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Real Simple Volunteers at a Brooklyn School For New York Cares Day

Before and After: Real Simple Meets P.S. 346

The folks over at Real Simple (70 of them, to be exact) recently took part in New York Cares Day, and volunteered at the P.S. 346 elementary school in Brooklyn. In just five hours, they assembled 37 pieces of new Ikea furniture and applied their design expertise to an uninspired multi-purpose room. At the end of the day, the room had been transformed into a stimulating space that looks contemplated and composed. To see the after photo,


Be sure to head over to Simply Stated to hear more about the project and see another photo. Wanna read about more deserving design makeovers? Be sure to check out this slideshow, post, and interview with Vern Yip about his facelift of two Bay Area community centers.

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UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
That's so wonderful and cute. They did a great job too.
4blankwalls 4blankwalls 8 years
All the particle-board or MDF (whatever that stuff's made from) Ikea stuff that I've had usually only starts to break down when we start moving it from apartment to apartment. If it's just staying in one place it's fine. Everything else, like the desks and chairs, are pretty sturdy.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
Wow, didn't know this. This school is locatged in the Spring Creek Towers neighborhood (Starrett City) where my sister lives. They did a great job.
christilsmith2 christilsmith2 8 years
Sounds like a great project and goodness knows I would LOVE to have a team from Real Simple helping me out BUT I just have to wonder how well the Ikea stuff is going to hold up??? just sayin'
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