I’m SO excited about this project, guys! We’re going to be making over a bedroom in a safe house for victims of sex trafficking. This will be the first place they come when they are rescued off the streets of Atlanta. They’re coming out of a life of abuse and exploitation, for the first time into a place of safety, rest and hope. And WE get to be a part of that! How cool is this. I mean.
By the way, YOU GUYS. Let’s just talk about you for a second. I have gotten so many emails from you asking how you can help and how you be a part of this project. There are several ways for you to get involved. Stay tuned to a future post for more on that!
Okay, here’s the room right now:
The team from Out of Darkness has given us some goals for the room, considering where these ladies are coming from:
- Needs to sleep two women.
- Must feel comfortable, warm, homey, inviting: not too pristine or fragile.
- Should evoke feelings of peace, refuge and safety.
- Nothing that feels too much like a hotel.
- Bonus points if we can incorporate symbols of freedom, like butterflies or doves.
Most of the girls only come to the safe house with about seven days’ worth of clothes, so we also need a little bit of clothing storage, although there’s also a nice little closet they can use for that.
Fun challenge, right?! I know. I’m giddy.
This room is SMALL. Also: it’s in a basement with zero windows, so there’s no natural light at all.
First up: designing the layout.
The room is very small, with a little bump-out closet with sliding doors:
This is the other side looking toward the closet doors:
I played around with the idea of doing bunk beds for space reasons.
But the ceilings are low in that room and I thought it might feel claustrophobic on the top bunk.
So we decided to go with two twin beds, in virtually the only configuration you can do in this room:
I don’t love how tight it’s going to be between the closet doors and the bed, but we’re looking on the bright side here: you can pick out your clothes in the morning without getting out of bed! It’s LUXURY!
For clothes storage, we’re going to find one small dresser that will also double as a shared nightstand. (Not an easy task, I’m finding!)
See how tiny that room is?
I mean, COZY. It’s cozy. Like a nice little nest.
BTW: Here’s a post on how to space-plan your living room!
Next up: the inspiration
I recruited my good buddy Erin to help with this project, and we started brainstorming.
Right now the rest of the Safe House bedrooms are decorated with quilts, wrought iron beds and lots of warm colors. It’s beautifully decorated in a traditional style and feels very homey and comfortable.
Quilts say: comfort. Home. Love. But they’re usually very traditional or country. How can we get that feeling of comfortable, cozy, homey, with a modern, young spin?
Then we found this photo and we were both zapped with insta-inspiration!
It’s a quilt design, but it feels modern and updated. What if we could do a modern, almost avant-garde take on a quilt? Happy, vibrant colors in a graphic layout, but still textural and cozy?
We’re going to bring back the quilt, y’all! We’re working with a super-talented, very sweet friend who’s going to actually make quilts for us, and the quilt design will be our lead piece. (Click here to learn how to make decorating easy by finding a lead piece!)
We’re still working through the rest of the design decisions, so I’m going to share where we are – and ask for your opinions! – in the next post. We need to make some quick decisions and get moving!
What do you think about this plan? Can quilts be modern and fresh?