Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Room for Improvement: Foster Children
Turning a house into a home requires time and money. But for the entire month of November, we are granting the wishes of some very special viewers. We're making their decorating dreams come true, starting with a bedroom for three foster girls. Here's Martin Amado with tonight's Room For Improvement.
WSVN -- Meet La Toya, Olivia, and Jesica. It's taken 10 long years, but these three sisters finally have a reason to smile. After moving from one foster home to another, they now have a home of their own.
Sandra: "To see children going through this, it breaks my heart. That's why I want to help them."
Sandra Grant has given the girls the gift of love. Ever since last spring, they have become a family. Now, she wants to give them something else: a beautiful bedroom to call their own.
Sandra: "No one can take this away from them."
Martin: "Room for Improvement. Hey, Sandra."
Sandra: "Hi, Martin. How are you? Thank you for coming."
Martin: "What sort of design direction or ideas do you want to give me?"
Sandra: "Well, I have no idea, but I know they love purple."
Martin: "The room has to have purple, and, as you know, it's all going to happen in one day."
When you're dealing with a small bedroom, storage is a premium. At the moment, we only have one closet shared by three girls, so we have to make the best of it. For that we enlisted the help of Beth Levin, a professional organizer known as the Closet Queen.
Martin: "What ideas do you have for the closet?"
Beth:"We are going to put drawers in. We are going to create a whole new system for them, so each girl has their own individual space. And Jason from Accent Closets is here to tear it all down."
Martin:"I usually don't do demolition on these segements, but this is pretty cool."
Jason: "All right, Marti, this is the last knob, and we're all set."
Martin: "This looks great, Jason. Thanks so much."
Martin: "Now, we have the system in place, so Beth can begin her organizational magic."
With Beth organizing, I can begin the decorating. There's a lot of furniture in the room, and it's making it feel really cramped. With a new layout and thanks to El Dorado furniture, we are going to come up with a better solution.
This bed is taking up much needed floor space.
So, with the new day bed from El Dorado, and by moving all the furniture to this side of the room, look at all the floor space we gain. The room appears much bigger.
Martin: "So, Beth, how's it coming along?"
Beth: "Great! Most of the clothes are in. Now, what I want to do is sort of color-coordinate, because three girls are sharing it. So, I'm going to give each girl a different hanger color.
I found these awesome hangers and rods at Lowe's, so now we can start bringing in the purple color La Toya, Olivia and Jesica like so much.
Martin: "Isn't this awesome? One more piece for storage."
Beth: "This is going to help us a lot."
So each of the girls get thier own comforter set. That way they can express thier own personal style. The reason it works in the room is because we are keeping it in the same color scheme. Now we just have to make all these beds. I could use some help.
You have to love these cubes from El Dorado. When the girls have friends over just to hang out, they will have additional seating in the room.
These peel and stick shapes from Lowe's give the walls instant design and visual impact without all the work.
Martin: "OK, Beth, this is my final touch. I'm done with the decorating. How about you?"
Beth: "The labeling is done for the drawers. I wanted to make sure each girl knew where their drawers were, since each of them get two."
Martin: "Awesome. Let's hope the girls like it."
When I count to three, you can open your eyes.
Sandra: "Oh, I want to sleep in here."
Martin: "Is it what you expected?"
Sandra: "No, it's better."
Martin: "Well, now you have a home and a bedroom of your own, and that's what it's all about."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Furniture and Accessories provided by:
El Dorado Furniture
Closet provided by:
The Accent Group Inc.
Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Martin Amado's Website: www.martinamado.com/stylist.htm