Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Press: Woman's Day Issue May 2012

You may have noticed in your May issue of Woman's Day Magazine the Good Shepherd Center for Woman and Children made the issue! We are so happy and incredibly grateful to Ayn-Monique for writing the article about the project and to show the talents of just some of the designers that participated. You can also view the images online here and read the article. Thank you again Ayn-Monique and everyone who donated and to all the designers that took the time to decorate these rooms!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Press: Trad Home Spring 2012

Vanessa Kogevinas and I are so happy to announce that our Good Shepherd Charity Design Project is featured in the new Spring issue of Trad Home. If you would like to view the article it starts on page 94. We cannot thank Ann, Jenny and Darra enough for supporting us with this project. (*You can view our first press with TradHome last year here. We also want to thank all of the amazing and talented designers that brought forward the most spectacular designs and were so wonderful to work with. Also we want to thank all the vendors that helped donate these great products so that our rooms could be extra special for those in need.

We have waited for our GSCDP press to hit the stands and internet and will be posting all the rooms on the GSCDP blog soon.

We will be working on our next charity project in the coming months so please stay tuned. If you would like to donate product, give money/gift cards, or donate your time as a designer please email me directly we always need the help. If you are a large corporation or store please contact me directly to go over the details of our upcoming projects.

And thank you to everyone who has helped us and supported us along this journey! If you would like to donate to The Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children please see their website here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Submit your favorite Shelter!


Submit your favorite homeless shelter or charity center for us to redesign!

Vanessa Squared Productions is on the hunt for our NEXT project and we are listening to you. Please (comment here) the name of a homeless shelter in the Los Angeles area as well as a contact name, an email address, and a website (if there is one) and your submission will be carefully reviewed. The selected shelter will be announced soon!

Feel free to repost and spread the word!

Check out our latest project at The Teen Project Venice.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thank you Apartment Therapy

Thank you Apartment Therapy for a great post on our Good Shepherd Charity Design Project. Lots of dedication, time and energy from each of the designers went into creating these beautiful rooms. Enjoy the post, you can read it here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Glam Lamb: Irene Lovetts Room Redo

You can view Irene Lovett's redecorated room here on the Glam Lamb post. And thank you Hallie from Glam Lamb for your donations to our charity project. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

HGTV & Good Shepherd Center Videos

Thank you HGTV and Editor at Large for producing these great videos from the Good Shepherd Center Charity Design Project for HGTV.

Click here to view some of the fabulous featured designers from HGTV:
Erica Islas
Jordan Cappella
Kristine Paige Kamenstein
Vanessa De Vargas
Shirry Dolgin


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thank you Natalie at Houzz

Have you seen the fabulous post by Natalie on that features some of the rooms from our Good Shepherd Project? Take a look at these once drab rooms and see how these AMAZING designers took to re-decorating these rooms. Such an amazing transformation!

You can view the story and images here. Enjoy!

Thank you Glendale News Press

Vanessa Kogevinas and I were acknowledged for our project with Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children and were given an award at the Forget Me Not event at the Wilshire Country Club a couple weeks ago. Glendale News Press was there to cover the event and above we are pictured with Isabelle Zimmerman the Co-Chair from Good Shepherd. It was quite the honor to be be given such an award and want to thank everyone at Good Shepherd for the wonderful afternoon!

Click here to read the story.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Jessica Bennet Interiors: Blog Post Before and After

Thank you Jessica for posting this adorable video from your before and after experience from Good Shepherd. Your room is just beautiful! You can view the post and video here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Laura Clayton Baker: Good Shepherd Blog Post

Take a peek at Laura Clayton Baker's blog post about her experience putting together her room at Good Shepherd at lots of posted pics of her room. Thanks again Laura for your time, design and efforts on the Good Shepherd Project. You can read it here.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thank you Lamp Plus!

Thank you Lamps Plus for your generous donation and small video on the Good Shepherd Project. Please click here to read the press release and view the video of Susie Ho's room.

Taken from the press release:, the leading online retailer of decorative lighting and home d├ęcor accessories, announced its involvement with the Good Shepherd Charity Design Project in Los Angeles. The project benefits the Good Shepherd Center for homeless Women and Children, renovating rooms used as temporary shelter by victims of domestic abuse and homelessness.

Lamps Plus donated table lamps, lighting fixtures and home furnishings to the shelter. The project renovated 30 single occupancy rooms at the shelter’s downtown location, and was managed by interior designer Vanessa De Vargas, and consultant/writer/editor Vanessa Kogevinas of the Los Angeles-based Designers Networking Group (DNG).

Each room was assigned to a local area designer, who was given one month to complete their room redesign. 10 of the rooms were completed in May, another 10 in June and the final 10 unveiled in July. Angela Hsu, Lamps Plus Vice President of Internet Marketing, noted that, “As a company located in Los Angeles, Lamps Plus is very pleased to have been a part of this charitable project, which benefits so many women and children in our community on an ongoing basis.”

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank you Ask Miss A!

Thank you to Erika Thomas for including our Good Shepherd Project on the Ask Miss A blog. We very much appreciate the support! You can view the blog post here.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Good Shepherd Charity Design Project Invite - TODAY is the last day!

You are invited to...


Presented by Vanessa Squared Productions Vanessa De Vargas / Turquoise & Vanessa Kogevinas / Get It! Consulting

Please come and join us for our Show House in downtown LA as 30 interiors designers transform the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children into a beautiful space to benefit deserving area women and children. All 30 rooms will be open for viewing and each designer will be there to present their room. This is an event you don’t want to miss! Invite is attached.

Saturday and Sunday July 23 and 24th from 11-3pm

Hawkes Building

11650 Rockwood St.

Los Angeles CA 90026

PH 213 482 1834

Food and refreshments will be served.

Parking available on all side streets.

*No RSVP is necessary we look forward to seeing you!

*Please feel free to pass the invite along.

The mission of Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children is to provide, with dignity and love, a continuum of care from homelessness to self-sufficiency for women and their children, through services offered by professional and volunteer staff. For over 25 years Good Shepherd Center has provided food, clothing, shelter and supportive services for homeless women and children. From mobile outreach to transitional shelter to long-term housing for mothers with disabilities, help is available every step of the way. Good Shepherd continues to serve more than 900 women and children a year through comprehensive programs, providing long-term solutions to poverty and homelessness.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Good Shepherd Center Interview: Vanessa Kogevinas

Good Shepherd Center Interview: Vanessa Kogevinas

Vanessa Kogevinas’s career in publishing and management has spanned over fifteen years, including positions at Architectural Digest and as a Founding and the Managing Editor editor of Western Interiors and Design magazine. She has also held positions as Project Manager of Veranda's show house at Greystone and as a Project Manager at Kathryn M. Ireland design.

Vanessa currently serves as a Contributing Editor for California Homes magazine, a Contributing Editor for the Editor At Large website, and writes for a number of publications and blogs. She also runs her own consulting firm, Get It! Consulting, which specializes in assisting interior design professionals in reaching their professional goals through marketing, public relations and counseling.

In 2009, she founded Vanessa Squared Productions with her business partner interior designer Vanessa De Vargas, which organizes events throughout the Los Angeles area.

Vanessa Kogevinas’s love for her community and her desire to give back is evident in all the hard work she has done for this project. I was very excited when she took some time away from her coordinating efforts to share with us her wishes for this project and how she feels about being a part of it.

VK: I am delighted and honored to be spearheading this project with my business partner, Vanessa De Vargas. The fact that our efforts will allow women (and their children in some cases) that are committed to overcoming their hardships live in comfortable, beautiful spaces is what drives me. This is all about supporting their efforts to become successful, productive women in society.

Hopefully, the newly decorated spaces that they live in will inspire them to go above and beyond what they thought they could accomplish. I also hope that it will remind them that they are loved and cared for by individuals and their community. That the hardships they have suffered do not define them--that they are supported and that they are believed in. Beyond that, the fellowship that we, the participants and donors, will feel is invaluable.

The Good Shepherd Center's Mission best defines how I feel: The mission of Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children is to empower women and their children to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency, through housing, employment and support services--offered with dignity and love. I am humbled by the generosity of all the people that I have called upon. Thank you to all the designers and donors for supporting us.

TP: How did you hear about the GS Design Project?
VK: Vanessa De Vargas and I were looking for a charity that we could help using our connections in the interior design and entertainment industry.
I called upon an old friend Tiffany Quick who works with Good Shepherd and 'the rest is history!'

TP: What do you think the biggest challenge of the project will be?
VK: The biggest challenge of the project will be getting the word out as far as we'd like the news to extend. We need everyone's help--word of mouth, reaching out to contacts, business associates, family, friends, talking about it... talking about it .... and talking about it some more. Somewhat like a You Tube video that goes viral... I'm going for 'viral' on this one!

TP: Do you have an inspirational photo for this project?
VK: Yes, I chose my two inspiration pictures because they capture women that have benefited from the Good Shepherd Center.

TP: What are you most looking forward to with the project?
VK: The collaboration of all involved... and the knowledge that determined women will be living in the gorgeous spaces.