Designed (v) intended, conceived, envisioned, created for Smiles (n) beam, grin, twinkle, Is a not-for-profit that recreates rooms for little people in need of cheering. Quite a broad definition? That’s because we are in the business of saying yes rather than no. There are so many deserving causes and we want to be open to considering them all.

DFS was founded by Me! Here is a little bit about Me… I have studied and worked in marketing, PR and communications. In 2009 I relocated to London and studied Interior Decorating at a design school in Chelsea. I have since gained experience in renovating and decorating. I am now using my experience to create special rooms for the most deserving recipients. My self-imposed directive is to create exciting spaces for little people that are not only captivating, but also contain a few of their favourite things.

DFS keeps our overheads as low as possible. We rely on the support of the community to provide goods and services at nominal cost, to stretch our donations further. We also provide an outlet for skilled tradespeople to volunteer their expertise to create furnishings and help us execute the makeover.

We are young, with a very clear direction of where we want to go and we would very much appreciate any assistance along the way!


From Stel Papastratis

Words cannot describe our gratitude and appreciation for the whole team of ‘Designed for Smiles’. So many thanks to everyone who assisted in designing and decorating a remarkable room retreat for our two boys. Amy and Simone you designed a bedroom which has made both boys and us the parents so happy. From the skyscraper theme, trendy bunk bed, electronic equipment, toys, colour scheme and more, only one word comes to mind WOW! It is so nice to think amongst all the turbulent times that we have faced as a family over the last two years, there are people out there, that care, and do such wonderful things to bring cheer and joy to people’s lives. A very warm thanks to you Amy, Simone, your families, the volunteers and people who donated so many wonderful and beautiful things to create a special bedroom for our two boys Giorgios and Nikolas.

Warm Regards,
Andrea, Stel, Giorgios and Nikolas Papastratis

From Maree & Darren

We cannot thank Amy, her family and band of wonderful supporters enough for what they have done for Kiera and our family. We are truly grateful to have been part of this unforgettable experience. Kiera started smiling with excitement the moment she first learnt she was getting a bedroom makeover and she still hasn’t stopped. She just looks around her new room and a smile lights up her face! Although the true professional, Amy was always very caring, friendly and relaxed and made Kiera feel very special throughout the whole process. She was very thoughtful of Kiera’s needs and listened wholeheartedly to all our ideas, incorporating them brilliantly into the final design so Kiera ended up with a truly beautiful room that is also very functional. The technology included in the final design was amazing and for a tech-savvy thirteen year old, something very dear to her heart. The transformation is beyond words and everything a teenage girl could want!!!

What's Happening

We are currently working on our new online shop that will stock duplicates of items featured in our room makeovers, 100% of all profits will go back into DFS – Brilliant!!!