Last weekend, I was honored to help interior designer Jennifer Taylor, of Taylor House Interiors, do some special decorating. And by “special,” I mean heart-breakingly meaningful. The project was a bedroom makeover for a young girl, named Mandy, who is fighting cancer with every ounce of her sunny self.
But, unfortunately, right now, the cancer is winning. Enter: The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. They’re a non-profit organization that provides financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer living in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. And sometimes, they make the stars align and grant wishes.
Mandy, a fan of the HGTV network and many a design show, made a simple request: she wanted a newly styled room.
I only came on the scene when things were already pretty-fied by Jennifer which mean this room you see above, is nothing like what it was. Its former self had a purple wall that made the room go dark, and there was a bunk bed, and a desk, and a whole lot of stuff, too much stuff to let a room be as stylish as it needed to be. So the stuff was ushered out, crown molding went in, and Sherwin Williams Jet Stream was painted on the back wall as a feature wall and SW Timid Blue was painted on the surrounding walls.
The closet was divided and conquered and mirrored closet doors were ordered.
When installation day came, we got to work setting and staging, rearranging and replacing, fluffing and smoothing and smiling.
There was a whole lot of smiling.
Because, we knew, this wasn’t a regular, “Here’s your new space” makeover; it was the fulfillment of a wish, by a special girl, who was running low on her wishes being granted.
A few hours later, the room turned into this…
And the closet looked like this…
(Mirrored doors were installed later that day, long after my camera and I had left.)
I didn’t get to see Mandy’s reaction, but I heard it was AWESOME and SUNNY and AMAZING, just like she is.
If you would like to find out more about The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, please click here. If you would like to find out how to help Mandy, please contact The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and ask to speak to Becca.
Here’s to finding solace in our surroundings when the world seems too confusing for words, to appreciating the wow moments when we have them, and to remembering how lucky we are to have a surplus of future moments stretched out before us and to cherish each one like it was a wish, granted.
PS, I have to make a special shout-out to JB’s mom, Ginny. We send our love and hope you’re healing quickly! 🙂