At the suggestion of our favorite realtor in Chapel Hill, Erika Buchholtz of Erika and Company, Catherine French Design became involved with a fantastic charity, A Lotta Love. A Lotta Love was set up to “transform local shelters by creating dignified, safe and emotionally inspiring spaces.” This wonderful charity, established 2014, takes very modest homeless shelters and elevates a space to make the women and children living there feel more at home. Transforming a bland institutional room into a cozy place a family can begin to have a new start at life.
The first thing we did once we got to the space was paint. The shelter run by Families Moving Forward and had a few rules. Firstly, you can only paint approved colors. Secondly, you must leave all of the existing furniture in the room. We selected the brightest color to make this small space feel as large as possible. The crew of volunteers had this room cut-in and painted in no time at all. Then with a little bit of space planning the crew rearranged the existing beds, dressers, and desk. We brought in side tables, lamps, and art to soften the space.