Behind-the-Scenes Reveal Video of our Lowe’s Bedroom Makeover with The Makerista!

March 18, 2020

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Two weeks ago, we shared the before and afters of the Lowe’s bedroom makeover we did with The Makerista in Scottsdale, Arizona. But this week’s behind-the-scenes video shows a lot more, including the powerful reveal to the homeowner, Cori.


We’re so grateful for this opportunity and experience. To the family for allowing us into their home and helping them start a fresh chapter— They are new lifelong friends. To Gwen and her husband, Micah, and her assistant, Laura, who were all-stars and who we’d work with again tomorrow, if possible. To our team, Andi and Victoria, for stepping in with a paint brush when needed and documenting the whole thing and to Victoria for the sweet portrait of their son, Will, who passed. To Jenny Komenda for showing up with beautiful art and staying to lend a helping hand. To Lowe’s for bringing us all together. And to Arizona for being so beautiful that we can’t wait to go back.

It was truly one of my favorite makeover experiences to date.

What do you think?

  1. K. Archer says:

    So good! I know that you are swamped with all you are doing with your house, but just so you know if you ever wrote a chrislovesjulia book, I would be first in line to buy it. I love your style.

  2. Tonja says:

    Perfection!! I cried! Haha it’s so perfect and so sweet! ????????????

  3. Okay, I totally cried. Love, love, love.

  4. Jen says:

    So beautiful and heartwarming. <3

  5. Patricia says:

    My favorite part was … well, ALL OF IT! But also when Jenny Komenda came and couldn’t resist helping out. And other design bloggers wishing they could join in too. Loved that.

    But that DIY headboard was the bomb.

  6. Candi Ussery says:

    Current situation: sitting at work crying like a baby at my desk…*please nobody walk by* :-) You guys did a fantastic job and the pic of her child…slays my mama-heart. Kudos to you all!

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