Oakland-based interior designer Kelly Finley utilizes her design skills to uplift the community.
Joy Street Design CEO and principal designer Kelly Finley is revered for her ability to rejuvenate older homes, and now, she’s harnessed this skill to transform a nunnery into a dignified refuge for domestic violence survivors. Joy Street Initiative, Finley’s nonprofit organization, took on the two-year project of renovating every room in Oakland’s Elizabeth House, a transitional sanctuary for women and children escaping dangerous and abusive homes. Finley renewed the house’s bedrooms and bathrooms and is hoping to raise funds to update the commercial kitchen, cabinetry and countertops. “We pride ourselves on using wallpaper and strong colors to bring personality and distinction to the spaces we design,” Finley says. During the pandemic, Joy Street Initiative continued to uplift its community. In May, Finley facilitated a giveaway for essential workers via Instagram. Her first-prize winner, nurse practitioner Memuna Kamara, received a complete room makeover. With her signature bold color palette and contemporary silhouettes, Finley’s philanthropic endeavors bring light to those who need it most.
Photography by: Jana Davis Pearl