Imagine This: Design Collaboration for a Cause

Imagine This: Design Collaboration for a Cause

Amazing things happen when creative people put their heads together for a good cause.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Richmond, Va., is a nonprofit organization that provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families. The organization’s goal is to ease the burdens faced by families during the most challenging time of their lives, so that they can stay together and stay focused on what matters most: the well-being of their children. I recently teamed up with other home-decor experts to update the basement playroom, an important space for the residents of the house.


Designed by Kathy Corbet, Richmond, Va


Designed by Kathy Corbet, Richmond, Va.

What a dramatic before and after photo! There are almost too many improvements to name. Toy storage, a cohesive sitting area, soothing and coordinated colors, smooth concealment of utilities, and more.

I suggested swapping old carpet for a laminate wood floor that would look fresh and new, plus be easy to clean. The tone feels warm and inviting, even though the carpet is gone. I also donated the rug in tones that pull the room together with a pattern that won’t show dirt, along with the coffee table and benches.

Desk Area Before:

Ronald McDonald House desk area before

Desk Area After:


Georgia Kukoski of The Closet Factory is responsible for getting this project off the ground. And on that same note, her efficient design skills are responsible for getting so many toys and books off the ground.  This desk area is classic and is a great place for families to catch up via Skype with loved ones.

Ronald McDonald House redesigned TV area

Yes it is amazing what a coat of paint can do. After I selected a shade to complement the new decor, Muffy Barden suggested the right sheen to flawlessly cover the many surfaces with a new and concealing coat of paint. Bardens Decorating has done an outstanding job once again.

Other credit goes to Seth Woods of Woods Restoration and Refinishing for fixing and finishing a play table. And to Leisha Schutt of LHS Designs for the throw pillows.

Kathy Corbet poses with Ronald McDonald

The greatest improvement is to the lives of the people who use the space, the residents of the Richmond Ronald McDonald House. I am proud to have been a part of this update to their basement playroom.

Kathy Corbet Interiors is thrilled to be featured in the upcoming book Inspired Interiors. Browse some of our most beautiful spaces alongside the work of other leading interior designers and start imagining your dream home.