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karen-and-ally-2It was a challenge to pull off the latest Greentree apartment makeover before the holidays. It is such a busy time of year and I didn’t have Nick to deliver the furniture for me because he is  delivering toys to families for Christmas.   I couldn’t have accomplished this project without the amazing energy of a generous and talented friend, Karen, and my worker bee, Deb.  I enlisted my daughter, Ally and her friend ( home from college) to haul everything up to the third floor apartment. Ally ironed, and moved furniture and whatever else I asked of her all day (that was an amazing gift to me!) .  The before and afters don’t really convey how warm and wonderful this apartment turned out.

The mom and her bundled up 8 month old boy returned home from her new job this past Wednesday  and jumped for joy!  In her words, she “LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT” !  She told me her favorite color was purple, so we gave her a PURPLE bedroom, that she was thrilled with!  We gave her real pillows, to replace the bundled up blankets inside of pillowcases that she was using.  We created an inviting nursery for her son, with stimulating toys and his name proudly displayed on the wall (thanks to Amy).  “My baby won’t bump his head on the side of the crib anymore”, “I can have friends over, now”, “I wish I could take pictures and show my Mom, I have a real home”.  Hearing the joy in her voice is what makes these projects so much fun for me. Knowing that we have given someone a home they can be proud of and enjoy living in is priceless.  Hopefully they will build on this and never be homeless again.

Living Room Before:

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Living Room After:

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Mom’s  Bedroom Before:

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Mom’s Bedroom After:

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Baby’s room Before:

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Baby Boy’s room After:

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Dining Room Before:

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Dining Room After:

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Bathroom Before:

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Bathroom After:

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Her cupboards were bare:

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and thanks to all my friends–who donated to this project in lieu of giving each other gifts at our annual Christmas parties– we filled her cabinets with dishes and glasses, pots and pans, silverware and even a new toaster!

THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING THIS A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS FOR THIS STRUGGLING FAMILY.  THEY ARE TRULY GRATEFUL.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF YOU !!!