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Shira Jacobs

When Shira Jacobs heard she won a room makeover, she almost couldn''t believe it. Anchored by an outdated sofa nicknamed Goldie, Shira longed for a welcoming, comfortable living room for both herself and her husband, and their daughter, Emuna. Shira, a midwife, also helps out her husband, Adam McCurdy, on their organic farm, supplying fresh produce to Seattle families and restaurants. Prior to living in this home, the couple lived in an off-the-grid yurt on their farm.
Friends had jokingly suggested using the large, blank space for showing movies or hosting art openings. "Our living room feels like a void," said Shira, "or an enlarged hallway to our kitchen." Shira's wish list included comfortable seating, storage for their books and collections and art that reflected their style—all with durable materials that could stand up to the activities of a busy young family.
Shira and Adam exchanged several phone calls with the Room & Board team, selecting furniture and fabrics. On the day of the makeover, Sara, Nancy and Kelly from Room & Board's Minneapolis headquarters arrived to help make Shira's vision come to life.
Shira and Emuna eagerly watched as their new furniture was unloaded from the truck amid the freshly fallen snow left from a storm that blew in overnight. There was enough snow to cancel Emuna's preschool class that day, but she became a welcome helper as the transformation unfolded.
Jason and Travis, our Delivery Associates made sure everything went smoothly. They explained to Shira and Adam how to care for their new pieces and answered all their questions. Travis even let Emuna try out the truck's horn!
The original design plan called for a collection of frames to hang over the sofa, but once the team saw the beautiful Asian screen they already owned, a new idea came to light. The screen, a gift from a friend that owns an antique store, was the perfect size to fit over the sofa. The frames would now be split to either side of the living room, creating separate vignettes.
Shira and Adam chose some of their favorite photos to use in the new frames, including a photo of the yurt the couple lived in on their farm. The Room & Board team taped the photos on the wall to check the placement and then slipped them into simple frames for a cohesive look.
We brought plenty of choices for accessories so Shira and Adam could select their favorites. Emuna decided she loved them all. In the end, they chose cozy pillows that picked up the cool hues of their artwork to tie everything in the room together.
A pendant light was hung at one end of the living room for more ambient light. Since this side is next to the kitchen, Shira and Adam can always lower the pendant to table height and turn it into a formal dining area in the future.
The solid cherry storage cabinet keeps fragile items safe and out of the way, and created another display area to hold frames and a collection of musical instruments the family uses for regular jam sessions. Emuna discovered that the drawers were the perfect size to be a bedroom for her favorite doll.
The only piece of furniture the couple kept from their previous living room was this small rocking chair that belonged to Emuna's great-grandmother. Placed next to the large front windows, it creates a sunny nook for reading and playing.
By grouping these frames in a vertical line, we were able to create visual interest and stay in scale with the room's high ceilings.
Shira, Adam and the team arranged and rearranged to find the right layout. Chairs were moved, tables were swapped and accessories were scrutinized until everyone was confident that the final results would look and feel just right.
The couple wanted to create a living room play space for Emuna that was just for her, yet wouldn't take over the room. They purchased this pint-size set of tables and chairs to tuck against the stairway, opposite their new sofa.
A comfortable swivel chair and a sofa loaded with soft pillows makes for an inviting space whether relaxing or entertaining.
Two accent chairs add a pop of sunny color echoed in the warm woods and bright orange lamp. Shira and Adam fell in love with the lamp at first sight and made sure it was incorporated into their plan.
With the transformation complete, Shira and Adam began to envision how they would live in their new space. "I'm a midwife, and I sometimes consult with families in our home," said Shira. "We believe with this makeover we can truly say 'Home Sweet Home.'"
Settled into their new space, the family now uses their living room as the center of all their activities. Congratulations Shira, Adam and Emuna!
When Shira Jacobs heard she won a room makeover, she almost couldn''t believe it. Anchored by an outdated sofa nicknamed Goldie, Shira longed for a welcoming, comfortable living room for both herself and her husband, and their daughter, Emuna. Shira, a midwife, also helps out her husband, Adam McCurdy, on their organic farm, supplying fresh produce to Seattle families and restaurants. Prior to living in this home, the couple lived in an off-the-grid yurt on their farm.

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