Design TV Update – Focus Group

Just wanted to share a quick, design TV-related update here since we finally heard a little bit about what’s going on with that right now.

Apparently, somewhere in Atlanta, a group of randomly-selected folks (called a “focus group”) will be viewing/critiquing our pilot episode today. We have no idea how the whole thing works, but we’re hoping it goes down something like this…


It’s been about a year and a half since we started this totally-new-to-us process, and we’re anxious to finally hear a yay or nay from the folks at HGTV sometime this month. Who knows how things will turn out. Either way, the experience has been a blessing and we’re so thankful that we had our family and our inspiring blog friends with us along the way!

It’s good to have an end to journey towards, but it’s the journey that matters in the end. -LeGuin

You’ve made this adventure more fun (and less nerve-wracking!) and we appreciate you so much!

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  1. kelly in georgia says

    key up the music….I gotta a feeling that today’s gonna be a good good day!
    keeping you all in my thoughts today as you wait in the crossroads of this journey.

  2. says

    so excited for you and kev and all the possibilities the future holds!

    also, i noticed the le guin quote and immediately thought, “ursula le guin? left hand of darkness?” it’s a quote from the jane austen book club. she’s mentioned there and i have never heard her mentioned anywhere else and it was just weird for my pop culture worlds to meet, so to speak. ;) love that quote though!


  3. says

    My Mr has been part of focus groups before and half the people are there for free food and the other half give constructive criticism if necessary. I don’t think you’ll have a proble at all! Looking forward to adding you guys to the DVR! :-)

  4. Itsa says

    I hope they pick it up! I am getting tired of seeing back to back to back episodes of house hunters international! I want to see how real people live!

  5. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Doncha know……….it’s you and Kev who bless us?
    I’ll be singing thru the house today – thinking nothing but very positive thoughts that we all get to enjoy you on HGTV soon! One thing about it – y’all come with one heck of a following.
    Proud of you both – regardless. A show would just be ICING on our cake.

  6. says

    I’m so behind, I didn’t realize that a TV show was in the works! I’m so happy for the two of you & can’t think of a more talented and personable couple to share their talents on television. Keep us updated so that we will know when to tune in!

  7. says

    I hope with all my heart that your show is picked up. Your blog posts, projects, videos and everything else really brighten my day. I wish you all the best, and saying a little prayer!! Much love and continued success to you!!

  8. Gena in Texas says

    Can’t imagine why they wouldn’t say a BIG YES! I’m ready to hit record on my DVR. Ya’ll are the cutest couple and have been such a blessing to everyone who reads your blog – I know you have been to me! So creative and LOVE your style of decorating!
    May God Bless You Both!

  9. says

    I’ve been on the giving end of focus group before, not for a tv show but for retirement plans, and it does sorta go something like that! lol! Good Luck! I hope your show will air soon! I am gonna watch every episode!

  10. Mendy A. says

    Yay – so exited for y’all! Hoping for the best, and I have to agree with others here, HGTV needs fresh stuff – and I can’t think of anything I’d rather see than the two of you! Blessings!

  11. Julie says

    Will surely get my cable works(subscription)) once I hear your Yay! Goodluck and I am sure you gonna make it.

  12. Nathalie says

    I wish I was one of those Atlanta focus group members… cause I would give you a big thumbs up…

  13. Sharon says

    Here’s hoping to the focus group loves you like all your blog followers do and you get a show. If so, I hope I can watch it online because I’m in Canada and our HGTV doesn’t get all the good shows the U.S. gets. I love your style of decorating and would absolutely love to see the two of you on your own decorating show.

  14. Joy says

    Hey Layla! I just wanted to say I love your website and how you share your life so openly with us! I hope the focus groups go well, I know I’d love to see that show. I know that you may never see this comment, but I just wanted to ask where you guys are in the adoption process now? I know it can be a heart wrenching and emotional process, so I understand if you are protecting that process and sharing it mostly within your family. I was just curious to see where you all are at and any tips you may have for people who will be starting this process in the future? God bless!

    • Layla says

      Hi Joy!
      Thank you for checking in with us! :-)
      We’re actually still in the process of tying some things up before we begin the adoption process, and things are so up in the air career-wise right now, we thought we’d better wait to see where we’re going to land before we took another big, new leap! :-D We definitely look forward to documenting our adoption adventures here on our blog as soon as they begin though!

      • Joy says

        Thanks for the update Layla! I appreciate you responding to me. I’ll be praying for you all in that journey!

  15. says

    Hoping, hoping, hoping and wishing, wishing, wishing for you both! HGTV can definitely use a couple that’s as genuinely sweet, down-to-earth AND talented as you guys!!!

  16. debbie rodriguez says

    Miss Layla, there are those of us who don’t have blogs that follow you so you also help non bloggers learn things!! A few years back i was part of one of these groups and was asked to watch a show with Tom Arnold and to give my feedback. I don’t know how they did it but it was on a different tv channel and was raw footage. No background music etc. I wish you the best and hope to see you guys on air soon!!

    • Layla says

      Hi Debbie!
      Thanks for the info on the focus group…that sounds pretty interesting!
      And I hope you know that I meant ALL of our blog friends…readers AND writers! :-D

  17. Jordan Ritchie says

    COME TO MICHIGAN!–and let me know when you do! I will provide you with a house and back yard that need someone to give it some tlc ;) My husband and I are first time home buyers, and we bought a house based on our budget. Needless to say, we have quite the little project on our hands–AKA, we purchased a lemon!

  18. Lisa W. says

    Fingers crossed TOO!!! You both so deserve this. You have done some amazing decorating for others and your home…NICE very nice. AND if it not this time…YOU’RE out there, good things are SURE to come!!! Blessings!!!

  19. kathy h says

    I’m just going to say it….They would be idiots not to pick up your pilot. Seriously. You two have something special. That quirky, down-to-earth sense of humor makes you both quite likable and fun to watch.

    I wouldn’t worry, if they don’t pick you up, someone else will along the way!

      • says

        not really much dirt to give. they pretty much grabbed strangers and asked us to participate in a focus group for new shows. we had no idea what to except, but i was sick and the guy i was wandering around vegas with thought it would give me a nice break to sit for a while. there were about 30 or 40 people in a room with a computer for each. our directions were to watch snippets of different shows and answer at our own pace the questions that followed each. once all clips were viewed we then watched an entire pilot episode of a sitcom. more questions. then they walked us out and fed us popcorn talking to us about television before giving us each a $2 bill and lots of thanks. silly, great fun. easy and painless!

  20. Jane H says

    Sending good vibes your way – I would love to watch your show! You are such a great team, and so loved by everyone in the blog community – fingers crossed!

  21. SuzyMcQ says

    Of course you’re gonna get the show! HGTV needs some fresh new faces, some fun, and clean, practical design and, guess what? You two fit the bill to a “T”. As always, wishing you both the best and thanks so much for giving your hearts and souls and great decorating and renovation advice to your loyal followers.

  22. Bethanie says

    Im going to check as soon as I get home…we are in the burbs of ATL so hopefully we can see you!! Excited!

  23. Bri says

    I’ve got my fingers crossed for you two (not that you need it, I’m sure the pilot it fabulous!). Love you guys!

  24. Sue says

    Layla, they would be crazy not to select you. I love how you and Kevin work together and make everything so fun. That’s what TV and America need more of – shows that feature real people working on a budget and less of Selling New York or Selling LA. The average person would much rather see your ideas I think. Best of luck. I will be pulling for you. I’ve been excited about it since you first blogged about it. It will their loss and America’s if they don’t choose you both!
    Sue in FL.

    • Layla says

      Ha! Thanks, Betsy! I don’t know about an Emmy, but hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to get our hands dirty and make over some rooms with folks this year! :-D

  25. Geri says

    That “group”will be so “”focused” on your amazingly cute, talented,
    Vivacious,funny, sensitive you.
    Prayers and cheers for focus groups.
    Love Geri.

  26. Aunt Chriss says

    I can’t wait to hear all of their wonderful comments about your show!! They will love it!

    Love you <3

  27. says

    I don’t watch much TV, but I would be the first one to tune in to see you two! Oh, I hope every member of this focus group gives you an enthusiastic “two thumbs up”! We’ll all be so excited to hear the news.

  28. Becky says

    HGTV – are you listening??!! The hottest decorating/how-to blog and you still need a focus group to tell you YES??

    I too am disappointed in the last couple of years in HGTV. We are all trying to make the most out of every spare decorating dollar and yet, they continue to focus on vacation homes, selling real estate. We want real people, doing real projects, doing real projects with minimal amount of money.

    Kevin & Layla,
    As everyone has told you, you guys ROCK. Whether HGTV picks up your series, you have already established yourselves. I say GOOD JOB!

  29. Barbara says

    Good Luck! My fingers are crossed for you both! You deserve a great HGTV show! I, for one, will be tuning in!

  30. Deneen says

    That picture still cracks me up! I am so exited for you guys! It was soo much fun to do. I have my fingers crossed that this focus group will see how great this is! HGTV needs you!!!!

  31. says

    Layla – I hope they love it!!! something tells me they will. I predicted you would be a tv star years ago – I’m usually right, rarely wrong. haha!!! Seriously – I can’t wait to watch your new show. I have the faith!!!!!!

  32. Rhonda says

    Oh gosh.. well I’m sure the focus group is going to see the goodness as well all see it.. I mean really what’s not to love and be inspired by? Blessings to you both!

  33. says

    I bet you’re on edge with anticipation. What an interesting experience for you both!

    I just had to comment and tell you that your little cartoon characters of the two of you are adorable. Really cute!

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