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It’s been a long wait but 5 months after the initial email from a Woman’s Day editor, I am excited to show you our Woman’s Day makeover feature + behind the scenes pictures. This day was such a phenomenal experience and I am so happy that my family got to be in on the experience as well. Before I start though, today is my husband’s birthday! Happy Birthday honey!
The Woman’s Day January issue hits news stands today and I will admit, we are all buying a few copies to keep in the memory box. A little over 5 months ago, I received an email from an editor at Woman’s Day asking if we could chat on the phone about my family and our renovations. After a few email exchanges we spoke and during that call she said, “well Jessica, I am actually going to be in the next town over from you in a couple days to attend a wedding, would it be ok if I stopped by to sneak a peak at your home?” At first I thought she was kidding but she was serious.
This is cute Ayn-Monique who showed up 48 hours after our phone call.
One thing I have learned in the last year of blogging is TV people, newspaper reporters and magazine editors work in like a 24 hour span of time. Everything is quick paced and changes fast! So long story short, Ayne-Monique showed up in July and notified me the next day, that they would love to feature my family, kitchen and dining room makeover. When I told everyone in my family that they would be arriving in mid September, spending two days to shoot and bringing a hair and makeup crew for all 9 of us, they were not sure if I was telling the truth. ha. The kicker was when I told them that Target was supplying their spring 2013 decor lineup and I would get to keep some of it! I had a tough time believing that also but more on that in a minute.
3 weeks before the shoot, fedex and UPS arrived 2 or 3 times a day multiple times during the week delivering packages from Target and a variety of other sources. Everything from rugs, dishware and home decorating items. It was insane.
The fedex guy Joe, laughed at me every single day for about 2 weeks. One of my neighbors, who happens to be good friends with my parents, came over about 1 week into packages being delivered and said, “Jess, does Tony know you are buying all this?”. Crazy man looking out for my husband. He was relieved when I told him I wasn’t buying it but confused when I told him Target was sending it! ha.
After about 2 weeks, our family room was filled with boxes stacked literally to the ceiling. We had a tiny path to the tv and couch and that was it. A lot of it was used and a lot of it was sent back to Target. I love how they coordinated with what I already had and added some fun pieces to the mix.
The middle of September arrived and a crew arrived bright and early one Tuesday morning to start setting up. They were here for about 9 hours and when they left, our home had been transformed to gorgeousness! The kitchen and dining room looked beautiful. It is amazing what professional stylists can do with a room. They did a great job coordinating the accessories with the wing back chair I reupholstered. The next morning, the same crew arrived along with hair and makeup, the photographers, caterers and more Woman’s Day execs. A crew of nine plus us nine, makes 18. It was fabulous fun chaos!
Above from the left, Bob the photographer, Ayn-Monique ready to give birth from Woman’s Day, Sara from Woman’s Day and Stephanie from Woman’s Day.
Aren’t those red chairs adorable? My gram below getting her hair and makeup done.
My step daughters and son getting their hair and makeup done. My son was not impressed with having his hair done. ha.
My son somehow managed to evade the camera all day. He was hiding with the ipad trying to be good :).
My husband in all his glory, getting his hair in makeup done. My gramps and dad opted for just powder but not my husband, he opted for the full treatment.
Me, my mom, dad, gram and gramps.
The girls doing the hot cocoa shoot with their dad as the rest of us are eating, drinking and chatting.
Miss Stephanie from Woman’s Day was so funny! I had to capture and post some of her faces when she didn’t approve of a picture.
At one point during the day, Sara from Woman’s Day said, “where are the two Freds?”.
Yes, this is what my dad and gramps did all day on the couch. I’m not kidding.
And that’s a wrap! The issue hits stands today and I cannot wait to get some extra copies. The online feature will be live on the Woman’s Day site after the new year at which point I will be coordinating a giveaway here on the blog from Target as Woman’s Day will be hosting another giveaway from Target on their site. Thank you to Woman’s Day for our makeover feature on our dining room and kitchen and to Target for letting me keep so many of the beautiful items! I will show you our kitchen renovation, the blue glass back splash I installed and it’s new look after the holiday’s but in the mean time, you can see it in the January issue of Woman’s Day 🙂
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.