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.

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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.

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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.

Lowe's Fall Makeover Reveal |

Lowe's Fall Makeover Reveal |

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.

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painting hall

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Quite a transformation, right?

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Lowe's Fall Makeover Reveal |

For the entry way, we DIY’d a shelf from lumber, wood brackets, and hooks. Since there are six hooks, each member of the family now has one. Benches below offer storage and a place to put on shoes.

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Lowe's Fall Makeover Reveal |

Lowe's Fall Makeover Reveal |

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.

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A couple of accessories bring in personality, and baskets were used for additional storage.

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The rest of the space was accessorized with pops of pink, blue, and metallics.

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Lowe's Fall Makeover Reveal |

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.

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Lowe's Fall Makeover Reveal |

Lowe's Fall Makeover Reveal |

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.

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Lowe's Fall Makeover Reveal |

I’d say that this sitting room makeover is complete.

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Lowe's Fall Makeover Reveal |

That’s one happy, beautiful family, isn’t it?

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And one more time … Before:

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It was such a joy to create this space with and for this family. I hope they enjoy it for years to come.

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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!


This post was created as part of my collaboration with Lowe’s. I was compensated for my time. The opinions, thoughts and ideas are mine, #IBCforLowes

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  • Emma P. at

    Oh My! The transformation is awesome, what a difference. The paint color alone made the world of difference, you and the team did such a wonderful job 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I know, RIGHT!? It’s amazing what paint can do!

      xo Michael

  • TidyMom at

    OH MY WORD Michael!! I LOVE it!! and how did I not know Lowe’s sells furniture.

    I love every detail, but I think my favorites are the rug and ottomans!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much!! 🙂 (Mind too!)

      xo Michael

  • Pivoines at

    As usual, you managed to transform plain to warm , inviting , lovely.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at


      xo Michael

  • Ardith at

    Wonderful design, Michael, and a great team effort to pull it all together. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done. Cheers, Ardith

  • Melissa at

    Wow Michael, you worked your magic again. Congrats to Christi and her family. The wall color is a great background for your design. I’m loving that sofa and rug!

  • Vanessa at

    Fantastic job…I love this! The room has such a great vibe-full of energy and light! Great for a house full of kiddos! Cheers!

  • Julie Blanner at

    Wow! Michael, you have completely blown me away! It is beyond beautiful and your photography is stunning!

  • Elle at

    What a beautiful space for a family! Michael, you did it again. Christi was so lucky to be selected for this project.

  • Shelley at

    Looks fabulous! Wish I knew you were in Toledo. (I live in Perrysburg – just across the river from T.) I would have invited you over for a cocktail or two…

  • Megan at

    SUCH a pretty space, Michael. I am soooo obsessed with those ottomans. Thrilled to see they come in almost every color imaginable!

  • Peggy at

    Wow! Just the paint color made such a huge change! Love the mix of blues and mint. And I want those pillows. Congratulations to your family. I am sure they will truly enjoy that space.

  • Sueli at

    I must congratulate you on a excellent job. Well done! The room looks amazing.

  • Jamie | anderson + grant at

    Incredible! A coat of paint can do so much to making a room feel happier. Add in your accessorizing and furniture and this room is one of a kind. The gallery wall is so special. I’ve had my eye on that rug for a while….every time I go to Lowes I want to buy it and now you’ve made me want it even more 🙂

  • Elise at

    Michael!!! It looks amazing!!! It doesn’t even look like the same room!

  • Julia at

    WOW!! Such a beautiful space! I love the colors you pulled together, and that wall color is perfection. I’ve just recently found your blog and I’m loving the daily eye candy:)

  • Kathy Thompson at

    Love the room! I’m curious about the round metal and wood end table. Where is it from? I didn’t see it on the Lowes website.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That’s actually from HomeGoods! 🙂

      xo Michael

      • Kathy Thompson at

        Thanks! Off to look for it!

  • Suzanne at

    Absolutrely gorgeous! Love the color pallet you used:)

  • Belinda at

    Beautiful! Great job! Were all of the accessories from Lowes-particularly the wooden pomegranate?

  • Lisa at

    LOVE the makeover! I keep scrolling back to the “before” picture… it can’t possibly be the same room! Now it’s fresh and warm, bright and beautiful! Another job well done Michael!!

  • Poppy at

    Michael, This room looks fantastic! I love everything you’ve done, and it’s amazing how much the wall color makes the room feel so much bigger! What lucky homeowners!

  • girlfromwva at

    Just BeAuTiFuL!
    (Hope they kept the really cool large picture of the elephant for use somewhere else in the house.)

  • Mur at

    This is beautiful! You have a very special talent. I love the pillows, where did you get them? It’s great to see some blog post of rooms with color!

  • debi at

    Wow! That transformation is stunning! I love how fresh, light, and beautiful the whole room is now.

  • Megan at

    The transformation is amazing! Very inspiring! I want to paint my space now.

  • Haneen Matt at

    I’m originally from Toledo, Ohio! How funny! Turned out beautifully! Nice work!

  • Sheila at

    Love this post! Great job!

  • Stacey at

    What a beautiful transformation! That rug is amazing and I really like the two ottomans you used instead of a coffee table. It’s all wonderful.

  • Vickie at

    Awesome once again! The transformation is simply amazing! I know they must love it!

  • Meg @ Green With Decor at

    The transformation is wonderful! What a cozy living room – love the ottomans as coffee tables and all of the throw pillows!

  • Terri at

    Great job and I love the pink/navy combo! How about a post on how you do your gallery wall? Of course, if you want to come to California I have the perfect wall 😉

  • Hazel at

    Wow! You would not believe it’s the same room, it looks so much bigger! I’m amazed at how much you achieved in the time you had this would of taken be weeks to do! I think next time you should pop over the Atlantic and do my house!

  • Gwen, The Makerista at

    What a difference some paint can make! Turned out so great! 😉

  • k sunday at

    What a beautiful room! fantastic job!!! really like to see darling young family get such a gift, it reminds me of how when raising young children décor is really on the back burner,but not for this family anymore thanks to Michael and Lowes!!

  • Colour Décor at

    OH My that is an incredible transformation! That blue rug is seriously amazing and I must have one!

  • Amy at

    How beautiful! As I sit in my cracked plaster, old paint, stained rug, too much wood, crappily decorated dining room I am definitely green with envy! You do such wonderful work, Michael!

  • Katrina at

    Everything turned out fantastic and love the pretty pillows on the sofa and fantastic gallery wall 🙂

  • JoEllen at

    Absolutely beautiful space! Love, love, love those ottomans!!!

  • Jennifer at

    Love love this room! Michael, can you share where the white wooden benches came from under the coat hanger shelf? Thx! In love!

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