Today I’m very excited to share the furnished family room at the emergency Family Shelter in my hometown. The room install was all day Saturday, we brought in the furniture, hung the curtains and art, and turned it over to the families who were moving in on Sunday. Whew, finished just in time!
My local Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) is a non-profit that provides services to prevent and break the cycle of homelessness for children, families, and single adults. This shelter is known as the COTS Family Center, it has 11 rooms and serves homeless families with children. The length of stay at the shelter ranges from three to six months, depending on the difficulty families have finding housing. The purpose of this room is a relaxing space for the parents since the children have a separate play area. Children are allowed of course but the room is mainly to serve the adults.
Three months ago it looked like this, barren and empty. The COTS renovation crew came in last month and painted the walls and trim, they also installed industrial strength vinyl flooring for the whole facility, then I took over.
I asked World Market if they would be so kind to donate furnishings and accessories and they agreed because they rock so everything that you see in the space came from their store! I added the plants and a few tweaks and DIY touches, read about them below along with links to all the products. It’s so warm and inviting now!
This is a narrow space so I broke it up into two zones, the sectional and media stand allows for movie viewing and at the back are two wingback chairs for reading, talking, or playing games. I also wanted this space to be neutral and slightly more masculine than spaces I’ve done before. Here’s the tour around the space from right to left.
This Harrow Media Stand is a beast meaning it weighs a ton because it’s solid wood, it had to be delivered by truck and required two big burly dudes to bring it inside. The good news is it so sturdy so it will take a lot of abuse and provides great storage, the DVD player arrives this week (missing in the pictures). There is no cable TV at the shelter only DVDs to watch but the organization has more to bring over this week.
I’m not the first to say this but wall calendars make the best cheap art! I bought the USA Glitz calendar in the store and framed six of the retro pictures around the TV in the black Mango wood frames. Also pictured is the round cement terrarium.
I live by the no matchy matchy furniture sets rule, I think the accent chairs should always be different than the sofa so I chose two Triton High Back chairs. The color is "wheat" but really it’s less beige more of a mustard yellow and it’s wonderful.
Also pictured is the Glynn Accent Table. Originally I had a thrift store table I planned to refinish and use in its place but the second hand find ended up being in need of more repair than I thought, also too big; this simple tulip base black table is the perfect alternative.