Veteran interior designer, Valerie Onor, 2009′s Designer of the Year at the Mansions & Millionaires showhouse on Long Island, turned wedding gifts into a beautiful and spiritually moving Children’s Chapel at New York City’s Marble Collegiate Church on 5th Avenue.
In their invitation, Valerie and her husband, Dick Doll, asked their guests if they wished to donate a gift, to put it towards the creation of the Childrens’ Chapel. In addition to these gifts, many of the artists and craftsmen employed by Valerie’s interior design firm contributed their time and skill.
Looking to the children of the church for inspiration, Valerie incorporated their wish list into her design and shepherded the building of this space.
She also incorporated some of the words of the church’s famous pastor, Norman Vincent Peale, and reclaimed one of the church’s historic Tiffany stained-glass windows. Out of a dark, cramped storage closet, she created a beautiful, comforting and sacred space where children can talk to God.