Design with a Heart

Design with a Heart is a new program for local interior designers to volunteer their creative skills and help turn empty houses into stylish homes for families overcoming very difficult circumstances. This act of kindness makes people feel special, loved and cherished in a world that often feels daunting for them. Their newly decorated space can now be a place where they feel joyful and peaceful throughout their day. If you would like more information, please reach out to our client services coordinator, Jill Keefe at jill@nlfurniture.org

Meet Dominique

Dominique, and her two sons recently moved into an unfurnished apartment. Soon after, partnering agency, Bethany House referred Dominique to New Life Furniture Bank. We wanted to do something special for Dominique, so we asked Kent Shaw and Christie Crawford from Bello Design Group to volunteer their time and amazing design skills to design Dominique’s home with her style in mind.  Kent and Christie agreed and met with Dominique in her new home to see the space, talk about her favorite colors, and understand her vision. Her precious sons definitely wanted Fortnite and Woody characters in their rooms as well!

Kent and Christie certainly brought Dominique’s vision to life!  Using New Life Furniture Bank’s furniture from the warehouse, and adding small touches like bedding, artwork, and accessories, Dominique’s house transformed into the warm and welcoming home she was seeking! We’re so excited for Dominique, and hope that God continues to bless her in amazing ways!

Meet Daymia

Recently, Daymia and her 3 sons fled homelessness, and landed in a new unfurnished apartment in Cincinnati. Partnering agency, Bethany House referred Daymia for furniture, and Brian Gibson from DIGS – Real Estate – Design- Construction was able to volunteer his time and talent to turn Daymia’s house into a home.

Brian met with Daymia prior to moving to understand exactly how she wanted to make her small space very functional and stylish. This 2 bedroom home was furnished, decorated and accessorized with all of Daymia’s favorite colors and decorating style. Tears of joy were shed on reveal day when Daymia was able to see the design come to life!  We’re so happy for Daymia’s “new life” in her new home!

Meet Michella, Steven & Tank

Michella and Steven sold everything they owned and left a violent neighborhood in Chicago on a Greyhound bus to move to a safer place for their grandson, Tank.

A relative gave them money for a hotel room, but they only had enough money for a couple of nights, so they slept on park benches outside. They were homeless for a week, then Samuel Adams Landis, co-founder and executive director of Maslow’s Army met the family and brought them to a shelter called Heart House.  Within six weeks, Steven and Michella were able to find jobs and permanent housing. Maslow’s Army and local interior designer, Julie Anne Baur, from Winding Lane Interiors, connected with New Life Furniture Bank to furnish this family’s new home. Julie Anne made sure to include Tank in her design consultation before shopping for the finishing touches in their home.  Tank’s favorite superhero is Spiderman, so Julie Anne wanted to make sure he had an awesome Spiderman room of his very own! This family felt loved and the final decorating touches in this house made it feel like the safe and welcoming home they were looking for.

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