Beit Tshuvah

Designed from The Heart – Final Reveal

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“Design is an art of situations.  Designers respond to a need, a problem, a circumstance that arises in the world.
The best work is produced in relation to interesting situations – an open minded client, a good cause, or great content.” 
-Ellen Lupton

Do you remember what these rooms were like in the before pictures?!  This is the completely renovated and remodeled Women’s room we did for the Beit T’Shuvah Designed from the Heart project.  What an exciting journey it has been!  It was so inspiring to create functional pieces that were beautiful to look at too.  New floors, refurbished vintage furniture, custom day beds to double as couches during the day, and new outdoor furniture and lanterns to enjoy time on the balcony.

The bathrooms were completely gutted.  New counters made of marble, a handmade green limpet shell from our studio, mirrored pendant light, and vintage glass containers for new towels, candles and my favorite soap and lotions from Antica Farmacista. Even the toilets are new!

The Men’s room was just as fun!  Custom nailhead vegan leather day beds, faux bois floors, DL Rhein pillows, and vintage marine framed prints. Matchstick shades to replace the non existent window treatments and a smoky lotus chandelier.

The men’s bathroom is modern and sleek and a far cry from the original pictures. Green glass tile floors, polished chrome accessories, fringed Turkish bath towels and an antiqued mercury glass mirror.

This project was aptly named Designed from the Heart.  It is for a wonderful cause and the residents were overwhelmed with their new rooms.  While in recovery, to have a clean and comfortable space of your own that is also pleasing to the eye, goes a very long way.

From the bottom of my heart, a huge thank you to all of our vendors and friends who so generously donated to make this project a reality.  You helped make this as wonderful as I hoped it could be.  And to my partner in this project, Debbie Adelstein.  Thank you for your taste, class and companionship!  Making a new friend in you was an added bonus.


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Wonders of White

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What do you do with well made vintage furniture that looks totally dated thanks to old age and dingy color?  Paint it white!  It never ceases to amaze me what white paint can do to transform a tired piece into one that is fresh and modern.  It was the perfect choice for our women’s room remodel at Beit T’Shuvah for the Designed from the Heart Project.

The hardware was super groovy so we wanted to use that if possible.  With a little elbow grease, off came the old paint and voila!  Vintage brass becomes good as new and keeps the aesthetic of the pieces that originally caught my attention.

We love the contrast of the white to the fab faux bois floors and it is beautiful against the soothing blue walls.  The residents were thrilled with their new furniture.   Form and function, the perfect marriage in our eyes.  Reinvent, Redesign, Re-purpose.



Faux Floors – Designed from the Heart Remodel

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I think we can all agree, at some point, you have to say goodbye to old carpet.  If I had my druthers, I would banish it  forever in most environments.

 This wasn’t even a question in regards to the remodel of residence rooms at Beit T’Shuvah.   It was dated, in bad shape, and in areas that get constant foot traffic and turnover of residents.  We had to come up with a practical solution that was both economical and pleasing to the eye.

 I hit the jackpot when I found this flooring.  No, it’s not hardwood….It’s not even laminate.  It is…drumroll….LINOLEUM!  This is not your Grandma’s linoleum that’s for sure.  Aside from looking fabulous, it was the perfect choice as it is extremely durable and a cinch to clean. Without a doubt, these floors may be the most exciting design find I’ve had in a very long time.

 Available in  loads of patterns and colors, I knew this faux bois (French for false wood)  was the way to go.  Everyone that has come by our rooms during the remodel has stood there, mouths agape, saying they just can’t believe it’s linoleum.   By the looks of my girls Mia and Rose’s faces, neither can they.

Inspiration for Designed from the Heart

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The inspiration for the resident rooms at Beit T’Shuvah was an interesting and challenging process.  I wanted to create a serene and  healing environment while sticking to my design aesthetic.  Because the residents are of all ages, I wanted to make the space appealing to anyone who may reside in it for 3 months at a time.

 The biggest challenge was regarding storage.  There was no storage, clothes and belongings were everywhere.  We had to create closets from scratch and Ikea had the perfect solution.  There was also no space to sit in the rooms.  I had custom upholstered bed frames made that would go against the wall and double as a couch during the day.  Here is a peek into what we are using to transform the rooms!

For the women’s room, green limpet sea shells were the main source of inspiration.  These are one of my all time favorite natural wonders and make you feel like you are on an island somewhere. Feminine and subtle, the perfect choice for our palette.

We’re co-ordinating everything around these, even the wall color.  Wait until you see the hand made mirror for the bathroom! Narcissus himself  would undoubtably be stuck looking at it for hours.

The inspiration for the men’s room started with the faux bois floor we installed (wait till you see it).  A greyish brown palette, lending itself to Navy, Chocolate, Taupe and Grey.  Masculin and Modern is what we are going for, not the typical bachelor pad often filled with burgundy and hunter green.  My son Jack even approved, and he has very discerning taste.  “This is a room I would definitely enjoy living in…hint, hint.”


A mixture of textures.  Linen, marble, cotton, sea fans.

This has been one of the most inspiring projects to date in my career.  Stay tuned, the best is yet to come.



Designed From The Heart

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I’m schvitzing as I pack up the truck with my haul to Beit T’Shuvah, an organization that provides shelter, treatment and spiritual healing to those afflicted with addictive and behavioral disorders.  Beit T’Shuvah directs its resources on treatment, recovery and re-entry.  Their latest endeavor is a project called  Designed from the Heart. 40 Los Angeles Designers were asked to donate their time and services to renovate and redesign the 40 primary bedrooms for the residents of Beit T’Shuvah, which are in dire need of repair and remodeling.  There’s nothing I love more than a creative challenge, and the fact that it is for a charity makes it even more exciting.

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