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Nominations sought for room makeover
Contest open to families and nonprofits
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Last years recipient of the Designing Dreams makeover was the Bald Ridge Lodge, above. Nominations for this year are being excepted until July 1. - photo by File photo

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Nominations for this year’s Designing Dreams room makeover will be accepted through July 1. To nominate a family or nonprofit, visit

A Forsyth interior design company is looking for families or nonprofits in need of a new space.

For the fourth year in a row, Allison Havill Todd Interiors is offering its Designing Dreams room makeover contest.

AHT Interiors established Designing Dreams as a way to completely make over a room for an individual or family in emotional or physical crisis, or a nonprofit organization that serves as a residence for individuals in need.

Tamara Gaalema, project manager with AHT Interiors, said the community is invited to nominate a family or nonprofit.

“We have received several nominations, but we want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity and just remind everyone of the deadline,” she said.

That deadline is July 1. Gaalema said nominations can be submitted by going to

“All the documentation is on our Web site, so they then would just download the forms and then they can e-mail them in,” she said.

For the past two years, the room makeover, which uses donated materials and services from various vendors to create a new space worth up to $20,000, has gone to the Bald Ridge Lodge and Jesse’s House, shelters for displaced boys and girls.

In its first year, the prize went to the Wampler family, who had a young daughter with many health problems as a result of a premature birth and cancer.

“It needs to be a place of residence,” Gaalema said. “That’s why the nonprofits came through last year because you could help so many children, but it does need to be a place of residence.”

The winner will be determined by a panel of independent judges, Gaalema said, noting that she and Todd are not involved in the selection process.

“Allison and I don’t have any say in who gets selected,” she said. “Of the nominations we’ve received, everybody deserves it, so I’m glad I don’t have to pick out the most deserving.”

She said the panel typically chooses a winner within “five to 10 business days” after the nomination deadline.

“Allison likes to get moving and she always wants to have the project finished before Thanksgiving,” she said.

Gaalema said she hopes to receive many more nominations because there are so many people in need.

“People should get behind this because it stays right here; you can see the immediate gratification,” she said. “Even though we’re an affluent county, there are still people in need or who have fallen on hard times.”