August 18, 2022

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Home Finishes First

Navy Mom and ICU Nurse Receives a Home Makeover Co-Designed By Her Sister: “It Felt Amazing!”

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“Deck the Halls” took on a entire new that means for 1 deserving relatives this 12 months.



a bedroom with a bed and a person taking a selfie in a room: Lisa and Gary Ashley


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Lisa and Gary Ashley

Forward of the holidays, Focus on Residence Fashion Specialist Emily Henderson and inside designer Shavonda Gardner teamed up for a “Feel Excellent Makeover” for Gardner’s young sister Andrea, a single mom of 4 and Air Power ICU nurse who has been deployed in hospitals because the get started of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It felt remarkable!” Gardner tells Persons of finding involved in the shock overhaul. “Not only does my sister, Andrea, imply so much to me, but so do her young children. I have not lived shut enough to enable out ahead of, but now that I do, I desired to do something significant.”



a person sitting on a couch: Lisa and Gary Ashley Shavonda Gardner


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Lisa and Gary Ashley Shavonda Gardner

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A veteran herself, Gardner provides that developing up in a military household helped form her love of structure, and impressed her to get on this job. “When you grow up a military little one you learn extremely, pretty rapidly that house is anywhere you are sent and what you make of it,” she says. “A massive part of what encouraged me to turn out to be a designer is growing up a navy brat myself. We moved usually and no matter in which we moved, I normally tried using to make my space really feel particular. It designed these kinds of a huge big difference and aided me come to feel like I was household anywhere we landed.”



a bedroom with a bed and a person taking a selfie in a room: “When you grow up a military child...home is wherever you’re sent and what you make of it,” says Shavonda Gardner, a fellow vet and designer who surprised her sister with a holiday refresh


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“When you grow up a navy boy or girl…property is anywhere you are sent and what you make of it,” says Shavonda Gardner, a fellow vet and designer who shocked her sister with a getaway refresh

Now, she’s utilizing her abilities to give that similar sense of consolation for her nieces and nephews.



a bedroom with a bed and a couch in a living room: Lisa and Gary Ashley Before: The twins' room


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Lisa and Gary Ashley In advance of: The twins’ place

“What truly drove me when curating the children’s bedrooms was the drive to develop a perception of permanence for them in addition to a healthful dose of getaway cheer,” she shared, incorporating, “We are however uncertain how extended Andrea’s kids will be in this dwelling and in their rooms, but it was significant for me to give them rooms that felt like their individual.”



a living room filled with furniture and a flat screen tv: Lisa and Gary Ashley After: The twins' room


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Lisa and Gary Ashley Immediately after: The twins’ home



a bedroom with a bed and a curtain: Lisa and Gary Ashley


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Lisa and Gary Ashley

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a group of colorful flowers in a garden: Picture-perfect, color-coordinated Christmas trees are cute for the 'gram and all, but they're just not my family's cup of tea. Instead, we prefer decking out our balsam fir with a swath of mismatched, mostly homemade ornaments, and you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. The hodgepodge showcases my family's personality: we're a little bit messy, at times chaotic, but always full of heart. To be fair, I totally understand the inclination to decorate your tree with monochromatic ornaments and all-white lights - it's traditional, aesthetically pleasing, and makes for a double-tap-worthy photo opp. But where's the love? The memories? The inside jokes? A plain ol' red bauble just isn't capable of holding the same sentimental significance as, say, a hand-colored paper ornament made in kindergarten. Year after year, my family's tree proudly displays a delightfully motley combination of relics from our childhoods, gems from my grade school's annual Christmas Bazaar, on-sale finds my mom scored after the Christmas rush, gifted trinkets from friends, souvenirs from family trips, and DIY'ed school art projects (macaroni, beads, puzzle pieces, and all). Plus we add in some decades-old garland and multicolored string lights for good measure.  The hodgepodge showcases my family's personality: we're a little bit messy, at times chaotic, but always full of heart. Our tree is a visual representation of every stage of our past, each branch prompting trips down memory lane. We try our best to decorate the tree together every year, depending on who's in town, always relishing in the flashbacks as we carefully arrange each ornament. I can confidently say it never gets old laughing at the wonky handmade creations I gifted my parents back in the day, naively thinking they were museum exhibit-worthy masterpieces. If and when it comes time for me to have a family of my own, you better believe I'll be tricking out our tree with a similarly nostalgic collection of ornaments - 'cause you can't buy love and memories in the aisles of Target. Read ahead for a peek at some of the ornaments displayed on my family's tree this year - from shade-throwing baubles to hand-stitched works of art.

When it came to decorating 3-yr-aged twins Isaiah and Jayden’s space, “I preferred it to be vivid and energetic, just like them,” she says, noting that she approached it from a practical standpoint, far too. “I also wanted to make absolutely sure there was ample storage and place for them to engage in. This resulted in a good deal of material storage bins as effectively as a bunch of enjoyment holiday break things, like the Christmas Tree formed pillows and the hanging stocking.”

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“Shavonda genuinely tapped into who each individual of the kids are and let their personalities glow in the style,” Henderson tells Folks. “I love the bohemian elements in [12-year-old] Ariyah’s space (like that wicker desk chair) and the jewel-tone bedding which truly helps make the home pop.”

For Devin, 7, “the combination of the crimson rug, Star Wars wallpaper and sconce makes the house experience playful, but nevertheless ‘cool’ so it can improve with him.”



a bedroom with a bed and desk in a room: Lisa and Gary Ashley Before: Devin's room


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Lisa and Gary Ashley Prior to: Devin’s area



a small child sitting on a bed: Lisa and Gary Ashley Devin in his room with his brothers, twins Isaiah and Jayden


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Lisa and Gary Ashley Devin in his space with his brothers, twins Isaiah and Jayden

Though Henderson was not capable to be on location immediately after her travel plans were impacted by the pandemic, she and Gardner managed to co-style the space generally around FaceTime and with support from a area structure assistant, Jordan Ballenger.

“I consider the most gratifying element of our ‘Feel Superior Makeover’ collection is figuring out that our professions — heck our lives — have a beneficial influence on many others,” the HGTV alum states. “I know firsthand how getting happy of your household has an effect on each and every element of your daily life, from your confidence and worry ranges, to your identity and how you go close to in the earth.”

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a woman lying on a bed: Lisa and Gary Ashley Ariyah in her room


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Lisa and Gary Ashley Ariyah in her area

As Andrea can attest, the home’s redesign definitely remodeled the way she and her young children delight in the room. “I was loaded with so a lot pleasure and appreciate following seeing each individual space!” she tells People today. “I have always wished to provide my kids with a room they could get in touch with their personal, their have minor safe and sound nest where they feel most at ease. Shavonda is remarkable,” she gushes of her sister, including that she surely justifies “the best sister of the 12 months award!”



a woman sitting on a bed: Lisa and Gary Ashley Shavonda in Ariyah's room


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Lisa and Gary Ashley Shavonda in Ariyah’s space

Judging by their delight in the refreshed house, her young children would agree. “The young children certainly really like their rooms,” Andrea claims, sharing that her more mature young children like to loosen up in their rooms when her youthful twins “are active leaping on their mattress, coloring, or sitting down and taking part in at their desk.”

Andrea provides of her sister, “She took these treatment and depth in putting just about every home with each other and I know that this will be an eternal memory for them and me.”

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