Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Painted - Proud

This week is a little off for us because of doctor visits, pre op testing, the kids coming and the surgery.  Neither of us has picked up a paintbrush.  Life, however, does go on.

The thought of sifting through blogs or magazines or diy shows for some painted furniture did not appeal to me.  Before and after is what I was aiming for without doing too much work.  I am going to present one of the best "before and after" projects ever done.

There is an organization named "Rooms to Dream".  It is non profit and has chapters throughout the country.  It brings together construction companies, suppliers, architechts, designers and retailers to fill the dreams of a sick child through donations of their talent, time and material to transform his/her room into their fantasy room.  Sometimes they do hospital rooms if the child has a longterm stay prescribed or they do the room in the child's home.  The families of these children do not have much in terms of money, time or inspiration and fully appreciate the gift of happiness.

The room being presented is Jamie's room.  She is 13 yrs old and has severe asthmatic and some self-esteem issues.  She lives with her mom, sister and brother in public housing in Boston.  Although the gift was for Jamie, the group also transformed the rest of the apartment.  I don't have pics of the rest of the rooms.

Karen was the designer for the project. She and her team poured their hearts into this project and at the same time had great fun shopping for a teenager's dream room. 

Jamie told her color choices and interests and the team took off.  In one week the team was ready for the "reveal".  Tears and laughter filled the room and "thank you" a hundred times.  The team was as thrilled as Jamie and her family.  Fantastic job!  Now the pics!

                                                    after 1

                                                         after 2

                              Isn't it great!

I feel that this project is so very special because Karen, the designer, is my daughter.
I am not only proud of her work but also her charity.  She is a great woman!


  1. Yes. It is a wonderful organization that brings delight to so many who need it,