Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dwell with Dignity

There is something I love about purging.  Not only do you get to free up some space and order for yourself, but you get to give things away.  A few weeks ago, I did just that.  Several items went to my favorite non-profit Dwell with Dignity.

As you might recall, I met with the brain children of this non-profit (Lisa Robinson and Kim Turner) weeks before I started school at the Art Institute.  At that time, February to be exact, they just completed several installs, were just getting fully running and we still looking for a place to office.   Come July, they have new digs, have gotten a ton of press from The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, D Home and more…. and are making a big difference in the world.

Dwell with Dignity is a group of interior designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.  They provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry.  Their mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design.  One household at a time.

Dwell has a group of dedicate volunteers and generous donors.  They have a website, facebook site, a blog and they even use twitter.  

Lisa and I last Saturday in front of a new dresser they have refurnished for a boys bedroom.  Love it!

Their new digs!  A great new contact offered them low rent on this new cute house, on Hall Street in Dallas…perfect for the office headquarters with plenty of room to store all the donations, and of course, room to transform things!

Information table just to the right of the front door giving you all the data you need to help them make a difference.

It was Saturday workday for them, which they have often.  Several people were busy in the house painting, sewing and getting ready for the next install.

The donation room…which include my green shaded shell lamp, several shades and other items I dropped off.  I can’t wait to see it appear in a new room down the line.

And as for the extra pillow inserts and covers I had … they go into the pillow room of course!

The “container store room”.  One of their donors supplies thread and fabrics.  Just opposite this is where much of the sewing gets done.

They even did a great job decorating the hallway….

Lisa in her office…grey and green combo.  Very mod!

Here is one of the latest projects they have done.  Most of the apartments are only 1 or 2 bedrooms, so storage and scale is very important.  On this particular install, a 2 bedroom at CityWalk @ Akard, the daughter was so excited about her room she said to her mother, “I’m putting my shoes in your room so I don’t mess up MY room”.

The upcoming install is for a grandmother and two young boys.  A team of volunteers have completed two really cool dressers (one being the map one above).  So be sure to check back and see what it looks like.

You can also read about their latest installs by reading their blog  (http://dwellwithdignity.blogspot.com), or by connecting with them on facebook.  (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dallas-TX/Dwell-with-Dignity/138397849055)

So the next time you are in the purging mood, be sure to consider donating your items to Dwell with Dignity.  You can just email them a photo and they will get back to you immediately. 

Or maybe you just want to purchase a needed item on their website (pictures above) or just donate some money to help where it is needed.  Whatever way you choose, it sure makes a difference!

And of course, they love volunteers who are great with a paint brushes, the sewing machine, shopping or many other areas.    Bring a friend one workday and help make a change for the better.

Until next week,


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