For the Salt Lake Parade of Homes, builders have the opportunity to team up with the Make A Wish Foundation to design a room in honor of a child who has gone through great medical hardship. These rooms are designed specifically for a child and the builders spend a lot of resources making them special, then donating items in the room to the child and their family. Today I’m thrilled to share the Parade Home Teen Room Reveal, which was designed for a child who has received extensive care at Primary Children’s Hospital.
I was so excited when Blue Atlas told me they had signed on for a Make A Wish room. Rooms with meaning that tell a personal story are my absolute favorite.
While we were still very much in the home planning phase, we went to a banquet to meet the child we were assigned. Brandon is 17 and has already had a heart transplant. To throw in a double hardship, his little brother has the same heart condition and also had a heart transplant within the same year. I can’t imagine going through something like that.
We started asking Brandon all about himself– favorite colors, interests, hobbies. He was a big race car fan. Specifically, he loves Formula 1 racing. This is a world I knew nothing about, but our builder from Blue Atlas, Brendon, was the lead designer for GMC and knows cars. It was fun to watch them chat. I started doing a lot of research and came up with an initial concept for the room.
The room could have gone Lightening McQueen real fast. I don’t always love themed rooms, as I think they can be a bit cheesy. My challenge was to put together a room that still had a theme but felt cool. Cool was my vibe. I wanted it to be sort of retro. My first idea was for a sort of “pit stop” area. We got a vintage feeling mini fridge, stocked of course. The desk area has vintage Formula 1 signs and books. A velvet lounge chair looks like the perfect spot to hang out.
On the wall, I created a gallery wall with a vintage Mustang medallion, Brandon’s favorite car, and more vintage posters and a cool sign.
Our Stagg Design Marbelized Forest Abstract was the perfect art piece for above the dresser. It had exactly the vibe we were going for, and Brandon’s favorite color is green.
The bed was an awesome find and really made the room with the metal detailing and leather headboard. I love our lumbar Stagg Design Chase Plaid in Graphite pillow here. It feels polished yet not overdone, perfect for a teen boy.
This room was so special to put together. I’m always so grateful for the opportunity to share my talents in a meaningful way, and watching Brandon’s reaction when he saw the room was something I’ll never forget. Thanks to Blue Atlas Homes for signing on for such a worthy cause!