This week I participated in my first RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) meeting in Denver, and met a group of lovely stagers who are located all over the Front Range. As someone who is building her business, it was exciting to see so many women who had been in business for many years, and who shared the same passion for design.
The topic for the meeting was a group charity project for a nearby shelter that provides a safe place for women and men, and their children, who are victims of domestic abuse. Hearing stories about the trauma these families go through was heartbreaking, and as a mother of two girls, difficult to imagine anything as horrible happening to them.
The purpose of the project is to redesign the rooms to create a welcoming and restful space for these families who have endured so much. Each room contains 2 bunk beds, and an open closet. The current beds and dressers are old and run down, and there isn’t a lot of space where a person can get time alone, so curtains that separate each bed would be ideal. Since people in this situation often leave their homes with nothing, they become very attached to their bedding, towels, and the few items they are given, and take anything they can when they leave (making it important to fixate any decor or lamps, and have bedding that is easily replaceable). Average length of stay is 30 days. Another challenge is that they do their own laundry, in regular home-use laundry machines, so white may not be ideal.
I am very excited to work on this project, and come up with solutions to these challenges. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, I would love to hear them, and I will keep you posted on the progress!