by Lynn Byrne
Hi everyone! It’s Oliohop Monday, sponsored by Olioboard, and I am thrilled to be participating! What’s an Oliohop? It is when a group of bloggers express a design theme using the online tool Olioboard, and then share links to each other.
This go around, the folks at Olioboard are doing a wonderful thing. Instead of having bloggers develop a plan for a new room (for which Olioboard is amazing), they asked us to showcase the needs of our favorite charity. We hope you, the reader, will “hop” around to all of the participating blogs to see what we have created using Olioboard on behalf of 10 very worthy causes. Links to all of the participating blogs are at the end of this post.
Don’t know Olioboard? It is a wonderful, free, online design application that allows you to create a virtual moodboard in either 2D or 3D format. You can upload your own images, as well as draw upon Olioboard’s extensive image library of home products developed with their brand partners.
Olioboard is often used by designers, home stagers, home furnishing companies and homeowners to communicate room designs, but as you will see with this Oliohop, one can use Olioboard to convey almost any type of visual concept. If you want to try it out, click on any of the Olioboard links. To learn more about Olioboard, get tips on board creation, and to see other folks’ moodboards, follow Olioboard on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Today, I will use Olioboard to showcase the needs of national landmark, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, where I am a member of the Board of Directors. If you love the setting and romance of Downton Abbey, then I am certain that you will be charmed by this stately and historic home on our own shores. There is stunning architectural detail, beautiful period furniture and lovely grounds that feature a walled garden designed by famed architectural firm, Delano and Aldrich.
But Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is not just another pretty house. It is a true oasis for its local Bronx constituency. School children visit weekly. In addition, there are regular concerts and lectures, and its holiday celebrations are legendary. Outdoors on the grounds, city kids can actually dig in the dirt to plant their own vegetables. And I have just scratched the surface regarding the mansion’s programming.
Caught under the spell? Most visitors are captivated.
Although the property originally was settled in 1654, the current mansion was built circa 1840, in the Greek Revival style. Bartow-Pell is the only country estate on Long Island Sound in New York City to survive, primarily due to the efforts of the International Garden Club. In 1914, the International Garden Club obtained a lease from New York City for the mansion to use it as their headquarters. The Club saved the mansion by raising $100,000 (a fortune in 1914) for its restoration and the development of its formal gardens. So, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum has a big birthday coming up–the centennial celebration of the International Garden Club’s stewardship.
Birthdays are fun, but 100 years is a long time to wait for major work. Both the gardens and the house are showing their age.
Fortunately, Bartow-Pell has funds to restore the grounds. Last spring, the mansion won a social media contest that led to a large grant from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the restoration of its formal gardens.
Unfortunately, unlike the outside, Bartow-Pell has no money in its small operating budget for repairs to the inside of the mansion. Take a look at this Olioboard that shows the top three problems. Paint is peeling all over the mansion, the drapery is in shreds, and the cracked and discolored entry hall floor cloth makes a horrible first impression.
We all know how costly an interior paint job can be when done with the correct preparation, andBartow-Pell is a very big house with a lot of peeling paint. Some years back, the kind folks at Benjamin Moore (a site partner with Olioboard) assisted Bartow-Pell with paint analysis. At that time, Benjamin Moore identified the paint colors shown below. In addition, all of you interior designers out there know that period-appropriate drapery is quite elaborate. It requires a lot of yardage and custom fabrication. And, as I have shown below, don’t forget the trim! Finally, while a floor cloth is the historically accurate floor covering for a Greek Revival home, the one currently installed at Bartow-Pell is in ruins. A new floor cloth must be handcrafted by an artisan.
It would be wonderful if Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum could attract corporate and major donor sponsorship as leaders to help properly address these problems. Of course, donations of any size are welcome!
To see more examples of how to use Olioboard’s free site to showcase in either 2D and 3D what your own #CharityCauses might need from potential donors, please click on the links to the other blogs who are showing the needs of their real world #CharityCauses today.
It feels good to give back, don’t you think?
Thanks for reading.