Sabrina’s Project

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.

Designed By

Rachel Reider Interiors

Managed By

Kevin Sullivan of Shawmut Design and Construction

Sabreena’s Room

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’s Room

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.

In each girl’s room we started with a clean slate – all new paint, furnishings, lighting, drapery and rugs as well as accessories and custom wall decor.

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.

The Reveal

All of our hard work was rewarded in seeing the girls’ faces as they viewed their new rooms. They were so grateful, appreciative and amazed at the transformation. There were many hugs, screams and tears exchanged. We were later told that they didn’t sleep in their new rooms the first night as they didn’t want to mess anything up. After enduring several very difficult years it felt great to do something special for this loving family.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank all of the volunteers as well as the donors below for being a part of this Dream Team!

Makkas Drapery Workroom

Sherwin Williams

Computer-CSL Foundation

Electrical-Shawmut Design and Construction

Painters- Bill Best Painting

Michael J Lee Photography

Rachel Reider Interiors

Kevin Sullivan, Shawmut Design and Construction