Leave it to me to misplace my camera on Room Service Atlanta “Reveal Day.” But thank goodness for photographer Jan Stittleburg, and designers Niki McNeill and Angela Blehm for assisted…

Leave it to me to misplace my camera on Room Service Atlanta “Reveal Day.” But thank goodness for photographer Jan Stittleburg, and designers Niki McNeill and Angela Blehm for assisted me in getting photos of my space.

This is the only room in the house that has two adjoining rooms and a bathroom. The original furniture plan utilized the two rooms as bedrooms. Instead, I created a sleeping area and a separate sitting area. Let’s take a look at the new “Suite 7.”

It should go without saying that pulling together these spaces was no easy feat. I’ve got the photos to prove it!


The residents of Suite 7 had lons of personal items from clothes and shoes, to barbells, books, and an Easy Bake Oven.


How did we organize all of their belongs??? We used the power of space bags, underbed storage, a double hang closet rod, and a Closetmaid shoe organizer. We also installed wood floors (can you believe it?) which ate a nice chunk of my budget, but is was well worth it!

l: Tiffini Gatlin (The Atlanta Go To Girl) r: Me pictured with Erin Kasari (LikeATL)




l: Alexis Felder (Curls, Coils, and Kinks) r: Melica Bennett (student at Art Institute of Atlanta)

Other “Suite 7” Sponsors and volunteers not pictured, but worth their weight in gold:

Wellborn,Wallace, and Woodard, LLC.
Bill and Carolyn Curry
Wayne Golden
Chaun Walker
Felicia Joy
Sherwin Williams

Volunteers Not Pictured:
Joe Anderson
Chaun Walker
Courtney McClure
Jazzmaine Francis
LaKenya Shamburger

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  • Lori @ Lori May Interiors
    May 3, 2011 10:13 am

    Erika, it looks so great, just as I knew it would! Thank you so much for working so hard to put all of this together! Room Service Atlanta has made a huge difference in the lives of the Nicholas House residents. I can't wait to hear about the next project!

  • Love,love, love everything! You guys have such good spirits. I'm sure it was challenging designing on such tight budgets with limited design elements, but you rose to the occasion like a champ. Blessings in your next endeavors!

  • Oh Lori! You are one of the sweetest people I know. People like you make it easy for Dayka and I to do what we do!

    Thank you so much Angela! Challenging is not the word, Honey 😉 but I have no reason to complain. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve my community and to bring such a talented group of designers together for such a worthy cause!

  • It's beautiful! And I love how Erin plugged Room and Board! So appropriate! 🙂 It really warms my heart to assist on projects like this and I look forward to the next project! God bless you all!

  • Emily A. Clark
    May 3, 2011 12:08 pm

    Hey Erika! I just listened to your voicemail before I went to bed last night. Will catch up w/ you soon. I am so proud of you and this huge accomplishment. I honestly don't know how you have time to do it all! Congrats on a great space and a wonderful project.

  • Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    May 3, 2011 12:21 pm

    All I can say is God bless wonderful, giving people like you who are making the world a better place. The room is beautiful and will be such a comfort to those who stay there.

  • This looks sooo good. You all did a GREAT job! I'm sure that family really liked their new look 🙂

    May 3, 2011 1:29 pm

    Erica….I don't know where to begin. You and Dayka changed my life first by inviting me to be a part of Room Service as a participating designer, and second….well just being able to call you both friends….I am honored. I STILL can not stop thinking about last week……I wish I could do it full time 🙂 OK…well maybe not the stairs and the sweat part 🙂 You had quite the challenge in your space and I know when he walks in at night with his 2 girls he must feel a little better about his home…..job incredibly well done! WOW…that sure is a pretty lampshade 🙂 HEE HAW!

  • Yet another transformation. It's wonderful to give back to others in their time of need. A job well done.
    Chic Modern Vintage

  • Dayka (Life +Style)
    May 3, 2011 2:18 pm

    I almost forgot what it looked like in the thick of things! What I love about projects like this is that it really lets you know what is possible, and that the hardest work really doesn't get done without help! I'm so proud that we pulled this off–we made a great team, and I'm excited for the next go-round! Your room looks amazing–still can't believe the couch worked. 🙂 Congrats, E!

  • J'Anns Boutique
    May 3, 2011 2:20 pm

    Wow you guys worked magic! love it 🙂

    A Girl's Next Best Friend

  • Suite 7 – looks amazing!! What a great job, love the kids bunk beds they look so sweet and cheerful 🙂

  • It turned out great!! It's always great to see others giving back to those in need.

  • Jen of MadeByGirl
    May 3, 2011 9:59 pm

    You guys did such a nice and generous thing, may God bless you all :)))

  • Molly Marler
    May 3, 2011 10:22 pm

    Oh, Erika! This is so beautiful. BRAVO. Your generous heart shines through in everything you do. Well done! xo

  • The Sister Sophisticate
    May 3, 2011 10:42 pm

    I have been looking at all these beautiful room transformations and I just am so grateful to see that people like you and everyone who participated in transforming not only these rooms, but peoples lives. I think you have captured that essence in your video! I just had to watch it again so nice! I love it!

  • looks awesome! great work on this, and the entire project! i can't wait for the next one 🙂

  • Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
    May 4, 2011 1:03 pm

    Erika, your room turned out fabulous! I hate that I had to leave before you were completely finished, but how great to see these pics. Fantastic space, you did a wonderful job. It was fun to just hang out with all the creativity last week & I hope that I get the chance to participate with a room next time around. Loved you & Dayka!

  • Lissa @ After Adornment
    May 4, 2011 5:47 pm

    Love the result Erika! Clean and crisp, and I love the bright colored accessories!

  • correspondent
    May 4, 2011 6:46 pm

    Erika, you did a great job redesigning this room and turning it in to a more functional space. We just want to say we are glad Space Bag could help on this project. As you know, Space Bag vacuum-seal bags are designed to help people save space and stay organized even in a small room. Space Bag also has an online community called Space Savers that offers organizing tips and storage ideas to help people save space in their homes and on the go. Feel free to visit us at to view our tips or share your story. Thanks for mentioning Space Bag in your blog post and congratulations on a job well done!

    Best wishes,
    Space Savers community correspondent

  • lizziefitz
    May 6, 2011 3:48 pm

    Incredible , so unbelievably incredible!!!

  • charm home
    May 7, 2011 1:48 pm

    Hey Girlie,
    Your room looks great! All the rooms look great!! Room Service turned out to be a huge success. You and Dayka should be thrilled with yourselves. I'm sure Nicholas House is beside themselves with how everything looks.

    Hope you are doing well and getting some much needed rest and relaxation after your long weeks of planning and installation for Room Service. I can't wait to get involved in Room Service….The Fall Edition!!! xoxo, Cristi


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