HGTV Magazine Makes Over a Room

Navy Corpsman Micah Ambrose returned from Afghanistan with the goal of becoming a doctor. He needed a place at home to study, so HGTV Magazine turned a spare room into a comfy office.

By: Coleen Sullivan

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Courtesy of the homeowner

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

Photo By: Zach Desart

One Couple's Story

Navy Corpsman Micah Ambrose met his would-be wife, Maryrose Pichkur, in New York City during Fleet Week 2010, but shortly after their engagement, he was deployed to Afghanistan. While there, Micah, a trained medic, assisted a Marine who lost both legs in a roadside bomb. This life-changing event helped Micah set the course for a career after the service. "I always knew I wanted to be an ER doctor, but that day sealed my plans," he says.

Room Redo for a Hero

When Micah returned home four months later, he and Maryrose began planning their wedding and bought their first home, a 1918 three-bedroom house in Floral Park, N.Y. Micah started prepping for school entrance exams, but he didn't have a convenient place to study. That's when HGTV Magazine stepped in.

The Makeover Details

A reclaimed pine desk has plenty of drawers, while a lamp made of a beaker is a nod to Micah's time in the lab (for the how-to, go to hgtv.com/beaker-lamp). The wall space above the desk includes a teak shelf, a pinboard covered in striped fabric and an antique pair of crutches found on Etsy. Micah's Navy cap — the one he wore the night he met Maryrose — rests on the shadow box that holds his military coins.

Rug

Maui houndstooth jute 7'6" x 9'5" rug in orange, rugsusa.com

Chair

Leather chair, leeindustries.com for stores

Accessories

Desk supplies, poppin.com

Desk

Hughes pine 64" x 30" desk, fourhands.com

Wastebasket

Marché trash can, containerstore.com

Learning in Comfort

Micah often studies late into the night, so a daybed for napping made sense. This one, covered in durable blue canvas, has a masculine, boxy shape. He can use the vintage bedside hospital table as a laptop stand. The nautical map of Manhattan — a reminder of where the couple met — was nabbed on Etsy for $79, and we made the wall shelves using reclaimed wood and copper pipes from The Home Depot.

Fan

Celino cherry and oil-brushed bronze fan, kichler.com for stores

Shade

Tropical Isle bamboo shade, selectblinds.com

Pillow

Cross cotton 16" x 16" pillow, jonathanadler.com

Lights

L'auto Extender sconces, gohomeltd.com for buying info

Daybed

New Canaan 37 1/2" x 90" daybed in Sunbrella canvas azure, ballarddesigns.com

Storage Solutions

This backless bookcase, tucked between the room's entrance door and closet, is deep enough for thick medical books and binders, but narrow enough that it doesn't jut out into the room. For extra storage, we lined the inside of the closet walls with shelves for more textbooks, school supplies and shoes.

Shelving

Elfa custom storage, containerstore.com

Binders

1" and 4" binders, poppin.com

Bookcase

Stairway 96" x 30" wall-mounted bookcase, cb2.com

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