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And just like that, Room Service Atlanta 2013 is done!
This is one of my favorite projects to take on each year because the work we do–  designing spaces for families & children in transition–is so incredibly rewarding. Don’t get me wrong, there are still the hiccups in the plans, concerns about logistics and the ever-present budget constraints that accompany every project, but it’s so much easier to put that stuff into perspective when you know that you’re working for people who have often times, never had a beautifully designed room to call their own. 
This year we were back at the United Methodist Children’s Home continuing our work from last Fall. With 2 cottages and over 25 designers, we had double the work but double the fun as well. The finished project is truly incredible and I’m so honored to be a co-founder of such a wonderful organization. 
So here’s the skinny on my space:
I selected a room in Williams, the boy’s cottage, that originally looked like this:
Blah, blah, blah.
In Williams, each young man gets a private bedroom and lounge space, and then they share a communal bathroom, kitchen and 2 den spaces. Something was calling me to do a bedroom long before this project started, so I ultimately stuck with my gut (and I’m so glad I did!).  I shared some inspiration pics a few weeks ago and knew I wanted to design something relatively masculine, so I dug into my fabric stash and came up with this palette…
I’ve been holding on to that plaid forever but figured this would be the perfect project to use it and make design magic. In the end, I think I was right…
In crafting my design plan, I knew I wanted to reuse whatever furniture was salvageable from the room and then fill in with other pieces where necessary. I loved the twin bed that was originally in the space but needed to do a daybed since I had so many pillow textiles, so I grabbed a head board from another unused bed and had my painter–who donated his services  for this project–spray the bed as well as the walls. My good friends at Sherwin Williams (Columbia Drive) donated the paint for my room (though Glidden graciously supplied over 85 gallons of paint for all designers in both cottages!!) and after much debate, I decided to go with a deep khaki green for the walls, an ashy olive deep green for the trim & doors, and a basic black for the bed…and I LOVE the way the paint turned out. 
I found this pair of vintage chairs in the UMCH flea market and was able to snag them for free (!!!,) so I had my upholsterer recover the box cushions to match one of the pillow designs.
It was SO hard for me to leave these behind. 
This pair of barrel back cane chairs is incredibly well-made and in perfect condition so of course I wanted them for my stash…but they ended up looking gorgeous in the room once re-done. The Pierce dresser was donated by our amazingly generous Premier sponsors at Mitchell Gold Bob Williams Atlanta (who donated over $20,000 in furniture & lighting to our project this yearand it was the perfect compliment to my other pieces of furniture which included the original nightstands that I left unfinished for a rustic look. 
The fabric for my gorgeous drapery was donated by Award Fabrics here in Atlanta (to the Trade only and SUCH a great resource!) & my drapes and bed pillows were generously fabricated for free by Sew Cozy Interiors (and when I tell you she did an incredible job, I am not lying…my pillows were actually lined which is not something I normally do, even for myself!). Underfoot Design & Flooring (my FAVORITE ATL source!) donated my 9×13 Banded Siskiyou rug and MGBW Atlanta donated the pair of red lamps & shades.
The artwork over the bed was my feeble attempt at abstract art (*covers eyes & runs away*), the mirror was brand new & has been in my stash for 8 years along with the Ikea frames and one of the Fiore pendant lights that I originally used in the show house back in January. Those basket weave stools? Mine, too (oh, but I did pay for the gold faux bois wallpaper that’s in the frames!).
So now the real question is….what did I spend on this room??
And while I haven’t taken a poll, I probably had the most inexpensive makeover of 
the whole group. Because my total out-of-pocket costs only came to about…

Now that’s what I call deserving design, delivered. 
**A huge, HUGE thank you to my wonderful donors & sponsors….I couldn’t have done it without you!!!!**
(More shots of other transformations tomorrow!!)


  1. charmaine
    June 3, 2013 at 8:38 am (6 years ago)

    Dayka, it is amazing! Love every inch!

    P.S. I might be going to Market in August with Erin G. Hope to finally meet you then!

  2. Amanda
    June 3, 2013 at 9:05 am (6 years ago)

    WOW!!! *jaw dropped* Love it!!!!

  3. Dayka
    June 3, 2013 at 9:34 am (6 years ago)

    @Charmaine: Market here? If you’re in town then ABSOLUTELY. Excited to finally meet in person & thanks! Really happy with how it turned out….

    @Amanda: lol….i felt the power of that “wow” in caps combined with the “jaw-dropping”…thanks, love!

  4. myblackfriendsays
    June 3, 2013 at 9:38 am (6 years ago)

    The room looks really great. And it makes me happy to hear that you had so many members of your community willing to donate goods and services.

  5. Shelly@ConfettiStyle
    June 3, 2013 at 10:21 am (6 years ago)

    Fabulous room design Dayka! I love the colors and fabric combination you used. The perfect mix of masculine with lots of style. Great job.

  6. Katrina@ChicLittleHouse
    June 3, 2013 at 11:49 am (6 years ago)

    Simply fantastic! Love seeing these ideas & projects some to life in such a rewarding way.

  7. La Monica
    June 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Awesome design delivered to a deserving young man! I love it! I’ve been a fan of your work for some time and this is now my fave!

  8. Jessica
    June 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow! Beautiful Dayka. Awesome job.

  9. LiveLaughDecorate
    June 6, 2013 at 8:23 am (6 years ago)

    Another fab job lady. So proud of what you guys do. I know it’s a LOT of work so am blown away by this commitment. Wish the cocktail event was next Thursday!I’ll be in Atlanta next week for a conference. Sad face. Anywho, have a blast celebrating yet another fantastic job from such talented designers.

  10. Kimberly Lemmon
    June 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm (6 years ago)

    Home run! Who knew plaid was so modern?

  11. pve design
    June 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm (6 years ago)

    Incredibly handsome room. Love to donate next time a work of art or an illustration of the room to go in the room~ I love what you did and thanks for sharing your process. I am impressed. Money can’t buy style and you showed us that! Wow, all that for $200! Crazy good.
    My new site will be going up this week so please pop in….I can hardly wait.

  12. Kellee313
    June 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm (6 years ago)

    Love your style lady! I’m considering painting the faux wood panelling in my bedroom but am unsure of the right way to accomplish this task. Are there special paints to use? Do I have to use a specific primer? Any advice is appreciated.


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