Design TV Eve

The team is all here in Suwanee

…the iPads are all functional and connected…

…my secret weapon is ready to go if I wake up to dark circles tomorrow morning…

…and there’s a sweet, young (newly-married) couple with an outdated living room in their newly-purchased (foreclosure) home…just down the road from our hotel.

Tomorrow is day one of shooting and redoing, and we’re getting pretty excited/anxious to see how it all plays out. Here’s to hoping we can sleep tonight!

If not, I guess we’ll just use a little more secret camouflage than usual.


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  1. says

    Awww layla I am so excited for ya’ll. I know you will do awesome!!! Just have fun with it like you do everything else. WE are all here cheering you on! So proud of you~ Susie Bloop~

  2. Wendy says

    I’m new and in love. You will not fail. Things may not go as planned, but your perspective is that of which warms our hearts and souls. Be You. Enjoy every Minute :)

  3. says

    Best of luck to you two! I’ve been following you for a while now and think you are just the sweetest most talented couple ever, so I have no dought you will knock ‘em dead! Can’t wait to see the show!


  4. Carrie says

    Is it wrong that, while I’m excited for you and the make-overees, I’m super jealous that you’re not doing my house?!? Can’t wait to see the episode! I know it’ll be awesome and get picked up.

  5. Sarah Nutter says

    You will have a LOT of prayers surrounding you tomorrow–we’re all behind you!! Can’t wait to see the show. :)

  6. says

    oh my…the mamma of the sweet “young wife” tossed and turned 364x last night…I be EXCITED!!!!!! I get to keep the grand dog for the renovation..woot woot:-)

  7. Kim says

    Prayers for success! You and Kevin will come through and excel! Can’t wait to hear what you can tell us!

  8. Angel Anderson says

    WOO HOO! Happy for you both! Ya’ll Rock! Can’t wait to see the show! (Is that enough exclaimation points for ya?) :)

  9. says

    Layla- isn’t secret camouflage the best?! Have you tried Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer? It’s my best “no I’m not pasty white and yes I do have perfect skin faker.”
    You’ll do great with the show today!!!

  10. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Break a leg!
    Just be yourselves and do your thang!
    We love you just as you are!
    BOTH of you!!!!
    Now, go have fun.

  11. Josette says

    Oh my goodness! This is really happening! So very proud and excited for you guys! You are the best!

  12. Janice says

    So very excited for you guys!! Thank you so much for sharing this adventure with your readers :) Can’t wait for your update about how it goes today!

  13. Gena in Texas says

    So excited for ya’ll! If you ever make it to the North Texas area, I’ll send my hubby over to help with the painting. ; )
    God bless you and Kevin! You two will do fab-u-lous!

  14. Jackie in Louisiana says

    Layla, I have been a fan of you and Kevin for a long time now, and I am so proud of you both! You guys are going to do a GREAT job! I am praying for you both, for rest tonight and peace tomorrow.

  15. Mary says

    So happy for you, your dreams came true, can’t wait to see this. Good luck, well I don’t really think you will need it. Mary

  16. Janita says

    Super excited for you and to watch things unfold. Thanks for sharing all the behind the scenes secrets too. I’m thinking I need the Laura Mercier secret weapon even though I don’t have a tv show. :-)

  17. says

    As I read this, I can’t help but thinking about how you shared quite a while ago when you were in a drive thru with more month than money and someone in front of you paid for your order. Could you have possibly imagined at that moment that one day you’d be shooting a pilot for HGTV with your man by your side? Here’s to following your heart and living your dreams. Praise God!

    • Layla says

      I read your comment between takes yesterday and it brought tears to my eyes. :-) I’ve been thinking about that all week! I can’t believe you remembered that too!
      Praise God indeed!! :-D

      • Michelle C. says

        That thought has occurred to me over and over and over again as your success blossoms, Layla. Hoping that one of these days, our money will outlast our month and that our passion will find its playground, too. Prayers for an amazing start to this new chapter in your story!

  18. Elizabeth says

    Awesome…..!!! How exciting no need for extra artillery (secret camouflage) You are beautiful inside and out…..You two will be great no worries.

  19. Tamara says

    I’m in Suwanee too! Come by and see my old house! Do you have lots and lots of money?! LOL We are working on it, but it’s the 5 year + plan! Good luck!

  20. Jan says

    How exciting! Here’s wishing you both much success and oodles of fun at the same time! I know you’ll be great!

  21. Sandra says

    I wish you and Kevin the best of luck as you shoot your first day of with more to follow in the future. May you have much continued success.

    I am excited to see what little sneak peaks you are able to show us as you shoot your first episode. Have fun!

  22. sarita says

    i’m excited for you all! and for the lucky couple who gets a new living room…it will be fun to see what you do with it! CONGRATS!

  23. Valerie says

    what?! I live in Suwanee, too bad my house wasn’t picked. :) Actually, if you have extra time feel free to come on over and work on our newly purchased foreclosure as well! j/k-I know your gonna be super busy, God bless, I’m sure it will turn out beautifully.

  24. shannon says

    I’m sure no such product will be needed and you will be stunningly gorgeous like always! I’m sure you’ll do great!

  25. Sue VanParys says

    Im so excited for you guys! I don’t have a blog, but I so enjoy yours almost every day!! Can’t wait to see your show,! We really need some good decorating shows!!!!

  26. says

    Yeah!! How awesome. I am so excited for you guys!!
    So… do you guys travel?! My hubby and I are moving to CO in Nov. and are buying out first house and it needs some help. ;)

  27. Stacy Moorer says

    I so wish Josette could have gone with you – I am super excited to see how this turns out – Good Luck

  28. Geri Greco says

    Layla and Kevin.
    I have followed you or the past 4 years.
    I laughed with you, I cried with you, and I decorated and tried
    all the great ideas I learned from you.
    I am as nervous and as proud of you if you were my own children.
    Prayers for everything wonderful on this t.v adventure and in life.
    You are going to knock their socks off.
    Hugs, Geri.
    P.s. I have read all of Mary Kay Andrews books and love, love them.

  29. Courtney says

    I have followed your blog for some time now. I live in Suwanee and was so excited to see you are here for your project! I cannot wait to hear what you have to say about the living room you are redoing, and the tips and finds locally (here in Suwanee).
    Keep us posted on the HGTV pilot….cannot wait!

  30. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    It looks like there are alot of “MOTHER HENS” out there. All of us, sitting, waiting, praying, hoping, laughing (already) and waiting to hear the blow-by-blow, firsthand from Kev and Layla! Are we a trip or what????
    Can’t wait!!!!! Know this is nothing but GOOD GOOD GOOD coming out of all this.
    You kids just ROCK!
    You’ll go to HGTV with your own gigantic groupie base!!!!!!!

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