project design 2014 blogger day: you’re invited!

Do you have a blog?  Will you be in the New York metro area on Wednesday, October 8, 2014?  If so, you are invited to Project Design 2014 Blogger Day!

Project Design 2014 Blogger Day InviteYou’ll enjoy exclusive tours of the newly designed areas of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, featuring forty-five of America’s top interior designers.  Lisa Mende and I have had a sneak peek of several rooms, and I can promise you won’t want to miss the incredible designs by Young Huh, Brian Patrick Flynn, Libby Langdon, Kelly Dall, Jennifer Cohler Mason, Jennifer Flanders, and so many more.  The party starts at 11 am and includes a brief program and lunch.  Transportation is available and departs at 10 am from the the New York Design Center.  Please RSVP to Liza Morten at Blitzer & Company if you plan to attend!

Cocoon by Kerry SteeleKerry Steele generously donated a gorgeous painting entitled “Cocoon” to Lisa’s and my business office.  In its honor, and in hopes that parents using this office to conduct their daily business will feel sheltered from the storm of illness, Lisa and I dubbed our project “The Cocoon Room.”

Lisa Mende Traci Zeller Ronald McDonald Business Office Rendering FINALIf you are interested in specific details about our RMD-LI project, please email for a copy of our press kit.

Will we see you at RMD-LI?


sundays with joy: life as a service

Joy Comes from Service TolstoyI wish you could have seen the hullabaloo at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.  Construction is well underway, furniture deliveries and other packages have overtaken the basement, hallways and other common areas, and — out of necessity — the RMH-LI team is communicating by walkie-talkie.  A renovation of this scale is no easy undertaking!

Anthony Baratta Sunroom Ronald McDonald House Long IslandWhat is truly remarkable, however, is the joy felt throughout the house — despite the chaos of the moment.  Lisa Mende overheard an adorable little girl say to her mommy, “This place is just magical.”  And it is.  It’s magical because it is filled with people working together.  It’s more than a job; it’s a mission.  A mission to help families stay together while kids heal.

Danielle Colding Bathroom Laundry Room Ronald McDonald House Long IslandWhat a true privilege to be part of that experience.  Many designers have raised enough money to cover the cost of a family staying in RMD-LI for a year.  Lisa and I aren’t there yet, but we’d like to be.  Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online.

Will you help us?

RMH-LI sunroom designed by Anthony Baratta.  RMH-LI bathroom and laundry room designed by Danielle Colding.   More coverage of Project Design 2013 (Phase 1 of the remodel) by, and photos via,  

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