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Makeover Magic: Shelbyville woman 'amazed' at renovation

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By Nathan L. McBroom

A home makeover project that was sponsored by Shelbyville businesses has left a local family amazed at their "new home."

Heather Wilson, who was the winner of Shelbyville's "Ugliest Room Contest," got to see her new living and dining rooms for the first time on Wednesday.

Wilson was led into her house on Beechwood Ave. blindfolded and holding the hand of her son 6-year-old son, George. Before she could see the changes to her home, Heather could hear her son's approval through his shouts of joy.

And as her blindfold was removed, Wilson's jaw dropped, and her eye's lit up.

"Oh wow," she said. "This is amazing."

After their initial sensory overload, Heather and George then received a tour of the home from Debbie D'Angelo, an interior designer from Surroundings Design Studios - one of close to 40 local companies that helped with the makeover.

D'Angelo pointed out the new furniture that was donated by Tracy's Home Furnishings, the paint and wallpaper from W.J. Andriot's, the upholstery that was done by Making Ends Meet and the flower arrangements that were done by Flowers by Sharon.

The room, which was previously voted the ugliest room in Shelbyville, is now decorated with "classic and timeless colors" and "beautiful furniture and decorations," D'Angelo said.

The Wilsons were amazed at the work that was done at every turn.

"Somebody pinch me - I must be dreaming," George said.

The project was completed in just four weeks. Up until this past Sunday, the Wilson's were living in the home as the renovations were made. That meant that they saw many of the repairs to the home and painting before hand.

However, on Sunday the Wilson's were treated to a two-night stay at an inn, Chandler Ridge, located in Bagdad.

During the two days that the Wilsons were gone, local designers and decorators were busy working at the house. And though Wilson tried to get people involved to tell her what was happening, the particulars were kept a secret.

Heather said she could not be more pleased.

The Shelby Merchants Association for Retail Trade coordinated the project. And all of the materials and labor involved were donated.

The group hopes to hold the makeover project once a year.