Design for Hope: Erin’s Place


With your help we will be able to buy furniture and décor to fit out the five bedrooms at Erin’s Place, a shelter for women and children in Northern Sydney; each bedroom is being fitted to accomodate one family.

Project Cost: $5,000 – Community Target: $2,500

Make a donation to Design for Hope: Erin’s Place between 17 May and 20 June 2021 and the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank will match every dollar donated until they reach their fundraising goal.

Donations can also be made over the counter at either the Turramurra or Lndfield Community Bank.

About Design for Hope: Erin’s Place

As a social enterprise, Bespoke & Beautiful Interiors has created Design for Hope to support women who are victims of domestic and family violence. As this crisis continues, we believe that there should be a warm and healing environment for the victims to live, grow and thrive.

Design for Hope’s purpose is to create an environment that nurtures and accelerates healing using evidence-based design. Our service is provided pro bono to not-for-profit refuges that provide accommodation for women who have escaped domestic abuse.

Our Double the Impact Project:

Design for Hope’s current project is to undertake a much-needed renovation of the refuge, called Erin’s Place, located in northern Sydney. Erin’s Place caters for women and their children escaping the trauma and risks associated with domestic and family violence.

The role of a refuge is critical in helping women and their children get back on their feet, to become independent and break the cycle of violence and fear. The environment of this space needs to support the tireless care provided by specialist caseworkers to optimise the psychological, physical, social and financial outcomes for these families.

Erin’s Place is a five-bedroom house with multiple living areas, an interview room, and a staff office space. Together with the community and the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank’s generosity, the money raised will be used to buy furniture and décor to fit-out the five bedrooms. Each bedroom provides a safe space for one family, which is a mum and up to five children.

Design Psychology

Drawing on the principles of Trauma-Informed Design (TID), we are designing and renovating Erin’s Place to specifically support and promote recovery from trauma. TID goes beyond the traditional aesthetics and function of interior design and addresses key human needs, including security, dignity, self-worth and meaning.

A comfortable armchair will increase the chance for a mother and child to strengthen their bond by sitting together – for hugs and kisses, a story or a cry together during their traumatic and yet healing time. A lamp can provide a sense of comfort and security during dark nights. A cosy bed can be a place to finally feel safe, to rest and prepare for a new day and a new life.

We want to add features that create an environment for the families, particularly the mums, to make small decisions which allows confidence building, something that has been diminished during the mental, emotional and/or physical trauma they’ve endured.

Part of our plan is to give each room a beautiful visual identity rather than a number. Our aim is to make the families feel they are people rather than a statistic, that they are seen, heard and respected.


Who will benefit from this fundraising initiative?

With your help we will significantly improve the lives of the hundreds of women and children who have experienced abuse and have taken the brave step to walk through the doors of Erin’s Place. We want to ensure they have a place to heal, to begin the journey of rebuilding their lives.


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Terms and Conditions:

Donate to the Design for Hope: Erin’s Place Fundraising Initiative and the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank will match dollar for dollar all funds raised in the period between 17 May and 20 June 2021 up to $2,500.

Any donations over this amount will not be matched – but will be received by Design for Hope at the close of the campaign.

Design for Hope does not have DGR status, however, will provide donors with a receipt at the close of the campaign (as per our conditions of participation).