A Mid-Western Makeover

Episode HORJD-109H

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Megan and Jon are newlywed high school sweethearts who just bought their first home. As if the dusty desolate backyard weren't bad enough, the previous owners used the backyard for party central and left some of their furniture and garbage behind. Megan calls the overall look a ''hot mess''. As a young couple, Megan and Jon would love to have a place to BBQ and entertain their friends. Jamie heads to Door County, Wisconsin for inspiration. Amidst the rolling green hills, Jamie is impressed by the inviting, open feel of the beautiful countryside and plans to bring some of that warmth back to Megan and Jon's backyard. Jamie gets a lesson on creative gardening from Karen Overbeck at the Evergreen Schoolhouse. From a twisted willow arch to a bowling ball sculpture to a playful swing, he takes away the idea that anything goes. At the Woodwalk Gallery, a reclaimed 1890s barn turned art gallery, Jamie is inspired by the wood lines of the antique barn walls and the diffused sunlight coming through the slats. Natural grasses and prairie colors add to the sophisticated feel of the outdoor country entertainment space.