Design Spotlight: A New Look for the Los Angeles Downtown Women's Center

Design Spotlight: A New Look for the Los Angeles Downtown Women's Center

Bethany Nauert
Mar 4, 2013

Designers C.C. Boyce and Melanie Freeland have teamed up recently to redecorate the 2nd floor Community Room at the Los Angeles Downtown Women's Center. My interest in this project was to showcase how a space can be transformed, on a budget, in an otherwise "overlooked" common area. Donating their efforts and services to renew this space, they've added a special gift to a great center that aims to end homelessness for women.

The exuberance of color and pops of fun design are what bring this community space together. Using smart functional choices, like mounted shelving that wraps around the room and chairs that double as storage, allow a sustainability for long term use. I've asked the designers to talk a bit about the process and their inspiration.

C.C. Boyce is a commercial actor in Los Angeles, studying to get her certificate in Cabinetry and Fine Woodworking. She also has a DIY blog, Few Bits, and is currently funding a webseries aimed at beginning woodworkers, called, Would You Woodwork?

Melanie Freeland has a professional degree in Architecture from Kansas State University and has over a decade of experience in the design field. She has worked on numerous projects in downtown Los Angeles including Patina at the Disney Concert Hall and Rainbow Apartments for the Skid Row Housing Trust.

Big thank you to Julie Maigret for introducing me to C.C. and Melanie


Inspiration and concept for your design:

We wanted to create a space that felt inviting and lively using the color palette of the center to help the room feel a part of its surroundings.

What is your favorite element of the space:

The custom built-in desk space and movable chairs that were designed by Melanie and then hand built and finished by C.C. over a series of weeks. We also love the ability of the space to transform based on the users needs.

What do you feel could have room for improvement:

Given more time and money we would have upgraded the side chairs and the coffee table and perhaps built more custom pieces.

Resource List-

• Furniture - Haworth, Blu dot, Tangram, Unisource
• Accessories - Flor, Tandus, CB2, Ikea, Poketo, Blick Art Supplies, DL Rhein
• Lighting - Ikea
• Paint - Jill's Paint
&bull: Photograph by Myan Soffia

• Bohnhoff Lumber, Home Depot

(Images: Bethany Nauert)

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