Large, vibrant watercolors, donated by
the artist, Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios in Long Beach, California, adorn the wall
behind the table, setting a playful tone.
Borges describes the project as “a symphonic dance between making sure it was
functional and comfortable and then really
driving it home with finishes, fabrics, and
patterns.” The deep, cozy L-shaped couch,
donated by Jordan’s Furniture soon after
the bombings, was incorporated beautifully
into the new space. “That’s where we first
recovered after our surgeries,” says Downes.
“When we were in Walter Reed, we were
always dreaming about our couch at home.
I love being able to crash there, and from the
couch there are really nice views of the park.”
Such care and thought went into every
detail, from the remote-controlled window
treatments to the nightstands in their bedroom, designed to store prosthetics.
“When we go places, it’s a constant battle of being creative about how you can adapt
to the space,” says Kensky. “It’s so nice to
have a space adapted to you.” Downes adds,
“Not only aesthetically is that nice, but emotionally. It’s a luxury to have all those accessibility features and know it can still be nice,
so it’s not a constant reminder of your disability.”
This project would not have been possible without
the generosity of many. A list of contributors is in
our Resources section, Page 140.
the master suite achieves both functionality and
style. Bedside tables (above left) were designed to
store prosthetics, and the room layout (top)
provides ample space on each side of the bed for
wheelchairs. A freestanding bathtub in the master
bath was replaced with a generous shower (above
right) that is big enough for both Kensky and
Downes and their wheelchairs.