Sunday, October 19, 2014

What is the Blessing Design Team?

So, what on earth IS the Blessing Design Team? 

Well, I'm so glad you asked! 

The Blessing Design Team blossomed out of an idea that came to founder Barb Chalmers, owner of the interior design and consulting company Restoration Details. One Sunday morning during church back in 2011, Chalmers was wondering how God could could use her to serve others through her love for making things pretty. She knew there were women in her Holmes County, Ohio community who were going through tough times--loss of a spouse, health difficulties, disabled children, financial burdens--and she wanted to help make a difference in their lives. 

Her idea was to encourage those women by making a beautiful space for them to live in, a place where they could refresh their souls and spirits. She shared her idea with others who caught her vision, and, just like that, the Blessing Design Team was born. 

Since then, the Blessing Design Team has touched the lives of not only those whose homes have been transformed, but those who have joined the team as well. 

To make the mission successful, the team relies on the community to raise funds. One way that happens is through the annual Blessing Designs Christmas Home Tour. This year's tour will take place on Friday, November 21 from 4-9 pm. 

This fun, festive holiday event gives you a chance to step into five Holmes County, Ohio homes in the area that have their halls decked out for the holidays. Each will feature food, drinks, and a clever design tip from the team. Some stops will even offer live music! It's a great way to get your holiday inspiration on while being a very real part of the blessing of one individual woman in your community. 

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at Rebecca's Bistro, The Linley House, and Bfearless, all in Walnut Creek, Ohio as well as Amish Heartland Tours and Information Kiosk in Berlin, Ohio and Modern Farmhouse in Millersburg, Ohio. Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds go toward the redesign of the home of a local woman. 

Stay tuned for details, and keep an eye here for more information on how YOU can nominate a recipient for this year's Blessing Design Team renovation!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Debbi's Makeover this weekend! April 26 and 27th!

O.k. Everyone, I can't even sleep as my head races with even more ideas for Debs house. Ahhh must stop. LOL. Seriously, it's Go time! I must continue to paint things even pick up a few more key pieces, oh my! The garage is full of EMPTY Ikea books:) thanks to my son Phillip that has worked on those pieces before and after work all week! I continue to get calls and messages from people that have huge hearts and want to help in some way! God continues to move in people's hearts so that He might love on Deb in a HUGE way! Humbled by it all really:) better get to sleep so I can hit the road running in the morning! If you want to help with the Debbie Hoxworth makeover, it is this Friday (April 26) and Saturday (April 27). We get started at 9 each morning and Friday night we (or at least I)  will be there into the late evening! We also have are special operations ;) paint team starting Thursday morning to get a jump on every thing! I haven't even met these people yet but they are taking two days off work to do this!! Just AMAZING! O.K. THAT'S RIGHT I HAVE TO GO TO SLEEP NOW!

Contact me if you are interested in helping!!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Blessings and Miracles

The last few days have been FULL of blessings and miracles for this upcoming makeover! Where to start? An email came in from someone saying they would like to pay for all the paint and also they had a group of painters who would take care of everything including taking all the border off the day before (which I was a little stressed about). Someone works at a hotel and went to their boss and got two nights free, so Deb and the kids can stay there during the makeover (it has a pool for the kids and they are EXCITED)! Then someone offered a day of beauty for Deb, which is what I always wanted to do but was out of resources! Then someone called and offered a piece of furniture that is beyond perfect!! Ya! This morning I got carpet for cost! Which is so exciting for two reasons, first we can get carpeting for Deb and a few weeks ago I got a call from a nurse asking me if this Design Team could help a hospice patient of hers. I proceeded to tell her we just do this once a year and don't really have funds for anything but the makeovers we chose some time ago. But I ask her a few questions. She told me of a women who has upper respiratory cancer and lives in a condemned trailer with carpet full of cat urine and other pet smells. She said she lives there alone because it is all she can afford and she poured bleach on it to try to make it better. The more she told me the more my heart broke and thought no one should leave this earth that way! I said leave me your info and we will pray! Guess what, the carpet place will give us the same deal for her! How awesome is that! Thank you for all those precious hearts out there that have stepped forward to love those you don't even know! That is where the true joy of life is! I can't wait to see what God does with all this! Stay tuned!


Monday, March 25, 2013


The Design Team Makeover was an absolute success! Sherry Gore said Barb was able to crawl inside her head and design and create a kitchen that she finally felt was really 'Her Kitchen". 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A little bit more info...

For those who want to know a little more:  I (Barb) am in Florida doing a Makeover for Sherry Gore. Google her she is amazing, funny and a new friend of mine. Sherry is an author, storyteller and has been featured on TV for her art of cooking Etc... She is funny and full of life! The Today Show is featuring her on a cooking segment on their show. They are coming to her house to film this Friday! Exciting stuff, but like many of us Sherry wanted a quick makeover of her kitchen to be ready for the BIG DAY. So some how God connected us. I bought my ticket Sunday and Monday morning she picked me up from the airport! Two complete strangers with many things in common plus a goal to make her kitchen a reflection of who she is! Fun, fun we are a day into it! Check out some pics:) p.s. she specializes in PIES and hopes to open a pie store someday called, ME MYSELF AND PIES. Mark my words she will be famous! :) TODAY, Amy Schlabach hopped on a plane and surprised me!! So, she is here to help me!!! Lena is here too!!! What fun!

On the Road!!

Blessed Design Team takes it on the road to Sarasota Florida to design a kitchen for SHERRY GORE!.... Getting her kitchen ready for The Today Show, YES THE REAL TODAY SHOW!!!..... Stay tuned to hear how this God Adventure unfolds. THANK YOU TO AMY AND LENA FOR HEADING DOWN HERE TO BE WITH ME!!!!