“The design brief for the room was pretty simple really – unicorns, mermaids, rainbows with splashes of pink and yellow,” says interior stylist Sarah McMillan of The Cullin Interiors who recently revamped little Bridget Cole’s bedroom on behalf of the Dandelion Wishes Foundation – the charitable organisation that supports the Monash Children’s Hospital.
The face of the hospital, Bridget was born with a rare genetic syndrome that resulted in lengthy stays after she was born, and she still visits the hospital around three times per week as an out-patient. “Bridget, her parents and three siblings are doing it tough. They couldn’t even afford a mattress for Bridget. We wanted to create an amazing wonderland of a room for her,” says Sarah.
Based on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, The Cullin Interiors is a chief sponsor of the Dandelion Wishes Foundation and its annual ball, and the team worked hard to secure donations from 23 partners to bring Bridget’s room to life. “Bridget played in her new room for hours while we were installing. Despite such hardship the family are very much cup half-full people,” says Sarah.
“When we approached the Monash Children’s hospital about being a sponsor, we came up with the idea that we would like to transform a room for a child,” says Sarah of how the lovely project came about.
The room features stylish wares from Society of Wanderers, Secret Weapon Creative, Zillo + Hutch, Mustard Made, Olli Ella, Catty Wampus and Sealy to name a few. Bridget’s custom rainbow bed was designed by The Cullin Interiors’ sister brand The Cullin Design. “We’ll sponsor the ball every year and we’ve got designers, stylists, artists all wanting to donate to the next room revamp,” says Sarah.
Photography: Lisa Atkinson Photography