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 designers Austin Handler and Jennifer Mabley of Mabley Handler call their Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Bedroom Suite “The Beach House.”
Inspired by the beaches that Long Island is famous for, Austin and Jennifer sought to create an inviting beach house-style room.
Aware that families staying at RMH are going through a lot, Mabley Handler aimed for guests to feel relaxed and lighter in spirit when walking into the space. Known for the Hamptons beach houses that they specialize in, the designers tried to bring a little of their East End aesthetic to the Ronald McDonald House.
On the walls Austin and Jennifer used a durable vinyl grass-cloth-look wall covering by Phillip Jeffries, able to withstand all family wear and tear. For the pair of beds, the designers chose antique white chinoiserie headboards from Serena and Lily. The deep pink accent and navy embroidered accents pillows on the beds are from Michelle Hatch New York.
In the en suite bath, classic marble tiles and fittings are punctuated by a crisp navy and white curtain from Serena and Lily.
For Project Design 2013, Mabley Handler successfully brought their East End beach style to life. “The Beach House” suite 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: Mabley Handler