Design TV Update – HGTV

Well, the good news is I didn’t have to spend Valentine’s Day sitting in a jury box. The bad news is, it’s the day we found out that HGTV decided not to go to series with our design TV project.

And even though we’re bummed our pilot episode didn’t turn out to be what they were looking for, we’re so grateful they allowed us the opportunity to give the whole wacky thing a whirl.

The biggest bummer, however, is that we won’t be able to collaborate with blog readers & writers, in person, on a regular basis. We love that kind of stuff, and that was definitely the best part of filming the pilot. A whole bunch of fun folks met up in Suwannee, Georgia, and shared their time & talents, and in just 5 days, we were able to create a colorful, new living room for newlyweds Alex and Emily Morrison, together…

It was so nerve-wracking/fun to reveal it to them on day 5!

Anywho, our production company *may* try to pitch the show to a couple of other channels, but we’re just going to keep on, keepin’ on- doing all the things we’ve loved doing all along: creating art & photographs, writing music & books, and blogging about whatever tickles our fancy, and tugs at our heart strings.

And as always, we’ll continue to bust out our video camera to document our own “indie” style renovation adventures, too!

Thanks so much to everyone who encouraged us on our design TV journey. It was a wild ride, and we feel so blessed to have had the chance to experience it!

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  1. Bonnie says

    And I agree with the comments about HGTV. Perhaps because real estate is bad they are promoting all of the “Selling shows” but I do not understand how showing all of these million plus home sales in NYC or LA , helps or encourages anyone. HGTV was founded on decorating and I would love to see it get back to that. Your pilot show and decorating style is exactly what HGTV needs.

  2. Carrie says

    I”m so bummed!!! I absolutely ADORE this living room and would have loved to have seen how you put it all together!! I just found your blog – and I’m hooked! Thanks for everything that you do :)

  3. Darcy says

    I would DIIIIIEEEEE for this room! Please come redecorate me house… PU-LEASE!!! 😉 I sent you a message recently about wanting to order one of your prints…I haven’t heard back. You have a number 3 that I want to buy (it is my FAVORITE number, always has been, and I’m actually a little obsessed with it….even more so now that I have triplets; that was NOT on purpose, btw, I’m not THAT crazy about it – lol) and I’m not sure what, if anything is printed outside the red box. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! Darcy :)

  4. Kim says

    You guys are so amazing, There must be something bigger and better in the pipeline for you. HGTV’s loss, that’s for sure. Like many of your other fans, I quit watching HGTV because I am sick of the Property Virgin type shows. Give me some TLC! Keep doing what your are doing! Blessings!

  5. says

    so sad to hear this! HGTV really could have used a show like yours…i’m so tired of all the real estate and decor shows that never seems to showcase and vintage or cottage style! best wishes to you on everything else you are dreaming up :)

  6. Darcy says

    And would you mind sharing where you got this coffee table, please? darcyrv (at) hotmail (dot) com Thanks :)

    • Layla says

      Hi Darcy!
      We had the coffee table made by the fine folks at Southern Accents in Cullman, Alabama! :-)

  7. dianne says


    I am so sorry HGTV does not have the common sense to know a good thing when they see it. I used to have HGTV on all the time…not so much anymore. Everything is repetative. I actually wrote them a long email recently telling them that enough is enough with the “house selling” shows. We need some inspiration to help us now that we have moved.

    That is where you come it. You have inspired me so much. I have learned a lot and found so many creative ideas. Hope this does not sound too wierd but…I kinda have a girl crush on you…and Adele.
    Keep doing what you do. You do it so well.

    Thank you so much,


  8. Melissa says

    Hi – Can someone please tell me the paint color in this room? I see that some others asked as well, but I couldn’t find a response. I am repainting my family room and would love to use this color! Thank you!!

    • anna says

      I used to love HGTV but as many others have pointed out it is becoming stale with the same shows like house huntes or mediocre design shows…..not enough good home decorating as it used to. That room was very pretty, you did a great job. Sorry for the news however, I truly believe things always happen for a reason. Likely, there is something better in store for you. I’ll be waiting and watching! =)

  9. says

    I was so disappointed to see HGTV turn you down! Are they crazy? Who the heck is doing their programming??? Somebody who has shares in House Hunters and Property Virgins no doubt (if I see one more person whining about granite counters I may scream!!!!). Sigh, well, let’s hope they read all of our responses and have a rethink. I, for one, am going to email them and ask them to seriously reconsider.

  10. lynda says

    Truth is, HGTV is losing viewers due to too much House Hunting crap. I’ve stopped watching HGTV because of the shows-it’s nothing but house hunting in an economy that can’t buy a house. So not being selected is probably the best thing to happen to you guys.

  11. Margot says

    Well, maybe they will change their minds! I love your style and I wish I could afford you to re-do my house! Best of luck ~ Margot

  12. Belen says

    Love everything about this room! Can you tell me the name of the paint color that was used?