To Denver And Back

We’re baaaaack and whooo-wee! what a whirlwind of a trip that was!

We pulled back into Prattville just after midnight on Friday night, and I had fun putting together this video full of snippets from the trip yesterday afternoon…

(I apologize for the occasional herky jerkiness- all we had with us was a Flip cam!)

Like I said- Total. Whirlwind! (True story- (sweet) Michelle literally introduced herself through Facebook the day before our trip. Gotta love that social media!)

And as for those meetings in Denver, well, I’m happy to report that they went (Tony the Tiger-style) grrrreat!, and we’re almost all set to film our pilot in September. Just gotta settle on a house, a design plan, and an outfit. Oh dear. That last one gives me hives. (Hi. I’m Layla and I need a wardrobe whisperer!) Ooh! And here’s something else I didn’t have a clue about: Our pilot will actually be episode #1 if the network decides to pick up a full seasons worth of shows. Say, wha?!? This silly rabbit thought it was just gonna be a practice run! Ha!

The creative folks responsible for creating our (potential) show were just as awesome and down-to-earth as can be, and they really made us feel comfortable about the whole (potential) ordeal. They said they really just want us to be ourselves and do what we do, and that they’d be more “fly on the wall-ish” than “all up in our face-ish”. Yesssss!

And we’re really looking forward to working with fellow bloggers, Facebook friends, and Twitter followers if this whole thing happens, too. Sounds like we could be spending several weeks in four different cities around the country, per season, if the show gets picked up. This is all new to us (and that’s a long time to be away from home!), so the thought of meeting up/working with familiar faces (and “voices”!) sounds really amazing/comforting!!

In the meantime, I better get crackin’ on on my Pinterest Challenge project. The deadline is tomorrow morning and I haven’t even started sticking, spraying or shooting it yet! (Hi. I’m Layla and I wait ’til the last minute. A lot.)

PS- Kev got some lovely photos of Ree’s lodge and Hyacinth’s living room to share at some point this week too!

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Comments

  1. says

    Wow! You two must be floating on cloud 9! Life is sending you in a direction that will change yours forever, and you both totally deserve it! Blessings to you guys….I know they will love your work!

  2. Jennifer says

    Oh wow! Congratulations! How and where do I apply for you guys to come to my house first?!!! Cause I desperately need to be on that list! :)

    • Layla says

      Hi Jennifer! I’ll publish another blog post once they start casting for locations! We’d love to come help ya out! :-D

  3. andrea says

    awesome post – my favorite part?? i love PW and seeing the lodge. i love the snippet from the disaster house. but what i love most is the fact that you and your hubby truly enjoy being together and seem to be the very best of friends! precious memories made!! and great days ahead! :)

  4. says

    Aw, great video! Kev reminds me of my husband, playing and singing everywhere he goes! I loved the video tour of the ranch, I wish I would’ve brought a video camera when I went! Glad you guys had a fun and safe trip!

  5. Rae says

    What, no sneek peek of the looooooong room? You guys are so cute together, cannot imagine you not getting your show. I want to road trip with you~~~~looks like you had a lot of fun. Isn’t it great when your hubby is your best friend to hang with?

  6. says

    Layla, I’m so glad everything went well! I’m excited for things to work out with the “potential” show. I really could use you and Kevin over here in up and coming Albuquerque! I’m so not a Southwest decor kinda gal, and I am very much loving what you’ve done over there in sunny Alabama! I can’t wait to see what happens next in your adventures together! Thanks as always for sharing with us :)

  7. says

    Oh my gooodneesssss. You came sooo close to my house – near Bigheart. I cannot believe I missed an awesome chance to meet Layla and Kevin. Argh!!

    Glad you had a good time and best of luck with the pilot!!!

    • Layla says

      Oh, wow! Wish we could’ve met up with you too, Susan! We weren’t there long (18 hrs. I think), but MAN was it a good time! :-D

  8. says

    how exciting for you guys!!!!!! so…if you’re interested – I could TOTALLY help you out in the wardrobe department – because I LOVE fashion, and dressing other people! like, a lot.
    have supermuchfun at home!

  9. Leslie says

    SO enjoyed the video of the trip! I can’t believe you got to stay at Ree’s!!! And I’m super excited about your tv project! Now, for future reference, my house isn’t NEARLY as fancy or spacious as Michelle’s, but if you ever find yourself trekking through rural northeast Louisiana, feel free to drop in and stay over!

  10. Janny A. says

    Layla and Kevin I love seeing how much you enjoy each other! May God bless you with the desires of your heart!

  11. Molly says

    Hi there! I’m a new reader, I love your blog and am so inspired. If you two ever find yourselves in Wisconsin, I would love some help. We live in an adorable 1950’s cape cod with tons of potential but alas we have four kiddos that sort of demand our attention these days. ;). Congrats on the “potential” show!

  12. Rhonda says

    Loved the video :) Always look forward to your posts! I check to see what Layla and Kevin are up to today and you guys never disappoint!!!

  13. Gena says

    Thanks for sharing your road trip! How exciting! I know ya’ll will do a fantastic job with the new show! So looking forward to seeing it! I bet you are so excited to be able to share your creative ideas with everyone! Blessing to you both as you start this new adventure in your life!

  14. SuzyMcQ says

    You two are surely all sunshine and light! I love watching you. Wish you all the best with the new show and sure hope Kevin’s music is a part of it. No one else does what you two do and I can not wait to see what you come up with.

  15. says

    It’s so wonderful to watch all the success you’re being blessed with! Gives the rest of us hope! Y’all have come such a long way! Congratulations! I can help you with an outfit!

  16. Christina says

    I just recently stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago…..I am totally hooked!!! Congratulations on your next big adventure!! P.S. You don’t need any wardrobe help, you are adorable just the way you are! And I too, enjoyed hearing Kevin play. :)

  17. Lisa says

    You must have driven right through my town on your way from Ark City, KS to the ranch. Sedan, KS? Cute little town? Enjoyed your video of the trip!

  18. Claire says

    Recently discovered your blog (via Ree’s)…you rock! Love your work! We finally remodeled our 1970s brick fireplace this weekend using inspiration from your blog. Looks fabulous. Big thank you!

  19. Cyndi B. says

    I just wanted to tell you that you guys are such an amazing couple! You’re funny, talented, and adventurous! You both bring inspiration and so much fun and laughter to the world! Thank you for all you do, share, and for who you are! Best wishes and many blessings to you both! Cyndi B. – UTAH

  20. trish says

    How can we hear more of Kevin. He sounds great!! What is the name of his band…you should do a segment on him and the band…we’d love that!!!!!

  21. says

    Wow so fun!! Sounds like you guys are in for an amazing adventure!!
    I can be your outfit whisperer ( it is what I do :) )
    SERIOUSLY more then happy to help !!! Just email me :)

  22. says

    So glad your trip was a success and you made it home safe and sound. I’m a long time “lurker” from outside of Boston, and looking forward to now being able to watch you on TV…I’ll be able to poke my husband and say THESE are the folks from the home decorating blog I read! :) I always refer to your site when I need inspiration…your style so matches my own. Thanks for that and congratulations on all the success I know you’ll have in the future.

  23. says

    We live in Kansas…and so we all call it Ar”kansas” City! Ha! And same with the Ar”kansas’ River! (:>) When we first moved here from Colorado people quickly set us straight! (:>)

    I loved this video. You guys are so darn cute together. I would watch the TV show!

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

      • says

        Too funny! I was going to tell you the same thing (and Linda, above, is my mama!! LOL!) Oh, and it’s Sal(eye)na, too, ha ha. My first thought was “Why did you stay in Ark City?” But then I realized Wichita might have been sold out due to the Jr. Olympics.

        Loved seeing your trip adventures and sneak peeks. Isn’t it grand being married to your BFF? Looks like you two have great fun together.

        • Kar in Colorado says

          Ha! This KS girl caught the Ar-Kansas-city and Sal-eye-na pronunciations too. I live in Colorado now and married a CO – we have the Ar-kan-saw vs Ar-kansas discussion all the time! :-) Thanks for the fun video!

  24. says

    Oh, girl, what a fun trip ya’ll had!! Loved the video & oh boy, seeing you walk in the lodge took me back a year ago when I got to walk in there myself. I stayed in the middle bedroom! :) Glad you had a great time, can’t wait to hear more about it. I just know your pilot show will be a big HIT!! xoxo

  25. says

    I want you to come to my house and give me design tips. AND, I want Kevin to play his guitar and sing in my living room! :) What a fun life you have.

  26. Beverly Palmer says

    Looks like I may have to get cable so I can watch you guys! Live should be about doing what you love and with who you love. Congrats to you 2!

  27. lucy says

    Good luck!! I know everything will work out as it should for you guys! I wish you only the best!! Can’t wait to hear!
    Lucy

  28. says

    What fun! thanks for taking us along for the ride.
    I love Ree’s lodge. It looks like an inviting place to sit, relax and enjoy family.
    Kev’s music ROCKS!! He sounded awesome!
    We need to hear some more of that. There is nothing like great acoustics.

  29. Allison A. says

    Oh wow! Looked like a fun and exciting trip for sure. How cool was it that you had so many people rally around you guys for places to stay and jobs to do? Love the video. You guys are too darn cute together and Kevin is great on the guitar as well. As far as what to wear…girl you got me. I am HORRIBLE when it comes to putting outfits together. I say give Clinton Kelly and Stacy London a call. hehehe

  30. Kim in MD says

    I LOVE the video! You are Kevin are such a sweet, fun, adorable couple! It is obvious that you adore each other and have so much fun together. I am so happy for your successes, and wow…can Kevin ever sing! He is so talented! You two are just so darn cute!

  31. lee ashley says

    Is it bad that I want to go on a roadtrip now? Through the midwest? In the middle of the summer? Looks like you guys had so much fun…and good luck with the show! *fingers crossed*

  32. Juliet says

    Thank You for sharing!!!!!! A few moments well spent. Love you guys!!

    All the best from California!!

  33. Kim S. says

    Great video! Looks like you had a great trip. I’m so happy that all is going well with the possible new show. I can’t wait to see you both on HGTV!

  34. Aunt Chriss says

    So excited for you! You two have worked so hard to get where you are now. You deserve it!! Watching that fun video made me miss you guys even more than I already was…

    Love and hugs and kisses and hugs and love…always!

  35. says

    Can’t wait to see your new show! And… of course, it’ll get picked up. Can’t wait to add you to my HGTV weekly regular shows!!

  36. Carmen says

    Just curious….do you have any idea where I can find barstools in red like the ones in the photos of “Pi’s House” you showed in the entry? I’ve been searching EVERYWHERE, and it’s crazy that you had them in your entry!!!!

  37. Lori says

    It’s so fun to see this all coming to together for you guys!!! looks like a great trip, having a practical stranger offer up their house is awesome! staying at Ree’s is awesome-er! having HGTV meetings go swell is awesome-est! but road trips are especially fun when the hubby is tired and gets the giggles :-) love it!

  38. says

    So excited for you two. The future holds so much promise for you guys. I can’t wait to watch the show. I have no doubts about it getting picked up!

  39. Melissa Shaw says

    You were in my area! I have been to The Brass Armadillo many times. Wall to wall of eye-catching stuff! I would have showed you the sunburst currently hanging in my living room thanks to your tute. I can’t wait to see more about the show.

  40. Elisha Marie says

    I’m with Jennifer…HOW do I get on the list…yall need to come to my place. 2 three year old boys have left me with no time for anything ….I would say my house if certainly a contender for any sort of “make over the DIY mistakes my husband and I have made” show !!! Love the video very sweet. What an excitng journey for you both ! Congrats

  41. Michele Barry says

    Thanks for sharing the trip! We drove through Pawhuska, Ok on our way to Ponca City to visit family today. My hubby thought I was going to die when we past the entrance to the Drummand Ranch! Sorry you had an interesting time a the hotel in Arkansas, KS. We are not far from there, about 30 minutes. We would have gladly let you stay in our guest room. It would have been better then the hotel! Love reading your blog and can’t wait to watch the TV shows . You do a fantastic job!

  42. says

    Wow, Layla and Kevin what a fun journey the two of you had, thanks so much for sharing. I have to agree with the creative folks. Totally be yourselves, that is what has drawn us all to your blog over the years. We all love the natural sillyness you and Kevin have and your talent is just icing on the cake.

  43. Melanie says

    C= great video! Kevin U play that song like U wrote it- Awesome jam Kevin! My BF, sitting away from the computer, thought it was the video! Thanks for sharing these tremendous endeavors with us. Loved the ranch tour, I’m jealous C= Those hills make me wanna roll down em like ‘back in the day! Try to rest up- soon there will be LOTS to do! I’m TEAM PILOT2SEASON!!! I cant wait!!! They wont get enough of you two from a pilot! The last shot of the pilot might as well already say TO BE CONTINUED!! I need your show to be able to come into apartments and make your magic!

  44. Mary Snyder says

    Layla,

    I have been lurking on your blog for a while not sure I’ve ever posted. Just wanted to say congrats!!! From someone who works in broadcast every day I know what a great opportunity this is and how hard you must have worked to secure it. GO FOR IT!!!

  45. kelly in georgia says

    What a wonderful video that allowed us to “go along for the ride”! Thanks for sharing. You two put some miles on your car.
    I want those red and white chairs in the photo from Hyacinth’s house!! They would be perfect here.

  46. Toni in little town, Ohio says

    It’s so wonderful when good things happen to good people. I love that you & “your man” are so happy together. I know the feeling and there’s just nothing like it– it just makes everything better when you have your special someone to share life’s journey with…& feel free to come to up to Ohio to make over our kitchen/dining room– we need major help! Best wishes!!

  47. Elizabeth says

    Congratulations, Layla and Kevin! I’ve been following you for a while and I’m so happy that God has brought you to this place in life. Continued success to you!

  48. says

    Oh my goodness I can NOT believe you were in Collinsville, IL last week…way cool…It’s about 45 min from me -I’m outside of St. Louis…so neat that you made your way through MO. If you went down HWY 44…it’s right near my house…too bad I wasn’t home. LOL We were on a Mission trip with the local radio station JOY FM 99.1 (www.joyfmonline.org) & Compassion International in Colombia, South America…you could have stayed at my house but with my 21 year old being here half the week…I probably would have been WAY too embarrased. LOL – Michelle has a BEAUTIFUL home!!!

    So happy for you guys…can’t wait to see your first show…WOW – God is SO good!

  49. Kim says

    LOVE the video, especially Kevin’s guitar and singing!!! Wish we could of had you stay at out house when you drove through Salina. Please plan on it if you make the drive again. We would love to have you as our guests.

  50. says

    Hi Layla & Kevin,
    I discovered the wonderful world of blogging not too long ago and you are one my favorites! It’s so cool about the show – I hope it gets picked up! You two totally deserve it. I just hope that doesn’t mean you’ll have less time for blogging (is that selfish of me?). lol
    Congrats!
    Chrisssy

  51. says

    Maybe my fave blog video ever. You two are so normal. Love it.

    Thanks for the tour of Ree’s guest house too!

    I love that you guys stayed in a home of people you don’t know. I’ve done that – I mean, there was a connection but we had never met. Heck, I’m all about saving money and accepting hospitality!

  52. Geri Greco says

    Oh my goodness.
    I am so excited for you.
    I feel like you are stars already.
    I am also lovin that I have a DVR.
    This way I can watch you over and over once you
    get your own show.
    I love to look at jcrew and bananna republic
    Websites for clothes ideas. You are so beautiful
    and always look very natural and put together.
    Dressing up is fun though.
    So glad you are home safely

  53. Sandy says

    I am a new follower in the past few months…huge fan already…and now you are getting your own show!! Loved that you stopped at the Ree’s home!! Love her blog as well.
    Kevin we had a house built with wood floors and high ceilings and I LOVE it when my guys play guitar. That was beautiful…You and Layla are welcome to my home anytime to play guitar!! We are in the beautiful Northern section of Idaho…a great place to do a home make over don’t you think?

  54. says

    OMG! You guys stayed in Collinsville????? That’s where I live! You guys were juuuuust up the street from me! Awww, so glad you got to stop in town though. Did you get to see our “worlds largest ketchup bottle”? Yup, we have one here. LOL And of course props to our shiny Arch! It’s great you guys had a great trip trekking through the midwest in this sweltering heat. :)

  55. says

    I just discovered your lovely blog and I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I’ve just put the finished touches on my new blog ‘Coastal Style’ It will have lots of inspiration on beach houses, resortwear, summer food, travel and anything ‘beachy’. I had a lot of fun putting it together so maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.
    http://coastal-style.blogspot.com/
    x
    Melissah

  56. says

    Loved your mini-movie of your whirlwind trip to Denver… isn’t Colorado wonderful! I live in Kansas and maybe you didn’t know but Salina is really pronounced Suh-lie-nuh and Arkansas City is pronounced Ar-kansas.

  57. says

    Thanks for bringing us along on the trip. Do you two know how lucky you are to work together every day? You make such a great team.

    • Layla says

      Thanks Ann! We’re so happy to be able to work together, and although we never know where our next job will be, we’re having a blast figuring this thing called life out together! :-D

  58. Meghan says

    You two are adorable. I just discovered your website and love, love, love it! I recently made the grueling I-70 roadtrip to Denver myself, having moved here from the Midwest about a month ago. My fiance and I are buying a grand old foursquare home, circa 1905. If you ever find yourself back in Denver, please give me a shout. Will trade food/lodging for a little design advice!

  59. says

    I love, love, love your video… you make me laugh. Kevin’s music is awesome. I can’t wait to see your next adventure.

  60. says

    I am so happy for y’all! You deserve the best and all that comes with it!
    Can’t wait to flip the tv on one day and see you & kevin in decorating action : o )

  61. Jackie says

    Awesome video! I love how you blended the radio song right into the audio track. Also, lovin the bonus Kevin jam session! I’ve re-listened three times already :)
    There’s just something about both of you, that as a viewer, I find very engaging, and I’m certain the network will see that too. Can’t wait to see your show!

  62. Elizabeth says

    Thanks for sharing your trip….good luck with your pilot! My favorite part of your video was seeing and hearing Kevin play, just sitting by himself. Beautiful music.

  63. Bernadette Hair says

    What!? In Denver!!? We are in Colorado Springs! If you ever have to go back, would love to have you here at our place! :) We are about 45 mins from Denver. Enjoy reading and seeing your posts so much, as always. Sending positive thoughts your way!

  64. Stephanie says

    I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and just love it! Did you stop at the Brass Armadillo in Des Moines, IA? If so you were in my town:) You guys have a great thing going on and I very much enjoy following your adventures! Keep up the good work.

  65. Melanie Messer says

    Loved your reflection on footwear and it made me chuckle. I am so excited at the possibility of you guys having a show. I visit your site all of the time for ideas and inspiration and when I need a smidgen of the beautiful in my day! Even though I only discovered you this year, I’m hooked. Please, please, please come to Boston if you’re successful! There are houses here that need your beautiful kind of help.

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