Throughout the fall I’ve been documenting my experience of volunteering for Habitat for Humanity across my social media channels as a part of the State Farm Neighborhood of Good® initiative. You can catch up with all the blog posts in my volunteering series right here. Today, I’m excited share the final post in the current series which looks back at the highlights from my volunteering day with Habitat for Humanity NYC. I was volunteering as part of Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program, which is a natural extension of their house-building work. They works mainly with the New York City Housing Authority to revitalize community centers across the city. We went down to the Lower East Side of New York to Hamilton-Madison House, which is a housing settlement that was established over 100 years ago, to give one of their classrooms a fresh lick of paint and playful new look.Myself, my heart mate and some friends including the lovely team from Madera, Aaron from The Modern Otter, and my good friend and wedding photographer, Jean-Laurent Gaudy, got involved in transforming a children’s classroom into a jungle theme (watch out later in the post for some amazing animals we painted!). The day began with a safety briefing from the Habitat for Humanity crew leaders, and then we quickly formed a human chain to move all the paint and supplies from downstairs to upstairs classroom. Then, we got put to work preparing all the walls and floors, we taped off the windows, plugs, and floors and took off all the items on the walls. After that, the fun part started: we taped off long grass like plants ready to prime and then paint in the first of the forest green colors chosen by the creative team at Habitat for Humanity. Checkout the fun time-lapse of me and the team doing this below!
Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.