Color Reveal – Hard Bargain Community Center

I'm so excited to finally reveal the "befores and afters" of this amazing project that I hope will positively impact a community for many years to come.  

Mt Hope Cemetery House Before Renovation


The results are the culmination of the many volunteers who gave of themselves to benefit a low-income neighborhood and to honor the memory of a young man who was an example of serving others when he saw a need. Ty Osman, Jr.'s family organized volunteers and donations for the entire effort.  The house was built in the 1890's, and was home to the cemetery caretakers for the better part of a century.  For years the house sat vacant and falling apart, but now it has a new life.  "It's come back to life in a new way, so that's what we're looking forward to with our son, as we know we're going to see him again," said Ty Osman, Sr. 


Mt. Hope Cemetery House Living Room Before 


The video you're going to see below is set to the song by Sidewalk Prophets that was played at the dedication ceremony at the end of a work day where 400 volunteers showed up to complete the renovation of what will now be home to the Hard Bargain Community Center.  Although my video highlights the color transformation of the home, there's so much more to this story and the people behind this project that I can even begin to share here on a design blog.  

benjamin moore exterior

Exterior of new Hard Bargain Community Center after


The new interior and exterior colors were chosen with respect to the age of the house and the history of the surrounding neighborhood.  Interior colors:  Benjamin Moore's Hawthorne  Yellow, Buxton Blue, and Cloud White.   Exterior Colors:  Sherwood Green, Avon Green, Buxton Blue, and White Dove.

Click on the image below to see my video.  Hope you enjoy!



It was an honor and a blessing to be involved in a wonderful project like this one.  If you'd like to see a beautiful video that covers a wider scope of the Ty2 Foundation's project, click here to see Michael Fox's tribute.



  1. Ann McDonald, Couture Chateau

    This is absolutely stunning Kristie! I found you through Jennifer Reynolds – and am so glad I did! Will share this as often as any will listen ;). Have a great day. Best, Ann McDonald

  2. Kelly

    Such a beautiful project Kristie! I bet your eyes were filled with tears when you finished. I too love community volunteer programs- it makes you feel so good! Great job, you should be so proud!

    • Kristie Barnett

      I was sobbing like a baby when they played this song at the end of the day – very emotional day 🙂

  3. Mary

    Wonderful transformation. The video gave me goosebumps.

  4. Barbara

    I wanna live like that! I hope that the people that walk through these doors, are as nourished as you’ve been! Great video and transformation!

  5. Nancy Osman

    What a beautiful blog and video! Through your mastery of colors and all things beautiful that dilapidated structure is now a sacred space. A space many people will feel welcomed, loved and honored. A space that will gather people and build community for the betterment of others. We are honored to know you and call you friend. God blessed this project putting it all together and YOU were a major gift that God brought to us to complete the transformation. Humbly we say “thank you”. We love you!

  6. Paula Van Hoogen

    I was able to play the Michael Fox video, but when I cllck on yours it says:”Task Queue failed at step 5:
    Playlist could not be loaded due to cross domain policy restrictions”. Sorry! I will check back–really hope to see your video. Looks like it was such a wonderful, worthy project, Kristie!

  7. Andrea Brooks

    Wow Kristie – I want to “Live like that” too. What an amazing project and tribute for you to be a part of – great job!!

  8. Paula Van Hoogen

    GOT IT!!!! may God pour out a blessing on you and all who were involved here! Looks like the biggest blessing was in the doing though. Yes, and I want to live like that too!! Thank you, Kristie!

    • Kristie Barnett

      thank you, paula – i’m glad you were able to access it now. and yes, the biggest blessing was in the doing 🙂

  9. cathy

    Heartwarming and inspiring!
    Just bought the song on itunes.
    As always your palette choice is gorgeous.
    Thank you for your light.


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