In the wake of the Covenant School tragedy, we have a lot to mourn — as parents, friends, neighbors, and a community that sticks together. But amidst the grief and recovery, there is also beauty to be found; helping and healing so often go hand in hand.
Moved by love and generosity, over two dozen of Nashville’s finest interior designers donated their time and efforts to construct a community center for the members of the Covenant School and Church — a supportive space for counseling sessions, community gatherings, and collective healing. Here’s a look at the remarkable, restorative refuge of Covenant Heals.
Designer Kathryn Berschback took to social media about the Covenant Heals project, explaining how the concept came about. “A few years ago, my friend and fellow interior designer, Sadhna Williams, started a group chat on Instagram of interior designers of Nashville, ” she wrote. “Over the past few years, we have all shared resources and ideas and support. When the tragedy happened at the Covenant School a few weeks ago, one of the designers in our group, Natalie Hager, reached out to us with an urgent need. The families from the Covenant School and Church community needed a space for gathering, therapy, and healing. This would be a space where they could come and be together in their grief and sorrow and hopefully share in the long road to healing. Natalie asked if any of us had time to help re-design an office space to make it comfortable, warm, and safe for these families. What transpired over the next week was one of the most heartwarming, humbling, and special experiences that I have ever had the privilege to be a part [of].”
Gathering in person and via Zoom, over two dozen members of Nashville’s esteemed interior design community (with the help of over 50 vendors) joined forces to discuss and solidify the community center plans. Under Natalie’s creative direction and the project coordination of The Simple Sketchbook’s Carrie Brock, everyone divvied up into design teams, each tackling a room. In 10 days, they had installed six therapy offices, two lounge spaces, a kitchenette, a playroom, and a group gathering space. Moreover, 100% of the interiors were donated … and they pulled it all together in a week.
The crazy part was, we had one week to fully complete and install our spaces,” writes Kathryn of her experience. “What transpired next was simply amazing. I watched this amazing group of designers, as well as a large group of artists, tradespeople, and craftsmen, transform what was an empty and dreary office space into a beautiful, deeply personal, light-filled, Jesus-honoring space that not only reflected the lives of those we lost but also the mission and vision of the Covenant School.”
Covenant Heals was 100% funded by donations from Nashville and its surrounding communities, but ongoing funding efforts are in progress to sustain it over the coming months. Visit this link if you are moved to contribute to Covenant Heals.
Interior Designers Who Participated:
Carrie Brock of The Simple Sketchbook
The Mix Interiors
Redo Home + Design
Mary Stengel Bentley
Special thanks to Allison Elefante for the photography.
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