WHO WANTS TO SEE A REVEAL?!
Reveals are my favorite thing as a blogger, and also my least favorite because NO ONE IS EVEN READING THESE WORDS RIGHT NOW. You’re all cheating by skipping ahead. You oughta be ashamed.
Alright, alright! Here’s the before:
And the after:
I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO TELL YOU. I’m trying to sit still.
We’ve been making over this room, which will be a temporary home to victims of sex trafficking — their first stop after being rescued off the streets. The first thing we did was consider their specific needs. I partnered with a ministry called Out of Darkness, who requested something cozy and comfortable, nothing too pristine or hotel-like.
The whole design sprung from this inspiration photo…
…which turned into the amazing quilts made by a friend of mine (see more on the quilts here).
We painted the room Valspar Ballet Slipper (mixed at half-strength) and hung the quilts using copper piping and brackets from the plumbing department.
The Out of Darkness team challenged us to create a visual depiction of “freedom” in the room. They suggested butterflies or doves. I teamed up with some of my favorite people – 163 Design Co – to create this epic bird wall, where the birds are flying away to freedom:
(163 Design Co is the same family-owned shop that created these letters for me. They can do anything, and they are a delight. Highly recommended.)
I know it’s hard to tell in the photos (argh!) but we hung the birds at different distances out from the wall, so some of the birds seem to be flying off the wall in 3D.
I love how that turned out.
Those “hello love” pillows are from Society6 . The sheets are from target and the duvet and comforter are from ikea. They are way more tactile than they look here. Photography is hard.
A super-sweet lady who doesn’t know me from adam donated that adorable dresser. We didn’t even know it came with a mirror until we arrived at the Safe House to put everything together on the very last day – but isn’t it perfect there? I love its sweet little shape, and we thought the natural wood from the dresser really warmed everything up and made it feel more homey.
Will ya please stop and check this bad boy out.
The chandelier was a giant experiment and we had no idea whether it’d turn out crazy or not. I think it’s crazy-in-a-good-way, totally different, kinda geometric and unexpected.
I’ll tell you ALLLL about it in the next post. Don’t touch that dial!
This is what’s going on opposite the beds:
That’s just a little shelfy-thing I got from ikea so the ladies would have somewhere to hang their purses, but what I really want to show you are these AHH-MAZING hand-lettered prints!
Erin’s friend Lauren is an incredibly talented artist, and she created these for the safe house. Here’s a better view:
These are so good it makes me need to pass out a little bit.
First — that verse. When I think of what it might feel like to have lived a life as a victim of sex trafficking, I think it might be easy to fall into the trap of fear and shame. How perfect is this verse? He delivers me from my fear. There is no shame.
But I think my favorite thing in the whole room is this right here.
That book contains all the letters YOU sent in, written to the women who will come through the Safe House. I have to just be real with you: when I wrote that post and asked you guys to join in this with me, I thought you might send about five letters. I was hoping for three to five.
That was just the first batch.
You guys mailed in so many letters that I had to put two to a page in most cases, and the book barely closed.
What’s not captured in those photos is the power of the words you wrote. Life-giving words. I noticed a common thread: reminders to these women of their worth and value, as daughters of God, made in His image. How their worth is inherent; how they can rest their hope in Jesus; how you are praying and you care. Putting together the book made me ugly-cry.
Totally your fault.
By the way? Those words apply to you too — your value, your worth. Not based on how thin, beautiful, put-together or well-spoken you are. God sees you differently. He loves you in the right-now, the not-cleaned-up version of you. He meets you right here.
See? This project turned me into a MESS.
THANK YOU for coming through on this, you guys. Those words aren’t heavy enough for how thankful I am, and how much it will mean to these women.
I left a note at the beginning of the book letting them know that if they find one of the letters to be especially encouraging to them, they can keep that note, and carry it with them on their journey. I also left the left side of each page blank, so they can write letters to the women who will come behind them.
This room was such an honor to do, and I feel like we did it together! Here are a few people who are using their gifts to fight sex trafficking by donating to this room. Make sure you support the companies who donated!
- 163 Design Co
- Hark at Home
- EG Allis Photography (this is Erin)
- YOU. This project was paid for by the ads on the blog; every time you view my site, a teeny bit gets earned and lets us do fun stuff like this. So thank you!
If you’re ready to get out and get involved in the fight against sex trafficking, here are five tangible ways you can help right now, today.
Whew! See? I had much to say. Tell me things! What are you thinkin’?