Twenty-six top interior designers recently completed a permanent designer show house for the New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI). Phase I of the project for this home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children included completely revamping 18 bedrooms, the kitchen, breakfast room, five common areas, first-floor restrooms and three laundry rooms. Phase II will begin this year and update the remaining 24 resident bedrooms and common areas.
“There are two underlying goals of this project,” explains Matthew Campo, executive director of RMH-LI. “The first is to update the rooms to better comfort our families, and the second is to treat this as our biggest fundraising initiative of the year.”
Bethpage, N.Y.-based Kravet Inc., a distributor of fabrics, furniture and more, was a Phase I sponsor; RMH-LI found additional sponsors to underwrite each room. A complete list of the interior designers involved with the project is available at www.rmhlongisland.org. Phase I’s completion was celebrated with a Designer Showcase Gala and community tour in October 2013.
Not only did Phase I provide RMH-LI with the repairs and renovations it needed, it also showcased the powerful and positive impact the design world can make when working together for a common cause. The designers were inspired by a house full of care, compassion and love and reflected those feelings into a redecorated physical environment so parents can focus solely on their children’s healing.