11 May 2010

Charlottesville 365; Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) Design House in Ednam Forest

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SHE Design House

The Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE), a non-profit organization whose mission is to end domestic violence in our community, is amidst their annual fundraiser – the SHE Design House.  The event runs from May 8th – 16th and takes an otherwise vacant and empty home (that is for sale, by the way!), and assigns a decorator to each room to put forth their decorating best for a good cause.  It is incredible to see the transformation that this home has undergone, and the “before” photos that are inside each room are truly eye-opening.  It is amazing to see what a difference is made with some great paint colors, beautiful furniture and accessories, and some incredible talent!

The SHE Design House assigned designers in early March, and just two months later has undergone a total transformation.  The most unbelievable part of the whole process, though, is that after next week and the final SHE Design House Open House afternoon on May 16, 2010, the pieces will be dismantled, the home emptied, and the walls will even return to their original colors if the home owner so wishes- so don’t miss out, it won’t be around much longer!

No matter whether or not you love interior design and decor, this event is for a great cause.  Your $20 donation goes towards providing safe havens for those who have survived domestic violence.  The Shelter for Help in Emergency is committed to providing a safe, confidential, and respectful environment for those who have been victims of domestic violence, so this provides us with a great opportunity for the community to work together to continue to ensure that as many people in our community as possible have a place to call home.  This past week in Charlottesville has been an unpleasant reminder that domestic violence still exists and sometimes in the most unexpected of places- I hope that as a community, now more than ever, we’ll come together to support the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

For all of you HGTV addicts, this is an awesome way to see a sampling of some of the areas most talented designers all in one place, and not to mention the full manuals that accompany each room, telling you about each individual piece, where they can be purchased, and often, their cost!

Some of the favorites of the afternoon that you won’t want to miss;

SHE Design House Dates and Details

  • Saturday May 8th – Sunday May 16th, 2010

SHE Design House Tour Hours
  • Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
  • Monday – Wednesday 10am – 2pm
  • Thursday & Friday 10am – 2pm , 4pm – 7pm

Design House Cost: $20 tax deductible donation to Shelter for Help in Emergency.  Tickets may be purchased online in advance, or at the door by cash or check!

Design House Parking: Enter Boar’s Head Inn from 250, and follow the many SHE Design House signs that lead you to the gravel parking lot behind One Boar’s Head Point (home of the University of Virginia Foundation).  From there, the SHE Design House Shuttle will be waiting to greet you and escort you to the home, whose actual address is 533 Rookwood Place, in Ednam Forest.  Out of respect for the neighbors, there is no parking at the actual home.

Please note the special comments from the SHE Design House website;

All proceeds from the Design House benefit the Charlottesville community’s Shelter for Help in Emergency. Please no food or drink, children under 8, strollers, photography, pets, or high heels. We apologize that the house is Not handicap accessible and there are no public restrooms available.  - SHE Design House Event Notes

Visit the SHE Design House facebook page for updates.

Visit the SHE Design House website for details!

Great photos of the SHE Design House coming soon!

A Map to 533 Rookwood Drive- the actual SHE Design House (please note that this is not the location of the Shuttle Pick-Up for the SHE Design House!);

And, of course, if you like the Ednam Forest area, here are some other nearby homes for sale;

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