A couple of weeks ago, I teamed up with Lowe’s to create a design plan for a reader with an ugly bathroom. (You can see the winner and the design board here.) I received lots of entries, but one email caught my attention. It had no photos attached—only a short description. And, it was from a man. Eric is a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy, currently stationed in Diego Garcia,and wanted to surprise his wife (in Chicago) with a bathroom makeover for Mother’s Day. Since I didn’t have any photos to go on, I didn’t choose his entry for the contest, but I did forward it to my PR contact at Lowe’s—just in case there was anything they could do. And, I’m happy to say they came through. :)
The Lowe’s team instantly went to work planning the surprise with Eric for his wife, Annie. Within a few days, they lined up childcare for their young daughter, contacted a friend to take Annie away for a day at the spa and got a crew all set to go in that weekend and do the makeover. I quickly put together this design plan for the space:
The best part of this whole thing was Annie’s reaction when the Lowe’s team showed up at her door unannounced. She was so surprised and delighted that she even snorted :) My kind of girl!
Here’s the video of the sweet moment and some shots of how the bathroom turned out:
(Or, you can go directly to the video here.)