An Opportunity Of A Lifetime With BHG + Rebuilding Together

Hi there friends! As promised I wanted to share the exciting news I have been holding onto. It all began a few years ago when my blog became a profession. I was doing what I loved and I was actually getting paid to do it. I felt beyond grateful. I was earning a living and make my house a home in the process. I began to think, wouldn’t it be nice if I could do this for someone else. Someone who maybe had always dreamed of this but didn’t have the resources or means to do it.

Last fall I had an idea of a Deserving Homeowner Makeover and brought it to Better Homes & Gardens. They loved the idea! They reached out to Rebuilding Together, an organization who is a hero to homeowners in need and they said yes, they would love to be involved. If you haven’t heard of this organization, please go to their website and watch one of their videos. It will open your eyes & heart to the struggles homeowners face when they can’t afford basic maintenance on their home. This organization is such a blessing to so many.

Ok, so RT said yes and thus began the search for the homeowner. I began to work with the most wonderful man named Robert( & his amazing team of volunteers) here on Long Island. We have been working on this for almost 2 months and we are in the home stretch. The photo shoot is tomorrow, eek! We still have so much to do but this experience has been one of the most amazing experiences. These volunteers have inspired me day in and day out. I have seen so much kindness and it just keeps going and going and going. So many companies have willingly donated product, resources & time to this as well.

I have been joking with Robert, my partner in crime on this, that this would make for a great “home show” episode because we are so down to the wire, haha! There is still so much to do but I am energized, I am seeing it all come together and all the hard work is paying off. When I say this homeowner is deserving of this makeover, it is an understatement.

This makeover will be in the October issue of BHG, with amazing before & afters, the story of the homeowner and of course the RT team and sponsors that made this possible. There are no words that quite encapsulate the feeling of appreciation and gratitude I have for this experience, it really has been an opportunity of a lifetime.

The photo shoot is Monday, wish me luck:)!

Have a happy day friends!

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  1. That is so wonderful, Jen! Can’t wait to see how your incredible talents will shine in this, as they always do.

  2. Jen, I am so happy for you and love following your blog. You are an inspiration for sure! I have always wanted to do what you do – but just don’t know where to begin. Hmmm…

    Good luck with your photo shoot!

    Nashville, TN

    1. Thank you Michele! If I had any advice for you right now try starting with Instagram, so many now bloggers began there. the best of luck to you!!! And thank you for following me:). Jen

  3. Hi Jen – Now that it’s the day after the shoot and everything went brilliantly, I hope you are enjoying your victory lap! Having been your “partner in crime” for the last two months, I can attest to your extraordinary skills as a designer, but also to your compassion, empathy, and generosity. As Allison from BH&G said, you are a rock star! Thanks for allowing me to accompany you on this profoundly moving adventure. I can’t wait to see the story and photos in print. May your star continue to rise! Robert

    1. Robert, thank you! It has been equally profound for me as well and seeing Karen on Monday enjoy her new space made it all worth it! Monday was such a great day & something I will never forget. Thank you for being the best partner in crime a girl could as for, you made this project possible on so many levels. You are an artist at your craft and that is evident through all you have created. I feel so lucky & blessed to have taken this journey with you! Jen

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