Room 2 - The Bend Ronald McDonald House, 2014 Philanthropic project for the High Desert Design Council
The room I've been working on, along with Sarah Phipps Design, for the Bend Ronald McDonald House is partially complete. Still to come: local art and gorgeous area rug. Can't wait to see it completely finished!
I'm chairing the High Desert Design Council's 2014 philanthropic project at the Bend Ronald McDonald House. We're updating the six guest rooms for families of pediatric patients who travel to Bend for medical treatment.
Currently each room has a small plastic garbage and recycle can as well as a mini fridge on the floor next to the bed. We teamed up with Hayes Cabinets to create a piece of furniture that will house the mini fridge at an ergonomic height, and provide a pull-out drawer for the garbage and recycling to keep it out of sight. (Hayes Cabinets is generously providing all six of these units!)
Each room team is responsible for painting their piece and providing handles for the door and pull-out drawer. I had the idea of having custom forged handles that would mimic the design of a tile mural we're using in the room I'm working on (along with Sarah Phipps Design). I envisioned two handles that looked like one piece. Luckily, I'm married to an artist blacksmith. This is the design my husband Mark is working on based on the Metolius Ridge Artisan Tile mural.
Last month, I was contacted by the Director of TV Development for Leopard Films (whose clients include A&E, Discovery, HGTV, DIY Network, BBC America, HGTV's House Hunters and Man Caves) who wanted to talk to me about my design work and potential TV opportunities. Flattered, but as an introvert, I do my best work behind the scenes. TV just isn't my dream.
Arranging flowers is an occasional joy. I like the mindlessness of it all...the soothing, repetitive motions, and the quiet wonder when you realize what you've created.
Last night my husband and I toured a passive solar home in Bend, OR. The home's builder, Paul Schmitz - owner of Boxcar Productions, was on hand to answer questions. I truly wish more builders would embrace the idea of building sustainably. Better for the earth and all its inhabitants.
From the Boxcar website:
The home is listed for sale here.
I was asked to make a website for a home for sale near Palm Springs. Kind of a fun change. All the other websites I've made have been for businesses...it was nice to do one that had another purpose altogether.
I'll be chairing the High Desert Design Council (HDDC) committee for this year's philanthropic project, "Renewing the House That Love Built" ( Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Oregon ) We'll be turning the six bedrooms/bathrooms into serene environments for the families who live there while visiting their hospitalized children.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Oregon® supports children and families in Central and Eastern Oregon through its cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House, a six room “home-away-from-home” for families of pediatric patients who travel to Bend for medical treatment. The charity also supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children and families in the communities of Central and Eastern Oregon. For more information, see their website http://www.rmhcofcentraloregon.org/
The HDDC will begin design work this month with implementation extended throughout the year.
RMH and the HDDC gratefully welcome volunteers and/or charitable donations. If interested in helping in some way, connect with the HDDC via the “Contact” page of their website http://thehddc.com/ or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm visual person so I started a Pinterest board with some of my ideas for one of the rooms: http://www.pinterest.com/highdesertdiva/ronald-mcdonald-house-bedroom-en-suite-bath-ideas/
I've been working with clients on a remodel project in Redding, California. A very tight budget - so creativity is coming into play. We decided on plywood as flooring. Below is the process as described by my clients - avid DIYers.
We wanted wood flooring but needed it to be human healthy and economical at the same time. That was a really tall order and one we started to feel was impossible as everywhere we looked the cost for what we needed grew larger. We took our problem to Charmaine who suggested plywood flooring. This idea blew our minds - we had no knowledge of plywood being used as anything but sub flooring. She sent us some great images of attractive plywood flooring and soon we were SOLD on the idea! Through Charmaine we learned about PUREBOND plywood which is the most human healthy plywood you can buy on the market today. It is formaldehyde free and carb phase II compliant and was an excellent option for my chemically sensitive health issues. The savings over any other wood flooring options with our particular list of needs was incredible! Charmaine saved us over $1500 on the flooring alone!
1) We went to Home Depot (they sell PUREBOND formaldehyde free / Carb Phase II compliant plywood) and for a small fee they will cut the 4x8 sheets right at the store in whatever lengths you desire - we opted for 16"x 8' planks - that makes 3 planks per sheet of plywood. We choose a 15/32 (half inch) birch finish plywood and were very pleased with its beautiful wood patterns. We went through two pallets and hand selected each sheet based on the grain patterns but they were almost all beautiful so you could hardly go wrong.
2) Then we got a special bit for our router and basically routered out a 1/8" wide groove all the way around each plank. (When you look at the cut edge of the plywood - we basically took out the middle section of the ply - to about 5/8" deep). This gave us our way of connecting the planks without the use of nails.
3) Then we bought a sheet of masonite (also human healthy) and had Home Depot cut it into 1" strips for us. We used these strips as the splines to hold the planks together. Basically we created our own floating floor but without the toxic overload many laminates have and ten times the beauty since this is real wood and not an image of real wood.
4) We used a standard 2 in 1 underlayment that we rolled out and then we begin to install our floor. We used Elmer's non toxic wood glue to glue every spline into the routered groves and tap it into place. Most of the time the seams meet up perfectly and you quickly learn the best gluing techniques so as to minimize glue seeping onto the finished floor. If you do get some glue bleed just use rubbing alcohol on a rag right away to clean it up. The floors are turning out incredibly beautiful so far! We are really pleased with the outcome!
We chose to start in our bedroom knowing we would learn a lot on that first room (which we did!) so that by the time we got to the living room and kitchen we are a well oiled floor making machine!
We are actually making our own youtube / instructional video of this process as we wish we could have found more specific instructions of plywood floors that didn't involve nailing it down. This was the best video we found on the process:
April marks the end of my term as President of the High Desert Design Council (HDDC). In fact, it will be the first time since the group started that I won't be on the board.
For groups like this, new members equal new ideas. A fresh start all around. Looking forward to seeing what's next!
Designing is a term that encompasses many aspects. I spent last week creating a website for Living in the Garden, an incredibly gorgeous garden center in Pullman, Washington.
I enjoy the diversity of creating beautiful spaces whether they're in a home, a business, or on the web!