CS: Is it true you did all five lounges for free?
BF: Yes, but there was more to it than just me. I did 100 percent of the design, decorating, and planning pro-bono but Flor, Texton, Ikea, C2 Paint, The Urban Drapery Company, Hewlett-Packard, Sunbrella, Murals Your Way, and Graham & Brown stepped it up even more. They donated an exorbitant amount of product: flooring, a brand new kitchen, computers, remote control window treatments, ripple-fold draperies, vinyl wallpaper, 12-foot cloud murals, and indoor/outdoor fabric.
Staples supplied a working budget to be divvied up as necessary among the five schools. While some really only needed paint, tables, chairs, and storage, others needed entire overhauls including new kitchens. Ever design and oversee installation of a 14x10 kitchen solely through picture text messages to contractors? Yeah, not easy.