Laurie Gorelick Interiors


Project Design 2013 -- Ronald McDonald House of Long Island -- Finale

I have one last room to discuss from the re-design of the original eighteen bedrooms at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. I saved this bedroom for a solo post because its design so satisfied one of the chief objectives of this project, which is to raise the spirits of the families residing at the Ronald McDonald House while a critically-ill child undergoes treatment.

Interior Designer Michael Tavano called his bedroom suite "Orange You Glad There's a Ronald McDonald House?" His bold color choice of Benjamin Moore's Fiesta Orange for the wall color gave the room immediate warmth and set the stage for a lively palette of complementary colors.


                                                                 Photo courtesy of Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

Rather than bring the Fiesta Orange paint color up to the ceiling, Michael added architectural molding around the room at the height of the window wall and painted the walls above the molding and the sloped ceiling a cool sky blue. By doing so, Michael moderated the saturated orange tone, balanced the proportions of the room and gave the room's inhabitants a calming vista to gaze at while drifting off to sleep. Genius!

Another great design feature was the assortment of spherical pendant lights Michael added to illuminate the room. Using several of different sizes and colors consumed the extra volume of the vaulted ceiling and brought it down to human scale. Plus, the round shape and random placement of the spheres were just plain fun.

I loved the mix of forms Michael used in the room. The spherical lighting fixtures, serpentine cornice and arched headboards balanced the angles of the sloped ceiling and furniture in a playful way.


Michael's flame stitch fabric choice for the headboards and bed skirts was a wonderful addition of pattern to the room. On a practical note, Michael used slipcovers of washable outdoor fabrics from Kravet to make the bedroom easy to maintain.

In another delightful addition of pattern, Michael had a focal wall painted in vertical stripes. Giving back in yet another way, to paint the wall, Michael commissioned graduates of the nonprofit Alpha Workshops Studio School. This school, in the Chelsea section of New York City, provides tuition-free classes in decorative arts and painted finishes to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.


                                                            Photo courtesy of Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

Here's Michael standing in front of another surprise in his room. The wall art is from Home Goods, showing that great design can be achieved with a hi-lo mix.

Congratulations, Michael, on a design very well done!