We believe that everyone deserves a happy, well-designed space in their home. At One Room Wonders, we donate our talents and expertise to transform one room in the home of deserving individuals. Our goal is to create one of a kind spaces that positively impact lives, enhance well being and spark joy through the art of design.
The idea for One Room Wonders developed during a time when the collective world was put on hold, dealing with a pandemic. It was during this time that, Founder, Sara Touijer, self-reflected and started asking the question: “How can one contribute and give back during such an unstable time, utilizing your crafts, talents and expertise?”
After pitching the idea to her bestie, Ali, the two moved forward and assembled a team. These individuals come from different professional backgrounds and share a common love of interior design. Combined with a strong desire to give back, they work towards a common goal of designing 1 room in the home of a deserving person.
It has been proven that a transformed interior -- whether a home or office -- positively affects a person’s happiness, energy level, productivity, and physical health. We believe that creativity and positivity breed happiness and success. It feels great helping others and we have fun doing it!
One Room Wonders started as a small idea, rooted in the belief that interior design can have transformative effects on a person’s well-being and health. As the Founder and Executive Director, Sara Touijer oversees the operations of the foundation and its professional staff. She leads all operational efforts to build lasting relationships that recruit new sponsors and funding sources, manage sales and revenue as well as strategic planning for future growth.
Sara received her Interior Design degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology and is the owner of Touijer Designs, a design studio in Westchester county. Sara has participated in several charity showhouses in New York, using her creative talents to transform spaces. Her work has been featured in acclaimed publications and featured on several media outlets.
Sara is a member of the Architectural Review Board for the town of Harrison, New York. She is also Vice President of Education for the local Toastmasters chapter: Speakers With Authority.
As the co-founder and board member, Allison Prigozen is an integral part of the One Room Wonders (ORW) foundation. Overseeing the development and strategy of all social media platforms, she will also work in tandem with the Sara on events, networking strategies and room design.
Allison comes to ORW’s as a NY Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at Compass and an Interior Decorator and home stager. She is currently a member of American Society of Interior Designers and her creative talents and hands on approach will be utilized in room design.
She has held previous position’s as an Executive Producer for an Indie Record Label in New York City and has also held the title of Marketing Manager for Citibank Smith Barney, New York.
Allison fundraises and helps philanthropically with Be the Spark Foundation, Lighthouse International and The Ronald McDonald House.
As Chairman of the Board, Bjorn Bjornsson's primary goal is to ensure that the board is effective in its task of setting and implementing One Room Wonders Foundation with a clear direction and strategy.
Bjorn Bjornsson is one of the United States and Scandinavia’s most renowned and successful interior designers. Born and raised in Iceland, he was educated in Denmark where he received his Masters's degree in Architecture/Interior Design at Copenhagen’s Fredriks-berg Technical School of Interior Architects. With more than 30 years of experience Bjorn has designed luxurious hotels and residences throughout the world.
He has distinguished himself as an elegant and sophisticated designer who responds to his client’s needs to create a home in which the client can call his own. Bjorn enjoys working in a range of styles including contemporary, traditional, modern and/or transitional.
Bjorn’s work has been featured in many acclaimed publications such as Architecture of Denmark, European House, Florida Design, Garden Magazine, The Icelandic House Beautiful, and The New York Times. He has also been interviewed by several media throughout the world. Bjorn is a former president of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as well as AIA and has worked with multiple charities such as Kips Bay, Holiday House, Design on a Dime, the Phoenix House and the Altos De Chavon School in the Dominican Republic.
As the Vice-Chairman, Vicki Paladino is an integral part of the One Room Wonders (ORW) foundation and board of directors, overseeing the Public Relations, Marketing, and Branding of the foundation.
Vicki comes to ORW from Hastens Beds Inc., Ralph Lauren, and Victoria Secret Stores, where she has held management positions, overseeing revenue generation and strategy for these various organizations. In her role, Vicki leads efforts to build lasting relationships with key supporters, identify and recruit new sponsors and funding sources, manages PR and Marketing as well as strategic planning for future growth.
She has worked around the world and has held several leadership and mentorship positions including the Boys and Girls Club of America and the YMCA- promoting health and wellness through team sports in inner-city America.
Vicki is a dynamic leader, who is passionate about helping others by reducing stress through design aesthetics. She is currently a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Vicki also fundraises and helps philanthropically with the Global Access to Cancer Care Foundation that works on closing the education gaps in radiation therapy and increases resources to provide effective treatment solutions that will impact all cancer patients and reduce the global cancer burden in lower to mid-income countries.
CHIEF OF STRATEGY
Tonya Steiner comes to One Room Wonders Inc with a substantial background in the non-profit world. From AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association, she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships overseeing revenue generation and strategy for the organization’s conferences and educational events.
In her role, Tonya lead efforts to build lasting relationships with key supporters,
identify and recruit new sponsors and funding sources, manage sales and revenue
as well as strategic planning for future growth.Prior to her time at AdvaMed, Tonya served as the Director of Sales for HR Tech software in New York City and Director of Customer Services at DEI, an online education company. After receiving B.A. in Communications and Business Tonya has
continued to stay active in the University of Colorado (CU) Soccer and Crew sports programs. She still is currently rowing, coaching and playing for nationally recognized clubs.
She has lived and worked around the world supporting innovative technologies for
health and child welfare. She has held numerous leadership and mentorship
positions both locally and internationally for health, wellness and youth charities
such as Boys and Girls Club, Volunteers of America, Youth at Risk, Grass Roots
Soccer and Special Olympics programs.
Tonya is a dynamic leader, who is passionate about reducing the education gaps in
radiation therapy and increasing resources to provide effective treatment solutions
that will impact all cancer patients and reduce the global cancer burden.
What We Do
- Our organization stands out in the interior design community as being a philanthropic organization, donating expertise, time, and furnishings in order to complete the design of 1 room in the home of the selected individual.
- Our vision is to bring our love of interior design into the homes of those who could not afford to do so themselves.
- 1 room in the home of a nominated/selected individual will be redesigned to accommodate a design need.
- A budget will be determined, based on the overall design and necessary items in order to fully style/furnish the space. The cost to cover the design items will either be funded with monetary or in-kind donations
- Our social impact with this organization is to help individuals who are unable to afford the luxury of interior design. The gift of a professionally designed space has the potential to impact deserving individuals in a positive way by affecting their well-being and attitude.