Syler is a five year old boy with an infectious laugh. He is sweet, obsessed with cars and a delight to his family and friends.
Syler was nominated for a Sweet Dream room makeover by his Special Education Early Childhood teacher at Kumeyaay Elementary School in San Diego.
His teacher met Syler when he turned 3 years old before he started in her special education classroom. As she describes it, she met a boy who at the time was unable to acknowledge her or make eye contact. He used virtually no sounds or vocalizations, and had stereotypical, repetitive play as many children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
But this teacher believed in Syler and knew that he was capable of so much more! Fast forward two years later and Syler is a loving little boy that has worked very hard to integrate himself into this big world. With the help of his devoted parents, family, and service providers, Syler has evolved into a happy little boy who is becoming socially connected, playful, and starting to talk!
Syler's play and social skills have progressed nicely over the years and he is now interested in peers, a variety of toys and activities, and loves to read books. The team took the recommendations from his therapist, family and team and incorporated these needs into the room design.
The team provided a room that was not only fun - but functional! His bed is a one-of-a-kind invention from the designers on the g-Serve team at Gensler. They turned his bed into Mack's trailer - and the walls came to life in Radiator Springs!
We would like to thank Gensler and the g-Serve team for donating their time and talent to help Cecily's Closet complete our 75th room makeover. The team at Gensler reached out to their business partners and secured wonderful paint and fabric donations from the following companies: Momentum, Carnegie
Maharam, and Dunn Edwards. The team went above and beyond completing not only a room for Syler, but two special places for his big brothers.
Thank you to Laura Cross from Bassett Furniture for leveraging her extensive contacts to get a beautiful twin mattress donated from Sealy. Thank you to Laura and her husband for the beautiful donation of a diffuser and essential oils for Syler to enjoy.
Thank you to San Diego Family for their generous donation of an awesome cars bike and additional small cards toy with app!
Thank you to Schmidt Fire Protection for the donation of the bells and sensor equipment to make the room not only beautiful but helpful, too.
Thank you to PaintGreen for coming in and kicking off the install process with a perfectly painted fresh coat of Glacier Ice paint.
Thank you to Emily Dolton of Inside Emily Dolton's Head for the beautiful artwork - she truly made Radiator Springs come to life with her custom artwork! From Mack's trailer to Lightening McQueen -- each and every piece of art she contributed made the room feel like a movie-set.
And thank you to the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation for generously granting Cecily's Closet the funds to keep our organization chugging along! Thank you for making Syler's Sweet Dream Room makeover a possibility!
Syler's Sweet Dream Room Makeover
Thank you to Gensler and the G-Serve Team for reaching out to Cecily's Closet and volunteering to complete a room makeover for our organization. This all-star team is no stranger to design. Gensler is an integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm—5000+ professionals networked across 46 offices—providing global reach with local touch.
We are so grateful for this team to coming in and creating a truly original room for Syler! This was the perfect end to our year and a great way to celebrate our 75th makeover!
Thank you to our number one partner, PaintGreen. Since day one, PaintGreen has opened its heart to Cecily's Closet by providing perfect and professional paint jobs for EVERY one of our room makeovers!
PaintGreen was founded by Jon Ray, who has been painting since 1996. Jon ran a student painting franchise while going to business school at Seattle Pacific University. During this time, he learned that providing quality work and operating in an environment of integrity earned him referrals, was a great way to grow a business, and matched his personal values. Jon founded PaintGreen in 2006.
Customers receive high-quality painting for a fair price. Painters receive fair compensation and respect on the job. Suppliers get honest dealings.
Inside Emily Dolton's Head
Thank you to Emily Dolton for her 30th plus time volunteering with our organization. Whoa! We would never have hit our 75th milestone without Emily's devotion to Cecily's Closet.
As the owner and sole employee of her company, Emily designs and creates color palettes, murals and faux finishes for clients big and small. 99% of her work is residential and 95% of it is word of mouth referral. Her
specialties include: an eye for seeing the base colors of any given neutral, exceeding client needs and wants, and making children grin from ear to ear!
Contact Emily for a FREE quote! She is passionate about helping her clients achieve their desired results. She can be reached at 858-366-3720!
San Diego Family has been San Diego County’s best parenting resource since 1982. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for San Diego County families by providing information and resources that support the importance and pleasure of parenting. Their readers are parents and caregivers of children ages 0–18.San Diego. Family Magazine is a free monthly publication with circulation of 100.000. It is distributed to more than 1,700 locations throughout the county.
In addition, they formed a Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego, 501(c)3 corporation established in 2014.
Thank you to Tempur Sealy International, Inc., the world's largest bedding provider, for donating a twin mattress for Syler's unique bed! The company develops, manufactures and markets mattresses, adjustable bases, pillows and other sleep and relaxation products. Combining a proud history and groundbreaking innovation, the company holds some of the most highly recognized brands in the industry.