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February 3, 2019

Non-Profit Transforming Bedrooms for Local Kids Facing Medical Crisis

By Laura Byrne

To a child, their bedroom should be a place to be themselves, feel loved and safe. To a child facing a medical crisis, their bedroom is where they gain the strength and comfort needed to heal. 

Savvy Giving by Design is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comfort, support, and healing to families with a child facing a medical crisis by transforming the interior spaces of their homes at no cost to them. Run by volunteers, they rely on cash donations and grants, as well as donors who provide in-kind materials and labor to support their cause. 

Kylie Ponton, with Ponton Interiors launched the Tampa Bay Chapter in March, 2018. “As a mother of three, some of my favorite rooms to design are for kids. As soon as I heard about Savvy Giving By Design, I knew I had to help bring this to Florida. My hope is these spaces will give the children and their families hope, love and a touch of whimsy.” 

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Kylie Ponton with Trinity (top bunk) and her big sister in their new room.

In August they selected their first room recipient, Trinity. Trinity was diagnosed in July of 2018, at the age of 2 ½, with Neuroblastoma, a complicated tumor in her neck. When the interior design team first met Trinity, she shared her beautiful personality, with bright smiles and generous hugs, even as she fights Neuroblastoma. 

The girls (and their parents) shared wishlist items for the rooms, favorite colors and treasured things. Then the design team got to work. Similar to any design project, concept boards were created and a room layout designed. The girls needed room to sleep three, with safe access to a top bunk (think stairs versus ladder), and the team wanted to create a cozy space for dreaming, reading and craft projects. All in a room that was 10’ x 10’. 

 

A custom barn door was added to the closet for easier access to the entire space and to tackle closet organization. A pink and purple wallpaper mural was applied to one wall, an accent of whimsical colors and pattern. New lighting added sparkle and shine and custom window treatments were also generously donated to create the perfect dark environment for resting when needed. The girls were thrilled with their new space, with a surprise reveal in November, when they got to see their room for the first time. 

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In December the team from Savvy Giving by Design met their next room recipient, Finn. Finn is fighting Ewing’s Sarcoma and is five years old. Finn is a smart and brave little man, a LEGOfanatic and a little brother. “One of my favorite parts of Savvy Giving, is that we not only do the child’s room, but we design their siblings rooms as well. They are all battling this together,” said Kylie Ponton, Tampa Chapter President. 

Currently the boys have been bunking down in their Mom and Dad’s room. It’s overwhelming to them to be battling this unknown ‘thing’ called cancer, and they refer to their current room as “the room we used to sleep in.” 

You can learn more about Savvy Giving and see future room makeovers by joining their Facebook Group – Savvy GIving By Design, Tampa Florida.

Love what you see in Trinity’s room?

  • Custom Barn Door by Kayu Kayan barn doors
  • Pink striped baskets from Container Store
  • Slimline hangers with felted cover by Container Store
  • Wall paper by Walls Need Love
  • Table and chairs by KidKraft
  • Shelves from Target

Originally published in the February 2019 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.

More photos from Trinity’s room:

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