Anyone who knows me knows I love to talk about beautiful spaces, design nuances, and how much I love my job (I genuinely do). But there are other times when I can't bring myself to talk about work-triangles, furniture and fabrics- and all I want to do is adopt an orphan, save puppies from puppy mills, build a shelter for homeless mothers, and pretty much change the world. (That sounds like a reasonable side job, doesn't it?) Because while most people want to change a few things in their homes, in wake of the recent tornadoes, there are hundreds...thousands of people out there who no longer have one.
I struggle to juggle these two worlds(don't we all?) and since there seems to be ALOT of need going around lately, I wanted to take a moment to bring it to your attention. Recent reports estimate 122 people dead, over seven hundred injured and many still missing in Joplin alone. Think about that for a moment... within three hours of Wichita, people are experiencing unfathomable suffering and loss. It's hard to believe this kind of devastation is so close to home.
This morning it became personal. Last night my car was broken into and my purse was stolen. It seems like a relatively trivial thing- shut down the credit cards, get a new drivers license, buy a new purse, end of story. Mid-afternoon I realized that in my purse was a hard drive with every single photo I've ever taken of my son... that's when I felt a small glimpseof what the people of Joplin, Oklahoma, and much of the South are, and have been, experiencing. And I genuinely mean a small glimpse... after all, I still have my son. We have the opportunity to make more memories... take more photos. It was through my small loss that I was able to begin to empathize with those who have lost so much... priceless and precious memories, things and people that can never be replaced, rebuilt or refunded.
I simply have to help! I don't yet know how, but I'm determined to do something.
The need is so great. Here are a few ways you can help...
If you're a healthcare professional and are interested in volunteering, you can sign up on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website here. https://www.showmeresponse.org/
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Joplin at Missouri Southern State University, where they are distributing food, clean-up supplies and comfort kits in addition to providing immediate medical care. You can make a donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or by visiting their website to donate, give blood or volunteer.
The Salvation Armyhas mobilized four kitchens in highly-impacted areas of Joplin in addition to providing relief to other cities that were hit by the weekend tornadoes in Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas and Oklahoma.The Salvation Army's disaster-relief efforts in Joplin can be supported by texting "JOPLIN" to 80888 to make a $10 donation. You can also donate through their website.
Samaritans Purse has initial responders in Joplin and they are asking for volunteers to join their effort to remove trees and fallen debris and help make repairs on damaged homes. You can sign up to help- either by volunteering or donating online here or by calling 1.828.262.1980.
Jeff, my amazing husband, and I are registering to assist in any way we can. assistance however possible. We're coming up on a long weekend and I can think of nothing better to do with the time than to help someone else in need.
If you would like to come along, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We'd love to have you join us!
This has proven to be a busy week! I have another post in the works, but realistically... it's not likely to be completed until Friday evening. I'm loving the creative outlet the blog is offering, but clients must always come first.
Each Wednesday, our blog will be featuring a "simple wisdom" post where I'll share some of my favorite interesting and inspiring quotes. Hopefully, they'll be presented creatively, because after all, " it's all about the presentation." (just ask anyone who knows me)
So, without further adieu, here's the first simple wisdom...
What would you do differently if you weren't afraid of being wrong?
We’re excited to once again be a part of the Wichita
Symphony Showhouse. This year the showhouse is located at 225 North
Roosevelt. The home is owned by a wonderful young family- Billy & Stephanie
Boyle, whom we have become very fond of. Proceeds from the tickets sales
benefit the Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony.
Our room in this year’s show house is the main
bathroom. It is located on the second floor and will be shared by the
women of the home.
At 8’-0” x 12’-0”, this space had a lot demanded
of it, it needed to: accommodate Stephanie and her three daughters (quite possibly
all at the same time); provide adequate storage for all of the things we women
require to make ourselves presentable; provide open spaces for display & plenty
of storage; and if possible, include a bathtub. This is the space as it was
when we started… an empty space that had already been gutted.
We set to work and, after several revisions, this
is the floor plan and elevations we presented…
And this is the final result...
[photograph borrowed from the showhouse program]
Now to backtrack a little, here’s a breakdown
of the design process. It all started when I toured the home for the first time
and walked through the beautiful leaded glass entry door.
I instantly thought of this fabric: Fioretto
in the colourway Sprout. (Yes, I have a fabric catalog in my head and frequently
refer to it…welcome to my world!)
On each and every project, we search for an
element that can be subtly altered and repeated throughout the space. This
brings a sense of comfort in the cohesiveness, even if the occupant doesn’t pick-up
on the details or understand why. On this project, it was the blending of the organic,
undulating line contrasting the sharp geometric angles found in the leaded
glass pattern. This contrast was repeated throughout the room and presents itself in
the tub splash…
the detailed vanity skirt trim and hexagonal
ceramic floor tiles…
the marble backsplash…
and the vintage lantern, which was found, in
it’s original brass finish, at Juliana Daniel Antiques. (did you notice it’s
We spray painted it celadon and silver and the
Kaarskoker candle sleeves just happened
to be an exact match. (I really love it when that happens by accident.)
The vintage secretary was a craigslist find
(though it was originally golden oak). We applied several layers of stain and
spray painted the interior a rich peacock blue. It now serves dual duty as
linen storage and as a dressing table. Since mirrors are prime real-estate in a
bathroom shared by women, we provided a small vanity mirror and lamp for the
We like to mix unexpected textures and styles
together as it gives a room its own unique character. Here we contrasted to the
traditional American secretary, with a carved African stool. (please forgive the missing hardware… they’re resting safely in the drawers.)
One of the Boyle’s favorite features of the
bathroom is the trough sink with dual faucets. We love the contrasting textures
of the honed carrara marble and the polished chrome fittings.
Lastly, the bookshelves above the tub have a
hidden secret… the bottom shelf is wired and sized for a small flat-screen
television for long baths while watching Pride and Prejudice… Calgon take me
For those of you who are still reading, THANK
BTW, all photos not credited were taken by my
exceptionally talented sister-in-law, Stevie Cowgill, who is currently starting
her own photography studio. You can be sure I’ll keep you posted!
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Shannon Schnell and I am a self-admitted Design Nerd. I eat, sleep, breathe & dream, all things related to interior design. Fortunately I have a very understanding family. My wonderful husband cannot remember the last time he watched a movie that I wasn't pointing out the Imperial Trellis wallcovering (though it's not really available in that colourway) or how the set reminds me of a room designed by James Huniford that was published in House Beautiful sometime last year. I'm quite certain that my three-year old son is one of only a select few who recognizes Chippendale chairs and constantly corrects his grandparents with "it's not a couch, Grammy, it's a sofa." My favorite place to hide will always be between the pages of one of my many shelter magazines (the real, paper kind of course), preferably an older edition or out of print title. (Southern Accents, you will forever be missed.) Since this passion tends to consume my life, I am fortunate enough to own a design firm- Dwellings Design Group, here in Wichita, Kansas. Okay so it's not the most glamourous place one could possibly live, but it is home. I am fortunate enough to work with two amazing people: Tina- who is the organized one, and Lance- who is an amazing kitchen designer. He and I have been known to compete for the most complexly designed kitchen. :) This blog is where I will share the projects we're working on, inspiring images, thoughts, theories, and who knows what else. Here's to a relaxing weekend...