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GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure: Turning A House Into A Home

IMG_6363GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure:
Turning A House Into A Home 


Remember I told you a few days ago that I had got to take part in the super fun GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure? In case you don’t, basically a handful of DIY bloggers (how in the heck did I get included in that group) were given 250.00 and brand new 2015 GMC Yukon Denalis to drive up Route 127, aka The World’s Longest Yard Sale. The goal? To decorate two Habitat for Humanity homes in the Cincinnati area.

Click here for part one of the GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure.

But now, it’s time for the reveal.

Related: BREAKING NEWS! Good Enough Mother Partners With GMC!

Before I show it to you, I need to say this: being a part of this event has easily been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. At the end of the day, we all want to know we made a difference and I can honestly say we did that for a young family.

Axel and Immaculee emigrated to this country from Rwanda where they lost several family members in the genocide there. After settling in Cincinnati area, Axel graduated from college recently and Immaculee will soon do the same.  They have a year-old son named Levi and he was one of the many reasons they wanted to move from their cramped one bedroom apartment to a home of their own.

Okay that’s the backstory; more now their reaction as they opened the doors, not to an empty house but a home!



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Above: Axel, Immaculee and baby Levi getting ready to take ownership of their new home.

Below: You know that saying, ‘Tis better to give than receive? That was totally us as!
We could hardly contain our excitement waiting for the family to see their new digs!



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(Photo courtesy Courtney from French Country Cottage)

Left: The Front Porch. Zondra from 6 Brown Chicks  found a beautiful bench, made from a headboard and used it as the anchor piece for the porch.
Right: Zondra also decorated the kitchen, using delicate curtains to give it a French Cafe feel.




(Photo courtesy Courtney from French Country Cottage)

The dining room perfectly complemented the kitchen with it’s causal French elegance.
And it’s no wonder; the woman with the vision here was Courtney of French Country Cottage.
I have to give her a big shout out too.. these are her photos because mine resemble something from an Etch-A-Sketch. I’m so not kidding.




(Photo courtesy Courtney from French Country Cottage)

Simple and elegant.
This inviting living room was decorated by Vivian Pickard, President of the General Motors Foundation.



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(Photo courtesy Courtney from French Country Cottage)

MJ from Chicagonista turned the home’s 3rd room into a study, perfect since Axel and Immaculee are students.
The old farm table makes for a perfect duel desk!



(Photo courtesy Courtney from French Country Cottage)

The serene and inviting master bedroom was the vision of Brooke from All Things Thrifty.
It’s amazing that some cleaning and coat of paint can add new spark and charm to old things.
I like the little touches in this room like the books, plants and artwork featuring maps depicting
Axel and Immaculee’s old home country and their new one.



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(Photo courtesy Courtney from French Country Cottage)

And here’s the room I did. Again, I’m not a DIY blogger but I did have an idea of what I wanted Levi’s room to be.
I wanted a travel theme, based on the rug Brooke and I found at the Habitat ReStore in Atlanta.
So I spray painted some empty window frames then taped maps behind them to give him a, “Window on the World”.
I made a little library area, complete with a toddler bench that I picked up in Tennessee for 20 bucks.
The headboard is two old shutters that could also hold books or postcards.


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(Photo courtesy Two Thirty Five Designs)

As I mentioned, the teams decorated two houses. These photos here are from one of the houses but do yourself a favor; click the following links and check out the amazing work done by the talented DIY bloggers on the second house!  Amy from The Idea Room Nick and Beth from Sawdust and EmbryosTaryn from Design, Dining and DiapersAllison from Two Thirty Five Designs and Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies

Thanks to GMC for making this a moving experience not just for those receiving the homes but for those of us who were given the honor of decorating them!


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