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My 15 minutes of design fame

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.

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.

 

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Charlene, Barbara, Scott and me whooping it up. We were always happy when we were eating and drinking. Photo via Four Houses Canada Facebook.

 

A little friendly competition is good. Photo via Four Houses Canada Facebook.

 

We always ended up in bed together.
We always ended up in bed together. Photo via Four Houses Canada Facebook.

 

Of course, for dramatic effect, our quartet was made up of recreational decorators with vastly different styles and personalities.

 

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Barbara’s style is bold and dramatic. Photo via HGTV.ca.

 

Sweetheart Scott's style is DIY chic and charming. Photo Credit:  via HGTV.ca
Sweetheart Scott’s style is DIY chic and charming. Photo via HGTV.ca.

 

I thought Charlene was my biggest competition with her carefully curated mid-century vibe. Photo Credit:  via HGTV.ca
I thought Charlene was my biggest competition with her carefully curated mid-century vibe. Photo via HGTV.ca.

 

These are the images HGTV.ca highlighted of our house - they call it a "designer inspired romantic home."  Photo Credit:  via HGTV.ca
These are the images HGTV.ca highlighted of our house – they call it a “designer inspired romantic home.” Photos Per Kristianson via HGTV.ca.

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.

Practicing our scoring. Photo Credit:  HGTV.ca
Practising our scoring. Photo via HGTV.ca.

 

Graham and me.  As soon as we got the good news, the Champagne popped and the prize was awarded. Photo Credit:  via Proper Television.
Graham and me. As soon we as got the good news, the Champagne popped and the prize was awarded. Photo via Proper Television.

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.

Live beautifully,

Cynthia

4 Comments

  • Ruth from Vittoria says:

    Hay there woman you have really hit the big time. I thimk we could business with you. Just love the new beauty that you have gained What an eye? Ell TTFN no corrections made, Lve…Love Ruth …………………..xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Thanks so much Christy. It was such a great time and will certainly be a memory milestone.

  • I love Scott!!! Is really charming!!

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