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Sophisticate Interiors Engineers a Pro-Bono Redesign of the
San Francisco Homeless Shelter for Families, Raphael House

Sophisticate Interiors teamed up with members of the SF Design Community  at the San Francisco Mart to spearhead a pro-bono remodel of the youth recreational rooms  at Raphael House,  San Francisco’s oldest and most successful homeless shelter.

The seven week renovation project features new floors, new windows, new lightings, paint, furniture, accessories, and an indoor basketball court.  

Sophie Azouaou orchestrated the $80,000 redesign at minimal cost to Raphael House, made possible by generous donations from Wanda Spangenberg, Margarita Steinhorst of Alchemy at Home, Occhi Tirta of Occhi and Co, Nancy Rye of Lexington and Fran Wilson of Capel rugs.

For more information about Raphael House or the project please go to:

Redesigned Teen Room
Redesigned teen room

Redesigned Toddler Room
Redesigned toddler's room

Testimonials & Comments:

Sophie - Thanks for hosting a great *launch* for the Rafael House. I enjoyed meeting staff members, seeing the new and improved facilities and hearing you speak so passionately about your project.  I must say that the best part was the tour of the teen room given by Terri  De Martini, Director of Raphael House at the very end of the evening. 

I couldn't believe my eyes, the furniture looked fabulous in the setting.  How wonderful that you were able to take an institutional environment and make it feel like home!  Congratulations Sophie on your hard work & passion in helping families get their lives back together.  How satisfying is that?
Take care - Roseann Carini, SF Mart General Manager

Thank you so much for offering your help. What a wonderful outcome. You are truly inspiration for all of us to do more. Thank you.
Claudia Ross, Raphael House Board Member

You shed beautiful light o n Raphael House - both with your personal spirit and your professional style and design.
Craig Lipton

Sophie brightened up our teen room so that it’s the kind of relaxing, attractive space you might find in a very nice home. She used her contacts in the design community who donated wonderful furnishings that Raphael House never would have been able to afford otherwise.

In our AfterCare building she added an indoor basketball and volleyball activity area for the children with new wood flooring, recessed lighting, new windows and more.

The whole space is reborn and bright now for the children. Sophie is energetic and fast too. She’s a lot of fun to work with. We really appreciate all she’s done for us at Raphael House.
Father David  Lowell, Executive Director At Raphael House

SF Design community donors
SF Design Community Donors : Margarita Steinhorst, Occhi Tirta, Damion
Mathews ( SF Luxe Publisher), Sophie Azouaou, Nancy Rye , Wanda Spangerberg

SF Design community donors
Rapahel House Make Over Inauguration: Father David Lowell,  Sophie Azouou and Flavia Enrique

Raphael House make over

SF Mayor Gavin Newson,
Sophie Azouaou. Father David
(Raphael House Executive Director)

Raphael House Make Over:

Sophie thanking contributors
Raphael House Make Over Inauguration: Sophie Azouaou  thanking donors and the SF Design Community

Mayor Gavin Newsom
Mayor Gavin Newsom playing w/ the kids at the Raphael House Inauguration


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