Jingle All the Way!

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.

AutoCAD drawings of Firehouse and Beach Cottage
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…

Dr Shad expresses her sincere thanks for the creation of the Jingle Suites

Dr Shad expresses her sincere thanks for the creation of the Jingle Suites

 

And then we proceeded to our very first tour of the Jingle Suites – starting with the door the unit’s very own Firehouse.

Entrance to the Nurse's Station Firehouse

Entrance to the Nurse’s Station 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?

The outside of the firehouse.

The outside of the firehouse.

 

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.

Flooring designed for the firehouse

Flooring designed for the firehouse

 

We love how the flooring looks with the exterior.

We love how the flooring looks with the exterior.

 

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 Beach Cottage Suite

The Beach Cottage Suite

 

The details of each room were incredible. This is one of the rewards of interior design – turning ideas into reality.

Closeup of the sconce outside the Beach Cottage (no changing of bulbs necessary!)

Closeup of the sconce outside the Beach Cottage (no changing of bulbs necessary!)

 

And who was responsible for painting these rooms and making them come to life? The creative talent of Billet Collins Studio, of course!

Danziger Design's Wendy & Mary with the ladies of Billet Collins Studio - Kellie, Amy, and Barbara. Billet Collins were the decorative painters for the Jingle Suites.

Danziger Design’s Wendy & Mary with the ladies of Billet Collins Studio – Kellie, Amy,
and Barbara. Billet Collins were the decorative painters for the Jingle Suites.

 

 

Another floor design that must have provided the installer with some challenges…

The flooring inside the Beach Cottage - designed by Danziger Design.

The flooring inside the Beach Cottage – designed by Danziger Design.

 

 

Can this shower really be in a hospital?!  The answer is YES.

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Wendy and Gloria delight in seeing the suites.

Wendy and Gloria delight in seeing the suites.

 

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What an incredible evening!

Georgetown Jingle Update

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No words describe how elated I was and am to meet Katie, our patient contact from Georgetown University Hospital. Everyone should have a sweetheart like this in their lives.

When I got to her home, her parents were incredibly gracious and when Katie arrived carrying a tea set, I was hooked!!! I had to inquire as to whether she knew the theme for the tree was a Children’s Tea Party and the answer was “yes”!

Can’t wait to meet with her later in October when she is “in town”.

Stay tuned!

Georgetown Jingle – Our preparations begin…

Ribbons, and bows, and tulle, oh my!Our initial preparations for the Georgetown Jingle have begun! After a few visits to some fabric and craft stores in the area, we’re feeling good about our theme, “Children’s Tea Party”. The Georgetown Jingle raises funds for the Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at Georgetown University Hospital. We’re thinking of the magic of a tea party filled with make-believe and precious memories – not to mention tea cups, bows, delicious treats, and sparkle! Keep checking back as we continue with our preparations. Only 144 days left until the magic begins… The Georgetown Jingle – December 1-14 – The Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC.