Blissful Bedrooms

La La & Gi Gi’s Bedroom Makeover

UPDATE!!! During the weekend of 6/22-6/24/12, a team of Blissful Bedrooms volunteers – TEAM LALA & GIGI – made a double dream come true for two very special sisters. We gave Lauraliz and Geraldine the Country Cottage themed bedroom of their dreams! More than 30 dedicated and talented volunteers joined hands to make LaLa and GiGi’s desires and wishes their own. Countless other individuals/companies made donations to invest in Lauraliz and Geraldine’s happiness – LaLa & GiGi’s Angels – making it all possible. The girls’ room is now a cozy and comfy respite that feels as though it is lovingly nestled in the tranquility and beauty of nature – a special and serene place created exclusively for them. Lauraliz and Geraldine now have a sanctuary, of which they were the master designers, a place where they can retreat to and feel rejuvenated, happy, inspired and peaceful.

Because of the unique circumstances and desperate need of this disadvantaged family, we invested extra energy and resources into refreshing the rest of the apartment. Blissful Bedrooms volunteers de-cluttered, organized, cleaned and painted the living room, kitchen, hallway and bathroom. In addition, we re-decorated and furnished the living room. We have no doubt that this extra exertion will lead to profound benefits and positive change in the quality of life of this captivating family.

Even more remarkable is that we wrapped our collective arms around Lauraliz, Geraldine and their Mom, and left their home with a palpable and all-pervading, loving and compassionate energy that is guaranteed to linger for a lifetime, and send ripple effects out into the world. LaLa and GiGi, may all of your days be blissful and may you enjoy much happiness and contentment in your Blissful Bedroom!


Please take a few minutes to view the photos from LaLa & Geraldine’s makeover weekend, which include Before & After photos of their bedroom, pictures of the details, the girls’ reaction to the Revealing of their bedroom, the Reveal party celebration with past Blissful Bedrooms makeover recipients, friends and supporters and the volunteers in action transforming the bedroom.

On June, 17, 2012 – Father’s Day – a group of kindhearted Blissful Bedrooms volunteers shared their time and talents, and collaborated to make this an unforgettable day of beauty and fun for LaLa, Geraldine and their mother, Maria.

Sincere thanks to LaLa & Geraldine’s Photo Shoot Team for dedicating their day to this family, and for contributing to making the girls' spirits and self-esteem soar to new heights.

Photographer - Alexey Dvoryadkin -

Photographer’s Assistants
Madeline Dudek
Martha Gold-Dvoryadkin
Meg O’Dwyer
Karin Sagona

Hairstylists– Swing Time Hair Salon

Makeup Artist – Becky Seim, Mary Kay Representative

Makeup Artist Assistant – Lauren Seim

Stylist – Martha Gold-Dvoryadkin

Location Scout – Donna Sagona

Location Hosts – Donna & Brad Sagona

Photo Shoot Supporters – Adam & Sarah Seim

Thank you to all of the amazing people who made this spectacular event possible! Whether you volunteered your time, donated money, or donated products and services, we are forever grateful and couldn't have done it without you.

Thank you to all of the compassionate and caring volunteers who shared their time and talents to make a dream come true for LaLa and Geraldine!

Team LaLa & GiGi
Eric Campros
Bekah Coulter
Madeline Dudek
Alexey Dvoryadkin
Yair Gelb
Martha Gold-Dvoryadkin
Christopher Gonzalez
Laura Gonzalez
Harry Lacoste
Atef Mohamed
Juliana Nunez
Costa Pavlou
Evelyn Perez
Willie Perez
Andrew Plumb
Vidalina Quinones
Libby Russell
Donna Sagona
Karin Sagona
Adam Seim
Becky Seim
Laura Seim
Sarah Seim
Sergo Tsalapatanis
Vanessa von Hessert

Click and Improve Team

Jesse Friedman
Anthony Marrero
Bryan Molloy
Alex Ushyarov
Avi Zikry

Thank you to all of the generous ORGANIZATIONS/BUSINESSES and INDIVIDUALS who have supported LaLa and Geraldine’s bedroom makeover by donating funds, services and/or materials. This makeover could not have been possible without your help!

LaLa & GiGi’s Angels


Gladys Ahrens
Debra Alger
Brenda L. Allen
Chelsea Arbutina
Virginia Baker
Rochelle Bell
Stella Benkel
Jena Bennett
Simon Bollinger
Maureen Butler
Merrylynn Candelario
Nancy Cardozo
Ciretta Carroll
Magaly Claudio
Jessica Coffrin-St. Julien
Alexia Conville
Kathyryn Corbett
Cullen Crawford
Melissa Crespo & Lawrence J. Seiler
Sarah Czajkowski
Katherine Deats & Kristin Long
Dilica Dejesus
Julie Delgado
Anastasia Diakaki
Kimberly Escobar
Sandra Esguerra
Latasha Ford
Tamika Ford
Carol Frazier
Lefkie Fradelos
Julie & Jack Frazzita
Jesse Friedman
Tracy Gittens
Audrey Hopson
Christina Jernigan
Aimee Johnson
Ikram Khan
Denise Kimberg
Jessica Kelly Brown
Anna Kyrkostas
Samantha Maneggio
Shirley Mansukhani
Tennille & Teal Marrero
Ilene Martin
Janet McNamee
Kim McPherson
Lori Miller
Roberto Molina
Carolyn Mooney
Pauline Noble
Diana Perez
Evelyn Perez
Perez Family
Vidalina Quinones
Jasima Reyes-Senfter
Carlie Rice
Lisa Richmond
Maria Rinklin
Claudia Rodas
Daniel Rott
Sagona Family
Aileen Salvante-Martin
Jessica Santikul
Arlene Santos
Jill Schaal
Becky Seim
Paul Shoyinka
Roseann Simmons
Ryoya Terao
RoByn Thompson
Philippe Trinh
Jane Uzzell
Michele Velotti Golom-Polgano
Vanessa Von Hessert
Kendall-Jane Wilson
Bob and Jane Wolff
Richard Wolff
Jessica Williams

Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company, Astoria, NY -
Build it Green! NYC –
Citibank employees & customers (Astoria, Queens - 31st street branch) –
Click and Improve –
Duniway Middle School, McMinnville, OR – Leadership Fundraiser -
Emily Madison Bedding – Exclusively sold at ABC Carpet & Home (Barbara Freeman) -
Film Biz Recycling –
Luis & Alma Jimenez Charitable Fund
Murals Your Way -
Nicecycle (Kyle) –
P.S. 811x Staff – Thank you for leading and supporting the Pastelitos Fundraiser
P.S. 811x – Thank you for allocating a portion of the 2012 Penny Harvest Funds to Blissful Bedrooms
Swing Time Hair –
Tekserve –

Thank you to the Companies and Individuals who have adopted Blissful Bedrooms donation boxes, and to the generous and giving customers/people who contributed to the boxes. You helped us manifest LaLa & Geraldine's dream bedroom!

Donation Boxes
Astoria 31st street market
Bel Aire Diner
Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
Double G Pharmacy
Family Corner
Film Biz Recycling
Green Line Market
Igloo Cafe
Just Burgers
New York Times
Omega Liquor Store
Pick 99cents Store
Rosario’s Italian Deli
Tasty’s Diner
Queens Kickshaw
Zorba’s Souvlaki
If you are touched and inspired by what you've seen above, please help us to perform our next bedroom makeover by making a donation of any amount today. Our work is only possible because of your generous contributions and loyal support!