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working girl - earthshare ga

I thought that I would start a new series - and do my best to keep up with it. God has blessed me with an incredibly exciting career as an interior designer with IKEA, and I thought that it would be awesome to share with all of you the cool things that I get to work on. I'm entitling this series "working girl", mostly because my mommy calls me her little "working girl" and it's cool to show people what I do to bring home the bacon. 

Every year Earthshare of Georgia throws a big soiree to raise money for its nearly 70+ non-profit organizations in the form of a silent auction. For the past two years, they've tapped IKEA on the shoulder and asked if we could help donate resources and design the event. This year, I served as the assistant designer to Michelle, our Activities Specialist. The event was held at the King Plow Arts Center which is quite breath-taking on it's own. Very raw, very beautiful, and dripping with original artwork, we didn't have to do much to enhance this space. Earthshare of Georgia's theme (always embodying a natural element) for this year was wind, and boy did we take it to the next level!

The centerpiece of the event was a tree branch which Michelle found in her yard. She used colorful pieces of fabric that we sell by the yard,  cut the fabric into strips, and tied them on. It really set the tone for the wind theme, as well as coordinated with the existing artwork and the invitations that Earthshare of Georgia gave us as inspiration.

Here's a closeup. It was pretty massive, but oh so beautiful.

The event space also had two super huge pieces of artwork that
 we used as inspiration for a coordinated seating area.

How perfect are these colors?!? We used  Klippan sofas, the IKEA PS Gullhomen rocking chairs, Marius stools, and Sigurd benches. Check out the strips of fabric - really indicative of wind.

So pretty, right?

This large piece of artwork (Yes, it's a man in undies with wings. Angel perhaps?) 
was hung directly across from the blue horse.

Cool side, warm side, get it? Same furniture, different colorway.

Adorable, right?

This was the larger space behind the curtain in the first and second photos.
 We thought that this space deserved some day beds.

So that's exactly what we created! But our budget was super tight, so we had to improvise on exactly how we were going to create that luscious daybed effect. We ended up using three of our least expensive twin beds with mattresses and filling them with various textiles from our range. We also used  the IKEA PS Vago chairs from our summer range. 

Extra cushy.

More IKEA PS Gullhomen chairs for an intimate seating area off to the side.

This project was so fun to work on and  learned so much from Michelle! Her coordination of the range is insanely awesome and her light-hearted personality makes her a blast to work with. 
Here's to other fun projects in the future! :)


  1. Do you happen to know who the artist is that created the water horse? Drop me a line if you do, cfurmanchin{at}gmail{dot}com.


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