Blissful Bedrooms

Sabrina’s bedroom makeover

UPDATE!!! During the weekend of 9/25-9/26/10, Sabrina’s dream bedroom makeover took place (see Flickr photo slideshow below)! The Blissful Bedrooms team Betty Boop-ified Sabrina’s bedroom, beyond her wildest imagination – original and collaborative art work, a new floor, window treatments, vibrant paint job, bathroom, mounted TV…and so much more! The entire design team proved once again that they not only listened with their ears to Sabrina’s requests for her new bedroom, but also with their hearts!



Sabrina is a vibrant and sweet 20-year-old young woman who will be graduating from a Special Education school in 2011. She is challenged with cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia type, which means she has limited voluntary movement of her arms and legs. Sabrina is unable to walk or sit up without support. She is independent in operating a motorized wheelchair to get around school and home. When her wheelchair is being serviced, Sabrina uses a manual wheelchair and requires a caregiver to push her, as she is unable to propel the wheelchair on her own. Sabrina is dependent for most activities of daily living, including transferring from her wheelchair to other surfaces, eating, dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting, etc.

Sabrina is very excited about her upcoming bedroom makeover which is scheduled for 9/25-9/26. She has expressed a passion for Betty Boop, so the Blissful Bedrooms team is preparing to give Sabrina her dream Betty Boop bedroom with her creative input, including the color scheme for the walls. The timing for Sabrina’s makeover could not be better. Her family has been informed that a new elevator will be installed in their building at the beginning of October (they only have one elevator). They were told that this installation is estimated to take a minimum of 12 weeks. That means that Sabrina will be unable to leave her apartment for the entire duration! Can you imagine being homebound for three months? Most of us know, when it comes to major building renovations such as an elevator installation, the pre-construction time estimate is usually not the actual time it takes, and extra weeks are generally added on due to unexpected problems along the way. Needless to say, it is crucial for Sabrina’s well-being that we provide her with a peaceful and inspiring environment, as she will be spending all of her time in her bedroom. This will undoubtedly be very difficult for Sabrina, as she is quite a “social butterfly” at school. She has many friends at school and is very much a people person. She also spends a lot of time on the phone after school connecting with her friends and making plans.

Please help us give this beautiful young lady a stimulating and beautiful bedroom, along with a variety of implements, which will help to keep her active and bright mind alive, learning and believing in her future.


Please take a moment to view the Before and After pictures of Sabrina's bedroom, as well as pictures of the process.


On 9/23/10, Alexey Dvoryadkin, the Co-Founder and official photographer of Blissful Bedrooms in collaboration with Lisa Mazzurco-Bologna, the hair magician/make-up artist, transformed Sabrina into her Betty Boop persona. This was a perfect preamble to Sabrina's Betty Boop bedroom makeover which took place during the weekend of 9/24-9/26. Not only does she have a new bedroom to feel at peace and inspired in, but she also sees her self in a brand new light, that of a beautiful, sexy, gorgeous young woman!!! Of course, we have pictures from her photo shoot displayed all over her new bedroom so she never forgets how beautiful she is. You go Sabrina with your sassy self!!

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.

Al Benkin
Alexia Conville
Alex & Martha Dvoryadkin
Nancy Feher
David Figueroa
Avalon Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Jesus German
Dave Goldstein
Kristen Haskell
Cristina Leon
Cory Mahler
Lisa Mazzurco
Clay Nelms
Carla Reyes
Arlene Santos
Adam & Sarah Seim
Taj Sylvester
Alan Tlusty
Raphael Vega
Jorge Verdejo
Karina Vogt

Thank you to all of the generous organizations and individuals who have supported Sabrina's bedroom makeover by donating funds, services or materials! This makeover could not be possible without your help.

Adames Rentals
Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company, Astoria, NY (
Build It Green! NYC, Long Island City, NY (
Film Biz Recycling, Long Island City, NY (Eva Radke) (
New Image Hair Salon, Astoria, NY
Monoprice (Sean Lee) (
Vintage Tub & Bath (

Brenda Allen
Erica Amadeo
Michael Alvarado
Cynda Collins Arsenault
Elizabeth Bachmann
Rochelle & David Bell
Gina Bergdall
Yvette Calenda
Randy Cardenas
Ciretta Carroll
Joyce Cobb
Nancy DeNardo
Katherine Deats & Krisin Long
Kimberly Escobar
Sandra Esguerra
Nancy Feher
Esther Fein
Eric Fiebert
Carolyn Fitzmaurice
Lefkie Fradelos
Stephanie Freeman
Fran Peduto DeGennaro
The German Family
Avalon Garcia
Tracy Gittens
Michele Golom-Polgano
Vionette Gonzalez
Anabel Haley
John Haney
Virginia Incalcaterra
Abigail Johnson
Vera Jones
Norma Kabalan
Denise Kimberg
Charito Labay
Jeanette Leone
Frances Lim
Camille McKenzie
Cory Mahler
Aileen Martin
Lisa Mazzurco-Bologna
Janet McNamee
Kim McPherson
Heather McQuade
Cuthbert Myers
Kimberly Mossel
Rebecca Nelson
Pauline Noble
Lisa Norowski
Kim Oransky
Juan Ovalles
Evelyn Perez
Rose Pineda
Andea Platon
Cecilia Reynoso
Michele Sacconaghi
Jessica Santikul
Arlene Santos
Marta Santos
Marilyn Silva
Sarah Suh
Ryoya Terao
Gregory Toft
Joel Velasquez
Zuzana Vojtek
Rebecca Wachowski
Rebecca Wheelright
Ciera Wells
Martin White
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!