One of the many benefits of being an Active Rain member is that we have media opportunities come our way that we might not have found otherwise. This happened to me when I saw an AR post from HGTV's production company that mentioned their show 'My First Place' would be filming in Portland, Oregon and they were looking for first-time homebuyers.
Although I wasn't a first-time buyer, I realized that this was an opportunity to do some design work for the show. I commented on the post and then followed up with the show's production company. This led to a few phone interviews, a review of my portfolio, followed by a contract to do all the design work for five episodes of their Portland shows!
The first episode I did the design work for airs on April 2nd at 8am Pacific time /11am eastern (check your local listings for times on the HGTV channel); it's titled "Quick Bid on a Bungalow." Here is the storyline:
"Portland Oregon newlyweds Troy and Linea hope their first place will be a Craftsman Bungalow. They find a new build in a Portland Oregon Craftsman style that Linea is ready to bid on, but cautious Troy wants to do a little more research. When they discover that another bidder wants the house, they are pressured to bid immediately, so they actually make an offer that's more than the asking price to be competitive. While that tactic lands them the contract, an inspector turns up trouble in the backyard. Tune in to see how it all comes together!"
This photo is a "sneak preview" of the design we came up with as a Housewarming gift from HGTV for this fun young couple; we had the sofa, chair & ottoman custom-made for them at a local furniture manufacturer, based on the colors and style they liked. Check out their cute little dog "Peanut" at the end of the show, as he dances around the new area rug and his new leopard-print dog bed! The new homeowners loved their first place and their new living room furnishings :-))
This "final" design is the one we did for these first-time home buyers
The next episode of our design work airs on HGTV April 24th, "Deadline to Find a New Home"
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