July 18, 2021

The Kaleidoscope Project

Earlier this year we supported the Kaleidoscope Project, bringing 23 leading designers of color together to reimagine and redesign the 18th century Cornell Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts. In partnership with Ellen Décor, along with 30 other major design brands, the designers brought their creativity to life to update this legendary inn, which became a Showhouse open to the public for viewing in May and June. All ticket proceeds went toward creating scholarships for young designers of color interested in pursuing an art or design career.

The Project

The Kaleidoscope Project celebrates the diversity and talent that exists within the creative interior design industry. Amy Lynn Schwartzbard, Principal of The Life Designs Group and co-founder of The Kaleidoscope Project expanded on why this project is so important. "The extraordinary talents of so many designers of color are often not seen and their voices are not heard. We are a creative industry. It's up to us to bring all of our best talent forward and create an equitable platform for all of our design community.”

Now, the 28 guest room inn in the Berkshire mountains is open for business and it is the first designer showhouse that will remain in perpetuity and become part of the legacy of the 18th century Cornell Inn.

Here’s a look at some rooms from the project, including ED Ellen DeGeneres plates for the dining room, designed by Virginia Toledo. You will also find our coffee mugs for all the guest rooms, as well as rugs and bath towels, as seen in Nikki Njeri Klugh’s designer bathroom.

Designer Spotlight:

Virginia Toledo

Designed the Dining Room

Virginia founded Toledo Geller in 2006 after recognizing a need in the luxury residential market for a firm with specialized knowledge in both the design and construction process. Formally trained in interior design, she also gained invaluable experience working along side her father, a general contractor, on construction sites.

A native of Brooklyn, Virginia is a mother who loves historical fiction and entertaining in her 1920’s Craftsman style New Jersey home, which she is constantly updating.

Nikkie Njeri Klugh

Designed one of our favorite bathrooms

Nikki Njeri Klugh is a highly sought-after interior designer who is beloved by her hundreds of clients nationwide. As the principal designer and owner of NIKKI KLUGH DESIGN GROUP, INC. Nikki is also an award-winning interior designer and three time best-selling author. Additionally, she is a media powerhouse whose interior design expertise and magnetic personality has led her to appear on BET, BET Her, NBC, San Diego Lifestyles, and The American Dream Show.