Nancy is a botanical artist who wanted to give back to her Doctor and had started contacting a group of designers to see if they would like to do a sort of Decorator Showcase space but in an hospital. Thus began Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo - a non-profit organization. Once I had spoken to Nancy it was like the skies had opened and I just couldn't wait to get back from vacation and get going!
I worked closely with my contractor, Paul, on what could and couldn't be done in a weekend. I wanted a Mediterranean style room - lots of warm and inviting colours, new cabinetry, Venetian plaster on the walls and window treatments. As we were meeting in my kitchen - we came across this photo in a cookery book and that became the basis of the design:
Creative Paints on Geary Street donated all of the paints.... here's the first rough plan:
Here are a couple of before shots of the room:
And this is how the room looks now. It's not a great photo as I was shooting into the light on my iPhone!!!
Detail of the venetian plaster:
The Venetian Room
Dedicated to all cancer survivors and their families
The warm Mediterranean glow that you feel in this room goes along with the saying
“la Dolce Vita” translated “life is sweet”
Sincere thanks and gratitude to:
Paul & Dima Asadov and Alex Nikolaev, Zeus Remodeling
Madina Aryeh, Madina Aryeh Custom Sewing
Edison Huang, Special Design Cabinets
Michael Yang, Creative Paints
Nancy Ballard, Executive Director