Photograph by Michel Arnaud,
fashion styling by Mia Morgan
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In the basement's café area, Elaine completely Sheetrocked the windowless space, then painted "a supersize bar code of island-inspired colors." She found basics such as flooring, Sheetrock, and lighting, including globe pendant lamps, and her premier pick, a baby grand piano on eBay®.
Youth-services director Michael Roberts says the makeover provides exactly the environment his young leaders deserve. "I wanted them to have a high-end, beautiful space so when we talk about the future, they can see it in the walls. Elaine has done that," he says.