It always feels so good to finish any project but it’s even more true when it’s for a good cause. Giving back is not something I feel I get to do enough in the design world so I’m really happy that I was able to participate again with Room Service Atlanta this year. I didn’t have time to properly shoot it before leaving town but I figured you’d rather see how the room turned out now with iPhone photos than wait until later with real ones. So here we go…..

If you missed it, you can see what the room looked like before here. The floral sofa was the jumping off point for my design. Then I brought in bright paint, furniture and accessories to compliment it. Thank you, Glidden, for coming to our aid! I used Swan White on the walls and Pumpkin Patch for the trim and doors.

My bamboo table was the perfect size piece for this corner so I gave it another makeover – this time in bright yellow. The wall hanging is of ginko leaves whose shape I’ve always loved. (Everything is from a vintage or thrift store except for a few pieces described below.)

A huge thanks goes out to Mitchell Gold here in Atlanta who generously donated this console, the red lamp and the white mirrored top coffee table.

You knew there was going to be an art wall, right? All the art is from my stash except for that one small dark piece with the yellow flowers. That was from UMCH’s own thrift store. They hold a flea market three times a year and it’s major. (If you’re in the area, check out their website to find out the dates for future markets.)

That’s where I also found this yellow faux bamboo floor lamp. It was as if it was just waiting for me to come pick it up for this room. I was so excited to find it, I think I let out a little yelp when I saw it. I just added a simple white shade.

For the ceiling light, I used a black Ikea chandelier that I had bought for another project over a year ago but didn’t end up using. I think it was called Molnig but I don’t see it on their website anymore. I just painted the body white and the candle covers yellow and used round bulbs. But here’s where it gets interesting….. I installed it myself! Badass, right? (Thankfully there was a very nice contractor on site who had me take the right precautions so any potential disasters were averted!)

I guess I didn’t get a good shot of those chairs I painted with screen painting ink but here is one of them.

Lastly, being me, I sort of incorporated a travel theme with the rest of the accessories. Books about faraway places, National Geographic magazines and art depicting spots in France and London….. all to encourage exploration.

In addition to Mitchell Gold and Glidden, I have to thank my friends – Elle Scrase for her help in painting this room and being such fun company doing it and Terry Kearns, who graciously transported the couch for me across town! I’m eternally grateful to you both!

Once all the other designers post their rooms, I’ll be sure to do a roundup. The transformations are amazing!





Looks great! The paintings and table display are so cool. My favorite is the orange trim on the window and the ikea chandelier redo.


Very nice and even better in person than the pictures because your eye can put these elements together. The floral sofa pulls from the outdoors. Bravo.

Heather in Arles

Bravo, Ally! Oh this makes me so happy. Doing good is a wonderful thing and you do it so well. :)
That is amazing that Mitchell Gold was so generous in their donations too.
And of course, you know that I back up your travel references whole-heartedly–important to remember that there is a big world out there…


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