Behind the Scenes: A Surprise Design Makeover

As many of you know, the Niche team has been busy working with The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Houzz to re-design the home of a firefighter struggling with ALS. We designed a cozy new living room for the family and surprised them with makeovers for their two young daughters’ rooms, as well as their master bedroom.

The Ellen Show Reveal Home Makeover

We had 3 days to completely overhaul this space – we started by painting all the rooms and the fireplace, installing new fans and light fixtures and new window treatments. The new furniture in the living room provides a more comfortable and welcoming space for the family while maintaining ample room for the husband’s wheelchair.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show home makeover reveal


Next, all the furniture and industrial accessories from the Houzz Shop were moved in to create the rustic, casual space that the family wanted. As a special gift, the Niche team commissioned a reclaimed wood tray and coasters from a San Francisco woodworker – proudly showing off the husband’s Engine 32 logo.

The Ellen Show Home Makeover Reveal

Lynn and I each tackled a girl’s bedroom, applying removable decals to give the rooms an easy and fun update. Those pinwheel designs that Lynn created are my favorite detail!


After much anticipation, the family was thrilled with their new rooms! We were honored to be involved with this makeover and to be able to help this incredible family. Be sure to watch the reveal episode here.

4 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes: A Surprise Design Makeover

  1. What an interesting makeover of this house. I love to read and see photos of such a changes. And also wall murals changed – these small decorations looks great for a child room. And window blinds have been renewed also. everything looks really nice 🙂
    Thank you for such a great ideas 🙂

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