Makeover completed by DFS and Crown Paints for the LauraLynn Hospice

DFS LauraLynn Makeover

As part of its ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility campaign in Ireland, bringing comfort to those who need it most, sofa retailer DFS helped deliver a wonderful makeover at LauraLynn,Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, working with Crown Paint and interior designer, Alannah Monks. LauraLynn’s Children’s Hospice works with children with life-limiting illnesses and their families, to make the most of the little moments together.

Commenting on the project, Bevan Ritchie, Head of Operations at LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, said; ”We would like to thank DFS, Crown Paints and Alannah Monks of The Abode Stylist for so generously helping us to makeover our main reception area at our campus in Leopardstown. LauraLynn is a bright and colourful place and it’s even more so now thanks to this beautiful makeover. Our main reception area is normally the first space that visitors see when they arrive at LauraLynn and we are so delighted that it is now a brighter and more welcoming space which reflects the joy and fun that LauraLynn is all about.” 

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Pictured is interior Designer Alannah Monks with Bevan Ritchie, Head of Operations at LauraLynn Children’s Hospice in the newly made over main reception area completed with support from DFS and Crown Paint.
Pic credit: Fennell Photography

The project is part of a series of ongoing makeovers throughout Ireland completed by DFS over the past few years. Dan Geraghty, Store Manager for DFS Carrickmines said, “Speaking on behalf of all my colleagues we are honoured to have been able to support this very special service. DFS has supplied sofas to thousands of homes throughout Ireland and we truly understand the benefits and the importance of comfort in every environment, so giving back in this way has been a real privilege. Anyone who walks through the doors of LauraLynn’s main reception can see immediately what a special place it is. Thank you to the amazing team on the ground who have made this happen, Crown Paints,  Alannah Monks of the Abode Stylist, and print company, Jando,  for supporting the makeover.”

Alannah Monks, said, “As a mum myself, I feel huge empathy with the families who find themselves here and was delighted to volunteer my time. As a designer I am so conscious of how a space can make people feel. We wanted to achieve something that reflected the positive work done by LauraLynn and the joy they bring to the lives of so many during difficult times. We chose to lead with colour and pattern, creating somewhere child friendly without losing sight of the serious work being done by the amazing team behind LauraLynn.

The colours available from DFS made bringing the space together so simple. The French Connection Zinc sofa in navy made continuity with the site’s branding extremely easy, and its leather upholstery will make the space easy to maintain and keep clean. The armchairs in yellow provided yet another pop of colour in a functional way, with the retro shape of the So Simple Tom armchair complementing  the painted walls. Thanks also to Cathy McGovern and Bronagh Fleming for their support with murals. .

Bringing the LauraLynn brand colours into the space was extremely important, and Crown Paints did an incredible job matching them using their colour matching services and making them available in their Crown Trade Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial Scrubbable Matt Paint. Similarly the prints donated by Julie and Owen of Jando reflect the key colours of LauraLynn, of blue, pink and yellow, while also nodding to the charity’s value  as an important place for families who need it in Ireland.

We all want to support families who are on this very tough journey.  In working with DFS and Crown Paints to transform the reception area my intention has been to give families some space to make the most of the little moments together.” 

Darren Mcllroy, Colour mixing Systems Manager for Crown Paint said “ When Alannah asked if we could help with this project it was an instant yes from everyone in Crown Paints team.  We are privileged to have been able to support LauraLynn and their amazing work, even in this small way.  The effect of colour on mood cannot be underrated and Alannah has created a fabulous welcoming, yet empathetic and practical space.”

Pics: Fennell Photography

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