For the past few months, I’ve been working on a rewarding community project with Melissa of Studio Melissa Louise. We were given the opportunity to revamp and transform a safe house and create an uplifting space for young women coming out of trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Did you know that there are approximately 27 million people who are trapped in slavery at this very moment? Did you also know that only 1-2% percent of these 27 million victims are ever rescued?
Earlier this year I met with the inspiring Brooke from S-CAPE, a local non-profit who works with these 1-2% of rescued victims to provide a place of safety and restoration for young women coming out of trafficking and sexual exploitation. S-CAPE also provides individualised therapeutic programs, skills development and services to empower and equip their residents to reintegrate into society. They currently have two safe houses in the Cape Town region. One house operates as a first stage home for residents with the capacity to have eight ladies living there, including a room for a mother and her child. The second house is a transitional one which the ladies have the opportunity to move into and be more independent as they prepare to move out of the safe house and live on their own.
The second home desperately needed some TLC and a major refresh and as Melissa and I are both passionate about interiors, we jumped at the chance to tackle this project.
We had zero budget and relied solely on donations, so a BIG THANK YOU to all our sponsors – this would not have been possible without you.
Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to view the BEFORE photos and let us know what you think of the new look!
We gave the study nook a fun pink accent wall and removed all the mismatched shelves. We added lovely wooden floating shelves and a repurposed pegboard. Plantify donated all the hanging plants which also make such a difference to the space.
We gave the Counselling Room a duck egg blue accent wall and repurposed one of the shelves that had been in the study. The table and bedside unit were repainted and bold cushions from Handmade by me added a fun touch.
The kitchen was probably the worst space before and considering our lack of budget, I love the final look! By adding quirky decals from My wall tattoos we instantly lifted the space and gave it a younger and more contemporary feel. Simple kitchen blinds replaced the ugly green curtains and a peg board was repurposed to conceal the electrical board. Cute fabric pots from Zana matched the decals perfectly and kitchen towels from The Cotton Company added a classic touch.
The bedroom also had a huge refresh mainly thanks to all the neutral elements from Superbalist – curtains, rug, throw, lamps and laundry basket. Scatters from Zana and Handmade by me finished off the look and we created a simple cork pinboard.
There wasn’t too much we could do in the bathroom but just removing all the pink made a huge difference! We had plenty of bath towels and bath mats donated which was lovely and thanks to a lick of grey paint and round mirrors, the bathroom now has a much more up to date feel.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS:
Prominent Paints / Superbalist / Vamp / Handmade by me / Zana / My wall tattoos / Plantify / The Cotton Company / Suzi Wallinder / Leila Badshaw / Emma Philips / Vivian Raath / Ellie Lawrence / Nicole Dalton / Nicole Costa / Liz Collins / Andrew McPherson / Nikita Bandli / Anna Weylandt / Megan Kenney / Gail Kenney / Nadia van der Mescht / Leigh Pietersen / Nicole Costa / Caroline Hickson
Thank you to Brooke and her team of volunteers for getting all the painting and DIY jobs done.
And lastly thanks to Melissa for collaborating with me on this project!