Early last spring my lovely neighbour and friend Annette told me that HGTV Canada was looking for people to be part of a new reality TV series.
The show would be called Four Houses Canada (an extension of the popular series already in the UK called May the Best House Win). The concept is that in each episode four homeowners open their doors to have their homes toured, evaluated and judged by each other. Along the way, there’s lots of humour and good-hearted competitive jabs. The winner gets $1,000 and a feature in Style at Home Magazine.
With Annette and my family’s encouragement (“You have to do this mom!”), I agreed to go through the casting process and, OMG, was selected. With no time for me to get used to the idea that my home and me would be exposed on a national network, I received a call saying they wanted to shoot at my house the next week. Yikes.
Furious cleaning, fluffing and clothes shopping (I needed four outfits) ensued.
I then began to have participant remorse: “What if I made a fool of myself?” “What if they don’t like my house?” “Will I really have anything interesting to say?” “What if the people I have to spend the week with are mean, or worse yet, boring?”
Well, all that worry for naught. I have to say that being part of the show was one of the most memorable experiences I have had. The production crew from Proper Television was a delight and made us all feel like stars. My co-participants Scotty, Charlene, and Barbara were a riot. We hit it off immediately and laughed the entire time.
Of course, for dramatic effect, our quartet was made up of recreational decorators with vastly different styles and personalities.
I’m delighted and humbled that my house-proud pals scored me as the winner of the show which aired this past September. (If you missed it, you can watch it here.) The Style at Home feature should be out any time.
The best part is that my 15 minutes of design fame keeps on giving. I’m amazed and thrilled that fellow recreational decorators recognize me when I’m out shopping and stop me to talk design. So, if you do see me, don’t be shy, I’d love to talk about my favourite hobby with you.