A former Culver City motel has been renovated by volunteers and opened as the Upward Bound House Family Shelter. Eighteen interior designers decorated the units, making them stylish and inviting. L.A. Times writer Lisa Boone shares details about this place of pride. The team was exceedingly generous with their talent!
The power was off during the grand opening of Upward Bound House’s new Family Shelter, but there was a lot of daylight in the rooms. And, as though to compensate for the lack of electricity, while on a walk-through to meet the designers of each room, a visitor could feel the buzzing energy of community and of creativity. Volunteer coordinator Dara Lasky said residents are families who’d been living in their cars. Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise Interior Design created low-cost headboards by using wallpaper and then having them laminated at Staples. Kelly LaPlante of Organic Interior Design nailed circular pieces of cork to the wall above bunk beds for kids to decorate. Nadia Geller painted stripes. Jill Crawford created graphic links. Dara Vargas added fluttering butterfly decals.