Partnering for a Cause

What began as the sponsorship of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway has evolved into a multi-faceted program for St. Jude and Shaw Floors and its dealer network. Now, Shaw’s Carpet Cushion for St. Jude raises money with every purchase.

St. Jude works to find cures for children fighting childhood cancer around the world. Watch this brief video to learn more about Shaw’s involvement with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital today.

Home and Garden Tours Offer Design Inspiration

Spring is one of our favorite seasons for a variety of reasons! It’s the perfect time to check out one of the many home and garden tours sprouting around metro Atlanta. Here are a few of our favorite tours.

Inman ParkInman Park Tour of Homes (April 29-30 and May 1)

The tour will feature 10 homes and points of interest, including an American Foursquare, Victorians, lofts, and bungalows. The tour hours are noon-4 p.m. on Friday and noon-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Advance tickets are $15. www.InmanParkFestival.org

Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour (May 7-8)

This tour, which benefits the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will showcase 10 private gardens in Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and Midtown. The tour will feature a range of styles and sizes. Advance tickets for the self-guided tour are $28 in advance (Garden members-$22). www.AtlantaBG.org

Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens and Maker’s Market (April 22-24)

“History Happens Here” at this tour, sponsored by the Druid Hills Civic Association. The $25 advance ticket gives you access to six homes, a garden, a plant sale, live music, and an artists’ market. www.DruidHillsTour.org

Home and garden tours are a great resource for design ideas for your home. Are there other tours we should add to this list?

Holiday Home Tours Showcase Neighborhoods

Are you as big a fan of home tours as we are? If so, you’ll want to check out one or more of the home tours scheduled in the coming weeks throughout metro Atlanta. Here’s a small sample:

Buckhead:

Home for the Holidays continues through Dec. 13 at Millwood Manor, located at 1150 Garmon Road. The tour benefits the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s Children’s Learning Garden and Farms.

Perfectly suited for entertaining, the house boasts plentiful windows, which afford views to both the front and rear of the property. The private master suite features an office, vestibule, and sitting space. The lower level has ample casual entertaining areas as well as a private guest or teen suite.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

840_Clemont_webVirginia-Highland:

Virginia-Highland, one of Atlanta’s most charming neighborhoods, will welcome visitors Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 5-6) to its 21st Annual Tour of Homes. Local restaurants will provide food tastings at each tour house.

Six beautiful properties will be featured. Although different in style and design, they are all equally representative of the Neighborhood’s character.

Tickets are $25.

Funds raised by the tour will go to support various projects around Virginia-Highland, including park improvements, safety, sidewalk and traffic concerns, planning and preservation, and other community efforts.

dartmouthAvondale Estates:

The Avondale Estates Tour of Homes & Holiday Market will take place Sunday, Dec. 13. The tour features homes that have been sensitively restored or renovated to preserve the character of the historic city.

This year’s tour spans almost 90 years beginning with an Avondale “original” built when the city was established in 1926, a recently renovated 1950s bungalow, three of the newest homes in town, and a new “Back Porch” that was added to one of the 1940s bungalows.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour.

Are there other must-see home tours you gain design inspiration from?

MODA Floors & Interiors Participates in Extreme Bedroom Makeover Project

MODA TeamMODA Floors & Interiors and Agape Youth & Family Center, a non-profit organization, continued their “Extreme Bedroom Makeover” partnership this year. During the one-day event, MODA team members remodeled two bedrooms for four children in the Bolton Road community in Northwest Atlanta.

MODA team members accessorized the rooms with new comforters, pillows, accessories, and wall decals to reflect the children’s interests. Rooms To Go provided new beds, and Rosing Paint Center donated paint and supplies.

Nearly 125 children have received a bedroom makeover since the program began in 2010. The “Extreme Bedroom Makeover” is the recipient of the Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Partnership from Georgia State University.

Bedroom“This is a highlight for our team members each year,” said Dean Howell, president of MODA Floors & Interiors, a floor and window coverings resource with showrooms in the West Midtown Design District and Town Brookhaven. “The kids are always appreciative of the work contributed by all the volunteer teams.”

“The kids and families were beyond amazed and truly grateful,” said Chaz Chapman, Agape’s event coordinator. “The many ‘Wows,’ ‘Oohs,’ ‘Aahs,’ bright smiles and even some joyful tears made this all the more memorable.”

Agape Youth & Family Center provides afterschool programs and family services that focus on academic achievement, character development, reading proficiency by third grade, high school graduation and post-graduation planning and placement.

ReStore Sales Support Habitat for Humanity Mission

ReStore DonationMODA Floors & Interiors recently donated 10 pallets of tile, hardwood and laminate to the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement outlet store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a discounted rate.

Net proceeds from ReStore sales support Atlanta Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building quality, affordable, green homes in partnership with working families. Since December 2001, the ReStore has diverted more than 7,700 tons of materials from landfills by offering them to others for purchase and reuse.

By donating to the ReStore, individuals, companies and organizations support affordable homeownership and community revitalization in Atlanta. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

To make a donation, contact the ReStore at 404.525.2114 (Extension 155). They have a pick-up service for large items that you can’t easily transport.

The Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 271 Chester Ave. S.E. Additional information is also available at www.atlantahabitat.org/restore.

 

Home Tours: Get Inspired!

Decorators' Show House

2015 Decorators’ Show House

“Fashion fades; only style remains the same.” – Coco Chanel 

Home and garden tours are one of the best ways to get design ideas for your home. Shopping for new flooring, window treatments or appliances? Searching for striking paint colors, new wallpaper designs or beautiful tile patterns? You are sure to pick up at least one idea from these metro Atlanta events.

Decorators’ Show House & Gardens (April 18-May 10)

  • Chateau Soleil, a French-style estate (4701 Northside Drive)
  • Proceeds benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its education and community outreach initiatives
  • Tickets: $30
  • Info: www.DecoratorsShowHouse.org

Inman Park Tour of Homes (April 24-26)

  • 12 homes and points of interest in the community, including Victorians, Craftsman-style, Arts & Crafts, condos, Inman Park United Methodist Church and the historic Trolley Barn
  • Tickets: $15 (advance) or $20 (on-site)
  • Info: www.Inman ParkFestival.org

Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens (May 1-3)

  • Five homes, a garden and a plant sale
  • Proceeds benefit the Druid Hills neighborhood
  • Info: www.DruidHillsTour.org

What other springtime events should we add to this list? What inspires you when decorating?

 

 

 

Looking for a Volunteer Opportunity in Atlanta?

Great Backpack GiveawayAgape Youth & Family Center was founded in 1997 by the Trinity Presbyterian Church. Located at 2353 Bolton Road N.W. in Atlanta, the organization serves the needs of families in the surrounding under-served neighborhoods.

Some of the center’s current programs include academic-based after-school programs for elementary and middle school students; The Ginger Kaney Mentoring Institute for high school students; Ragtime, which is a day program for seniors and adults with disabilities; the Great Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway; Camp JumpStart, which is an early reading initiative for rising first and second graders; and emergency assistance for families.

MODA Floors & Interiors has partnered with Agape for the past four years on their Extreme Bedroom Makeover project. Last year MODA team members remodeled two bedrooms for three boys in the Bolton Road community in Northwest Atlanta. MODA also has served as a drop-off location for the center’s Great Backpack Giveaway.

For information on volunteering at either of these events, check out the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization’s website at www.agapeatlanta.org. The 2015 Great Backpack Giveaway is scheduled July 31. Bedroom makeovers will take place in October.