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Starting Over

Mom and her four kids finally found a great place to rent after leaving a difficult living situation. Their stored furnishings, however, were ruined by water damage. Starting over would take a long time. Nominated for a family project by City of Refuge, they were excited to learn that Furnish with Love could help! An amazing home transformation came together quickly, thanks to the sponsorship of No Vacancy Home Staging and the work of their wonderful design team. The home now boasts a bright and warm living area, personality-filled rooms for the kids, a striking and nostalgic room for Mom, and a family gallery wall with room to add new memories.

Special thanks to project sponsor No Vacancy Home Staging, and to volunteer designers Krisztina Bell, Rhonda Leonard, and Nina White of No Vacancy Home Staging

On a New Path

A warm home can help the daily struggle of battling addiction. This mom and teenage son are thrilled to be in their own apartment and each have their own bedroom for the first time in years. They were nominated by Mary Hall Freedom Village in Sandy Springs. Our volunteer designers created a soothing atmosphere in the living area and provided room for her grown kids and grandkids to come for dinner, something Mom particularly enjoys. A wonderful donated rug inspired the son’s black and purple bedroom – and it was a huge hit!

Special thanks to volunteer designers Nobuko Masuda and Andrea Finger for a beautiful project.

Home at Last

After years apart from her kids and family, this tenacious mom has built a new start for all in a sweet house in Forest Park. She was nominated for a family project by Living on Purpose ATL where she now works to help people like herself who have recently been released from prison. Mom and her two kids are delighted to have a fully furnished home including some things they really wished for – a dining table for Mom, a platform bed for the son, and unicorns and butterflies for the daughter (and their two new kitties)!


Special thanks to volunteer designer Janie Wilburn of The Jane Group and her wonderful team.

Designed to Delight

This family home exceeded all expectations for a mother, teenage son, and young daughters. Furnish with Love volunteer designers listen closely to learn the needs and wishes of each family member when they make an initial site visit. Then plans are carefully developed so that each room reflects the personality of the occupant.


The design team thrilled each member of this family with their personalized rooms: a boxing theme for the son, unicorns and rainbows for the young girls, and a soothing, relaxing space for Mom. The apartment was perfectly designed for family living.

Special thanks to volunteer designers Shakia Jones of Allure Haus Designs, Mellissa Craig, and Robin Ligameri.

Creating Space for Family Life

Creating warm and useful spaces for a mother and four young children in a small apartment is a challenge, one this volunteer design team welcomed. Mom, a preschool teacher, now has a beautiful bedroom with a desk to work on lesson plans. The girls have a bunk bed dream room, and the 9-year old son and baby brother share space highlighted by bright spots of orange, a favorite color. The family has a cozy den and generous table for meals and games.


The family was overwhelmed when they returned to their once-empty apartment after the transformation was complete. "This could NOT be our house," the kids repeated as they explored with beaming smiles. It truly is a new home for a new life.

Special thanks to volunteer designers Marcia Knight and Kemper Orr of Marcia K. Knight Interior Designs.

Surrounded by Warmth

The Lafleur family recently moved into a townhome after living in their car in a park, then in a local shelter for months. Both Mom and Dad have found jobs at Hartsfield-Jackson airport since moving to Atlanta, but saving enough money to have a permanent home takes time. The Boyce Ansley School referred this family of four from Haiti, emphasizing what good parents and excellent students this family includes.

Our volunteer designers pulled together a relaxing bedroom for the parents, a pink dream of a room for the two young girls, and a multi-tasking den, dining, and office area. The family was speechless as they roamed through their new home, taking it all in.


Special thanks to volunteer designers Robin Ligameri, Gina Vono, Katie Nowakowski and Beth Krakow

A Home that Roars!

A strong person who lost her parents as a teenager and left an abusive relationship, this Mom is buoyed by life in her beautiful new home. Mom works at a Fortune 500 company and is making a fresh start with her 5-year-old son. In the words of the social worker who referred her to Furnish with Love, “her tenacity and zeal for life show how resilient she has been through her trials.”

Mom wanted a sleek look but still wanted to be surrounded by memories. She asked the designers if they could add to her collection of black and white accessories and make a special place to remember her mother. Her son just wanted dinosaurs. And he likes them to ROAR! Our volunteer designers got to work and created a welcoming home full of treasurers from her past and ready for new adventures. 


Special thanks to volunteer designers Ann Hesskamp, Katie Nowakowski, and Mellissa Craig

A Bed of His Own

When we met this mother and five-year-old son, they had just transitioned from three years of homelessness. They had lost their home when fleeing from domestic violence and were immensely grateful to finally have a place to call their own. They were nominated for a FwL gift by a social worker at the child’s school who shared with us that, despite all the hardships they  faced and continue to face, this mom gets her son to school on time every day with a smile on her face. Mom’s greatest hope in getting our gift was that her son would get his own bed.

Special thanks to volunteer designers Audrey Frances King of Audrey Frances Design and Loren Audrey Taylor of Loren Taylor Interior Design.

What Makes Them Feel Good

At Furnish with Love, we know that space effects how you feel and that there is no more important space than home. In this case, 10 year old Elijah shared that he feels joy when  watching his favorite show, Naruto. So, our volunteer designers brought in some of the show’s posters, merchandise and bold colors. Grandmom Delyane shared that she is particularly drawn to the color mauve and “older pieces with a soul”. These desires led the transformation of a donated desk, and her bedroom.


“I wake up like, ‘wow, this is great’. Somehow, my bed feels more comfortable. Elijah didn’t want to sleep in his bed because he didn’t want to mess up the new bedding. So, I took a photo for him of how you all made it.” Elijah’s grandmom and guardian Delayne.


Design by Katie Nowakowski and Ann Hesskamp

Partner Agency: City of Refuge

Project Sponsor: Keller Knapp Realty, Inc.

Growing Up

We met these sweet brothers with very different needs. Big bro is in the 5th grade, so homework is picking up. As we believe in all school age children having a place that reminds them that their studies are important, he got a handsome desk surrounded by mementoes of his favorite team - the Atlanta Falcons. The little guy is battling some health issues that he is expected to outgrow in a year. So, for now he’s in a toddler bed next to mom, but soon he’ll be able to move into a big boy bed just like his brother. 


“Thank you! It’s a home.” Mom of 2 boys, Renee.

Design by Krisztina Bell and Rhonda Leonard, No Vacancy Home Staging

Partner Agency: Mary Hall Freedom House

Project Sponsor: No Vacancy Home Staging

Photos by George Steward, Impact Photo

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Gifting to a Giving Mom

When we met her, this great young mom had a single used mattress on the floor of her bedroom with sheets that did not even fit. Meanwhile, she had invested everything she could into her four year old son’s room. He had a handsome twin bed, a sports-themed rug and bedding, a child’s book rack filled with age-appropriate reading material, and a train table to keep him creatively busy. We were thrilled to be able to gift them each a desk (as both are now in school), a furnished living room and a beautiful bedroom for this great mom.

Design by Rhonda Leonard and Chloe Develasco

Partner Agency: City of Refuge

Project Sponsor: NO VACANCY home staging

Photos by George Stewart, Impact Photos

A Safe Landing

Life was good for the Jackson family until neighborhood violence forced them to make a quick getaway from their jobs and their home, leaving most of their belongings behind. Thanks to their hard work and the incredible support of City of Refuge, they are now settled in Atlanta with the two boys in school, Mom & Dad working and even a family business plan evolving. As just one piece of the puzzle to help them pull their lives back together, the Furnish with Love team created this home where they can fuel their passions - cooking, basketball, drawing, Star Wars, reading and family time.

Design by Ashleigh Esprit, Shakia Jones, and Tracie Moore

Partners: City of Refuge

Photos by George Stewart, Impact Photos

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