They say you don’t know someone until you work with them…
I say you don’t know someone until you end up in a dusty lot in a remote part of Texas with them, charged with the task of styling a house for a tv show in less than 48 hours ~ and the house is filthy, unpainted and completely unfurnished.
That was the situation my dear friend Anita of Cedar Hill Farmhouse & I faced last fall.
We know each other much better for having shared this adventure.
I know now Anita isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, is a pro behind the wheel of a jeep and is a skilled walkie-talkie operator. What I already knew, that the she is a hard worker, resourceful and a top notch decorator, has been underlined. She all that and a bag of chips as they say.
Our adventure began with a phone call from a producer of the the DIY Network’s Texas Flip & Move asking for us to help style a house. Shortly thereafter, I landed in Texas and jumped in Anita’s truck. 48 hours or so later she was driving me back to the airport.
During the intervening hours we took a house from shambles to styled, laughed a lot, missed a few exits (due to me talking rather than navigating), got sore muscles from the heavy lifting and sealed our bond of friendship.
Episode 904 of Texas Flip & Move aired on April 27th. Have look. You won’t see us on camera ~ I think we were moving too fast in order to get the house done to be captured on film! We were the ghost decorators – a’la Cyrano de Bergerac.
The paints had been selected by the producer so we had to find a palette that would work with the colors. Not an easy task with what was on hand & our meager budget.
On the lot there is a pillow room & trinket room to find textiles and decor. The furniture is spread all over the giant lot in and around the other houses. So we started with a tour, bouncing around in an open jeep with a pad of post-it-notes to tag the pieces we wanted for our house.
In the above photo you can see we were still working on that leaning bookcase. Another trip back to the trinket room to fill that last shelf.
Here is Anita welcoming you to our humble abode. Careful ~ the first step is doozy!
As you can see, they weren’t exactly ready for us to decorating on that first day.
With the time ticking we decided to stage everything we wanted in the house behind ours so when the paint was well, almost dry we could bust in there & get styling.
Here is Anita, walkie talkie in hand, inside the pillow room. That giant pile of grays, mustards & blues was coming with us.
After finding all we could on the lot, we headed to the nearest off price shops.
Near is not really near, this was Texas after all and it is big. Scoring some diamonds in the rough we loaded up and headed back to the lot to drop off our finds.
Upon returning we had hoped for more progress on our house, but yikes – no kitchen yet!!
Next day we got to work bright & early.
Day turned to night and the little house turned from shambles to, dare I say, quite stylish!
Work we did…
By nine pm we could have fallen asleep in the bedrooms, except for the appliances were still being installed!
We left just in time to slip into the one restaurant in many a mile that was still open.
Thank goodness for that waitress who let us in 5 minutes before the kitchen closed!
Our adventure involved so many things I love: transformation, working with what you’ve got, making beauty where there isn’t any AND of course, friendship.
** Kelly **