26 Jul Bloggers Heart Habitat
Giving back is what it’s all about, especially when you can give back doing what you love. Then your heart is really all in.
Bloggers Heart Habitat was an opportunity to team up with top notch DIY bloggers from the tri-state area with one common goal: turn a Habitat for Humanity house into a home for a deserving family.
We were absolutely humbled to have been included with these incredible homemakers and DIYers. Their passion to create, flip, imagine, and dedicate their time was an inspiration. Since joining forces and making Nestrs a full-time professional organizing, design, and construction service oriented business, Nick and I have committed to donating our time to our community at least once a quarter. There was no better way to spend a sunny July day than to add a little “cozy” to this cute Connecticut home.
Brought to life by Charlotte of Ciburbanity, Bloggers Heart Habitat was a little idea that grew into a big, beautiful full home furnishing and decorating project. By dividing up the rooms and assigning teams of bloggers with spaces to outfit and decorate, all while keeping the receiving family’s needs in mind, we conquered this 4 bedroom new build with ease. Before I share with you Nestrs contributions, I need to brag about the rest of the Blogger Heart Habitat team. Not only should you check out their sites for ridiculous amounts of design and decor inspiration, but also to see their amazing spaces in this Habitat for Humanity home.
The kids room turned out adorable and is a must see to any parent of a young child. Kristin rocked it out and dishes all about it on Thrifter in Disguise.
Nick and I had the task of making the entryways, bathrooms, and the laundry room a bit more functional for this family. Not only did we get to bring a little beauty to the otherwise blank canvas, but we also had the opportunity to speak with the family and grant some of their wishes for items that were functional and needed to help this growing family get organized.
Nick and I made the trip to CT this past winter to help with the build. Because it’s all volunteer based, these builds take time. At the time of our Bloggers Heart Habitat install, the house wasn’t completely finished. You’ll notice a few things missing here and there within the home. It didn’t stop us from taking over and delivering on our mission.
I’ll start with the mudroom that our homeowners plan on using as their main entrance. They requested a place to hang their coats, put on their shoes, and perhaps a place to catch a few toys.
This entryway is also located on the home’s bottom floor/ground level basement. The floors are concrete, which will be great for maintenance, but could get quite cold in the winter. We laid out a rug from Rugs USA and IKEA to not only warm up the feet but also warm up the space. A rustic coat rack is simple and functional: the name of the game for these homeowners.
Just off the mudroom entrance is the perfect nook to sit down and put your sneakers on before heading out to play in their great yard space outside! The two white baskets from IKEA tuck under the bench perfectly. I picture the kids storing their balls, frisbees, and other toys here for easy access.
As you move through the mudroom you enter their spacious laundry room where the homeowner plans to store extra household goods. A big fan of ‘coupon-ing’, this family needed plenty of storage space. Nick and I mounted this 12″ deep shelf with IKEA brackets; ready to store months of detergent, soap, and whatever else this growing family needs on hand.
We also granted this famiy’s wish for a foldable table they can use for projects or take outside when needed. To the left of the table is a simple and highly functional utility shelving unit to house more of their backup supplies. It’s not the prettiest of spaces but the family was incredibly grateful to have a great start on storage space.
Across from our table and shelf is where their laundry units will live. We found this old cabinet at our local reuse warehouse. A few coats of paint on the cabinet and gold spray paint on the hardware and we had this new hide-away storage space looking like new.
Working our way upstairs, we wanted to get this family a head start on furnishing their bathroom. With IKEA shower curtains and coordinating floor rug, this bathroom was already starting to feel homier. The family loves rustic design, so we knew we had to give them plenty of upcycled wood. For these shelves, we took a plank that was once used to create NYC scaffolding. We then cut the 12′ board into 3- 22″ sections. Making sure to clean the boards real good with bleach and water, we then stained it a dark walnut color and mounted it with more IKEA brackets.
Last on our list was the home’s main entryway. We love rocking out small spaces and knew exactly what this entryway needed.
The rug was a practical choice and coordinated perfectly with our cute little chair. We wanted to make sure there was a place to sit down and take off shoes. To the left of the door is a homemade floating shelf. With plenty of space to drop keys and mail, we hope this shelf will help keep the family organized. The mirror was another thifty find at our local reuse store. This entryway was our favorite space.
And there you have it! Definitely check out the other bloggers and their spaces – each and every DIY designer went above and beyond making their spaces feel like home.
And stay tuned for a video tour of the home, complete with input from the bloggers and footage from the reveal!
We’re hoping this is the first of many Bloggers Heart Habitat projects. Getting involved in your community doesn’t have to be typical. Know what you love to do and then find out how your talents can be donated to the very people you live around. We did and it was one of the most rewarding projects we’ve done to date.