Thank you to everyone who was able to sit down and watch my HGTV debut on Saturday’s House Hunters Renovation. If you don’t have access to that channel, but you’re an Amazon Prime member, you will be able to find the episode in about 3 weeks. I think it’s an entertaining episode – there’s a great moment from the crazy hail storm that hit our area this past Spring (it destroyed my car and the producers cars). People keep asking me if it really was fun, or if I’m just saying that. The feeling on set was genuine and energetic. We laughed a lot and also were able to talk design and construction in as normal a way as you can with cameras around. Some decisions were made “on air” and, as you saw, some tears were shed. When I designed the space, I thought a lot about the homeowners and their individual tastes. Their love for their first home was inspiring to me.
I love Before and After photos – here are some from this project in case you want to see it a little closer, or, if you want to take a good look at the finished product without me (or the clients) yammering in the background.
The stunning art is from Denver artist Elaine St. Louis. She paints gorgeous, large scale nests that have the ability to stop everyone in their tracks when they see them. I saw her work online, noticed the size of it and immediately contacted her for a loan for this wall. The navy blue cabinetry is by Oak Tree Classic Woodworks, a custom cabinet company in Colorado.
What do you think? Did you watch the show? I thought it was a realistic portrayal of a renovation project condensed into about a half an hour. I don’t know how they condense all the hours of video I’m sure they have, but someone clearly has some mad editing skills. This project was fun from start to finish. I learned that having cameras pointed at you when you’re basically just doing your job makes you feel ridiculously important. It’s a silly thing, but there you go. Human beings are easily flattered, but that feeling is fleeting and at the end of the day, you’re still you (if you know what I mean).
Laura is a Denver Interior Designer who runs an Interior Design Studio based in sunny Colorado with a strong commitment to livable and interesting interiors. She also runs The Colorado Nest, a Denver blog about Design, Art and Life in the Mountain West.
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