So. Flash back to just a few days ago.
Remember when we were all psyched about designer Lauren Liess’ HGTV pilot?
They named it Best House On The Block.
Her book is called HABITAT / A Field Guide To Decorating.
You can buy a signed copy (it’s good) on her website.
I just went to her website, but there was no mention of whether HGTV
was going to pick them up for an entire season.
While we wait for good news, let’s look at + judge my bad photos of the TV screen!
Here are the lucky homeowners:
Their 60’s brick ranch was in a neighborhood filled with identical brick ranches.
They had $60 grand to spend on their re-do, + here’s what they were getting:
I’m always surprised at the amount of money that’s allotted for painting on HGTV.
That’s why you do the painting YOURSELVES, you whippersnappers!
Seriously. I am going to insist that you get off my lawn.
But first, this, speaking of paint:
Raise your hand if you knew they were going to paint their brick.
That makes G.O. cross, but I’m usually on board.
I failed to take many before or during snapshots, because who cares, really?
Ha! I “kid”!
Here’s one before look at the back door + stairway to the basement.
Lauren was able to level that area by reversing the basement steps!
Here’s a good look at it in the after floor plan:
In real life:
You can also see that they removed the wall between the kitchen + family room.
How I love the black cabs with the warm wood counter tops!
Everything’s so wonderfully staged!
THAT GINORMOUS WALL O’ WINDOWS!
Yes, it’s unconventional to put the stove under the windows,
but I think those are fixed + not made to open.
WOW, that’s a stunning stove, isn’t it?
The exhaust fan is probably along the back.
Did all this black + warm wood remind you of this house boat from Fixer Upper?
If you’d like to see more of it, check out my blog post devoted to it.
The island is custom made with old barn wood.
Lauren + her husband, David, went to a reclaimed lumber business in Virginia.
The boards they chose came from an old barn that was built just after the Civil War.
Come ON, though!
Look at her! How stylish is she?
Back to the island:
Wait. What is that artwork in the family room?
Lauren foraged for botanicals in the homeowner’s wooded back yard,
gathering enough to press, frame + hang multiples in a grid.
This is one of her signature “looks”, + I love it!
Here is a view across that new basement staircase,
from the new dining room.
Homeowner hubby, David, is inspecting the new shelves
Lauren designed for their daughter’s toys:
The couple already owned the round Saarenin “tulip” table,
+ Lauren added a few pieces to make the dining room complete.
I’m glad to see that pairs of lamps are still a thing.
Here’s a photo of the after front exterior.
Some asbestos was discovered in the kitchen,
+ it cost $3000 to be removed.
As you can see, they took that amount from the furnish + style fund.
I really loved the show, didn’t you?
Fingers crossed there will be more episodes!