A couple of weeks ago I shared how honored I am to be designing two rooms at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. The house is expanding to offer 63 more families a place to stay when receiving treatment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Since then, I’m deep in design ideas. The process is moving quickly and I just finished creating concept boards and presenting my ideas for the spaces.
A concept board, or mood board, is my guiding light for designing a room. It is the first thing I create after stepping into the space, measuring it and getting a feel for the ambiance. These rooms are unique because they are being installed into the Ronald McDonald House’s new expansion.
The concept boards are spaces to lay out my ideas and vision of the rooms. I organized options for upholstery, flooring, furniture and paint colors. The boards are detailed to include fabric patterns, texture and the overall mood of a room. I wanted families to feel the comfort of a boutique hotel, so I stayed away from bright and juvenile colors. The muted scheme of my designs is more upscale and relaxing.
The items I picked bring comfort and serenity to the rooms like an oasis in the sea of a crisis. These families deserve a quiet and peaceful place to stay and I wanted to create a cozy environment.
The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford has a special purpose: to offer an affordable place to live for families of children with life-threatening illnesses, while giving them the comforts of home and the support of other families. I wanted to incorporate the mission of the house into my design plans so I chose furniture that was modern yet resilient, and comforting yet practical.
My concept boards and plans have been approved by the Ronald McDonald House, which means the next step is to begin working with fabrics and furniture and fitting them to the space. Stay tuned for more updates from designing the rooms; the installations are taking place in October!
Jana Meewes Magginetti