About This Project

San Francisco Design Center + Ronald Mcdonald House at stanford

Drawing upon the inspiration and success of Ronald McDonald House in Long Island where the design community rallied to refresh the 28 year-old facility, the San Francisco Design Center is proud to embark on a major philanthropic initiative in 2015. The SFDC has partnered with Ronald McDonald House at Stanford to provide major interior design services for their new expansion.

Under the design leadership of co-chairs Elizabeth Martin of Martin Group, and Geoffrey De Sousa of Geoffrey De Sousa Design and co-principal of De Sousa Hughes, they are galvanizing 48 interior design firms to provide pro bono interior design services for the 52,000-square-foot expansion of the House. When the expansion is complete in December of 2015, it will be the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world, providing invaluable shelter, support and community to the families of critically ill children being treated at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital on the Stanford campus. The children, who come from all over California, the United States, and around the world, arrive at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford with serious medical conditions. Many are treated for cancer; some are waiting for organ transplants. With their families, these young patients can stay for weeks – even months – at the House.

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The Community Leaders

Introducing Where Hope has a Home Design Co-Chairs

Beth Martin and Geoffrey De Sousa didn’t even blink when asked to co-chair Ronald McDonald House at Stanford expansion project. Given the stellar reputation of Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, their affiliation with the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and the importance of the expansion – the House currently has

40 to 50 families on their daily waiting list – they were eager to lend their design expertise to the project. They determined that 50 design firms will be required to design:

  • 67 new guestrooms
  • Home-like kitchen and dining areas
  • Kitchen preparation space for volunteer meal preparation
  • Age-specific activity rooms
  • Classroom
  • Multi-purpose rooms
  • Library and resource center
  • Healing garden and retreat
  • Fitness center and rehabilitation room

Beth and Geoff will lead the team of designers to create a warm, supportive, and sensitive environment so families can rest, recuperate, and heal.

About Beth

Elizabeth Martin, founder and creative director of Martin Group, specializes in interior architecture and design for high-end residential interiors.  Drawing on 20 years of design experience, she combines a keen aesthetic eye with her passions for art, fashion, and travel.  Her design spaces range from country living to city dwelling – at once sophisticated, timeless, elegant, refined, and above all else, livable.  She is on Elle Décor’s A List of Designers.


About Geoff

Geoffrey De Sousa doesn’t just design homes, he curates them.  Known for creating interiors that are cosmopolitan and warmly modern, he brings connoisseurship to each of his designs. For the past 20 years, his work embraces both the classic and cutting edge.  De Sousa is also the co-founder of De Sousa Hughes, a San Francisco design showroom known for its bespoke collection of furnishings, textiles, lighting, and accessories by designers and artists from across the U.S. and Europe.


Co-Presenter and Sponsors

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors

Marianne Howatson, Co-Presenter CEO and Publications Director, Cottages & Gardens

First and foremost, the SFDC thanks the leadership of Marianne Howatson, CEO and Publications Director of SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens),  CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens),  HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens), and NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens). Not only was she instrumental in the successful renovation of Ronald McDonald House in Long Island with NYC&G – which resulted in the largest design initiative in the United States with 75 designers taking part — she also introduced the SFDC to Poggenpohl and Cosentino who will provide the kitchens and countertop surfaces respectively, to the project.  The SFDC is proud to have SFC&G as our co-presenter on this project.

Neil Bailey, Sponsor President, Poggenpohl U.S. and Canada

Neil’s involvement with Ronald McDonald House in Long Island set the precedent and inspiration for donating the kitchens at Stanford. His generosity to the families at Ronald McDonald House will allow them — and the cadre of volunteers who prepare the nightly meals – to prepare and cook meals in beautifully functional kitchens that will last decades. The SFDC was particularly touched by his quote, “Sometimes we look back and ask what we did that was genuinely meaningful for others. I like to think that good Karma begets good Karma, and I think you have just proved it.”

Tori RossNational Design Sales Cosentino

Cosentino and Poggenpohl have a national relationship – which opened the doors for Cosentino to delve into this project with incredible generosity. Their products are particularly well-suited for Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Many children suffer from auto-immune deficiencies which restricts the use of conventional tile and grout in the guest room’s bathrooms. Cosentino will provide products that are bacteriostatic which disallows the propagation of bacteria on their products’ surfaces – a perfect solution for these children.