My Room to Dream Project hits the Boston Globe


Recently, one of my projects was featured in the Boston Globe! The project was in partnership with the Room to Dream Foundation and fellow designer Leah Cantor.

Jaci Conry wrote the article describing our experience;

After meeting with Sean (Room to Dream does not release last names of families it serves) and his family, Cantor collaborated with interior designer Shalini Sookar to transform the small room with red walls and heavy drapes into a light and airy space with ample area to display Sean’s sports memorabilia. The high school freshman also has room to hang out with his friends, and focus on schoolwork.

Leah described our design intent;

An architectural post not only anchors the bed, but also provides an opportunity for Sean to improve his agility, says Cantor. “The post features rabbeted circular wells backed with Velcro to provide targets for an assortment of Velcro-covered Wiffle and Ping-Pong balls we created.”

The best compliment came from Sean’s parents;

“We’re told Sean never leaves his room now,” says Nathanson. “It’s truly a teenage boy’s dream.”

You can read the entire article by clicking here and more on my experience working on the project here.

It was such a rewarding experience and I’m happy that the Boston Globe is shining a light on a Foundation that works to improve the lives of people in need.



  1. Dana

    Congratulations on the feature! The room turned out well, love the carpet! It’s great that Sean is so happy with his room.

  2. Tyler

    Congrats, Shalini! This project deserved to garner such attention. I saw the pictures and you guys did a great job.

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