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Our landlord refused to accept our rent payment. We begged and pleaded to try to see if there was anything that could be done, because we didn’t understand. When we tried they threatened us and they demanded that we leave immediately or they would “make things very difficult for us.” We thought it was strange that they were specifically determined to get us out before October. Things didn’t work out that way because we fought it. And then, sure enough, in the beginning of October, we learned that the Lisa Frank apartment was in our rental development, owned by the same people trying to evict us. Then we saw that it looks suspiciously similar to our own home, Cloudland, that I designed and shared in 2017. I never had any plans of sharing our eviction troubles with any of you. I don’t know if Lisa Frank and Hotels.com know what is happening or how heartless and unethical our landlord is. But I know that the similarities to my place aren’t just in my head because others have seen them too. They are so similar that many people thought I was responsible for the design of the place. I want to make it clear that I am in no way associated with the Lisa Frank hotel or either of these brands.
I was just going to sell my clothes and do whatever I could to try to raise whatever money to move and use for legal fees, and try my best to be positive and make lemonade out of lemons, but when this hotel launched and so many of you have reached out noting the similarities and putting together all the other pieces, I felt like I couldn’t just stay quiet and let this happen to me. Because, not only did I feel like me, my husband and my puppies are unjustly being thrown out on the street, but after all this happened, I started to feel like they wanted to erase me and my work. This has been really hard, I’ve been waking up every day in terror. I don’t know what’s going to happen to us. And I almost didn’t do it because I was afraid of taking on a billionaire LA developer and these major brands who have inexhaustible resources, while I can’t even afford to move. And I especially hate the idea of using my platform to put anything else besides positivity in this world. But I owe it to myself to fight and I owe it to you to be honest. And, as hard as this is for me to do, I’m asking for your help because I’m scared and I don’t know where else to turn. A lot of you were concerned and wondering where I’ve been and why I haven’t posted and why I’m selling all my clothes and if I’m OK. And I owe it to you to be honest and tell you that the answer is no, I’m not OK. But I’m also not going to let this happen to my family without doing whatever I can to stop it.
But if nothing more I hope that if anything like this ever happens to you, or if you’re being bullied or mistreated, I want you to take away from this that it’s ok to be scared. If you feel like you’re being suffocated and hiding in the shadows, you’ll remember this and know that bullies thrive on your silence.
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