On 26, Nov 2013 | No Comments | In | By roomtodream
Designed by Rachel Reider Interiors
Managed by Kevin Sullivan of Shawmut Design and Construction
It was an honor to work with Room to Dream in creating new bedrooms for Sabreena and Shakeena. I was so moved by our initial meeting and hearing Sabreena’s story both by her hardships and battles brought on by her illness and also her families sacrifices as they have struggled with her illness. They have overcome unbelievable obstacles and it has only made them stronger as a family. It meant a lot to do something special for them.
With Sabreena’s illness came bouts of depression and she really wanted her new room to be a special place she could escape to and relax. She requested purple walls, her favorite color and asked that the room feel light, bright and cheery. Our vision was to create a feminine, sophisticated and welcoming space for Sabreena. She gains strength through inspirational quotes and asked that some of her favorites be used in the room. We had these quotes made into custom vinyl stickers to adhere to the walls. Sabreena also loves to take pictures and we wanted there to be plenty of space for displaying photos in the room. Our drapery workroom Details Matters created custom pin boards for the closet door inserts as well as hanging magnetic strips for picture display that can easily be interchanged.
Sabreena just entered her freshman year at college which was a huge accomplishment for both her and her family. When asked if she could have anything what would it be she said a lap top. Shawmut Design and Construction was able to secure a generous donation for a new Mac laptop and the look on Sabreena’s face when she saw it was priceless.
Shakeena spent several of her childhood years nightly at the hospital with her older sister and it was important to us to do something special for her as well. She requested a turquoise ceiling mixed in with accents of pink and dark wood furnishings. We wanted the room to be fun and youthful as she is, but also timeless enough to grow with her throughout high school and beyond. Bold geometric prints mixed with fun shades of turquoise, pink and lime green help create a happy and energetic space.
Making our Vision a Reality
A lot of people came together to make Sabreena and Shakeena’s dream a reality. We could have never done it without a rotating crew from Shawmut Construction set up in the driveway, the back deck and inside the house tirelessly painting, building and assembling the rooms. It was a great experience to come together with individuals previously unknown and all team together for a common goal.
Many Thanks to the Donors that Made this Project Possible:
On 14, May 2013 | No Comments | In | By roomtodream
Designed by Stephanie Rossi of Spazio Rosso Interior Design
Managed by Michael Collins of D. Michael Collins Architects
During my initial meeting with Stephen and his family, I was incredibly impressed by their enthusiasm, uplifting spirit, and positive attitude. Stephen was diagnosed at birth with a chronic, rare disease called Incontinentia Pigmenti which is a disorder that affects the skin, teeth, hair, nails, eyes and central nervous system resulting in numerous physical and cognitive limitations. It was clear to the design team that despite Stephen’s disability, the family has surrounded him with love, encouragement and determination, and to quote his Mom, “Enjoy the littlest of accomplishments while striving for the great ones”. Stephen lit up the room with his excitement as we learned about his interests in maps, clocks and bright colors.
Stephen had a clear vision for what he wanted in his room: his favorite color (orange!), his own desk and whiteboard, and most importantly…maps! Additionally, he needed storage and his mom felt that it was important to have an uncluttered space for his own safety.
I did not want Stephens’ room to look like a typical little boy’s room but rather a space he could grow into. The team I worked with was careful to implement safety solutions throughout the room. We utilized solutions such as appropriate dresser handles, simple on/off light switches, and additional lighting. A custom platform bed was designed with his comfort and safety in mind and we added clutter free storage cubbies within the bed unit and finished with a bright orange cushion alongside the bed.
Orange striated FLOR tiles were placed in the room, which worked beautifully as an area rug, creating a soft play surface.
In tackling the map concept I had a close friend design ‘The Ultimate World Map’, labeling as many countries as could be squeezed in. Eddie Collins of E. Collins Graphic & Industrial Design Studio did the honors. Our apologies to the Hawaiian islands, as they were simply far too small to accommodate proper titles! The map was then printed on vinyl whiteboard paper so Stephen could use a dry-erase marker to interact and self-explore the world, ‘his world’.
Seeing Stephen’s face when he first walked into his new bedroom was the icing on the cake. He quietly took everything in, contemplating methodically all of the changes and improvements. We learned later that he couldn’t wait to go sit at his desk and do his homework. This was a first for Stephen and a sign that we accomplished our mission: to make one adorable, smart little boy happy and comfortable in his new environment!
Bridget & Fiona’s Bedroom:
What little girl wouldn’t love a room filled with millions of butterflies?! For two little girls who would be sharing a room, we had to comfortably fit them into a space with room to play, sleep, & grow. Fortunately the girls’ bedroom was large enough to fit a new bunk bed, large dresser, two nightstands and a bookcase; not to mention all new draperies trimmed with red grosgrain ribbon, lighting, and again FLOR tiles. C & R Flooring was so kind and generous to donate new hardwood floors for each bedroom. This initial step not only gave us a clean slate to work from, but set forth a mentality that donating both time and resources were the least we all could do to provide this amazing family with subtle upgrades and inspiration.
Despite the fluttering of multi-colored butterflies, the girls were most enamored with the fact that they had a bunk bed! It brought back memories of childhood play dates and sleepovers, which we could all tell would increase significantly now that all 3 siblings had room make-overs to show off!
Many Thanks to the Donors that made this Project Possible:
C &R Flooring
FLOR Carpet Design Squares
E.Collins Graphic & Industrial Design Studio
J Benjamin Smith Wallpaper Installations
Ken Soderholm, Soderhom Builders
Michael J Lee Photography
D. Michael Collins Architects
Stephanie Rossi of Spazio Rosso Interior Design
On 28, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In | By roomtodream
Designed and Managed by Room to Dream Board Member Gail O’Rourke of Cape & Island Kitchens
The challenges that face a family when they receive news that their child has a life threatening diagnosis can be insurmountable. Ethan’s family stared into the face of his diagnosis and refused to be defeated. Understanding the challenges that other families like theirs face, Debbie and Manny (Ethan’s parents), started a foundation for families with children who have cancer to support them while they are caring for their children. Two years after his diagnosis they continue their battle, but with the comfort that they are helping others along the way.
When Ethan’s application was received by Room to Dream Foundation President Stefan Nathanson and the Application Committee, they didn’t hesitate to award Ethan and his sister Maddie a Dream Makeover.
“When I read their story, I was awed by their commitment to others during a time that can be so difficult. We were pleased to start the process and were thrilled to welcome them into the Room to Dream Family”, said Nathanson.
Room to Dream Project Manager and Board Member Gail O’Rourke took on the challenge for Ethan and Maddie’s rooms.
“I remember the first day that I met them, Ethan had just come from treatment and he was resting at home. While I talked to the family I was able to envision, at that very moment, Ethan recovering in his new room,” says O’Rourke with a smile on her face. “I couldn’t wait to get started.”
Plans were made and designs were drawn. O’Rourke was ready to take this makeover to the next level, bringing in the best of the best. Kitchen Designer, Jessica Posmoga, DIY expert Sue Homan and Creative Graphic Artist Kate McDermott joined the design team and with O’Rourke they designed rooms that pushed the envelope and raised the bar.
“When Gail told me we had to complete this entire makeover in less than 48 hours I was skeptical. We knew we had to get it done, so that’s what we did,” says McDermott.
A record number of volunteers came out for this project. The group consisted of talented painters, cabinetmakers, children ranging from 6 to 18, past and present board members, veteran volunteers and new volunteers alongside HGTV designer Taniya Nyack to make up the most dynamic Dream Team ever.
Sponsors for this project consisted of Sherwin Williams Paint, Cape & Island Kitchens, Bill Best Painting, Brian Harrington Painters, Big Picture Framing and an anonymous local builder and cabinet manufacturer. As the Dream Team literally raced the clock to the Reveal, everyone banded together to get the job done.
The result was a fun and sunny Garden Room for Maddie and her American Girl Doll collection. A hand made picket fence lined the Waterscape walls. A personalized closet door made by a special friend. The lofted bed with flowery curtains provided the perfect place for a little girl hide away. Custom cabinetry completed the room and reminded everyone that spring is around the corner.
Ethan, an avid sports fan, wanted a hockey room. “I love the Bruins, they’re awesome!” exclaimed Ethan. The recipient of autographed hockey memorabilia, Room to Dream sent the many items over to Big Picture Framing for framing and presentation. A padded wall, made to resemble the side of a hockey rink, was installed as well as highlights from the Bruins signature colors. When it was completed, there was NO mistaking who Ethan’s favorite team is. A room for all ages, custom cabinetry, a special painted closet door and other treatments completed the effect.
“WOW, it came out better than I could’ve even imagined!”, exclaimed Ethan. The look of surprise and delight on his face said it all. Ethan gave O’Rourke a big hug and whispered a warm ‘thank you so much’ into her ear. O’Rourke replied “You’re welcome, Ethan- Dream BIG!”
Many thanks to the donors who made this makeover such a success:
Bill Best Painting
Brian Harrington Painting
And a special thanks to the many friends and family members who volunteered their time during project weekend! You are all invaluable.
To learn about Ethan’s foundation, please visit www.kidskickincancer.net
On 24, Jul 2012 | No Comments | In | By roomtodream
Designed by Ana Donohue of Ana Donohue Interiors
Build Out by Disipio Design and Construction
I was so fortunate to be given an opportunity to create two rooms for Room to Dream: A LEGO room for Brendan’s unbelievable collection and his bedroom, which he had not slept in for several years. Read more…
On 27, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In | By roomtodream
Designed by Amy McFadden of Amy McFadden Design
I was honored to be asked to design not only one, but two kids rooms for the Room To Dream Foundation: Jayna, age 7 and her little brother Tyler, age 4. Despite Jayna’s chronic illness, both her and her brother each proved to be just like any other child with what they wanted their rooms to look like — fun, comfortable, surprising, a place to spend time with friends — and it was so fun to respond to their requests.
On 02, May 2012 | No Comments | In | By roomtodream
Butterflies for Princess Maeve and Dragonflies for the adventure sisters Meghan & Erin
A while back, my friend Joanne DiFrancesco asked me to help out on a charitable project in the name of her mother. Not only was I so honored to do so, but this was also an ideal opportunity to give something back to the community.
Designed by Gail O’Rourke
The Room to Dream Foundation went to work for a fun loving family in Randolph, MA. Paula, Adrianna, Hector and Andrea received a makeover courtesy of a group of special volunteers.
Greg Hughes, Scott Wright and Pat DePriest gathered their friends and family for a fundraising event at the Boston Sail Loft. They invited everyone they knew to watch a Patriot’s game, celebrate football and raise money for Room to Dream. Through their efforts and enthusiasm they were able to raise enough funds to make over the rooms for this great family. In addition to their fundraising efforts they made a volunteer commitment to work on makeover weekend.
Designed by Annie Hurwitz at D. Michael Collins Architects
Being a teenager Adam was in need of a quiet place to be with friends, write, and relax. So, with his love of science fiction in mind we created a room with a soothing, modern, tech feel. We found a large mural of his favorite characters, gave him a desk and plenty of storage. We rounded it out with a new dresser and some fun chairs for playing video games. The autographed pictures of actors brought a big smile!
Designed by Hutker Architects
The Room to Dream Foundation teamed up with Mark Hutker and his firm, Hutker Architects to help a family with a chronically ill daughter in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Designers Abby Bart and Courtney Fadness of Hutker Architects met with the family and designed a space to meet her medical needs as well as provide expertise, design creativity and volunteers to make it all happen. Working with Room to Dream board member and project manager Gail O’Rourke, shop foreman of Chestnut Bay Cabinets, the “Dream Team” evaluated the rooms and designed a space that met the wishes of the teenage girl, taking the existing bedroom and an adjacent space and converting them into a bedroom and private sitting/tv room.
Designed by Daher Interior Design & Shawmut Construction
When we first met Mohammad and his family we were struck by their warm hospitality and thankfulness. Most uplifting was the cheerfulness and determination Mohammad exuded even though he has had to live with Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 4, Muscular dystrophy a progressively debilitating disease. He is a bright, engaging, articulate young man proud of his Lebanese heritage, religion and quite a music aficionado.