8.24.2011

my work on HGTV: grey and teal design board

What happens when you follow your passion and fate steps in?  Your work gets on HGTV.

I recently showed you pictures of a home that didn't look so nice.  My clients purchased the home and heard a week before moving in that they were chosen to be on House Hunters, on HGTV.  You can imagine my surprise when I received that text!  
This is Colleen and Rick.  Aren't they darling!?  They are getting married in December and hired me to help them with the living room and kitchen area.  They wanted to have a big picture vision for the house before they made selections like carpeting and lighting.  They live a few hours away, but I was able to drive over last weekend to meet with their very talented brother in-law/contractor.  We came up with a plan and demo started the next day!


As you can tell, this is no small project.  House Hunters comes back mid-September to film the "one month later" shots.  I wish it was three months later, but no such luck.
Last week Colleen and Rick spent two whole days filming the "before" and "shopping" scenes with the House Hunters crew. {Yes, House Hunters is totally staged.}  

Here is a horrible picture, from the brochure, of the sofa they chose.

You'll just have to trust me at is actually very pretty in person.

We knew we wanted to lighten and brighten the home, so the whole kitchen/living room is being painted Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl. Plus, Colleen really liked a neutral pallet with punches of color.  Here is the design board for their living room:

They are really happy with the design and I think it looks like them--which is always the goal!
What do you think?
If you'd like to follow along with this project on Twitter I created #HGwhoME, suggested by Holly!

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28 comments:

  1. That's so exciting! Love house hunters so I'm sure ill see it.

    Love the colors in this design. The ottoman is my favorite. That was the first thing that caught my eye. Absolutely love it!

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  2. How very exciting! This is going to be a very fun challenge for you and I just know that it is going to turn out beautifully.(-:

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  3. Wow - so exciting! I'm loving what I'm seeing so far, and will take your word for it on the sofa :)

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  4. They are so adorable and that's a busy year for them (and you) I might add - buying a home, gutting it, being on HGTV, and getting married. Whew. I think the board is great and I think the feel of it is perfect for newlyweds. I think that paint color is really going to brighten the space. How much/often do you interact with the contractors?

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  5. That's so exciting! Although I'm a little devastated the house hunters is staged (but could have guessed it).

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  6. SO exciting! Love the design, can't wait to see the "After"

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  7. How exciting! I love the design board. Can't wait to see the finished room! Good for you Abby!!!
    -Shelley

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  8. i am so excited for you and for the couple! looks lovely!

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  9. Such exciting news, Abby! Be sure to let us know when the episode airs so we can tune in! xo

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  10. How exciting! Congrats to you and them. Can't wait to see the room all finished!

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  11. Thanks Abby! We are so excited to put your plan into action!! :) And we are so lucky to have such a talented bro-in-law helping us out!

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  12. The teal cocktail ottoman is AH-MAZING!! The whole board looks great. Can't wait to see the room!
    Stacy

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  13. Always a bummer to hear another show is staged. But the before/after shots & the work are all still legit, so this is all still great! So excited for them & you. And, yes, as others mentioned above--that ottoman is fabulous!

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  14. What a great opportunity, both to help with such a fun project and to have it featured on House Hunters! You go girl!

    Cathy @ Room Rx

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  15. How exciting! I guessed that show was staged (as all are) and hope hgtv makes a BIG notation of your design for future reference! Love the board and LOVE the art work - really, where did you find that? it would be perfect for my new office.

    btw, I started a blog party for kids & nursery decor if you'd like to link up your boards and posts. It will be on going and hoping a great collection of ideas! Here's the direct link: http://playfuldecor.blogspot.com/2011/08/tuesdays-nursery.html
    Hope you can make it! Have a great week!

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  16. That is nothing short of *amazing* news, what a great opportunity for you, girl! It looks fantastic, I can't wait to see how it turns out for them! Seriously, the stars really had to work to line that one up, right? But they definitely found one talented gal...that's *YOU* by the way (c:

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  17. Wowzers! We'll be able to say "we knew you when..."! and talk about a major demo! Go for it!!

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  18. I am so incredibly happy and proud for you! And your clients are super lucky, that design board is fab!

    XoXo
    -Jen

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  19. my brother in law and his wife were on designed to sell and said everything there was staged too. their stories are pretty funny about how it all was shot and done. Good luck with the deadline, HH is my favorite show so I'll be watching for it, let us know when it will air!

    Meg

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  20. SOOOOOOOOOOOO Exciting! Can't wait to see the reveal!!

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  21. That is ridiculously cool!!!! I can't wait to see it. I bet you are sooooo excited.

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  22. Congratulations, Abby! What an exciting news! House Hunter is one of my favorite shows on HGTV. Looking forward to see the final review. Your mood board looks fabulous especially the artwork and ottoman.

    P/S: Come by and enter my giveaway for a chance to win a personalized necklace. :)

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  23. Now that's what I'm talking about. Looks great, Abby - sure they are going to love their new space!

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  24. The board looks so fantastic. Dying to see the results!!!

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  25. Wow- how exciting! That's wonderful news. I can't wait to catch the show!! Such an exciting time for you. :)

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  26. Love Love Love the board Abby. How exciting! What a year you are having:)

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  27. That's exciting! Can't wait to see the final product!!

    'Please visit our new website www.tableandtop.com'

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  28. how exciting! and i really love the style board you put together great color!

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Abby M. Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby M. Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com

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