Today Room Service Atlanta has joined forces with Olioboard to spread the word about this month’s OlioHop entitled Charity Causes. I, along, with 9 other interior designers were selected to spotlight our respective charities while also showing you the great things you can do with Olioboard.

So what is Olioboard?

Olioboard is an online tool where you can turn your design dreams into a virtual reality. Olioboard has an extensive digital library of furniture and accessories to use in creating your perfect design plan. You can even upload your own images. Their amazing software allows you to pull together your decorating wants and needs into a professional looking 2D and 3D masterpiece. Many interior designers also use Olioboard as a tool for creating attractive client presentations.Give it a try on your next decorating project!

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What is an OlioHop?

An OlioHop is a monthly virtual party where theme-based moodboards are shared. I’m thrilled to be a part of this month hop, Charity Causes.

Room designed by Angela Blehm, Lori May, and Rhoda Vickers for Room Service Atlanta / Photography by Christina Wedge


Last Fall, Room Service Atlanta gathered 20 interior designers and a host of generous vendors and suppliers to completely transform the Sam Bell Cottage. Located on the campus of the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur, Georgia, the Sam Bell Cottage houses young men ages 17-21 who are a part of the Transitional Living Program. This program provides young adults with the tools they need to succeed as they progress into independent living. Click here to see the before and after room makeovers from this 2012 service project.

Building upon the successful of Sam Bell Cottage, a high-spirited Open House, and well-attended wrap up party we resolved to give the girls’ cottage a makeover as well!

Using Olioboard, I’ve provided an example of what can be achieved in the girls’ cottage with your help!



Can you imagine the healing that would take place in a room this beautiful? Many of the young adults that live here at UMCH have been in foster care for most of their lives. Picture yourself traveling from family to family and never having a permanent place to truly call home. It’s heartbreaking to say the least.

Here in Williams Cottage a blossoming young woman has one room which serves as her living quarters. In this studio-style space she will sleep, prepare small meals, and have the privacy of an en suite bathroom. Thanks to United Methodist Children’s Home she has a warm, safe place to live. And with your generous support through Room Service Atlanta she will also have a beautiful space that will uplift and inspire her as she transitions into adulthood.

Here’s How You Can Help!

Room Service Atlanta is currently seeking donations to assist us in designing beautiful, relaxing, and functional spaces which we believe everyone deserves to enjoy. Furniture, artwork, lighting, bedding, window treatments, floor coverings, paint, and other home improvement items would greatly enhance the living spaces at United Methodist Children’s Home and aid in our efforts to bring security & comfort to Atlanta youth when they need it most. United Methodist Children’s Home is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible.

If you would like to make a cash or check donation to United Methodist Children’s Home please send your donations to:

United Methodist Children’s Home
c/o Khalid Battle
500 South Columbia Dr.
Decatur, Georgia 30030
tele: 404/327-5820
please note “Room Service Atlanta” in the memo section.

Stay tuned for updates on our Spring 2013 service project.



Lynne Byrne

Vanessa DeVargas

Dwell with Dignity

Laurie Laizure

Lynda Quintero-Davids

Jaime Rummerfield

Patti Johnson Interiors

Donna Vining

Olivia Millwood





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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Patti Johnson Says:

    Hi Erika, Great cause! I was once involved in putting on a fund raiser to raise awareness for the UMCH in Columbus, OH and it is indeed a very good cause!


  2. Decor Arts Now Says:

    What a wonderful cause. Those girls will just feel better all over if they get to live in such a lovely space.


  3. Jaime Says:

    This certainly is a healing space Erika. Love seeing the before and after images. Beautiful! At the end of the day it’s all about our kids and their future. xo


  4. Olivia Millwood Says:

    Erika, what a wonderful cause! Beautiful blog and moodborad. Thank you for sharing it with us! #Oliolove it!


  5. Kim Says:

    Erika – Dwell with Dignity did a total makeover on a 3 bedroom apartment for 3 young men transitioning our of the foster care system here in Dallas a couple of years ago. The statistics of how many placements a child goes through during their first 18 years of life while in the foster care system are staggering! Kudos to you and all the other designers you teamed up with to make this a reality. Those girls really have something to look forward to!


  6. Donna Vining Says:

    Loved your moodboard Erica! And such a great cause. Look forward to reading more of your blog!!



  7. Lynda Says:

    Great cause and so well presented Erika! Be sure to check out the PinBoard I made with all who participated in the February OlioHop: htt://

    Lynda aka NYCLQ


  8. Melissa @ HOUSEography Says:

    Hi Erika! Your project inspired me to coordinate a similar project for a women’s shelter in Arlington, VA. I originally read about yours on Sherry’s blog but have been keeping up with all of your posts now. Here are the relevant posts –

    Thanks for the inspiration!


    • Erika Ward Says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your posts Melissa. They truly brought tears to my eyes for various reasons. To see the outpouring of love and generosity to those in need will forever pull at my heart strings. Secondly I’m moved that you (and others) decided to do something. I can attest to the fact that it is never easy, but always worth it!

      I love to hear what you’re up to next. Keep me posted!



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