Ronald McDonald House - Where Hope Has A Home

Opened in 1979 The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford provides a home-away-from-home and a supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Because the current house turns away 40 to 50 families each day, the RMH-S Board of Directors embarked upon a capital campaign in 2013 to build a new facility to meet the urgent need of families. The expansion will increase the number of family rooms from 47 to 123, and upon completion, the RMH-S will be the largest Ronald McDonald House worldwide. 

The San Francisco Design Center announced in 2015 its partnership with the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford (RMH-S) to provide interior design services on their new 52,000 square feet expansion by reaching out to select designers in the area to submit design proposals for various spaces within the house. The design committee chaired by Elizabeth Martin, Geoffry De Sousa & Rhonda Hirata, gave explicit requirments that the spaces feel warm & welcoming and the design be elegant but accessible.

I am happy to announce that my designs were selected and that Penelope Jones Design was awarded room #210 one of the largest bedrooms. We are thrilled to be given this great honor and opportunity to give back to our community.  


PJD's design intent was to express a warm, relaxed, California vibe that is at once inviting and refreshing, but also restrained and soothing.  The color palate reflects spring like tones with warm whites, soft muted caramels, greys and faded coral. Accents of cool misty morning blue and duck egg green balance out the warmer tones.  

The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a temporary haven that allows families the ability to focus on their child’s healing.  This new expansion will allow the RMH to accommodate all families on their wait list, while also providing services to local and outpatient families.  

All the furniture, furnishings, materials and installation labor will be provided by PJD for room #210 so we are currently working on a sponsorship package and will be looking for partners for the creation of room #210. All donations will be made to Ronald McDonald House and will be fully tax deductible. PJD will be submitting receipts at cost to be reimbursed by RMH as donations are received. Stayed tuned for more information on how you can be a part of our team and the creation of this very special space for families needing hope and a place to call home.


2015 is already flying by - March where did you come from?  

With lots of projects nearing completion and others ramping up, busy is the status quo.  Although there is that saying that if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.  Im already thinking about thanksgiving deliverables and order cut off dates!  

Most recently (aka this week), Penelope Jones Interior Design has evolved into Penelope Jones Design Inc. The need to engage more team members/staff to meet the surge in demand has spearheaded this revolution.

I am also looking for a new studio as we have outgrown our current space even though the commute was so easy for myself.  It is most likely that we will move to downtown Redwood City as its convenient to the majority of our clients on the peninsula and only 25mins to the SF Design Center (and not nearly as expensive as Palo Alto - sorry Ivonne!).  I am in talks for a space in a character building downtown RWC with great natural light. So stay tuned. If this works out the studio will be moving late april.   

Cheers!  -Penelope 

Kona-Kailua Hawaii

I just got back from a great install for my clients town home at Hualailai Villas, at the Four Seasons. My clients home was purchased a couple of years ago fully furnished. Unfortunately the furnishings they inherited with the home did not reflect anything of their experience of Hawaii - which is focussed heavily around being in, on or under the ocean waters.

Out went the dull greens & muted reds and in came vibrant blues, allot more texture and a bit more fun. Much better suited to their passion for diving and their easy going lifestyle with two children.  Theres a little more work to do but for the moment here are a few snap shots. 

Thank you to the great work by Tom at Aloha Wallcoverings, painting work by John Watterson, Kona Trans delivery team & Regis Electrical. 

Entry: Fish wallpaper by Cole & Son, light fixture: Koura pendant by David Trubridge.

Entry: Fish wallpaper by Cole & Son, light fixture: Koura pendant by David Trubridge.

Swivel chairs: Kravet Furniture

Swivel chairs: Kravet Furniture

Emerald Hills Living Room

My clients, P & L had done a wonderful job renovating their house in the hills down to the studs and back. But with a busy life and a good dose of project fatigue they decided it was time to bring in a fresh pair of eyes & resources (mine), to pull together the only room yet to be done; their living room...

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In the works 2014

A busy year for this studio with a number of projects kicking off and some well underway.

- refurbishment of a Hawaii, big island Four Seasons condo

- pool houses and additions to a large family compound on the peninsula

- various furniture & furnishing projects

- kitchen additions

- alterations & updates to a peninsula craftsman

..and hopefully in the later half of 2014 I will be working on plans for major additions to my own home.  That should be a unique challenge, as I am all too conscious of the myriad of ways my vision could be expressed.  Luckily as with a large remodel the inevitable budget constraints will likely give me plenty of parameters which will help to focus the design intent.  

thinking ahead to summer

thinking ahead to summer