We are so excited to share an exciting project we’ve been working on. He’s the back story. This past summer we hired Megan to be our West Glen office manager. Megan was engaged at the time and planning her early-February wedding. Fast forward to mid-December when her fiancé Jason reached out to us with the ultimate wedding gift idea—a full living room makeover. Jason and Megan had moved into their new construction home over a year ago but still couldn’t agree on what furnishings and style they wanted for their living space. Jason had the epic idea to give us a budget to completely surprise Megan when they came back from their honeymoon. Can we say best husband ever? The tricky part was that I had 7 weeks to design and order furniture during COVID which is a daunting, complicated task, but we also only had about 4 days to install it all. The ordering process was fun (sarcasm) to say the least. I stressed hard to make sure I ordered items that were in stock and ready to ship. Every so often I’d get a backorder email and have to swap an item or I’d be calling customer service about shipping ETAs every week. I’m sure they loved me, but I was determined to make it work. Check out the before photo before we share more details.
Here she is in all her glory: The after! When we first met with Jason he had just mentioned furniture, but I quickly asked if he had a bit more room in the budget for me to give the fireplace a facelift, replace the ceiling fan and get new curtains. Of course, he said, “heck yes”. I knew those three things would make a HUGE difference.
Somehow everything made it during the week of install (except the rug) and we made it happen. Every piece of furniture and decor is new and linked at the bottom of this post. We also raised up her current curtain rod, added new linen curtains, painted the fireplace stone, and removed the current white, box mantle + corbels, and replaced it with a clean, white oak mantle. We did have to patch the stone where the corbels were but you can’t even tell with the new paint color. Most people thought we completely replaced the stone, but that’s the power of paint!
Another major moment of the room is the gallery wall. The ceilings in the room are pretty tall with the cathedral but we needed something to help draw your eye up. We had Jason send over a few of his favorite engagement photos in black and white, had them printed at our local print shop, and hung them in clean, black frames.
Of course, there was sheetrock touch up, paint touch up, a final clean and some flowers to get this space ready for her big reveal. Also, what would a renovation be without a few hiccups? The biggest one was the light fixture. When it came it was a PLUG-IN LIGHT!? I was shocked that a light that expensive was a darn plug-in. We had to have the electricians hardwire it and have our lighting rep find us some chain, a mounting bracket, and ceiling plate. Our team is seriously the best when it comes to problem-solving.
Jason and Megan didn’t get home until almost 10v pm that Friday. Our team was patiently—haha we were not patient—waiting for a text or video of her reaction. I was so nervous she wouldn’t like it. Luckily both Jason and Megan were completely surprised and in love. See Megan’s reaction video saved on our Instagram highlights!