Little did I know a day at Somerby golf course in Byron, Minn., would lead to one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. A casual offer of design time at a Make-A-Wish silent auction event has one year later has landed me straight in the home of the world’s cutest little girl: Olivia.

Olivia has been diagnosed with lupus, but let me tell you, you’d never know by being in her presence the extent of what she’s been through. Her enthusiasm and love for life is infectious! This girly girl, who loves every color of the rainbow, was giddy to see us and show off the bedroom she shares with her brother. Her prized space she adored so intensely…what a gift to be able to make it a magical wish-come-true for a girl who has already endured more than your average 6-year-old. Despite all she has been through, she insisted we plan a room that would accommodate her twin brother as well. That was request number one. Request number two? “Princess and the Frog” the heck out of it!

Adorable Olivia...don't you want to just eat her up?

So what comes to mind when I hear Princess and the Frog? Fresh green (frog!) color with purples as accents. But remember, I’ve got to think about Olivia’s brother, too, so it can’t be too girly and princessy. Basic pieces that can go either way will be the key here, including custom made and painted headboards donated by Premier Builders of Rochester.

Very "Princess and the Frog"gy, don't you think?

Below is a sneak peak of Olivia’s bedding. The girly pinks without being obnoxiously feminine will nicely complement her brother’s space in the room. The room must be cozy, inviting and fun! It should encourage play, casual comfort and relaxation. A happy place that cultivates creativity in little ones who are dealing with more than should ever be asked of them.

Greens, pinks and gold = frogs, girls and princesses!

See her brother’s fabric? Same pattern, different colorway. A-dor-a-ble.

Masculine without being too adult.

Stay tuned to find out about the reveal happening in just a few days. If I’ve done my job, she’ll either be rendered speechless or squeal with 6-year-old delight. Either way, I think it’s really my wish that came true.



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Renae Keller is an award-winning, ASID certified interior designer in Minneapolis-St. Paul, specializing in new construction and large remodels. Trusted by homebuilders, architects and homebuyers alike, Renae is known for creating an overall design vision that blends functionality and aesthetics, while keeping the details intertwined, and her customer's style in clear focus.