Jeffrey Fisher leaned on his appreciation for deep colors, animal prints and rich textures to create this transportive guest room—a refreshing contrast from the hospital setting where he knows visiting families are spending their days. (Photography by Brian Tietz)

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Three top designers share their inspirations for their redesign of the Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida.

The Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida, in Fort Myers, provides a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at Golisano Children’s Hospital. To better handle an ever-increasing number of visiting families, the house completed an expansion that added a new wing late last year. Through the Project Design project, which industry veteran Suzanne Costa introduced in 2013, design professionals stepped in to help outfit the new wing in a way that makes visitors feel more at home.  After all, some of these families spend weeks and even months at RMH. For some of the designers involved, the project took on a very personal note. Designer David Fruscione When designer David Fruscione, of Republic of Decor in Naples, was asked to take part, the COVID-19 lockdown had just begun and he found himself with some unexpected free time. Designer Jeffrey Fisher, co-chair of the project, approached Fruscione about participating. “I was thrilled,” Fruscione says. “They offered me the entryway, the hallway that connects the bedrooms and the powder room—I absolutely love cool powder rooms.” It’s clear he loves cool hallways, as well. The 65-foot-long space that connects the new bedrooms with the rest of the home was trans
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