Today I’m so excited to be revealing the results of the Fall Makeover I did with Lowe’s. It was a whirlwind of an experience that I am delighted to be sharing with all of you.
First, a bit of background. About a month ago I put a call out on IBC for a homeowner wanting a room makeover. Hundreds of you applied, and as much as I wanted to make over all of your spaces, I had to choose one. The homeowner who I selected was Christi (and her family of five) from a small town near Toledo, Ohio. Christi’s sitting room was in need of a makeover. As a stay-at-home mom with four children under the age of five, making over this space wasn’t feasible for her and her husband. They really wanted this room to match the rest of their home, but time and money weren’t on their side.
As part of the application process, Christi created a list of things she wanted for the room. That list included a fresh and modern wall color, new furnishings, storage shelves, an area for coats and shoes, lighting, a colorful rug, and a gallery wall. After Christi helped me out by sharing a Pinterest board with ideas for her space, I put together a plan.
Christi was a dream to work with and gave me lots of freedom when designing the space. She and her husband were thrilled to have help from Lowe’s and me to update and furnish their space.
Let’s take a quick look at some before pictures. These were shot by the homeowners before I arrived.
As you can see, the walls are a mustardy beige color. The homeowners’ style is brighter and more modern so this color was not working for them. This color also made the room seem dark and small.
Most of the furniture and art in the space were hand-me-downs. Christy and her husband were excited to ditch the old and usher in something new that they could call their own.
So, presented with a space that needed a makeover, willing homeowners, and lots of furnishings being delivered from Lowe’s, I made the five-hour drive to Ohio to get this makeover started.
Thanks to the Lowe’s Heroes, the first day of the makeover was a huge success. The team quickly got going with painting the ceiling and walls. We even painted the homeowners’ small hallway that leads to the bedrooms. (It was the same mustardy beige color, so it definitely needed a change.)
The Lowe’s Heroes also helped to unpack and assemble some of the furniture and install it in the space. In addition, we built an entryway shelf so that the family would have room to hang coats.
We even had a couple little helpers. It was super sweet when one of the Lowe’s Heroes asked the kids to get involved.
Once day one was over, my friends from Lowe’s packed up their gear and headed out. But not before I took their photo.
I’m immensely grateful to this team for working diligently to bring the room together. Thank you!
With most of the hard labor complete, the second day was devoted to styling the space. Thanks to lots of pillows, plants, and a gallery wall, the room came together beautifully. Let me show you around.
Quite a transformation, right?
As you can see, the wall color I chose makes a huge difference. It’s Valspar’s Filtered Shade. It makes the room much bigger and brighter. It also works much better with the color palette in the rest of the home.
Also, as I mentioned, getting some new furnishings was essential. The Eden Sofa and Modway Gray Chair instantly updated the space. The Allen + Roth rug adds a pop of color and really great texture and pattern.
I also chose these mint ottomans. Not only do they add color, but the tops are removable for hidden storage. Plus, the round, upholstered edges make them kid friendly.
Even more storage was added with a pair of shelves. The homeowners were excited about these from Allen + Roth as they’ve been wanting shelves like these for years.
A couple of accessories bring in personality, and baskets were used for additional storage.
The rest of the space was accessorized with pops of pink, blue, and metallics.
On one large wall, I created a gallery wall per Christi’s request. I used white frames and a few gold ones for interest to frame free printables I found online. I also included fish art at the request of the homeowners’ oldest son, Harper. The family was encouraged to add personal photographs if they wish.
To finish off a room, I think a touch of nature is a must. A large plant, an orchid, and some fresh flowers worked perfectly in Christi’s space.
I’d say that this sitting room makeover is complete.
That’s one happy, beautiful family, isn’t it?
And one more time … Before:
It was such a joy to create this space with and for this family. I hope they enjoy it for years to come.
A big thank you to Christi and her family for being wonderful throughout this process. It was a pleasure to work with them. (Christi, Thanks, too, for the pumpkin spice latte, homemade oatmeal, and fall treats. You were the hostess with the “mostess.”)
And another huge thank you to the Lowe’s Heroes for helping to bring this vision to life. I truly could not have done it without you!