bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity
In January of this year, the bauhaus team made a commitment to spend more time together as a team. We wanted to strengthen our bonds and take time to have fun together outside of the workday. For the first three quarters, we accomplished this through various team-building outings that were both fun and memorable. In the fourth quarter of 2013, we collectively decided to take our team-building up a notch. In October, we partnered with Dwell with Dignity, a Dallas-based nonprofit group of interior designers dedicated to serving families struggling with homelessness and poverty, and turned our team-building outings into community outreach. In November we learned that we would be designing and crafting for a mom and three children. For the next several weeks, we worked together as a team creating artwork, refinishing furniture, and creating a beautiful space for a wonderful family to call home.
The house desperately needed new carpet and fresh coat of paint. Thank you to ProSource in Frisco for installing new carpet and Alex Calderon for repainting the interior of the house. Your hard work and generosity made the biggest impact for this family in need.
After three months of refinishing furniture, creating art projects, and numerous trips to our favorite home improvement stores, we have finally finished … just in time for the holidays.
Each room is filled with items old and new, re-stained or re-painted furnishings, and items that are either made from scratch or repurposed. The family is very artistic and had paintings throughout the home that we were able to reuse in the new design, which played a special role in making this space a place they can truly call home. While some of the furnishings were purchased (we bought the sofa from the Salvation Army Family Thrift Store), other pieces were donated from bauhaus employees, and some were donations received from Dwell with Dignity. However, we couldn’t have done this without donations from some of the amazing people we work with every day — Beth Anderson with Patcraft, Rick Bennett with Group 4, Nicki Coussons of Coussons Group, Chap Smith with KSM Associates, Shannon Vass with Knoll Textiles, and Bruce Wiggs with Knoll. Thank you!
Browse through the slideshows below to get an inside look at each room. Thank you to Unique Exposure Photography for taking all of the amazing photos.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Living Room We glued on felt letters with each family member's name. The brick divider wall was the perfect location!
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Living Room We were worried the sofa would be too big, but the Salvation Army Family Store find was the perfect fit for this family of four!
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Living Room The coffee table is Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams that we restained to match the credenza.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Living Room We made the concrete planters that hold succulents. There was a rock and dirt shortage at WalMart, so we gathered rocks from the street and dirt from the front yard!
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Living Room Almost all of the pillows were hand-made, featuring donated fabrics from Knoll Textiles.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Living Room The TV credenza was given new life with a fresh stain and new paint on the case.
- DWD-December2013-1302CandiseCourt-Mesquite-TX The curtains were purchased from IKEA, but all had to re-hemmed. Thankfully we have a few sewers in the company!
- DWD-December2013-1302CandiseCourt-Mesquite-TX The side table next to the sofa was a last minute find that we can't imagine the room without. The stool was something that was made by the children.
- DWD-December2013-1302CandiseCourt-Mesquite-TX Such a great mix of high and low, old and new.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Master Bedroom We made the headboard from plywood, a mattress topper, and 2 yards of Chance/Tide from KnollTextiles.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Master Bedroom The ombre art was painted by two of our designers, and the lamps were a donation from Jay Hefner. Orignally a gift from their wedding, we repaired a crack in the ceramic and gave them new paint!
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Master Bedroom The cream/tan throw pillows on the bed were sewn from fabric donated by Unika Vaev, courtesy of Nicki Coussons. The bedding was donated from Peacock Alley.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Master Bedroom The bolster was sewn from donated Sutton/Claret from Knoll Textiles via Shannon Vass.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Master Bedroom The dresser in this room was an unfinished purchase from IKEA. We stained the drawer fronts and painted the case white. With new pulls it is a completely new piece!
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Master Bedroom The color scheme in the Master Bedroom was neutrals and white with pops of blues and pinks.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Master Bedroom This mirror got a fresh coat of silver paint!
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Girls' Room We used 50 different KnollTextiles memo samples to create this custom heart art piece.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Girls' Room The bedding is from IKEA and the art above the beds became a quick favorite. We framed some fabrics and wrapped cardboard letters for the girls' names in corresponding tulle.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Girls' Room The blue bedframes were leftovers from Thrift Studio and went just perfectly with our color scheme!
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Girls' Room The chair in the corner was reupholstered by Dallas local Markham Upholstery and were so great to work with!
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Girls' Room The mom of the family actually painted the two flower art pieces!
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Girls' Room We purchased the IKEA Malm dresser to give the two girls plenty of storage. We painted O'verlays a matching blue and glued them in place to transform the plain white dresser.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Boy's Room All of the curtains hanging in our room were sewn from a bolt of fabric by two of our very own employees. Each of the kids loves painting, so we had to give them an easel, dropcloth included!
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Boy's Room The art hanging next to the bed were the boy's original paintings.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Boy's Room Bedding is from IKEA and the red throw pillow was sewn from donated CF Stinson fabric, Flex by Polartec.
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Boy's Room The tall dresser was donated by our own Jay Hefner who said it has been in four generations of his family's rooms! With new pulls and a fresh coat of paint, it looks brand new!
- bauhaus + Dwell with Dignity Boy's Room We made our own magnetic chalkboard by framing a piece of galvanized metal and painting it with chalkboard paint.
Thank you to Ron, our leadership team, all bauhaus employees, our vendors and Dwell with Dignity for making this all happen!