When it comes to bringing the design community together, no one does it quite like Kravet.
Kravet, the same company that premiered the first national conference for interior-designers-who-blog with Blogfest in 2011, has now executed another American design industry first: Project Design 2013.
Project Design 2013 is an initiative launched by Kravet and interior designer Anthony Baratta to refresh the interiors of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, New York. What began as a simple request by Mr. Baratta to Kravet to help with the re-upholstering of some sofas in the house’s Great Room, has expanded into the re-design of the house’s 18 original bedrooms, kitchen, common areas, playroom and landscaped patio area.
Kravet has generously donated all of its fabrics used in the redesign, as well as the manpower of several of its staff members to help with management of the project. The twenty-seven interior designer invited to participate in Project Design have also graciously donated their design services and partnered with charity-minded vendors, all to benefit the families of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
After almost a year of working together to improve the House so that families with a child battling illness could stay in a comfortable and supportive environment near the hospital, Project Design 2013 at The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island opened this Fall. The house provides a home away from home for families with critically ill children receiving local treatment and serves about 1,000 families per year.
Length of stays range from one week to up to one year. The facility consists of 42 bedrooms, each with a private bath, indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, kitchens with multiple stations for individual families’ meal preparation, five laundry rooms, a library, a large central Great Room and several smaller lounges near bedroom clusters. Project Design 2013 is just the first phase of the revitalization of the house’s interiors. The redesign of the house’s original kitchen and more of its bedrooms is planned.
For Project Design 2013, interior designer Jennifer Mehditash of Mehditash Design has brought her European aesthetic to Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Bedroom Suite 101.
Inspired by Moorish influences in Portuguese architecture, Ms. Mehditash’s design concept was born.
To create an overall feeling of softness and serenity, Jennifer mixed floral, linear, and geometric patterns throughout a consistent color palette of blues, whites, and a touch of raspberry. An early rendering of Mehditash’s vision for the space illustrates the clarity of her intention.
To add height to the room, Jennifer designed a painted wall treatment to outline the double headboards, reminiscent of the outlined doorway patterns popular in homes across Southern Portugal.
To draw eyes upward and enhance the feeling of space, Ms. Mehditash selected a custom-colored Gracie Studio chinoiserie wallpaper for the bedroom ceiling. The result is a ceiling that feels like a long gaze into a serene blue sky.
To maximize functionality and storage for the families during their stays, Jennifer designed custom closets by California Closets. The blue and white palette continues into the en suite bathroom, with artisan tile by Filmore Clark.
Jennifer’s virtual tour of her suite captures the spirit of the space so well.
For Project Design 2013, Ms.Mehditash successfully brought the serene Portuguese respite she envisioned a reality. Suite 101 is one of the many new spaces the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island families are happy to call their home away from home.
Image Credits: Jennifer Mehditash