yes!!!
Dwell with Dignity Atlanta became a part of our business very early on. It was through the tight-knit design community here in Atlanta that we were first introduced to the work of Dwell with Dignity. Their energy is infectious, their mission is moving, and the impact of DwD is deeply meaningful. We instantly knew that we had found our way to give back! Believe it or not, a Dwell with Dignity Atlanta home was actually our very first project as GordonDunning!
This right here is the hug that changed everything. By providing a safe, comfortable and loving space for this amazing mother and her children, we helped to change this family’s outlook on the world, provide them with a space to strengthen their bond and to continue to achieve their goals grounded on admirable values. Every single time that we finish a home design for DwD and welcome a family into their new space, a newfound energy is injected into our spirits which gives us even more drive for our business and abilities to give back.
This year, we are beyond excited to be able to provide two separate families with the gift of Dwell with Dignity design thanks to the incredible sponsorship funds provided by Edwards Mother Earth Foundation.
We have been having a blast getting all of the big and small details gathered together for Tie’s family. As you saw last week, a team of Dwell with Dignity Atlanta volunteers began giving some dressers new life and even created two upholstered headboards from scratch! Check out Week Two’s blog posts here to catch up on the progress that they have already made.
There’s just no place like home! GordonDunning loves the details that reflect our families’ personalities. After sitting down with Tie for a couple hours to get to know her, hear the unthinkable obstacles that she has faced (and conquered!) and discuss her plans to turn dreams into reality, we knew we were going BIG for this Dwell with Dignity homecoming! Ready for a sneak preview?
These Sumner Street Pulls in Satin Brass from ATG Stores will be placed on our dressers at the next DIY Volunteer Day. Their beautiful tone and subtle shine are going to seriously bring the wow-factor to those dressers that have painted in Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and Seaweed!
And how about these magical Double Gourd Table Lamps from Lamps Plus?! Y’all, this Parakeet color is going to be perfect for the living room space. I think it’s pretty clear that we are going bananas for these beauties!
We always love Annie Selke’s Dash & Albert Rugs for our Dwell with Dignity (and everyday client) installations. Their indoor/outdoor functionality makes them perfect for big families with lots of littles! There will be several of Annie Selke’s rugs making their appearance in the One Room Challenge as well as throughout the home. We are particularly fond of this lovely mint number, Dash & Albert’s Herringbone Ocean Woven Cotton Rug. (PS: Someone got some new bling! Congrats to GD Project Manager, Jennings, on your engagement!)
A requirement for receiving a Dwell with Dignity designed home, is that our nominated families must have secured stable housing completely on their own. The lease or mortgage must be in their name and the rent or payments must meet their budgeting and savings goals. Most of the time, Dwell with Dignity families are moving into apartments. While it is possible to paint the walls of apartments, we hate leaving our families with the expensive and (can we be honest….) annoying task of repainting when it is time for them to move. Enter…. Tempaper! Their product 1 – features killer designs, 2 – is all about that wallpaper trend that is so ‘right now’ and 3 – is completely removable! They have been incredibly generous and are a perfect partner for Dwell with Dignity.
Tie’s living room will feature Tempaper’s new Bobby Berk-designed Splatter Paper, and we are beside ourselves at the subtle yet exciting impact this will make on her space!
Our design vision is coming to life week by week, and we are counting down the hours until we can welcome Tie and her 3 boys home!
Thank you so much to Dwell with Dignity Atlanta, Edwards Mother Earth Foundation, the One Room Challenge, Dwell with Dignity Atlanta Volunteers and our incredible design partners for making joyful things happen!
See you at the Installation and Homecoming!
Cate and Lathem, GordonDunning
Stay tuned next week for a glimpse into another DIY Volunteer Day (it’s not too late: sign up here to volunteer!) and to hear more about how Dwell with Dignity is making a difference through design for Tie and her family.
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Volunteer this Friday for our final DIY Day or join us during the installation! Volunteers are crucial to the success of our homecomings and we offer many ways to serve.
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WHAT IS DWELL WITH DIGNITY?
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.