Designing Havens for our Heroes | Edward Bulmer Paint

Designing Havens for our Heroes

When we think back to a year ago, there was a stark uncertainty of what was to come, yet across the country and globe we united. From banging kitchen utensils on our doorsteps to cheering on our exhausted nurses and doctors or passing by our neighbours with rainbow-coloured drawings and paintings and ‘thank you messages’ to our NHS key workers. We were and still are in complete admiration of hearing the stories of our brave NHS workers who put themselves at such great risk on the front line, to care for others.

Interior Designer Francesca Rowan-Plowden spared no time in trying to help, using her creative background to set up a charity initiative in April 2020 - Design Haven for Heroes. Using her interior design contacts, Francesca created a collective formed from a broad community of interior designers, interior stylists, high profile product suppliers, interiors and homeware brands, as well as skilled makers and tradespeople such as curtain makers and decorators. All happy to donate their time, skills, experience or products to the cause and create teams to work together to deliver ‘Havens’ for the frontline NHS heroes.

The concept was simple and so very heartening, NHS frontworkers workers were nominated and once chosen they were matched with an interior designer who would completely redesign a room of their choosing and create a 'dream team' to undertake the work.

Vanessa enjoying her new haven
A well designed living area
New blue makeover in Welmish Blew
Transformation in our new blue paint Welmish Blew

Edward Bulmer Natural Paint are proud to be a supplier of Design Haven for Heroes and in fabulous company with Colefax & Fowler, Tom Dixon, to name a few, all volunteering their products and/or services for the initiative. Every brand and individual involved is giving their time and products free of charge, to say a huge thank you to NHS staff and create a ‘haven’ where workers can rest and recharge after a long, tiring shift.

We were truly honoured to be involved with creating one of the first havens for midwife Vanessa and her daughter Ariella @a_joyful_soul. A living room transformation using our ‘Welmish Blew’, transformed by talented designers @fionadukeinteriors and @juliaalexanderinteriors.

Ariella helping with the decorating
midwife Vanessa in her new room in Welmish Blew
Image & Text
The makeover suppliers


We are so delighted to be in company with the following brands to create the living room of dreams for all the incredible work Vanessa does for the NHS, especially during this time -
Flooring: @carpetright_uk
Blinds: @blinds2go
Sofa: @sofadotcom
Table, chairs, lighting and storage: @wayfairuk
Accessories: @madedotcom and @neptuneofficial
Flowers: @freddiesflowers
Gifts: @skimonobeauty @londonbathers
Electrical servicing: @thunderelectrical_
Photography @annastathakiphoto


Our hats are tilted to @francescarowanplowden for creating this brilliant movement. There has also been superb support from patron @twiggylawson and ambassadors, to name a few @ninacampbellltd, @edward_bulmer@matthewwilliamson@michelleogundehin, @mad_about_the_house , @glamzin and @dominiccoop

A true triumph, certainly one of our favourite before and after transformations with @a_joyful_soul! A pleasure to be part of this small but ever so mighty initiative Francesca and the team have created!

Fiona Duke Interiors in her Design Haven for Heroes Rainbow T-Shirts
Design Haven for Heroes Rainbow T-Shirts

Discover more about Design Havens for Heroes and their incredible work here and donate towards their fantastic work here. You can also purchase their very own rainbow t-shirts, exclusively designed by Carly Lawson, the daughter of Design Haven for Heroes patron Dame Twiggy Lawson.

Posted: March 2021

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