We are thrilled to announce the 2019 Room to Renew nominations are now open!

Last year a long time dream of mine came to fruition, to use my professional design skills to redesign one room in a caregivers home giving them a place of rest and relaxation. The mission of Room to Renew is to uplift, restore and rejuvenate those who have dedicated their time and energy to taking care of someone with a special need or illness. I was inspired to help caregivers based on my own experience as a child. My Mom, a nurse, took full-time care of our grandmother, who had multiple sclerosis, in our home.

The inaugural 2018 Room to Renew recipient was Liz Collar-Baar, a nurse at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital. She was nominated by her fellow nurses. She cares for her 11-year-old son Tristan. Tristan has congenital heart disease and has endured over 50 surgeries. Liz and her husband work opposite shifts so they can care for Tristan.After insisting that the room makeover should be for Tristan and not herself, Liz finally conceded and accepted the gift for her own bedroom.I wanted to treat Liz’s bedroom remodel just like any Deidre Interiors project. Working with a designer is fun and I wanted Liz to have that experience. Her bedroom is a custom design of the highest quality thanks to our many partners. This room will look great and function for many years to come!

The renovated room included a more functional walk-in closet making it easier to put laundry away. A makeup station as a special treat for Liz. New wood flooring, custom upholstered headboard, window treatments, color and lighting. Many partners came on board to help make the renovation happen. Leading the charge was the builder partner, Scott Christopher Homes.

 

2018 After Photos

2018 Before Photos

“The room means a greater sense of peace and relaxation,” said Collar-Baar, “It brings a sense of calm and organization in my life. As a caregiver, you don’t think about that for yourself but to have 10 minutes of putting clothes away in the new closet is so peaceful and so effortless, it’s wonderful.”

The transition from not only caregiver at work and home but also to the recipient of this gift has been a learning curve for Collar-Baar. “Every caregiver deserves a few moments to take a few breaths and a timeout. It’s OK to have that space. It’s OK to have peace and quiet and it’s OK to feel that peace,” she says.

If you know a caregiver that could use a place in his or her home to rest and relax complete the short nomination form online HERE.

Room to Renew is a registered 501(c)3.

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