Design Havens for Heroes is a charity initiative launched by interior designer, Francesca Rowan-Plowden to bring together an inspiring community of talent from the interior design field. The aim is to create room makeover “havens” for accredited NHS key workers who have been working on the front line during the COVID-19 crisis, and who will, undoubtedly, need the benefit of rest and calm in their own homes, after dealing with the emotional and physical demands of tackling the pandemic.

Design Havens for Heroes is a collective formed from a broad range of leading interior designers, high profile suppliers, as well as skilled makers and tradesmen, such as, curtain makers and decorators who are happy to donate their time, skills, experience and products to the cause. From these offers of help, Francesca is working to build teams to work together to create these ‘Havens’ for the frontline NHS heroes. Currently, followers to the Instagram account are being encouraged to nominate, or tag, a deserving NHS worker. The charity team are assessing all the nominations so that they can hit the ground running in partnership with their allocated NHS worker, interior designer and brands as soon as restrictions are lifted.

Who’s Involved?

Leading fabric, wallpaper, paint and furniture brands such as Colefax & Fowler, De Gournay, William Yeoward, Tom Dixon, Lewis & Wood, Blithfield, The Design Archives, Farrow & Ball, Edward Bulmer Natural Paint, The Little Greene Paint Company, Cabbages & Roses, Neptune, and Ventura Design are all on board, as well as smaller niche businesses such as Otto Tiles, Zoe Glencross, Henley Kille Joinery and Susie Hetherington Textiles amongst many others. They will work alongside a growing pool of interior design talent which includes names such as Kate Guinness, Salvesen Graham, Fiona Duke and Julia Alexander, as well as Ambassadors for the charity which include designers Nina Campbell and Gabriella Blackman, interior journalists Kerryn Harper-Cuss and Michelle Ogundehin, and style writer and influencer Kate Watson-Smyth.

Find Out More

We recently interviewed Francesca for our Interior Design Business Podcast. You can listen in to that interview here:

Make sure you also follow the Instagram account @designhavensforhomes for daily updates and visit

Image courtesy of De Gournay.

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