The Family Place is the Dallas area’s leading organization working to empower victims of violence and advocating social change to put a stop to family violence. They provide assistance and services to over 10,000 people a year. They continue to grow their facilities and we were happy to be able to “serve” them and their families as they opened a new building in Dallas. With the generosity of several of our amazing artists we were able to fill the walls of their new “home” hoping to bring some joy and beauty to families who desperately need it.
artwork donated by megan adams brooks
artwork donated by charlotte seifert
artwork donated by brenda bogart
artwork donated by by joey lancaster
For those of you that aren’t familiar with The Family Place, they work to renew safety and hope for those affected by family violence. They provide both safe housing and counseling services to empower victims and develop independence. Through their efforts, they are creating social chance and making an immense difference in the community.
If you are interested in helping out, join us this fall during Partners Card Week! By purchasing a Partners Card, you will receive 20% off home accessories and gifts here at Blue Print. All proceeds from the card sales will benefit The Family Place and their goal to end family violence.
You can learn more about The Family Place and find other ways to be a part of the solution by visiting their website at http://www.familyplace.org.
Father’s day is just around the corner, so we have compiled a list of gifts we are giving to our fathers next Sunday. From frosted whiskey glasses to framed artwork, Blue Print has something special that they are sure to love! Swing by, and we’ll help you find just what you’ve been looking for!
What a week! Our friends at Collins Interiors traveled to the south of Uganda to volunteer and help make a difference in a local school. They quickly realized that the children would be making a big impact on their lives.
An amazing client of Collins Interiors started the KamuKama Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to grow and improve the Victory School in Bwindi. This school provides education for the most needy and vulnerable kids in that area. Without this school, these children would not have a foundation for a different life. The Collins Interiors ladies went to be with the students, help them write letters back to their USA sponsors and encourage the teachers.
The Collins Interiors gang mentioned that the children in Bwindi have close to nothing but are extremely happy. They help each other and are so patient with one another. They love each other well. Their music and sounds were so beautiful, and their precious voices made them cry.
Our friends even had the opportunity to join the families at church, and the congregation without fail put something in the Sunday offering – even when they had so little to give. They said it was a beautiful thing to see them place their coins in the offering basket. One person didn’t have anything to bring except a watermelon from her garden.
Once the nursery students graduate, they hope to move onto being sponsored at a secondary school (middle school). The mission of the KamuKama Foundation is to continue their education beyond just the Victory School. If you would like to help and donate to the children of Bwindi, you can visit the KamuKama Foundation website at www.victoryschooluganda.org.
We are excited about the growth of the KamuKama Foundation and are looking forward to seeing where it will take the children of Bwindi!
One of our Blue Print Partners, Caroline, just remodeled her entire home, and we were lucky enough to take a peek inside!
We went twice: once when the rooms were empty and the paint on the walls was still wet, and again when the furniture had been moved in and the drapes had been hung. Caroline designed her home from top to bottom and did not leave out one detail. Not only is her house filled with large windows giving great natural light, but it’s also overflowing with lots of love and laughter.
Take a look inside a few rooms, and let us know which one is your favorite!
Before: Toy Closet
After: Toy Closet
Before: Perry’s Room
After: Perry’s Room
With almost two months of 2017 under our belt, we’ve already seen some trends that are buckled down for the year.
Color Rich Rooms
We’ve always been a
fan of color, but we’re seeing more and more colors mixed into a room. We are seeing more saturated & rich
colors throughout the entire home, especially in upholstery. Don’t be afraid of
mixing colors and patterns. It makes it more interesting!
Molding has been
around for ages, but it is making a comeback in a big and different way. Large
custom moldings add interest and set spaces apart, plaster moldings are
coming back in style, and we’re beginning to paint moldings more often. We love unique moldings because they can be blended into
both modern and traditional spaces.
Wall to Wall Wallcoverings
We all know that
beautiful wallcoverings shine in smaller spaces such as bathrooms and bedrooms,
but they are beginning to make their way into bigger living spaces. We’re
giving more attention to textures and adding them to unexpected spaces. Don’t forget the ceilings! It is your 5th wall. If you
don’t paper it, lacquer it or paint it another color.
Mastering Master Closets
Master closets are becoming more
like dressing rooms. We’re adding upholstery, beautiful light fixtures, and custom
velvet linings in jewelry drawers. We’re bringing wallpaper here, too.
Time for Trim
Trim often gets left
out, but not this year. We’re seeing entire rooms painted in a single color,
including the trim. While walls are traditionally used to showcase color,
expect to see white walls with colored trim this year. We’re also bringing
color to windows and doors with
Brass is Back
before that brass is back, but it’s not going anywhere any time soon. From
hardware and lighting to furniture accents and home accessories, it’s truly taking
mark your calendar! blue print’s next art show is on thursday, march 9th from 5:00 – 7:00pm.
we are showcasing four artists in march – mary rountree moore, lisa lala, lisa dawn gold, and lori glavin. each artist will fill an entire room at blue print with their new work. have you had your eye on one of these artists for a while? now is the time to come say hello and check out their new work!
here is a sneak peek of what is to come! join us at the art show to see the full collection!
mary rountree moore
lisa dawn gold
see y’all soon!!
join us on thursday, february 9th at blue print for an art show featuring theresa girard, phil durst, sarah otts, and mallory page. all four artists will be present, so come say hello, and help us give them a warm welcome! valet, sips & snacks will be provided, so grab your friends and swing by for the show!
What do we love about Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year? Well, what DON’T we love?
If you’re a big fan like us, it is easy to incorporate greenery into a space in a big way with upholstery and art. If you prefer to use green in more subtle ways, pillows, boxes, and rocks are the way to go.
There are so many wonderful shades of green that you can be creative with, but you can never go wrong with “greenery”. It is a great color to mix in, and it pairs well with pink, lavender, blue and cream.
We can’t get enough “greenery” at Blue Print. Swing by, and you’ll know why!
- Always get a fresh tree & wreaths (if you are not allergic). You can pick them up at Whole Foods or a local nursery!
- Fresh cedar garland draped over mantles and stair banisters always add a special beauty to the season.
- If you have the space in your entry, that’s a great place for a tree!
- Be sure to water your tree every day – especially in the first week!
- Make sure any vent blowing hot air nearby your tree is closed off.
- Add a smaller tree in another room with sterling silver ornaments or “collectible” ornaments.
- If you are using ribbon accents, it’s fun to use hot pink and apple green, as opposed to the traditional red and forest green.
- You don’t have to go with a theme, you can just pick pretty ornaments that you love!
- A dated picture frame ornament is a fun keepsake gift to place pictures of lovebirds or little ones in.
- Tall vases with branches or peonies are always a must on the mantles.
- Keeping it simple is key when a house can so quickly become overtaken with Christmas decorations.
- Most importantly don’t forget the reason for the season!