MODA Partners With Agape Youth and Family Center

Agape LogoFrom May 1-30, MODA Floors & Interiors will make a contribution from sales to the Agape Youth and Family Center’s COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. Agape is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides academic-based after-school programming, day programming for seniors and disabled adults, family emergency assistance, ESOL in schools and athletic-based health and wellness enrichment camps for girls and boys during the summer. Agape serves a community that includes more than 2,000 school-age children who live in an impoverished area of northwest Atlanta.

MODA Floors & Interiors, an Atlanta-based flooring and window coverings resource, has worked closely with Agape for 10 years on its Extreme Bedroom Makeover and Great Backpack Giveaway projects.

“Agape does an excellent job empowering and supporting under-served families in its community,” said Dean Howell, president of MODA. “The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund will be used to help struggling families pay their rent as well as utility and grocery bills.”

MODA will donate $50 for any sale of $1,000 – $4,999 or $100 for any sale of $5,000 or more. Tax deductible contributions also can be made on the Agape website, https://agapeatlanta.org/emergency-assistance-fund/

20 Ways to Help Fight Boredom

Has cabin fever set in yet for you? Are you struggling to find things to do for you and your family? Here are 20 suggestions.

  1. Take a virtual tour of five historic homes.
  2. Enjoy virtual tours of botanical gardens throughout the South.
  3. Catch up on your reading.
  4. FaceTime with family and friends.
  5. Change up your décor scheme.
  6. Take a power nap.
  7. Complete a crossword puzzle.
  8. Call an old friend.
  9. Teach your children how to cook.
  10. Plant an indoor herb garden.
  11. Make lists (work lists, home lists and even your life goals).
  12. Look through your old photos and share them digitally with family members.
  13. Learn a new language.
  14. Support your local restaurants by buying gift cards for future use.
  15. Organize your computer files.
  16. Clean out your closets.
  17. Go on a walk while practicing social distancing.
  18. Plan a future trip or party.
  19. Check out the exercise videos on YouTube.
  20. Sit back, relax and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

What other ideas do you have?

 

Spring Home Tours Provide Design Inspiration

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ASO Designer Showhouse

Spring is a time for rebirth and a season for new beginnings. And what better place to start than a newly remodeled or freshly designed room in your home. Pick up some great ideas and have fun in the process when you attend some (or all) of the tours listed below.

The Junior League of Atlanta’s Tour of Kitchens is scheduled March 21-22, 2020. The tour will feature 14 of Atlanta’s finest residential kitchens by some of the city’s most celebrated kitchen designers. There also will be live culinary demonstrations in various homes on the self-guided tour. Tickets are $35.

The Inman Park Tour of Homes is part of the Inman Park Festival, scheduled April 24-26. The Tour of Homes showcases stunning Victorian homes of the late 1800s in Inman Park, one of the city’s oldest and prettiest neighborhoods. Although admission to the festival is free, the cost for home tour tickets is $20 in advance or $25 starting the Friday of the festival.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Designer Showhouse will be open for touring Feb. 15-March 8. (Yes, it’s a little before the start of spring, but the house looks fabulous.) Many of the city’s top interior designers are bringing their visions to life to complement the house’s contemporary architecture. Tickets are $25. A portion of the proceeds from the showhouse will benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s education and community engagement programs.

Where do you get your design inspiration when you’re making changes to your home?

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Callanwolde

Deck the halls with boughs of holly. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. No, you’re not hearing things! Decorations are up at the malls and Christmas music is wafting through the air. If you’re looking for unique gifts for family and friends or need some design inspiration for decking your halls, we’re here to help. Check out these places to go in metro Atlanta.

On Fridays and weekends from Dec. 1-15, Rhodes Hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Enjoy holiday entertainment, yummy refreshments from area caterers, and music and art activities. You also can schedule an appointment for a photo with Santa for $45.

Rhodes Hall, aka “The Castle on Peachtree,” was built in 1904 for furniture magnate Amos G. Rhodes. Proceeds will benefit the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit https://www.georgiatrust.org/tours-events/santa/.

The Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House and Holiday Market has been an Atlanta holiday tradition for more than 40 years. The 27,000-square-foot historic mansion is elaborately decorated by some of Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers from Nov. 29-Dec. 7. It also includes an expansive artist and holiday market, and themed events for all ages.

Tickets are available for $10 online/at the door, and parking is free. Don’t forget to take a donation for Toys for Tots.

Learn more at https://callanwolde.org/events-calendar/christmas-at-callanwolde/.

Are there other holiday-themed events you enjoy attending each year?

Where Are You Celebrating July 4th?

Many of us associate the Fourth of July with picnics, barbecues, parades and fireworks. But it also commemorates the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress declared the 13 American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free and independent states.

There are no shortage of Independence Day celebrations around metro Atlanta. Here are a few.

Enjoy the massive fireworks display at Centennial Olympic Park at 7 p.m. Now in its 22nd year, the celebration will include food trucks and a set by DJ Yvonne Monet.

Salute to the Red, White and Blue is back with live music, a carnival, food vendors and fireworks.The event runs from 3-11 p.m. at the East Point Commons.

The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade includes marching bands, floats, clowns, animal units and local celebrities. This year’s theme is “Happy Birthday Dunwoody.”

The 20th Annual Roswell Fireworks Extravaganza will be held on the front lawn of Roswell High School. The family-friendly event will include live stage performances, a ninja climbing wall and food trucks. The activities run from 5:30-10:30 p.m.

The 2nd Annual Fireworks in Fourth Ward will include live music from local band Sucker Punch before DJ Q-Tip spins a soundtrack coordinated with the fireworks show.

Whether you’re planning to go to the beach, searching for cooler weather in the mountains or relaxing in your backyard, stay safe and enjoy the holiday!

Druid Hills: Modern Living in a Century-Old Neighborhood

Druid Hills Tour HomeDon’t you love spring? Trees are blooming, perennials are pushing their heads up from winter sleep, and home tours are bursting out all over Atlanta. One of our favorites is the Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens, which is scheduled April 12-14, 2019. The six homes and one garden showcase the work of master architects, interior designers, general contractors, and landscape designers.

The homes include a 1918 traditional home with a small goat farm in the back, a 1923 bungalow whose owners are avid folk art collectors, a 1919 house with its own ghosts, a 1924 replica of an Italian villa, and a contemporary home with moldings, fireplaces, and herringbone floors that give a nod to the historic neighborhood.

Sponsored by the Druid Hills Civic Association, the tour will benefit historic preservation and green space restoration. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on tour weekend. Go here to learn more.

What design ideas have you picked up from previous home tours?

Get Revved Up For Your New Kitchen

We all know that the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. It’s the spot for cooking, socializing and keeping an eye on the kids while they’re completing their homework. But it also can be one of the most difficult remodeling projects to undertake due to the number of decisions that must be made. From choosing the best countertop material to selecting your preferred flooring to picking out a fabulous backsplash, it can be a time-consuming (but enjoyable) part of the remodeling process.

The next Junior League of Atlanta Tour of Kitchens can offer you design inspiration for your new kitchen. Scheduled Saturday, March 23 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday, March 25 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.), the self-guided tour features 14 of Atlanta’s finest residential kitchens as well as culinary demonstrations in some of the homes.

Tickets are available for $35 online until March 22. Tour tickets can be purchased for $40 at the homes on tour days. To download the program, go to https://www.jlatlanta.org/tour-of-kitchens/.