InteriorsMarch 6, 2017

Charitable Design

For several years I’ve been passionate about Flying Kites, a Boston-based organization founded by a friend of mine,  that works to bring education and care to some of East Africa’s most vulnerable and orphaned children, so I was touched when they asked me to put together an inspiration board for the Boys Dorm they are currently building.  Knowing that this dorm will be providing a home for a group of kids who would otherwise be on the street is about as meaningful as a project gets!  I wanted the decor to be cheery, reflective of their heritage and passions (Leila says they love cheetahs and lions) and durable (as we all know young boys are tough on stuff!) And I think we succeeded!

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SOURCES: (some of these are “inspirational” and less expensive versions of the items will be sourced)

Safari shams //  Stripe sheets // Quilt // Rug // Sconce // Throw Pillow (similar) // Bunk Beds (similar for cheaper) // Wire shelves (similar) // Dressers // Wall map // Animal art // Wall Color- Horizon- Benjamin Moore // Hooks // Faux leather beanbags // Hampers

I am hoping to work with some vendors to get goods donated for the project (if you are interested in being a part of that please contact me), but I also wanted to share with you in case any of you were looking for a great charity to support.   Flying Kites also takes people on safari in Kenya (which is on my bucket list), so I can’t wait to see this in person and meet the little fellas who live there someday!

Photo by Cheryl Richards
Founder Leila de Bruyne and one of her little guys! Photo by Cheryl Richards

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