Brookdale Interior Design Students Give Displaced Sandy Victims Home Makeovers
Modular Units Funded by HSNJRF For Displaced Sandy Families Transformed Into Beautiful Homes
| Asbury Park Press
EATONTOWN – Olivia DeCellio has rested her head in many places since superstorm Sandy, but none of them felt quite like home until now.
DeCellio lost her former Gravelly Point home in the Highlands and all its furnishings in the storm. But her face lit up with joy Wednesday when she walked into her new temporary home, with its newly redesigned interior, at Pine Tree Mobile Village.
"It's phenomenal. It's absolutely beautiful," DeCellio said. "I didn't think all this furniture would fit in here, but it's organized and I still have a lot of room."
Getting here has been a long haul. Immediately after the storm, she lived with her daughter in northern New Jersey. Then she stayed at the Sheraton in Eatontown. She moved on to spend a year at Fort Monmouth, the 68-year-old said.
DeCellio came to Pine Tree with no furnishings except a bed given to her at Fort Monmouth and some pots and pans. Beginning three weeks ago, the Brookdale students hung artwork and wall sconces and splashed paint in pastel green, purple and beige hues on the walls. They threw down rugs and added a cozy loveseat, glass coffee table, padded kitchen stools, lamps and curtains to make her place more comfortable.
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