“The painting is definitely my favorite part,” said Caryn, remarking about what she likes best about her new redecorated bedroom. Van Gogh’s classic painting, “Starry Night” painting was the inspiration for her wish-come-true bedroom makeover. Caryn definitely appreciates fine art and has many talents herself. Some of her favorite pastimes include photography (she especially enjoys taking pictures of flowers and nature), and practicing and making music with her French horn and clarinet.
Caryn, a seventeen-year-old from Hartford County, chose a new bedroom for her wish because it was something that would last and that she could enjoy each and every day. “It was a surprise,” she shared, saying that she just played a little part in redesigning the room and was delighted by what the Make-A-Wish® volunteers had accomplished to fulfill her very special request.
Paula of South Windsor, and Jennifer Broad Brook, are the Make-A-Wish volunteers who dedicated time and talent to granting Caryn’s wish. Both experienced wish granters, this was the first “bedroom makeover” wish they had encountered.
The volunteer team solicited the help of friends and businesses they knew of in the community who could help make Caryn’s wish come true. They appealed to two artists for assistance, who generously responded by painting a large mural that was a reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”
The volunteers did much of the repainting of the room, including its walls and furniture such as the bed frame and the dresser with paint they got donated. They added curtains and bedding, in bright yellows and purples, to compliment the colors of the mural. They added a celestial design to the room’s ceiling and affixed glow-in-the-dark stars. They also assembled a computer desk, added decorative and track lighting. They also purchased a flat screen television and DVD player, so the room could include an entertainment center and closet organizers.
Caryn had been out with family for the afternoon, while the volunteers hurriedly worked to put the room together and set-up all of the new additions to spruce up the room. Upon, arriving home and heading to her room, Caryn was surprised and delighted to see the transformation of her bedroom.
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