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Sweet dream room
Family finds ‘oasis’ with renovation
DDT- before K
The kitchen before. - photo by Submitted


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For one Forsyth County family, this Thanksgiving was an especially thankful one.

A $20,000 makeover to two rooms of the Wampler-Patrick family’s home was completed just in time for extended family to visit.

Joe Wampler, Angie Patrick and their 5-year-old daughter Olivia welcomed Patrick’s parents, OB and Mary Benton from Athens.

“My mom had not seen any of the progress,” Patrick said. “But she came in, and it’s not even her house, but she cried.”

Together they enjoyed the redone family room and kitchen over the holiday weekend.

“To cook in that kitchen is a completely different experience and it’s completely enjoyable,” Patrick said.

The family won the room makeover from Designing Dreams Together, a nonprofit foundation created by Allison Havill Todd Interiors as a way to help a family in physical or emotional crisis.

“It was time for us to begin giving our time and talent back to the community,” said Todd, owner of the company. “With the tough economic time hitting and everyone cutting back, we recognized that we had the ability to make a positive impact in the community by giving back and making a difference in the life of one individual at a time.

“We want to continue to do this every year.”

The Wampler-Patrick family was nominated for the award by Cumming Elementary pre-kindergarten teacher Carolyn Tolland, who last year taught Olivia.

Tolland wrote an essay detailing the family’s struggles after Olivia was born premature and underwent multiple surgeries. She was later diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer.

Olivia recently completed radiation treatments for the cancer. She is now in the midst of her seventh of nine rounds of chemotherapy, which her father said should be finished by March or April.

The makeover to the home, a 132-year-old farmhouse in the Midway community, included removing old carpet and replacing it with 5-inch-wide plank hardwood floors and painting the cabinets and brick fireplace.

The kitchen countertops and island were replaced with granite and a tile blacksplash.

In addition, the rooms were updated with new paint, a large area rug, custom window treatments and re-upholstered chairs and pillows.

There also are new table lamps and other accessories, including a new 50-inch flat-screen television and sound system in a custom cabinet.

Todd and the family were pleased with the way the makeover turned out.

“I told [Todd] to think Ernest Hemingway goes to the beach,” Patrick said. “When I walked in [after everything was finished], I thought she did everything I would have done for myself but I wouldn’t have had the resources to do it.”

Added Wampler: “It’s really a relief to come home from the hospital and have this oasis.”

Olivia also loves the new look of her home.

“She calls it her Cinderella castle now,” said her mother.