Design TV – Pilot Episode

We’re back from Suwanee, Georgia- and the room we re-did for our pilot episode for HGTV is done!

It was an exciting/fast-paced five days, and we’re thrilled with how the Morrison’s living room turned out! (More importantly- so were they! Yay!)

Our adventure started on Thursday, September 8th.

We borrowed our neighbors Suburban because we had so much stuff to bring with us for the makeover. That sucker was packed front to back and floor to ceiling!

(Thank you Peter and Josette!)

I shared the passenger seat with a table lamp from TJ Maxx.

Our friend Meghan warmed up my hair on Friday, the 9th…

…and we spent the 10th and 11th pounding the pavement for some new duds, and more furniture and accessories for the makeover room.

On the 12th, our TV team gathered in our hotel’s conference room to talk about everything that needed to be accomplished over the next 5 days.

That’s Patrick, our executive producer, at the head of the table. It was his idea to create a show that was an extension of our blog, and we can’t thank him enough for allowing us to be ourselves, and for letting us video things with our own camera like we’re used to doing for our posts! (He even incorporated our presto change-o concept into the show- yay!)

These three kept things running super smooth all week…

That’s Jinnie on the left, (remember her from Carter Can? She’s amazing!), Jason in the middle (construction manager extraordinaire!), and Whitney on the right. Whitney coordinated everything and made sure we all knew where to be, and at what time. She’s 14 years younger than me, but holy cow is she waaaay more organized than I was at 23!

This is Michael…

He used his big fancy-schmancy camera to shoot footage of us, while we shot footage with our little bitty camera. His view will show things from another perspective, and capture things we couldn’t with our own camera. We’re excited to see what that looks like!

Terry was in charge of capturing all of our audio…

I felt so bad for him having to tote that thing around with him all day, every day!

Here he is, putting Kev’s mic on him at the beginning of day 1…

And that cool old blazer on the right side of the pic? That’s Suzie.

A friendly fellow blogger named Charity (and her hubby!) let us borrow her for the shoot.

(I have another story to tell you about her this week, but I want to save it for a separate post.)

Our friends Matt and Shaunna graciously volunteered their time and talents the whole week too…

…and if they’re able to work it out, we’re hoping one or both of them will be able to join our crew full time if the show gets picked up! (We also want to send out a HUGE thanks to Shaunna’s parents for kid-sitting so Matt & Shaunna could be a part of the show!)

(Matt, hard at work)

(Shaunna, ready to shoot a pic of us pulling up to the makeover house on day 1. PS- Would you believe that sucker sold for almost the exact same price as our little Lettered Cottage?!)

And speaking of helpful-volunteers-we-owe-big-time…we were stoked so many bloggers and blog readers were able to come out and participate in the shoot!

(Deneen (who drove all the way from TN!), Mendy, me and Donna)

(Rhoda, on wallpaper duty)

We seriously would not have finished the room without our blog friends’ help. Like we mentioned in an earlier post- the show would be about connecting with our e-friends and redoing rooms on a budget, so we’re really excited about the opportunity to work with lots more bloggers and blog readers on future redecorating adventures!

This is Rachel

She was the first person there on day 2, and one of the very last people to leave that day! She drove all the way over from Columbus, GA- and was an absolute delight to be around! Our construction manager, Jason, was very impressed with her work, and we can’t thank her enough for jumping in and making over that room with everyone!

We also want to thank Sherry from for donating so many lovely fresh flower arrangements and plants, and Mel & Denise for sewing together all of our curtains and throw pillow covers! We felt so lucky to have you guys there!!! And our favorite salvage shop in Alabama, Southern Accents, hooked us up with great deals on several of the wood elements in the room- SUCH AMAZING PEOPLE!

Kev and I are so used to tackling redos by ourselves, but we had to do a lot more yappin’ than usual this time…


…so we’re very grateful that so many friendly folks were able to come out and help with this (big/fast) redo! (If the episode airs, you’ll notice that my voice is significantly lower and weaker on day 5 than it is on day 1- LOL!)

Here are some random pics Shaunna shot throughout the week…

Patrick pinching my cheek…

Just kidding, I have no idea what was going on there!

Kev, shooting something with our blog cam…

Terry, sticking my mic to my shirt…

Lori, Rhoda, Emily and Alex- taking a break in the kitchen…

Kev and me- taking a banana break in the kitchen…

Me and Jinnie Choi…

Patrick giving us our first iPad lesson…

Jason, hard at work…

The electrician that gave us a heck of a deal…

The living room before…

The living room during…

Shaunna, Matt, Kev and me…

Flea market shopping at Queen of Hearts Antiques in Buford, GA…

This was right before we showed the Morrisons their “new” (soon-to-be-reupholstered) armchairs…

And here’s a shot of Kev explaining that the flap of fabric at the bottom would be taken off to expose the chair’s great-looking legs…

Thanks to Susan from Sassy Stitches for knocking that reupholstery project out of the park!

The night of day 4 (a 17 hour day!) we did a little shooting at the Gwinnett County Fair…

Rides were ridden, cotton candy was consumed, and stuffed animals were won- it was a night we’ll never forget!

And last but not least, here’s a sweet shot of the newly-wed homeowners…

(Alex and Emily)

They just moved into the house a couple of weeks ago, and it just so happened that their one year wedding anniversary was on the exact same day we revealed their new living room to them! We’re so glad to have had the chance to meet them, and we hope having their living room done will inspire and motivate them to forge ahead with the ideas they have in the rest of their house! Purchasing a foreclosure can be intimidating (especially when you have to spend all of your redo money on a new HVAC unit before you even move in, like Emily and Alex had to do!), but we tried to show them that even a shoestring budget can stretch a long way if you think outside the box and make a party out of it!

Thank you friends and family for inspiring and motivating us to give this thing wild thing a whirl!


And like our header says- 0ur blog is our playground, and passion pushes our swing- so no matter what happens with that all that wacky TV footage, we’re so grateful to have had the chance to try something new, and redo another room!

PS- We’ll let you know if we hear anything back from the folks at HGTV before the end of the year. It’ll take a couple of months to edit the episode, so it’ll be a while before we blog about a yay or nay!

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  1. ruth tortorici says

    I’m so excited for you both, I’ve beel a blog follower for a couple of years and yeahhh for you both, totally amazed to see how doors are being opened and though I’m still looking to hear Kev’s music album it’s great to see you both working together.

  2. says

    amazing post to recap an amazing week! You know we’re in all the way. ;-) Love you both so much…got all weepy reading through this.

    shaunna and matt

  3. Kim in Iowa says

    So great for you guys – it has to get picked up. I mean, how can it not?! Looking forward to the “after” pics someday!!

  4. says

    This is so exciting
    Congrats Kevin and Layla
    You are so cute together ,I love how you look at each other with so much Love and Joy
    Looks like so much FUN
    Can’t wait to see the after pic’s

  5. says

    WOW I am so excited for you guys! When I found your blog a few years ago I loved it. And I have awlays thought you two would make a great team for a tv show. So best of luck on the new adventure. Look forward to seeing it.

  6. says

    So excited for you guys! …and I couldn’t help but scope out your shoes in the pics. Looking fab!

    Can’t wait to see the show air. If there’s anything we can do for you guys to show support and help make that happen, just say the word! I’m sure EVERYONE here in bloggerville would rally!


  7. says

    I was hoping to be able to help you guys last week, and even spoke to Whitney a few times about it, but my work schedule kept getting in the way :) Oh well, maybe next time!

    It looks like you had plenty of helping hands though – and I’m sure the reveal was beautiful! Can’t wait to see the afters!

  8. says

    Oh you guys CONGRATS! This sounds and looks like so much fun! I cannot wait to see if it gets picked up! It really looks like a breath of fresh air! IT BETTER AIR IN CANADA!


    Becky :)

  9. SheilaE says

    Looks fun and exhausting! How did you get the pig in the suburban and how is it going to fit in your cottage design? Lol! I’ve been enjoying your blog now for about a year. Can’t wait to see it on HGTV!

    • says

      Ha Ha Layla did win a stuffed animal, but it was not the pig. The producers thought it would be funny to see me walking with that huge thing, but we had to give it back. :( But Layla beat me fair and square at a game a won a cute little bulldog! It was a lot of fun!!! :) Thanks for the comment!

  10. says

    Oh, I see you visited my antique stomping ground. I would have volunteered to help if I had know it was going to be in Suwanee since I am just two exits north and my mom lives in Suwanee. Hope the show gets picked up.

  11. says

    WOW this is very exciting. Will pray for your show to get picked up! How can they not… you both are so talented. Lucky homeowners to get a makeover by you two!!

    Blessings and enjoy some quiet time.

  12. Jennifer says

    So exciting!!! Can’t wait to watch what I know will be one of my favorite shows EVER on HGTV!! Keep it real and everyone will love you as much as your FB, Blogsite, Website Groupies do!!! It’s been so much fun feeling like we have all been traveling this road with you!!

  13. says

    Thanks so much for the sneak peek! It’s very exciting to see what goes on behind the scenes and all the talented people involved. So what did Kevin do with his “Prize Pig”!!!!????!!!

  14. kelly in georgia says

    it all looks AMAZING!!! such talent and hard work! wish you could share more but know that you can’t…WHEN (not if!) it is picked up will it be called The Lettered Cottage? or is the name kept a secret too?
    Thanks for sharing…you deserve to be taking some time off after such an exhausting week!

    • says

      Hi Kelly!

      If the show gets picked up it will not be called The Lettered Cottage. There is a “working title” right now that may change, but HGTV will make the final call. Thanks so much for the kind words!!! :)

  15. Bethanie says

    Cannot believe you were so close all week…honestly, I was in Buford all day Saturday and kept my eyes peeled!! Glad you had a great time, I KNOW the show will get picked up, and I CANNOT wait to watch it!! My tv is on HGTV at all times, and Im so excited to see you and Kevin there!! XOXO

  16. Natalie Johnson says

    Can’t wait to see this show! Love your blog & your work – I’m sure the show will be fabulous!

  17. Lindsay says

    I’m so happy for you guys, it couldn’t have happened to a better couple! I look forward to seeing the new show, congrats!

  18. Amanda S. says

    Soooooooo exciting! The pair of you are so talented and such a cute couple…you just have to have this pilot picked up. I’m not a big fan of some of the new shows on HGTV these days, and I would be thrilled to see you regularly on my tv. Good luck to you on this new venture. You deserve wonderful things!

  19. Gena in Texas says

    Soooo excited for you both! Can’t imagine why HGTV would not let you have your own show! Ya’ll are so talented. All the ladies that helped you are some of my favorite blogs! Btw….My husband does painting for Carter Oosterhouse’s brother, Tyler in the Dallas area so maybe if you ever do a home here, they can help! ; ) Good luck and thanks for sharing this new adventure with us!

  20. says

    Looks like so much fun! I only wish I lived closer so I could’ve helped out! Layla, you’re outfit with the pink checkered shirt is adorable!

  21. says

    What an amazing opportunity! I am so excited for you guys, and way to share the love with blogging buddies!

  22. Marty Trout says

    They’d be crazy NOT to pick it up, how could they not? you guys are awesome! love your style! you can come re-do my house ANY day!! can’t wait to see the show!!! xo

  23. says

    I’m sorry I couldn’t be there to help more, but I’m so glad that I got a chance to stop by and say hi! It was really cool to see everything behind the scenes. Good LUCK with the pilot and please keep us posted!!! :) xo

  24. says

    Looks like y’all had an amazing time. I hope the show gets picked up and can’t wait to find out. I am so glad you are back blogging for a while though… missed reading your posts last weeks. Thanks for sharing about and taking so many pictures.

  25. Lori H says

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see the pilot episode. BTW, did I miss the announcement of who won the velvet pumpkins? I don’t know how I could have, since I read every post!

  26. says

    This is so cool! I cannot wait for the new show, I have no doubt in my mind that it would not be picked up, I get so tired of the old shows on HGTV that this would liven things up. Congratulations to you both! by the way couples that work together, stay together!

  27. says

    What an exciting adventure for you both. I can’t think of two more deserving people. I have my toes and fingers crossed for you… thanks for taking us all along for the ride.

    Hugs, Deb

  28. says

    Kev and Layla, Wow! What a week! Thank you for the wonderful recap. It helped me live through the week with y’all! I’m excited to see where this takes you!

    P.S. I love the BHG article…just read it today! :)

  29. says

    Layla and Kev,
    It looks like the two of you had an awesome time. I found myself squinting to see the room details. I’m thinks all that wainscoating got a nice coat of white:) I love the carnival photos of you and Kev, so adorable. I also noticed your newly used shoes were included in your trip;) Can’t wait….come on HGTV Pick-um up!

  30. says

    Kept up through updates from the blog community & twitter. I’m relatively new to the blogging game, an old timer at flipping, remodels, and design, and a life long supporter of the art of couples working together! They say a picture tells the story and these certainly do. Congratulations to you both on the pilot, having such strong support & love of friends & community, and mostly the support & love of each other. My husband and I have been doing this together for many years and are living proof that the couple that works together can most definitely stay together. Again, congratulations from another one of your cheerleaders!

    Best regards,
    Darleen~Places In The Home

  31. says

    That looked like an absolute blast! Y’all looked fabulous the whole time, so I’m not sure I believe that you worked 17 hour days! Ha! Can’t wait to hear the good news that HGTV will air your show!

  32. Holly says

    I found you through Lori May. What a wonderful ride for you folks! The blogging community is a great one indeed!

  33. Tina says

    I wanted you to know that I found you guys blog by accident a while back, while searching the enternet. I think it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I don’t even recall what I was looking for when I found you. I have since then became a blog lover. I wish I had the know how and time to create one of my own. I have been decorating my house as well as crafting since I met y’all on here. I have been introduced to other blogs but you guys are my mother blog…. I just love ya… Thanks for the fun times, inspiration, great pictures and smiles.. Very uplifting.
    P.S. Have been so excited about this redo. Glad it was a success. I wish you guys the best for future events…I am in Freeport Florida. If you ever do anything relativly close, I will be there with bells on…

  34. says

    How exciting! It’s always so amazing to hear about how much work goes into making every episode of a show. I really hope they pick it up! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  35. says

    Oh my gosh! What fun you guys must have had! Can’t wait to find out whether you guys will air or not. I might have to find someone with cable just for the occasion. :)

  36. says

    I loved looking at the pictures of your Re-do. What I love about your Blog is that you update it often and there is a variety of ideas. What I love about Layla and Kevin is that you are real honest to goodness decorators that know what the average homeowner wants and can do on their own. Thanks and good luck on making the cut!!

  37. says

    so excited for you guys!!!

    can’t wait to see it happen!

    Gertie Mae’s used to be a shop in my hometown in Clarkesville, GA….LOVED her flowers…bought several things from there…got some really cool boxes!!!!

  38. says

    i bet you guys are playing the ants in the pants waiting game! wishing you both the best of luck! sending love from one cottage blog to the other!

    ashley at {}

  39. andrea says

    oh my goodness! i totally chickened out on coming by, afraid to appear like some crazy-blog stalker girl. but the sweet couple you helped are my mom’s bestie’s daughter and son-in-law. did you get to meet emily’s crazy mom, pam??!! if not, you missed the best treat of all … when i say she is cuh-razy, she totally is – you’d have loved her! and the queen of hearts – my local hangout … love that place to just spend an hour or 2 to roam. and the fair … oh my goodness – yall got the best intro into life in gwinnett county! so glad you enjoyed our neck of the woods – come on back, ya hear??!

  40. says

    Oh my goodness, I’m so excited for you guys!!!!!Happy dance for you!!! Can’t wait to see it air on tv! how fun for so many wonderful friends to come and help :)

  41. sarita says

    the pics are great – looks like great fun – but know it’s a lot of hard work. LOVE your hair layla – yours too kevin! can you in your wildest imagination and dreams believe that you just made a pilot for a tv show?? good luck.

  42. says

    I can’t imagine them not airing your show! I can’t wait to see the pilot, and I’m sure there will be many more to come! You two are naturals. Thanks for the inspiration and fun!

  43. Allison Dorman says

    looks like a lot of fun (and work). Cannot wait to see what you did! Now come to Atlanta and redo my husband’s office/ space to watch tv without kids :)

  44. Jody says

    Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you both and can’t wait to hear the news that the show has been picked up!

    On a side note — you guys look GREAT in the photos :)

  45. Lauri McIntosh says

    I’ve been following your blog for several months now and just love everything you two do. You even take the time to answer questions. This is just the kind of show that fans of HGTV have been begging for. Good luck and keep doing what you’re doing. Love it! I see your new shoes were at the fair. The stretching must have worked! LOL

    • Layla says

      Hey Lauri!
      Thank you for the sweet comment! We’ll keep you posted on whether or not anything becomes of the pilot.
      And, yes, the shoe stretching did work…thank goodness!!! :-D

  46. says

    It looks like it was so much fun!! I can’t wait to see the finished room. I am positive it will get picked up! And I hope it does… we can sure us some help in our new house! ;) Congratulations!

  47. says

    Looks like you had so much fun!! I really hope that it’s picked up because I would LOVE to see this! Congrats guys!
    PS: Layla – looks like you’ve lost weight! Lookin’ good!

    • Layla says

      Thank you Megan! We appreciate your kind comment so much!
      (PS- I have lost 12 pounds since January…tummy troubles have me on a very limited diet, but I am glad to be back to my “wedding weight”!) :-)

  48. says

    I can’t believe you were in my neck of the woods that whole time! My mom lives in Suwanee and I’ve shopped plenty at the Queen of Hearts in Buford. I grew up in Gwinnett County. What a small world! Looks like ya’ll did alot during the short time you were here. I really hope your show gets picked up. Keep us all posted. If it doesn’t, I hope you’ll at least share the pics of how the room turned out.

    • Layla says

      Hi Kelly!
      We’ll definitely share the after photos of the room if the show doesn’t get picked up!
      Hopefully we’ll know something by Christmas!

  49. Joyce tx says

    Looks like it was quite an experience! keep us posted on any news! You two are so talented and such good people!

    • Layla says

      Thank you Joyce! We will definitely keep you posted, and you’re so sweet to take the time to leave us such a kind comment today!

  50. says

    What fun it’s been to watch you guys develop and follow your dreams over the last couple years! Y’all have been an inspiration to me and it’s exciting to see that you have the opportunity to broaden your audience beyond the blogosphere. Wishing you the best!

  51. geri says

    Layla and Kevin.
    I love your attitude in everything you do.
    you are both always so gracious, positive and energetic not to mention charismatic and beyond creative.
    I know you made the room sing.
    Love you guys. Love your outfits too.
    Prayers always.

    • Layla says

      Thank you Geri!!!
      Your comments always make us feel so happy, and we hope to get the chance to work/play alongside you one day in the future!!!
      Tell me where you’re located again…wanna make sure to come visit you sometime!!!

      • Geri says

        My door is always open to you.
        I live in New Fairfield, Ct. It is the western part of Ct. and 1 hr to N.Y.C.
        I would love to meet and work with you and Kevin.
        I promise not to have room sliders ready for any prest changos. hehe
        Hugs. Geri

  52. says

    Yay, Layla and Kevin! This looks like an absolutely fabulous (and exhausting) week! I am beyond thrilled for you guys and I am living vicariously through you. ;)
    I know the show will be a hit, just like your blog because you and Kevin are the REAL DEAL!
    I am so bummed I couldn’t make it down there. I pray we can work on a room together someday soon! :)
    And oh yeah, Me and Eli would like to join the crew full time with Shaunna. :)
    Love you, girl!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, friend. :-)
      It’s been so amazing getting to know you over the past couple of years, and Kev and I both reeeeally hope to get a chance to spend some time with you guys in person again sometime soon!!!
      Love you!!!

    • Layla says

      Thank you Stephanie!!!
      We’ll keep you posted, and we’ll post our after pics right as soon as we’re given the green light! :-D

  53. Sylvia says

    A show that is an extension of your blog? Don’t know if I can stand something that good. Prayers going up for your awesome opportunity.

  54. says

    Goodness… I felt like I was there. I’m on the edge of my chair hoping this truly flies for you two. You are so in your element!!!

    Thanks for sharing what you have thus far. And helping to lighlight blogland. What a fascinating ride!


  55. tracyo says

    I’ve got my fingers crossed for you guys! Would love to see you on tv and I know you would be a big hit! Good luck to you!

  56. Frances says

    Very awesome! Hoping, hoping for you two to continue- and then make your way to my lovely little fixer-upper! Great post!!

  57. Sandra says

    I am so excited for you both! It looks like you all had a great time. I wish I could have taken some time away from work to help out. I will definately stay tuned to hear the news that your show got picked up! :-):-) What will you two be doing in the meantime?

  58. Stacia says

    Hot dog! So stinkin’ excited for you guys (maybe even more so for me b/c I cannot wait to watch your show). Something to look forward to!

  59. says

    So. Much. FUN! Girl, that hair!!!!!!!! It’s so swoopy and luscious. You look fantastic. Love American Eagle. Love you. I was praying up a storm for you over those days and I”m so happy to see that you had time to eat and extra hands to help.


  60. says

    So excited for you both! Hoping to see you on your next journey! You are an inspiration to so many. Wishing you all the good luck, HGTV would be crazy not to pick up the show! Think it’s a fab idea!!! Would love to be a bloggie helper if you make it to the Midwest someday:)

  61. says

    What an amazing few days you had and I can’t wait to be able to watch your show. I know they will pick it up…how couldn’t they? By the way, if you would like to come to Murfreesboro TN, come on and see what you can do with my home. I need a new kitchen or living room, or bedroom, or craft room/office. Or my upstairs finished….ok, so I need a lot done to the house. LOL

  62. Kim says

    Wow! How awesome would that be to see Layla, Kev, Shaunna and Matt working together!?!?! I am so excited for you! You took risks, and followed your dreams, and look where you are! I will totally watch your show, HGTV has to pick it up. You could take over “Design on a Dime”. Or do some thing totally new. Whatever, I will be watching!

  63. says

    congrats on such a HUGE accomplishment!!!! i hope you guys had a BLAST! {btw – LOVING what you wore during shooting! you look fab!}

  64. says

    I’m with Shannon – I am still mesmerized by the TV hair. I like that the hair & clothes still seem like “you” though! I was thinking of y’all all last week. Following the feed on Twitter. I rarely say much but I’ve been enjoying the process. I’m so happy that you guys finally got your shot. And how awesome would it be if you & Kevin get to work together full-time?? Keep dreaming big. :)

  65. says

    What FUN these past weeks seem to have been for you. I love how you captured so much of it to share with us. . .and here’s hoping that the folks at HGTV see that same spirit that us followers have been addicted to these last years. I’m sure it took a few days to come off that high. . .can’t wait to see how it all turns out :)

  66. Jaci says

    OH MY GOSH!!!! This post could NOT MAKE ME MORE HAPPY!!! We can all say we knew you when….LOL!!! :o) Can’t wait to hear when it gets picked up!!! woot woot!!! :o)

  67. debbie rodriguez says

    Looked like a lots of fun. I hope the show gets picked up. I reall enjoy you two on your blog and would be even better to get to see more of you on tv. I think your a special couple.

  68. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    It’s all on your faces. It’s obvious what a wonderful, unbelievable time you had. Way to go!!!!!! So stinkin cute…………………………

  69. says

    This is so great! What a wonderful opportunity and I have not doubt whatsoever that HGTV will junp at it. I felt I was there right along with you, so sad though that we have to wait for the reveal for such a long time. But I am sure it will be worth the wait.

  70. says

    What a great idea this is! Can’t wait to see the show when it gets picked up! Btw, I love Kevin’s shirt. Im probably the last person in the world to see on like that but “ny loves me” is hilarious.

  71. says

    Priceless photo: you guys and the GIANT pig! haha. I heard/read somewhere that you guys were going to be at the Country Living Fair in GA. next month. I was thinking about planning a trip from my ol’ Kentucky home to the fair. Will you be there?

  72. says

    this is so cool! I would have loved to come help if I wasn’t away for work. You guys seem so genuine and full of passion for what you do, I hope to see your episode on HGTV!!!

  73. says

    Great recap! I love seeing some of my fav bloggers ‘in action’. I just left a comment on Rhoda’s post – I got to work on HGTV’s Yard Crashers last December. It was their Christmas episode but it airs THIS year! OMG, it was so crazy – tons of contractors, workers, equipment, supplies, people. Mass confusion to me, a simple artist, but not to the talented people at HGTV.

    I so hope your show gets picked up. First Ree, then you guys. We might just take over the airwaves :D

    One picture I missed though – the guy that runs around with the huge white reflecting board. I never did find out what it’s called, but he was everywhere the cameraman was – on the ground, up in the cherry picker, on top of the roof. It cracked me up.

    Again, thanks for the recap and Good Luck!

    • Layla says

      Thanks Colleen!
      How fun that you got to work on Yard Crashers! I bet it was a TON of work though! :-P
      We didn’t use a reflector on our shoot…which is fine by me because those suckers really make your eyes hurt after a while! :-D

  74. Jackie in Louisiana says

    I am so happy and proud of you guys! I have followed you for years, and couldn’t be more pleased that your talent is being recognized. I think what attracts myself and all the others to you two is, not only your obvious talent, but, also your love for life – and for each other, and your ability to see good in every situation. Ya’ll are an inspiration for so many!

  75. says

    I’m so excited for the two of you! It’s so inspiring that you’re pursuing what you love and people…lots of people…are noticing and it’s paying off. Good for you!

    • Layla says

      Thanks for stopping by today Susana! Always good to hear from you, and we appreciate your encouraging words so much!

  76. says

    Layla & Kevin –

    Words are not adequate enough to express how happy we are for you. There is nothing better in life than witnessing dreams come true!

    Your Friends,
    Deborah & Thomas

  77. says

    Layla, I know this might sound a little nutty since I don’t even know you, but reading this post, my heart swells with pride! I’m just so excited for you and Kevin, and for all of us who will (WILL) get to see your amazing talents on HGTV. Can’t wait to see the final reveal, but I know it will be worth the wait :)

  78. Jill says

    So so excited for you guys. Can’t wait for a show like this to be on HGTV. Thank you for the continued inspiration in life and design! Its nice to see good things happen to good people.

  79. Janita says

    Thanks for sharing this with us…HGTV would be crazy not to air this AND give the show a test drive. We’re out here and ready to watch! My favorite shot of the shoot is one of Michael in the kitchen with important tools of the trade — a paint brush and a corkscrew! ;-) Janita

  80. Kristina says

    Would LOVE to see this episode!!!! Let us know when it’s planning on airing! HOW EXCITING! Congratulations : )

  81. Debbie says

    How great it is to see the “behind the scenes” stuff. I’m so hopeful you and Kevin will make it big. Very deserving, I’m sure.

  82. says

    Sounds like a wonderful adventure….and how cool to be able to do it with the one you love….sweet.
    I can’t wait to see the show….fingers crossed.
    Happy Day

  83. Carolyn Rhinebarger says

    I’m fairly new to your blog but in the short few months I’ve subscribed, I feel like I really know you two! And that’s what makes you both special and what will lead to incredible success in the future. Your show, as described here, seems to reflect your ability to let folks “in” and that has so much appeal! Can’t wait to see your show on TV!

  84. says

    I love it. I love the adventure God is taking you two on and thanks for letting us come along for the ride. He has a perfect plan for your lives!

  85. Robyn C says

    Hey Kevin, Layla! I feel like I have read your blog forever! I’m so super excited for your guys. It’s almost like it is happening to part of my family!! You guys are so awesome…..makes me giddy happy! Ya’ll rock!

  86. says

    Layla and Kevin, you guys have worked so hard for this and it shows. I’ve been keeping you in my thoughts all week long. I admire your courage to tackle this sucker head-on. I’m so shy, I could never talk in front of a camera, let alone film a pilot, OMG! You guys are my design heroes, for reals. PS – LOVE the hair, gorgeous!


  87. Linda Hilbrands says

    I am so excited for you guys. Ever since I first saw your blog I was telling my husband that you two had the “it” factor and that someday I think they will have some kind of deco. show. Can’t wait to see what this journey of life brings for you both!

    Linda Hilbrands

  88. Jason Byrd says

    What a great recap! You two are amazing. I truly hope we can work together in the future. I had a awesome time!

  89. Kathleen says

    I think this looks like the best idea for a show ever! Bringing people together who have shared so much through blogging! I’m so excited for you guys. I wish you all the luck in the world.

  90. Pam McCormick says

    Okay Layla and Kev, I thought I would peek in and see how the shoot was going.I was not prepared to be caught hook line and sinker! Okay I would have watched on TV the making of your project just from what is here on the blog.And guess what I would become a faithful viewer if they pick your guys show up.AND I am not your age, not even close but people of all age groups,interests and taste will love LOVE this show.You will capture a W-I-D-E audience! There was something in the pics chronicaling your journey that will have something for everyone on this show.If they want a new hot show….I’m just sayin

  91. says

    What a neat post. I am so happy for y’all, and I know that America will love the pilot. I wish y’all all the best, and it warms my heart to read about all the extra help y’all had from bloggers.

    I cannot wait to watch your show! I am excited!

    (I also can’t wait to see the project using stuff from Southern Accents. I love that store!)

    Ricki Jill

  92. Melissa Shields says

    Man those newly-weds look like they could be brother and sister! I really hope the show gets picked up! Looks like yall had a blast AND yall were dressed so cute everyday!

  93. says

    Oh my gosh! How fun all your pictures look! I so wish I lived closer… So I could help you too! Good luck with all your new and fun adventures! I will be watching and definitely reading… XoXo

  94. Jane H says

    Thanks for sharing the pics of your adventure in HGTV land! I hope you get picked up – I will certainly be a viewer! If there is anything your faithful blod follwers can do to help, be sure to post it!

  95. says

    Oh my goodness my friend, how exciting to see how the week went for you both! I’m positive that room was AH-MAY-ZING and that HGTV will surely pick up the show!!! Love your beautiful hair and smile, and so nice seeing Kevin too! I think my fave is the one with you both with the pink pig, love it!!!!
    Miss you tons.

    • Layla says

      Thank you Kate!!!
      We are so happy to have met you through this awesome world of blogging, and hope to get a chance to work on a room with you next year too!!!

  96. Mary says

    If they DON’T let you guys have a WHOLE show then they are crazy. You are both so cute, so talented and HGTV needs to have you. I’ll stop watching them if they don’t. Everytime I turn to HGTV it is a house hunter show. Ok enough HGTV. I want Layla and Kevin’s show!

  97. Cindy says

    Layla and Kevin: You two are so deserving of a show! Over the years, you have grown, but never waivered from the real you. I wish you much success. Cindy

    • Layla says

      Thank you so much Cindy! Blogging has been so much fun, and we are so thankful to have “met” folks like you throughout the last few years! :-D

  98. Alicia says

    You guys deserve every bit of success that comes your way!! Hope to watch you on HGTV soon—so excited for you guys!!

  99. Deneen says

    Layla and Kevin
    You both left “footprints on my heart”! Thanks for including me and mentioning me above!

    • Layla says

      What a sweet thing to say, Michelle! :-D
      Thank you so much for stopping by our blog today, and for making us smile!!!!!!! :-D

    • Layla says

      Thank you Tina! :-D
      We’ll see what happens…and we’ll let you know if we hear anything either way!

  100. says

    Aw man! Such an awesome post for so many reasons. You guys stayed true to who you are and that in itself is one reason I’ll be watching y’alls show FOR SURE! Staying positive ya know?

    How could they not see the potential y’all have? The fun, the orig. ideas and the chemistry between you and Kev? SO CUTE!!! I wish I could hug y’all and say “Job well done” but alas, a virtual hug will have to do so wrap yourself up and squeeze my “friends”.

    One question though? Where’s the story with the pig?

  101. Melinda Ke says

    Big congrats, that is so exciting! What ever happened to the giant piggy? Ha! I’ve never seen such a huge stuffed animal!

  102. says

    Can’t wait to see the pilot! Looks like you guys had a blast! I wanted to come help, since I am not too far away, but I didn’t have anyone to watch the kiddos. Maybe, next time!

  103. says

    HGTV would be CRAZY not to produce a show with you guys. Surely they know that EVERYONE would watch EVERY episode? Loved seeing all the behind the scenes pics and can’t wait to see the episode – and you look Beautiful, Layla!

  104. Elaine says

    Kev & Layla~
    Ok, so this is AMAZING…HGTV!!!! Fingers crossed it becomes a HUGE hit for all of us “budget” friendly folks out here who like to re-do or change up our homes! I LOVE your ideas and your ability to take simple, every day items and make them show stoppers! You two deserve every bit of success, you’ve worked hard and you are passionate about what you do! Best of Luck from Massachuesetts!

  105. Deb says

    WOW , looking so forward to the show , it will be a sure hit after the first show ,you have a style that any budget can handle ,its so fresh and pure style !!!

  106. says

    So neat to see this experience for you two.. I couldn’t be happier.. I know patience is a virtue I can hope the time passes quickly for you. Woot!!

  107. says

    So AWESOME! I truly hope they pick you up. I think what you do is very unique and there’s a market for that right now. With the economy struggling, people are looking for the cheapest way possible to redo a room. Picking up a show that provides direction on that should be a no-brainer. Best wishes!

  108. says

    You guys rock. Wish I lived in the States so I could view the aired episode:(

    Loved the pic of you and Kev at the fair where I caught a glimpse of those new shoes of yours, Layla! Really cool and hoping they got more comfortable!

  109. Heather R. says

    So GREAT to see all your successes. Well deserved. I want that pig. And you to come to our house. ;)

  110. says

    What an amazing opportunity! I cannot wait to see the episode. I have no doubt that HGTV is going to jump all over the chance to give you guys a show. It’s going to be a hit. You’ve earned it!

  111. says

    This is so exciting for you. I’m sure your show will be picked up and will be a hit. You both have so much talent and are so likeable they’d be fools not to run with it.
    I hope your pillows turned up in time and you were able to put them to good use.
    I hope you post lots of photos of what you did with the room when you can as I doubt I’ll get to see the programme over here. I’m sure it was stunning.
    Can you come and fix my house next please?!!! :)

  112. says

    Love this post!

    So fun to see/share the process with you guys and to see the behind-the-scenes stuff. That’s a very technical word you know.

  113. Becky says

    OMG – what fun! I wish you all the best of luck with whatever comes your way. P.S. I could tell that was Rhoda. I’m so glad you had lots of wonderful people helping. Please come to California!

    ~Becky H.

  114. says

    seriously, layla {and kevin!}! how stinkin’ exciting is this???? how wonderful, fun, and exhausting. SO hoping it gets picked up!!!! go guys! you make us bloggers proud.

  115. Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage says

    I am so excited for you guys….I can’t wait to see this and watch many many more episodes…….Ok…you won’t quit bloggin will ya? You have to keep bloggin even when you are famous hgtv stars and I watch you every week….K?

  116. Vickie Wiles says

    Hi, Kevin and Layla! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you. You have so much talent, personality, and spirit…I believe you’re very deserving of the great things that life has to offer. BTW, Layla, my daughter Julie met you this summer at High Noon Entertainment in Denver where she was doing an internship. She no doubt told you I’m a big fan of your blog and love your work and ideas. Best of luck with everything!
    Vickie Wiles

  117. Roxanna Morgan says

    Congrats! You have so many followers & people who love you. What’s not to love…….your the cutest darn couple I have ever seen. I hope HGTV selects your program as I will be a faithful watcher & fan. Best regards and blessing to you both.


  118. Melanie says


  119. says

    Oh my gosh what a total blast !!! I am loving getting
    to watch your journey and can’t wait to hear !


  120. says

    Wish I could have been there! I only live about an hour away from where you were shooting, and I had to kick myself for not being able to help– work gets in the way of life sometimes! Looks like y’all had a great time.

    • says

      me, too! i live in alabaster, al!

      congrats, layla, on this project. also, i am excited to hear more about your adoption. we are adopting from china via Lifeline here in birmingham, which could happen in the next few months.

      oooh, also just read the post on your hair. love!

  121. missy says

    How exciting!! Somehow I stumbled across your blog when you FIRST STARTED, and I’ve been reading ever since. So happy for you guys! I’m in Knoxville, which I’m sure you already know is where HGTV is headquartered, so if they pick this up, I’m sure you’ll be here at some point. Hope I get to hook up with you guys and help with a project. I live in an historic district so there are always HGTV trucks over here doing something. Can’t wait to see where this leads you!!!!!

  122. says

    Holy-schmoly – I just now got a minute to catch on my blog reading, and I opened this post to many familiar faces. Patrick was my producer, and Michael was my camera guy while I was with Carter Can. They are the absolute BESTEST of the BEST. Patrick in a fantastic designer himself, and a spot-on director with a great eye for beauty shots. Michael is awesome. You’ll be amazed at what your finished product turns out like. Jenny was the Cali designer, so I never met her, but the construction guys told me how slick she was. She looks so different now. I assume you’re working with Sonny, and Chris, and Dana, and the rest of the gang. They are all true pros, and they definitely know what works for HGTV. And, they think Patrick hung the moon, so they take his opinion to heart. If he loves you, so will they. He’s never produced a show that wasn’t a huge success. That’s how good he is. Will they be staying with the show or were they just brought in to do the pilot? Patrick and Jinny still live in LA, don’t they? And Michael in Denver?

    You’re going to love working with all these people. You’ll get used to the 15-17 hour days quicker than you think, and it’s all worth it.

    I miss those guys! You’re gonna have SO. MUCH. FUN!
    Super-duper congratulations to you both. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that they pick up the show. There’s no reason they shouldn’t.

  123. says

    WOW what a great time you all must have had & all the blogging people who are there to help & friends forged I bet it was a lovely post I really enjoyed reading it, good look with it all I hope you will get a permanent spot on the TV with it! :))))

  124. Theresa in ALberta says

    I popped over from PW’s site…….Yes please tell us when the show will air! Bloggers meet HGTV, LUV IT!!!

  125. Jenny says

    Most random question of the day…my 14 year old son was walking past as I was looking at your shoot pics and wants me to ask what shoes Kevin is wearing…he likey. Thanks and congrats! Hope it gets picked up, I want to see the after pics!

  126. Jenny says

    Thanks! Do they happen to have a style name? The Adidas my son has now are falling apart (and they are new!) his are are Adidas Dragons and he has not found any that he likes as much…until we saw Kevin’s shoes!!!!

  127. Julie says

    I just started reading your blog this week and I love it. I am originally from Montgomery and my parents still live there. Seagrove Beach is my home now. I was so pleased to hear you were from Prattville and now the possibility of a show on HGTV. Good luck with everything and I will keep enjoying your creative and inspiring blog!

  128. says

    Well I don’t know what ever happened with this pilot butbI would have loved to see it as well as subsequent,episodes ( hopefully a series.) I really enjoy your blog and am so mad at HGTV for their complete sellout to the real estate industry. Guess they just decided to thumb their noses at their loyal viewers and just accept and air nothing but dull freebie real estate puffs. Shame on this network for abandoning its mission–and for not putting you or anyone else worth watching on the air in recent years.

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