Home & Design

HomeGoods accessories adorn the dining area.

A bedstead from Wayfair makes the bedroom inviting.

An IKEA sofa and pillows from HomeGoods furnish a comfortable sitting area.

Mariella Cruzado of Splendor Styling, Weatherspoon and volunteer Miyuki Carter in a home Cruzado created for a DC mom.

Cachet Design for a Cause

Room to Rebloom transforms home environments for survivors of domestic violence

Cachet Design for a Cause

Four years ago, DC social worker Enid McKitrick assembled a group of like-minded women, including fundraisers, mental-health professionals, and interior designers, to discuss challenges facing the survivors of domestic abuse. Focused on data showing the positive effects environment can have on mood, learning and productivity, they were inspired to form Room to Rebloom, a non-profit that turns low-income abodes into welcoming homes for these women and their children.

So far, the group has created homes for 15 women and 32 children, pairing residents with designers who donate their services and involve them in the process.

The first project was the makeover of a 12-unit apartment building owned by House of Ruth. “First we renovated the public spaces,” recalls board member and designer Kia Weatherspoon of the DC firm Determined by Design. “The women were clearly thinking, ‘Why are you bothering to do this?’ That turned into ‘I can’t believe someone would do this for me.’” She remembers one resident seeing her decorated apartment and saying, “When I walked in, I knew change was possible for me.”

To date, Room to Rebloom has partnered with 12 designers. An annual fundraiser, Room to Rebloom on the Roof, supports their efforts, as do donations from vendors including Stark Carpet, Bernhardt Furniture, Sherwin Williams and IKEA. “Though we are price-conscious, we try to purchase everything new,” Weatherspoon says. “We want to send a message to these women that they have value; they’ve had enough seconds and thirds in life.”

A Northeast DC mother recently settled into a once-dingy one-bedroom apartment that now brims with fresh, bright hues and natural light. Her 18-year-old son, says Weatherspoon, was skeptical when he visited during the process, but changed his mind when he saw the results. “This is how my mom should live,” he commented. “She can’t be in darkness with this much color and light.” roomtorebloom.org

You may also like:

Basement Bonanza
Laura Fox brings order and style to a family-friendly redo
Light Fantastic
The latest trends in illumination
Passion for Design
DuVäl Reynolds helps clients envision spaces that reflect their style and needs
HOME&DESIGN, published bi-monthly by Homestyles Media Inc., is the premier magazine of architecture and fine interiors for the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia region.

The company also publishes an annual H&D Sourcebook of ideas and resources for homeowners and professionals alike. H&D Chesapeake Views is published bi-annually and showcases fine home design and luxury living in and around the Chesapeake Bay.

The H&D Portfolio of 100 Top Designers spotlights the superior work of selected architects, interior designers and landscape architects in major regions of the US.

Stay Connected with HOME & DESIGN Newsletter

Copyright © 2021 Home & Design. All rights reserved. | Back to top
magnifier