Members of The Crew, Rise and Renovate’s VIP list, are entered into a gift card drawing every month. The winner receives a home improvement or home decor gift card of their choosing along with a spotlight in the blog!
I’m excited to announce July’s winner, Meghann Welch! Meghann has showed such passion for winning over the past month that I was shocked and had to laugh when my Excel spreadsheet picked her as the winner. She also happens to be my sister-in-law. Congratulations, Meg!
When I first moved to Arizona 2.5 years ago, I actually lived with my brother and Meghann for about 4 months! It was an exciting time as Meghann was pregnant and they were moving into their newly built house. We took more trips than I can remember to pick up new furniture, which usually resulted in me squeezing in the back of the car wherever I could fit.
Meghann’s Gift Card of Choice: Hobby Lobby
“I always find stuff there that I just can’t seem to live without.”
I was born in Busan, South Korea – the second largest metropolis in South Korea after Seoul. I adopted when I was 3 months old and was raised in Davenport/Bettendorf, Iowa as an only child by the best parents ever. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to return to South Korea to be reunited with my birth family which consists of my birth parents (divorced) and 10 total children (4 oldest passed away as babies/children from poor living conditions, four sisters, one brother, and me).
I have a ‘healthy’ competitive spirit which I contribute to all the sports I loved playing growing up, including volleyball, basketball, tennis, and now distance running (marathons/half marathons). After I graduated from Iowa State University (GO CYCLONES!), I joined Wells Fargo’s Technology Group where I have had the opportunity to serve in various leadership positions for the past 12+ years.
My husband and I have a 1 1/2 year old daughter, Sage, who is just the best. 🙂 We enjoy traveling, spending time with our family here in AZ, and trying new places to eat and drink.
What’s your favorite room in your house?
My favorite room in our house is our daughter’s room. Every time I walk into her room, I am reminded of the feelings of anticipation and excitement I had when thoughtfully planning her room (from when we built the house until we brought her home from the hospital) as well as reminded of how grateful my husband and I are to be parents to such an intelligent, beautiful, funny little girl.
How would you describe your home decor style?
I would describe my home decor style as rustic chic meets modern industrialization meets crap I have left over from all my other homes that I am slowly getting rid of. Overall, I like simplicity and organization – everything has its place in our house. 🙂
Tell me about a “vision” you’ve had for a space and how you made it come to life.
One ‘space’ I’ve had a vision for is… our entire house. We made the decision to build our house back in 2014 and had a ‘blank canvas’ to play with from designing every detail of our house (e.g. flooring, paint colors, cabinetry, layout, etc.) to decorating it. However, if I had to choose just one space to highlight, I would choose our backyard.
We had a backyard full of dirt and that’s it. So, we sat down and designed a backyard that incorporated what was important to us visually as well as functionally.
The cornerstone of our backyard is definitely our pool, which we were thoughtful about the design, as we wanted…
- Water features (waterfalls) for noise reduction between our neighbors
- A designated ‘safe’ play area for our daughter
- A place for sitting with shade with the 18”-depth shelves in our pool
Overall, we have been very happy with the backyard and look forward to continuing to use it throughout the AZ summer.
Congratulations, again, to Meghann for winning July’s Crew Member gift card! If you’d like to join The Crew and have a chance to win every month, just sign up below.