Monday, April 8, 2013

Emily's Room

It's time for the reveal! Over the weekend my interior design club teamed up with an organization called Special Spaces, which designs dream bedrooms for terminally ill kids. Our client was Emily, a 10 year-old with leukemia. Her treatment is completely done in July, so this bedroom will be a fresh start for her as she gets back to normal. (She actually gave an amazing speech on Saturday about how she has a lot of bad memories associated with her old room, and how happy this new one makes her. Cue the tears.)

Anyway, let's take a look at Emily's cool new space! My friend Stephanie and I were the team leads for this room, but the whole process was very collaborative. We think it turned out great! The walls were already that pretty shade of purple, so we just left it alone and added an accent of stripes on the left. She said she wanted a princess canopy, so our faculty advisor made one:


We gave her all new furniture (bed, dresser, desk, and chair) and framed some of her Make-A-Wish photos. All of us loved the pouf by the closet and wondered if we should get matching ones for our own houses:


Her room was tight, about 9'x10', but we managed to get her everything she asked for. We specifically chose a daybed that had huge drawers underneath for extra storage:

The walls look pink-ish here, but they're really purple.

Emily chose a song to represent her fight with cancer, "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. She painted this to document her journey, from her diagnosis in April 2011 to her end of treatment in July of this year.

Again, pretend the walls aren't pink here. Silly iPhone.

This whole family was amazing. We met with them several times over the last few weeks, and they always talked about how they try not to be sad, but instead focus on celebrating milestones. Saturday was actually her two-year anniversary of being diagnosed, and they said our timing was perfect because they wanted to celebrate how far she had come. (I think I have something in my eye...)

I want to show you one last detail. Emily said she liked polka dots, so we put some little circular mirrors over by her closet. She loved it:


We also worked on a music room Emily shares with her sister. The other two club officers spearheaded this design, and chose lime green since that was Emily's other favorite color, as well as the color she chose for her cancer fundraiser:


The lyrics along the top of the wall are from "The Climb."

And isn't this the perfect wallpaper for a 10 year-old and an 8 year-old? It's such a happy space.


This was such a rewarding experience, and Emily was so happy with what we did. She kept wandering away from the group to go hang out in her room. It was adorable. I definitely plan on staying involved with Special Spaces. If you know a terminally ill child would love a new bedroom, you can find a list of all the current chapters right here. The group is always looking for volunteers, and if your area doesn't have a chapter, you can apply to start one yourself.

So what do you think about Emily's cool purple bedroom?

28 comments:

  1. I think you guys did an incredibly job! What a beautiful story and cause. I'm sure Emily will have a lot of fun in her two new rooms. :)

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  2. What a special project! Both rooms look great! I love the painting she made and the song lyrics to match in the music room! Her princess bed is too fun!

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  3. Beautiful! I bet she is sooo happy! What a great opportunity.

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  4. Wow, what a wonderful project to be involved in! You guys did such a great job, too!

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  5. Amazing design project! I love the canopy and the polka dots on the bed, as well as the circle mirrors! The music room is great! Also that wrought iron piece on the desk is lovely :)

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  6. Very cool! I checked and they don't have a branch in Austin, sadly.

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  7. this is so sweet! i do love that wallpaper in her music corner. cute!
    -Rachel w k
    rwkrafts.blogspot.com

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  8. This is really amazing Paige. Seriously - what a wonderful thing to do. I bet she treasures that room.

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  9. What an amazing project and a super cute room! I love the ottoman poof thing. =)

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  10. Both rooms turned out beautifully! What a wonderful initiative.

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  11. what an awesome project paige!

    what happy spaces you created. kudos!

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  12. It turned out wonderful! I think I just might have fallen in love with that pouf.

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  13. How sweet! I think I have something in my eye now too. <3

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  14. This is such a great project! Congratulations. It looks really great. I'm sure the family is so thankful!!

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  15. This is such an amazing thing you did for Emily! and amazing cause!

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  16. Definitely got something in both of my eyes while reading this... the song thing really pushed me over the edge. I kinda want my own canopy now, and those blue accent pillows on the daybed. Nice job!!

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  17. What a great project - and it turned out soooo nice!

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  18. What an amazing project for an amazing cause.

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  19. Emily's room is truly magical. And it's so nice to be able to get her sister involved with the music room. Nice touch with the writing on the wall! You all did great! {:-D

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  20. Fantastic!! You all did such a tremendous job, especially taking into account all the things that she asked for. What a fantastic organization that would do things like that, and good for your school to be involved with it!

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  21. What a special project. You guys really did a beautiful job.

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  22. 2 very happy rooms! These are fabulous! I love the polka dot mirrors!
    very special.

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  23. Oh Wow! It looks fabulous! You did such a great job!! ♥

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  24. What an incredible thing you did for Emily. I like the floor pillow, too:)

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  26. I love the purple room! It turned out great. I really love that dresser! Emily must be thrilled!

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  27. This is so amazing! The room is wonderful, but best of all, I'm sure, were Emily's reactions.

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