Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Room for Improvement: Multiple Sclerosis
All this month, we are making decorating dreams come true. Tonight, a gift for a grandmother with Multiple Sclerosis. Martin Amado is helping heal her pain with convenience and comfort in Room For Improvement.
WSVN -- Alma Cash loves showing off her family. But spending quality time with her grandchildren is becoming more difficult each day.
Alma: "Dealing with MS on a day to day basis is a roller coaster. Pretty much you never know what's going to happen until you wake up."
Often when she wakes up, she's in so much pain that she can barely function. Her wish is to have a new mattress and a new bedroom, so she can finally rest and relax.
Alma: "A room makeover is something fresh and new. It would put more fuel in the fire to get me feeling better."
Martin: "Room for Improvement. Good morning, Alma. Let's go see the master bedroom."
Martin: "Tell me about this furniture. How long have you had it?"
Alma: "I've had this furniture for 14 years. I just feel that if I get a firmer mattress, maybe I would be more restful at night, and then it wouldn't be so painful in the day."
The goal with this bedroom is to give Alma a relaxing retreat. So, as you know by now from watching the segments, white color on the walls just doesn't cut it. But before we get to painting, let's clear out the entire room.
Martin: "So, we have extra help with the painting. We have Charlie from Buffington's Painting. Good morning, Charlie. Let's go see the space. I want to choose the paint color."
Martin: "OK, Charlie. So I want to change the mood of the bedroom through paint. Alma loves the color blue, so I was thinking a pale blue color is going to work wonders.
Charlie: "That's prefect."
Martin: "So, the painting is done, the blinds are up, and the rug is on the floor. It's time to bring in the furniture. We donated Alma's old furniture to the Salvation Army for a good cause, so, in it's place, she's getting brand new furniture pieces, thanks to El Dorado Furniture. Let's go get it."
All right. Even though we have brand new furniture in the room, it's still not complete without a mattress. So, thanks to Sears Outlet, we are going to make that happen.
With the mattress in place, the fun part begins. Let's decorate and give the room the finishing touches.
When you have a favorite color, it doesn't mean you must use that color in every single decorative item in the room, from walls to bedding to floors. It's too much of one color. It's overkill. In this case, we kept the blue on the walls as an accent. Then the bedding just picks up on the tones and compliments the overall design.
When you have down pillows and you want to give it that designer look, just give it that karate chop, like a fortune cookie. It looks really professional.
I found this great floor fountain at Lowe's, which becomes a focal point at the foot of the bed. Notice how the wall art above is small in scale, so the fountain doesn't compete with it. All your attention goes right here.
The final touch is a tray, so that Alma can have breakfast in bed and enjoy her beautiful new master retreat. We're done.
Martin: "When I met you this morning, all you said was, 'I like the color blue,' and you gave me carte blanche for the design. At the count of three, here we go: One, two, three."
Alma: "Oh, my God! I love everything. I can't believe this is the same room. I don't even feel like I have MS. My goodness. Thank you, Lord."
Martin: "We really just want this to be a bedroom and a place of healing and relaxing for you as well. This is another Room for Improvement. I'll see you guys next week."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Furniture and Accessories provided by:
El Dorado Furniture
Mattress Provided by:
Sears Outlet Store
7500 NW 25th St Suite 110
Miami, FL 33122
Painting Provided By:
Additional funds provided by:
Community Relations Manager
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
A Brighter Tomorrow
Contact:email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Amado's Website: www.martinamado.com/stylist.htm