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HGTV Magazine Makes Over a Room

By: Coleen Sullivan

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.

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Photo: Zach Desart. From: HGTV Magazine.

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.

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Photo: Courtesy of the homeowner. From: HGTV Magazine.

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.

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Photo: Zach Desart. From: HGTV Magazine.

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 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.

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Photo: Zach Desart. From: HGTV Magazine.


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

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