The show has aired. You had questions. I have answers. ;-)
Q: How did you get these clients?
A: One of my very first rooms I was able to design from start to finish was this nursery for Kara and Tom. Colleen is Kara's sister. So when it came to getting help with their first home, they came to me. Yay!
Q: I love the framed painting/print. Did they already have that piece? If not, where did you get it?
A: I love this painting too. When I found it I knew it was perfect for them. I wish they had it on a huge scale, but this still looks great. ;-) You can buy this print off Etsy for $35 here.
Q: Why isn't there more furniture by the fireplace? Shouldn't the fireplace always be the focal point?
A: No, it's not a must that a fireplace be the focal point. Some rooms have more than one focal point. This fireplace is right against two patio doors that lead to...the patio. :-) This is a high traffic area, especially in the warmer months. Opposite of the fireplace is the peninsula from the kitchen with three stools, and a reading nook for Colleen. What you should know is that they actually don't want more furniture there. They had three weeks to get the house ready for filming. Three. Weeks. And they are two teachers also budgeting for a wedding, so this room was done on a tight budget. Yes, there could always be more. (Possibly two very small scale x-stools in front of the fireplace?) But it's not always necessary or practical. Colleen and Rick like having two separate areas in in the living room when she wants to read and he's watching sports.
Q: Where did Meredith, their Realtor, get her dresses?
A: The first dress was Laundry from Nordstrom. The Second dress was Tina Turk from Nordstrom. And the third was from Saks. Interesting fact was that she had to have all of her outfits approved by HGTV before filming.
Q: Why weren't the patio doors painted white like the trim? Did that just not get done?
A: I did suggest they paint the doors, but as I said earlier, they only had 3 weeks. I think by that point they were just over painting. Wouldn't you agree, Colleen? ;-)
image courtesy of HGTV
The show opens with Colleen explaining how the pressure is on...that she's wondering about what can they afford and what can't they. Not true. Before the filming even started they had already placed an offer on one of the houses and it was accepted. So the other two homes they tour are "dummie houses" that, in theory, they could change their mind and buy instead, but they were already sold on the original house they had a contract on.
What they don't tell you is that Colleen's sister (and family) live in the neighborhood of the first house. Besides having the best layout, being literally around the corner from her sister was a major part of their decision. HH didn't like that angle as much as "let's create imagined tension because their Realtor is also their landlord". Silly.
A few other pieces when Colleen had to act:
-pretend to be sad there is only one sink in the master bath
-pretend to need a jetted tub
Did you notice the after shots were pretty quick? They showed more of Rick in the after shots, because Colleen mentioned me and they edited that part out. So sweet of her, but HGTV doesn't really want to give some random blogger a plug. ;-)
This was a super fun experience that just happened without any of my doing. Colleen and Rick looked adorable and very natural on TV. Next up is their master bedroom. I'm excited!