Designer Bedrooms?

I just got the most disturbing pictures today from my friend, Designer Jill Sorensen, who is also the founder of the charity Knock Out Abuse, which benefits victims of domestic violence. She visited a shelter for abused women and children last week and saw the conditions in which they must live:

These conditions add insult to (literal) injury for these women and their kids.

“I was completely HORRIFIED by the conditions these women and children lived in. I’m tormented about it and just have to help them,” Jill wrote to me in an e-mail.

Pictures of this shelter bring back memories of when I was a news reporter in Florida years ago, and I reported and wrote a special section in the paper about domestic violence. I spent time with women in a shelter, and sadly, they are all similar. The wonderful organizers at these places give all that they can to help these people escape violence at home, but unfortunately, there typically isn’t anything left for decor.

This is the result:

If there is anyone out there willing to donate design advice or — better yet — furniture, Jill is taking names. Many of us know the power that interior design can have on one’s psyche: if your home is calm, collected, and pleasing, so will be your mood and outlook.

The opposite is also true with these types of surroundings:

The most urgent need at this point, Jill says, is furniture. “A bunk bed!” she writes, or an 8×10 rug, bedside chests, and dressers.

Huge praise goes out to Vastu in DC, which has already agreed to donate a bunch of stuff. One woman who saw Jill’s appeal on Facebook is also donating quilts.

Is there a designer out there who wants to design a room?

I know that together, we can make this shelter into a beautiful, therapeutic space. I can’t wait to document the progress.

If anyone wants to help, call Ellen at Knock Out Abuse: 202.725.5604. Thank you!

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this information. It is so hard to imagine women and children getting back on their feet in a space like this. They definitely deserve a space that inspires and supports healing and takes them from being victims of domestic abuse to being survivors.

  2. Thanks for posting so quickly Jennifer!! I’ve redesigned shelters in the past. The impact it has on the women and children who live there is tremendous. It’s crazy to realize how a little effort, can alter the path of a human being forever. For anyone who decides to help, I promise you — you’ll never regret it.

  3. I would love to help design a room Jennifer!! My email is lauren@thepurestyle.com

    xoxo

  4. After reading you site, Your site is very useful for me .I bookmarked your site!

  5. I’m just starting an interior design Masters, so I don’t know much yet, but what kind of help do you need?

  6. Jennifer,

    Love to help. Send me an email with the details!

    ~Rebecca

  7. Oh my gosh. I’d love to help – though I’m not yet a designer. Please let me know what I can do.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Jane, please call Ellen at Knock out Abuse, who is orchestrating the whole thing — any help is much appreciated! Thank you so much for writing.

  9. Hi Jennifer – I’m a huge design fan but not nearly an expert. I would be happy to donate my (wo)man power as well as some of my husbands framed photography (yarmuthphotogrpahy.com) for the walls. Just having some art on those bare walls could really help create a more cheerful feeling for the women and children who come here!

  10. Jennifer says:

    How wonderful — could you please call Ellen at the number on my blog post? I’m so thrilled by all this amazing outpouring of support.

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