1 GB Anne Tarasoff Photo by Marco Ricca

Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Project Design 2014: Exclusive Tips from Designers

New York Cottages & Gardens and Kravet have teamed up again this year for Project Design 2014, where 44 top notch designers redecorated the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island for an excellent cause. Unlike most showhouses we cover, this one is special in that the freshly designed rooms in the house will be used by the families of children undergoing medical treatment at the Children’s Medical Center of New York.

We got an inside look at the gorgeous showhouse and spoke with the designers, who gave us exclusive tips on working with a budget, creating moods with color and more! Check them out:


Designers Anne and Gail of Tarasoff Interiors set out to create a room that was warm and comfortable for the families that stay there. They built the design concept around a fabric with an elephant motif, which is used as a window treatment and on pillows to create an African Safari-themed room. The headboards upholstered in chevron striped fabric echo the zebra striped area rug on the floor, while pops of orange warm up the grey and white color scheme.

Anne & Gail’s Tip: “If you don’t have extra padding in your budget for art, print photos that you’ve taken on vacation or at events and hang them on clipboards. In this room, we did just that with safari photos taken by a friend’s son–it’s an incredible look and an extremely affordable way of making a statement wall.”

Anne and Gail Tarasoff

1 GB Anne Tarasoff Photo by Marco RiccaPhoto via Marco Ricca
Clipboard DIY Wall Art Interior Decor Ronald McDonald House 2014 Showhouse Desk Area Photo by Marco RiccaPhoto via Marco Ricca

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“The renovation of Ronald McDonald House resonated with me for its permanence and mission” says Keith, whose design in calming blues, refreshing white, and warm mahogany is reminiscent of a ship’s stateroom docked at a port for a brief visit, implying that the stay there is only temporary and that outside there is hope at the end. Keith designed this room to “embrace [the families] like a warm hug.”

Keith’s Tip: “Avoid overdoing a themed room to the point that it looks obvious and unsophisticated. Carefully choose the pieces that fit with the theme, like I’ve done here with the mirrored port holes & nautical flags made fromthe same white linen as the roman shades.”

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Robin Baron wanted her room to be a happy, fun and inviting place for the families that stay there, so she drew from color psychology to create this feeling. “I love the colors because green encourages healing and blue evokes a calm emotion. Together, in these specific hues, they help create the restorative environment I envisioned.” Baron used hand painted wallpaper from Fromental that features playful vines and butterflies on the walls, but you can get a similar look with Clarke & Clarke’s Botanica.

Robin’s Tip: “I played with pattern-on-pattern to help create the dramatic, fun look of this room. When using multiple prints be consistent with color and vary the scale by mixing larger patterns with small and medium patterns, then balancing them with solid and textured fabrics.”


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Eddie Lee’s gym design, something that we don’t see often at showhouses, started with the carpet. He chose a grey striped pattern that would coordinate with the gym equipment (donated by Planet Fitness in their signature purple) and make the space seem larger. “The ceilings are low in this space, which is never a good thing, but especially in a gym where lighting is crucial,” explains Lee. “Most ceiling mount lights drop too far into the room, so I found low profile florescent tubes and had them mounted in a random pattern on the ceiling.” The effect is dynamic, and gives a great energy to the space.

Eddie’s Tip: “I like using walls of mirrors in all my projects (and especially in a gym!) since they instantly double the room’s visual size and give a crisp, modern feel.”

Eddie Lee Headshot photo by patrick clinePhoto via Patrick Cline
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Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Project Design 2014 Designers:

Michael Adams, ADAMS ID
Anne Tarasoff and Gail Tarasoff-Sutton, Anne Tarasoff Interiors
Christine Gentile, Ashbourne
Keith Baltimore, Baltimore Design Group
Jackie Higgins,Beach Glass Designs
Bella Mancini, Bella Mancini Design
Billy Ceglia, Billy Ceglia Designs
Bonnie Steves , BJS – Assoc. Interior Design
Charles Pavarini III and J. Randall Tarasuk, Charles Pavarini III Design Associates, Inc.
Gayle Moss, Leslie Padron and Susan Taubman, Contents for the Home
Danielle Colding, Danielle Colding Design
Darrin Varden, Darrin Varden Design
Carol DeBear, DeBear Designs Inc
Drew McGukin, Drew McGukin Interiors
Eddie Lee, Eddie Lee Inc.
Elaine Griffin, Elaine Griffin Interior Design
Brian Patrick Flynn, Flynnside Out Productions
Stephanie Woodmansee and Elle Clymer, Henry & Co Design
James Huniford, Huniford Design Studio
Kelly Dall, Kelly Dall Interior Design, Inc.
Isabelle L. Ferranti, Isabelle L. Ferranti Interiors, Inc.
Jennifer Cohler Mason, J. Cohler Mason Design
Jack Levy, Jack Levy Design
Jennifer Flanders, Jennifer Flanders Inc.
Katharine Posillico McGowan , Katharine Jessica Interior LLC
Kim Radovich, Kim E. Courtney Interiors & Design
Leslie Segrete , Leslie Segrete Designs, LLC
Libby Langdon, Libby Interiors, Inc.
Lindsey Coral Harper, Lindsey Coral Harper Interior Design
Lisa Mende, Lisa Mende Design
Margreet Cevasco, Margreet Cevasco Design
Melissa Marcogliese, Melissa Marcogliese Interiors
Michael Tavano, Michael Tavano Design
Students and Alumni Brooke Lichtenstein and Yiannos Vrousgos, New York School of Interior Design
Philip Gorrivan, Philip Gorrivan Design
Robin Baron, Robin Baron Design Inc.
Donald Schermerhorn, Schermerhorn Interior Design
Suzanne Costa, Suzanne Costa Interiors
Tamara Eaton, Tamara Eaton Design, LLC
Traci Zeller, Traci Zeller Designs
Vasi Ypsilantis, Vasi Ypsilantis Design Associates
Rachel Florez, Vintage Interiors Design Inc.
Gail Eyl and Steve Gallotti, Willis Paint & Design Center
Young Huh, Young Huh, LLC

Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

267-07 76th Avenue

New Hyde Park, NY 11040

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One thought on “Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Project Design 2014: Exclusive Tips from Designers

  1. Dear Rachel,

    I just got back from Spain, and what a treat to open email and see this from you! Thank you for featuring Keith as beautifully as you always do.

    By next week I should be able to get projects over to Ashley for the book.

    Warm regards,


    Marva Kalish

    Public Relations Director

    (516) 944-2400



    35 Main Street

    Port Washington, New York 11050



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