We just finished my journey with Lin’s Linen room. This was my 1st room and Liz’s 40th.
If you haven’t had a chance to read my 1st blog about this journey, click here
For a quick recap, Lin’s Linens is a volunteer organization that supports and nurtures women going through cancer. To find out more, visit Lin’s Linens website.
Liz Balogh is the main designer on this project and I’m assisting her as this is my 1st Lin’s Linen project. Our client is an Indian woman who is going through her chemo and radiation. Rather than calling her a client, we call them Lin’s Linens sisters. That’s how we feel as we work with them.
This is what we started out with-
Liz had gone in for the 1st interview and knew without a doubt that she wanted to help her. Here is a spiritual woman who was so devoted and in LOVE with God. Our inspiration started with this picture of a goddess.
We found out that this picture meant a lot to our sister. Her mother in law had given this to her years ago and this was the only artwork in the room. We decided to frame this picture and the paint scheme was also derived from this. She mentioned that she wanted to feel like she was on the beach at a time when the waters was very calm. That was the Oasis of her dreams.
Liz found a painting to match the design direction that we were planning on taking and we met with the sister. Liz did her design presentation at that time and I got to meet the sister for the 1st time. I fell in love with her the minute I met her. Until then I had only heard of her.
Here is the painting that helped us make a design plan
Today was the last day of the installation. I had to share my passion and excitement so I did some Facebook Live Videos about Behind the scenes for this project.
Before we stepped in for installation, everything was planned out. We knew exactly how the room was going to feel and look like because we had taken the time to plan out every detail.
Day 1 was for painting and assembling furniture. My job was to do the mural I was to do the mural.
We had a ton of volunteers to help us with this project. When like minded people come together we can really make this world a more beautiful place. This project is an evidence of that.
Did you know that this was Paint week? Sherwin Williams was super nice, they donated the paint as well as their service. We had a team of 9 men from Sherwin Williams team who came in and helped us paint the room and the bathroom. We used Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex paint- which is a zero VOC formula that helps reduce common indoor odors from your pets, cooking and smoke to help rooms stay fresher, longer. Harmony contains new technology that helps improve indoor air quality by reducing VOC levels from potential sources like carpet, cabinets and fabrics. It also gives your walls a washable, durable finish. This acrylic paint is GreenGuard® Indoor Air Quality Certified and GreenGuard® Certified for Children and Schools.
We had a team of 5 women who worked on assembling the furniture while the guys painted. 1 of them was my Sherwin Williams rep and the others were good hearted awesome ladies who wants to make this world a better place. Assembling the dresser was a huge job and all the women were troopers. Once the Sherwin Williams guys were done painting, I switched from working on the dresser and moved on to paint the mural on the mirrors.
I had been practicing the mural for days……. But when the time comes to permanently paint in someones room, I have butterflies in my stomach. What if I mess up? After all I’m using permanent markers. I decided to start with “OM” and then just give it my best.
This is how the mural turned out- Not bad eh?
Day 2, Liz had planned out was when all the detailed work was going to go in. We had Robin Matthew from Seams Sew Right who had fabricated the window treatment also helped us with installation. She is a powerhouse of a woman when it comes to power tools and getting things accomplished. I had done a FB video with her on the 2nd day. We also worked on all the details and the room was 99% done.
Today was the final reveal. Liz has a whole process of blessing the room. It’s such an emotional feeling for everyone involved when the sister sees the room for the 1st time. There is waterworks all around and its a very emotional journey. Our lives seems worthwhile when we get to help someone get this healing sanctuary where we put our hearts and soul into. For us designers who had been living and breathing and planning this room, its emotional to hand over the room and walk away.
The final day when we hand over, the room its like we are giving away our baby.
This is how our baby looked today-
What a difference framing that picture made!
The bedding is also very special for every Lin’s Linens sister. Liz has a special way of making the bed.
Thanks to Robin Matthews from Sew So Right for fabricating and installing this window treatment. Thanks to Mark Calogerofrom Designers Resource, Inc(a Trade Only Show Room) for donating this magnolia hardware.
Who wouldn’t want to sit in this chair and read a book or take a short nap?
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We had done a couple of Facebook Live’s during the 3 days of installation. Check out our final video here-