“A wish renews hope, uplifts spirits, and encourages the belief in the impossible.” The Make-A-Wish Foundation
This past Friday we had the honor of being part of Shameria receiving her one true wish – to have a new bedroom. As a new organization, Christopher Kids has been brainstorming of where to begin impacting our community. At the beginning of June, we reached out to the wonderful people of Make-A-Wish Alabama to introduce ourselves and our goals for what would soon become Christopher Kids. We immediately connected over shared passions of serving children and could not wait to start working together and assisting with future wishes.
Mission Support Coordinator Elizabeth got in touch with our team and introduced us to Shameria. Shameria lives with a neurological condition and had a wish for a new bedroom. This room was double special because we got to design a bedroom for Shameria and her sister to share. We could not wait to meet her family and start designing a new space for them to enjoy!
At our first site visit we met Shameria’s mother and received more information on how to make this room perfect for them. When asking further questions about the function of the space, we needed to ensure there was ample space for Shameria’s wheelchair to move easily through the room, the beds were at a low enough height for smooth transitioning, plenty of storage, and lots of pink and girly touches! We left feeling so inspired and eager to start dreaming.
The room is designed with space and function in mind. In addition to the dresser, extra storage was a need and implemented with under bed boxes and additional storage in the bedside chest and open shelving. A dorm-like layout of the room divides the space into two areas with large pinboards above the beds to provide each sister an area they can customize. The room was transformed and brightened by opening the window up, adding drapery, inserting an area rug, and using a mixture of whites and light pinks in the furnishings and bedding. Our favorite part of the room are the two gorgeous beds and art. The scalloped edge of the bed frame pairs perfectly with the pink scalloped Matouk coverlet. All sheets, bedding, and pillows were generously donated by Suite Dreams in Mountain Brook Village. Their products are stunning, luxurious, and their staff is so friendly and ready to help! We love the way the bedding compliments the custom pieces of Carrie Pittman Art. Carrie was kind enough to donate her time and talents for these stunning paper pieces. The colors pull the room together and are such a calming focal point for the wall. The mattresses were generously provided by Ensley Fairfield Mattress Company to keep Shameria and her sister as comfortable as possible. We know the girls are loving their beautiful and cozy beds!
Beyond designing Shameria’s room, we were honored to be part of the installation! It was such a special day seeing all the hard work pay off. When the furniture was assembled, the art was hung, and the beds were made, it was time for reveal! The joy on Shameria’s face after seeing her new room is a moment we will never forget. It’s truly an indescribable feeling being able to provide a space that fosters so much happiness. The reveal was made even more special by the pink balloons donated by Party Pickup. They were the perfect celebratory touch and made the big moment really feel like a party!
We were honored to have the opportunity to bring Shameria’s wish to life. We want to extend a special thank you to everyone who made this experience possible: Make-A-Wish Alabama staff, Make-A-Wish Alabama volunteers, Suite Dreams, Ensley Fairfield Mattress Company, Carrie Pittman Art, and Party Pickup. We are thrilled Shameria finally got her one true wish. We hope she and her family use the space as a gives a sense of retreat, comfort, and happiness today and every day. We are immensely thankful for the experience and cannot wait for the day we get to help grant another wish! To learn more about our mission and how you can help, click here. To learn more about Make-A-Wish Alabama’s mission and how you can help, click here.
Interior Design by Madi Gurley. Photos by Milton Bian and Cameron Trower.