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October 31, 2012

Local designers race to redesign rooms to benefit the Furniture Bank

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Half her business is staging homes for sale, the other half is going to clients’ homes, “shopping” them, then better arranging what’s inside.

“What is really rewarding and amazing is to see people fall in love with their own stuff again,” Gaull said. “A lot of times when they call me, they are feeling really hopeless. They’ll say things like, ‘I haven’t sat in this room for two years because I hate it, I hate everything about it.’

“In a matter of hours, I can take them from hating that room to loving that room, and that is a really cool feeling,” she said.

“Plus, it’s really cool to have a job that, at the end of it, they hug you, they cry. They are so happy. When people send me checks, they have smiley faces on them. Who does that?”

For the furniture challenge, Gaull had a chance to pick the pieces in advance, including an old bench that she painted and had a friend reupholster. Not giving too much away, Gaull said her room will be “a little bit shabby-chic and a little bit relaxed-elegance,” with colors inspired by the fall.

“There’s some really awesome stuff in there,” Gaull said of the inventory of the Furniture Bank. “Like that bench was broken and unusable, and it cleaned up unbelievably. What is interesting about this event is that we have an hour to put together a room, and we are doing it in front of people. Usually, it takes longer than an hour to put together a room, even for me, and I’m pretty fast. So I think that people will get to see the whole process.”

The event will also raise awareness for the Furniture Bank, which picks up donated furniture and takes it back to its warehouse in Lynn for those in need.

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