Project Design Provides a Comfortable Place for Families to Rest

Parents staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island while their children are being cared for at Cohen Children’s Medical Center will have the use of updated kitchens and other amenities, thanks to a number of generous donations from businesses.

Donations covered the construction costs of the two-phase $5 million redesign and renovation at the house. The renovations, entitled Project Design, was undertaken by leaders in the interior design industry and began in 2013.

The goal of Project Design was to update the original house, built in 1986, and to provide a soothing atmosphere for families who need a place to stay.

In addition to updating the 42 bedrooms, Project Design added eight kitchens, five common areas, laundry rooms, a fitness studio with equipment donated by Planet Fitness and a meditation room.

 “Through a series of programs and services, our families are able to focus on their children’s recovery,” said Matthew Campo, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. “Home-cooked meals prepared by volunteers, transportation to and from medical appointments, a comfortable place to stay just steps from their children’s bedside, and support from other families going through similar experiences allow families to recharge for the challenges of the next day. This is only possible because of the generosity of our community.”

New York Cottages and Gardens is a media sponsor of the project and acquired product donations that were used for the renovation and silent auction items that were used to raise funds.

Kravet recruited designers to redesign each space of the 44,000-square-foot house and also donated fabric, furniture and wall coverings for both phases of the renovation.

Donations by some of the nation’s top interior designers, vendors and contractors are what made this renovation such a success. Each room was designed with a theme or a story in mind, including the Disney-inspired Great Room, located in the center of the house. 



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