Turning empty apartments into homes
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Turning empty interiors into homes

Turning empty apartments into homes

Elana Frey, holding her young son, Kalani, weeps as she enters her newly furnished apartment a day before Mother’s Day in Los Angeles. Frey was assisted by A Sense of Home, an L.A. charity that helps at-risk former foster youth who age out of the system.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Elana Frey awaits the transformation of her empty apartment.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Elana Frey, holding her son Kalani, checks out her newly decorated living room.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Elana Frey, overwhelmed by emotions, kisses her 1 1/2-year-old son Kalani, in his freshly furnished bedroom.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Designer Kelly Wearstler, left, hugs Elana Frey, after decorating Frey’s apartment. Wearstler, a celebrity designer, author and TV personality, is the first designer to participate in A Sense of Home’s new Design Challenge Program.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Designer Kelly Wearstler adds accessories in Kalani’s bedroom.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Designer Kelly Wearstler ponders a picture’s placement as she decorates the apartment of Elana Frey as part of A Sense of Home’s new Design Challenge Program.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Elana Frey stands in her empty apartment before it was transformed by A Sense of Home and Kelly Wearstler.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Elana Frey, overwhelmed by emotions, cuddles her 1 1/2-year-old son, Kalani, on her new bed. Frey had been sleeping on the floor, as she couldn’t afford any furniture. A Sense of Home and its volunteers furnished the bare apartment.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Elana Frey is overcome with emotion at the transformation of her apartment. She holds her 1 1/2-year-old son, Kalani.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Volunteers chat in Elana Frey’s freshly furnished apartment.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Elana Frey, holding her 1 1/2-year-old son Kalani, is all smiles as she relaxes in her freshly furnished bedroom.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Celebrity designer Kelly Wearstler relaxes after helping furnish and decorate the apartment of Elana Frey, a former foster care youth.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Volunteers from A Sense of Home pause for a group photo after furnishing Elana Frey’s, sitting third from right, apartment a day before Mother’s Day in Los Angeles.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Elana Frey, holding her son Kalani, pauses in her child’s newly furnished bedroom.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Elana Frey is all smiles in her son’s bedroom.

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Turning empty apartments into homes

Kalani Frey checks out his digs.

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