A few years ago, we received a call from designer Shazlynn Cavin-Winfrey asking if we would be interested in designing suites for a soon to be created wing of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for pediatric hematology and oncology. Interested? Are you kidding? We were elated! These rooms would affectionately come to be known as the “Jingle Suites” since the funds for this addition would come from the annual Georgetown Jingle which raises money for pediatric oncology. Our only guidelines… the façade of each room should resemble that of a house. We left the casual picnic table meeting outside of Jetties feeling honored and excited to be a part of this.
After the meeting, we drove around the area looking at houses for ideas, and then brainstormed when we got back to the office. After many brainstorming sessions (emphasis on MANY), over many days, we came up with the following ideas/facades for our two allotted suites.
We presented our ideas to the staff at Georgetown University Hospital in August of 2011 along with designers Shazlynn Cavin-Winfrey and Gloria de Lourdes Blalock. The reception from the hospital staff was wonderful.
All that was left to do was wait – for additional money to be raised, for the suites to be constructed and for the decorative touches to be put on the rooms.
On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, after much anticipation, we attended the inauguration of the Jingle Suites. As designers, we see concept become reality time and time again. But there was something different about this. We know that good design affects mood and quality of life, and we are truly overwhelmed knowing that these suites were designed to do just that – for children, their families, doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff who will truly benefit from entering rooms that do not look like hospital rooms. We hope that you will never have to see or experience these suites in person, but we wanted to share some pictures from the inauguration event. Many thanks to all who made this dream a reality!
First the ceremony…
And then we proceeded to our very first tour of the Jingle Suites – starting with the door the unit’s very own Firehouse.
We were blown away when we first saw the Firehouse – complete with dalmatian – what firehouse is complete without man’s (and woman’s) best friend?
We also designed the vinyl flooring (that was made to look like a rug or floorcloth) in each suite. We were floored (pun intended) that someone had the patience and skill to create our not so simple pattern.
This shows the Beach Cottage. The moulding above the door isn’t real… it’s painted. The glass inserts in the door? Paint as well.
The details of each room were incredible. This is one of the rewards of interior design – turning ideas into reality.
And who was responsible for painting these rooms and making them come to life? The creative talent of Billet Collins Studio, of course!
Another floor design that must have provided the installer with some challenges…
Can this shower really be in a hospital?! The answer is YES.
What an incredible evening!