Friday, May 30, 2008

Oh, what a fun day!

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The HGTV crew was here today.  Actually it was just Dan...A one-man show but boy did he know what he was doing!  He's just a few years older than my son.  I was so impressed with his professionalism at such a young age!  Here I am (awful picture) in front of the camera. I was still very nervous at this point.  I started to relax a little as we got into it more.

Here's Dan setting everything up.  Below are some photos of my apartment with all the great lights set up.  (click on the photos to enlarge)


I had so much fun doing this and I am so happy that I went outside of my comfort level in order to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!  It was such a great day and I will never forget it.   Lauren came home from school just in time to see the last part of the filming.  I think she really enjoyed seeing it.  She told me she would never be able to what I did which really surprises me because she is a lot more outgoing and social than I am!  She had the opportunity to be on camera with me but declined from the beginning.  


I ended up not setting the table because I was told there would be video of me looking at my laptop at the HGTV Rate my Space site so I thought I should leave the table clear.  We ended up shooting it with me sitting in a chair in the living room.

The show will air sometime in the fall.  That is a long wait, but I'm sure it will be here before we know it!  

106 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Your home looks gorgeous. You are such an inspiration to me. I will be painting my ugly dining room hutch this summer...Inspired by you!

Carla said...

Congratulations on your shoot, Cindy. Your home is lovely, warm and inviting and I am so glad your creativity is being celebrated. You should be proud of yourself for stepping outside of your comfort zone, too. I love blue and white as much as you do so your blog has been absolute eye candy for me since I discovered it in the magazine. Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us bloggers. I look forward to seeing the show. Carla

Tara said...

Cindy

what a great day for you! You look great and your apartment just fabulous! I am so glad you shared this and can't wait to see your siring! Congrats to you--job well done!
:0)
Tara

nwalker said...

Congratulations! Everything looks so pretty. You are a very talented lady and I love seeing what you are working on. I have several projects going right now and thanks to your help I have learned so much....thank you.
Nancy

Donna said...

How exciting! Congratulations, I'm sure your home looks just lovely on camera. I can't wait to see the show this fall.

StitchinByTheLake said...

What fun this must have been for you. Your home is just beautiful and I know your friends and family must feel so relaxed and welcome there. Congratulations!

Kelli @ Vintage Vavoom said...

Sounds like it was very exciting! What an experience! The apartment looks great in those pics. I'm happy to be able to see it all from a distance.

It will be here in no time. Are they going to let you know before it airs??

Kelli

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Cindy, way to go! For stepping out of your comfort zone and doing it! I know it was a lot of work and stress for you...but your home looked wonderful! Congratulations!

CraftTeaLady said...

Oh congratulations! I have been following your blog for a number of months and love what you do and share! All that wonderful-ness in an APARTMENT!?! WOW! That is amazing!

Susan said...

Your home is so pretty. I can't wait to see the show when it comes out. Congratulations on this opportunity.

Susan from the Little Yellow House

marylou said...

What a fabtabulously wonderful honor for YOU;) All your hard work in searching for the perfect decorating item in each nook of your home has certainly paid off;)
So happy for you!!
Everything is beautiful, just like the lady of the house;)
Hugs, Marylou ^-^

Stephanie said...

Hi CIndy! Oh how fun for you!! It has been exciting to watch your preparations! Can't wait to see it this fall! Your home looks absolutely dreamy in all the photos! And you are a doll!!

Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Adrienne said...

Oh I am so glad you enjoyed your day. What a great experience! Your home looks like it should be featured in a magazine and a TV show - the whole thing, not just part of your wonderful place. I'm anxious to know when the show will air. I know you'll tell us. ~Adrienne~

Tammy said...

Congrats!! You and your home really deserve to be showcased in this way. You are very talented.

Tammy

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

Your home looks so beautiful. What an honor for you-you must be thrilled. Congratulations!
chris p

Anonymous said...

I'm truly happy for you and the pictures look perfect!

~elaine~

linda said...

What an awesome experience...let us know if they tell you when it will air. I can't wait to see it.

paperjunk-lc said...

Cindy,
I'm so happy for you! This is a great accomplishment!!

Mary said...

Oh Lord, Cindy, your house looks AMAZING!!! I'm so glad to hear everything went well today. My computer has died, so I've been kicking my daughter off hers all day so that I could check your blog for an update. LOL

Now you can put your feet up and relax -- maybe even get Lauren to make dinner for you. After all, celebrities have people to do that sort of thing for them! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo,
Mary

Debbie said...

Oh Cindy, I'm so glad you were able to enjoy the shoot. Good for you for stretching yourself! I look forward to seeing you on the tube, and can say "Hey I know her!" sort of.Your house is lovely! Congratulations!
Debbie from homewithhospitality@yahoo.com

Nancy Jane said...

So glad that you were able to relax into enjoying the taping! I am on file for future consideration, which means that I can go back to the house projects that have been put on hold. Spent today in the gardens trying to catch up and you have inspired me to try painting some furniture! Can't wait to see your episode. Congratulations...Nancy aka "Ladyinthehills"

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

WOW! It is so true what a life time experience! I love when things this good happen to people who are so wonderful. Thank-you so much for letting us be a part of this wonderful experience! I think that it was so neat how you had blue on and that it matched with your home.You and your home looked amazing.
Thank-you again,
ginger

Alison Gibbs said...

Cindy congratulations. Of course we all knew you would do a fabulous job.
Alison

Elizabeth G. said...

Oh, your place is soooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing this story and the wonderful pictures. How inspiring!

Elizabeth

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Wow, wow, wow, wow.

I can imagine you are tired after all of this. You looked good. And you home as always looks really put together.
Can't wait to see it in the fall. Who was taking the pictures of all of this if it wasn't you ?

Now sit back and have a glass of white wine and pat yourself on the back dear girl. It take a lot out of you when you do things like this. I use to travel with a singing group years ago and it was exhausting to say the least and that was in front of hundreds of people.

Well done you.

Ciao
Glenda

Anonymous said...

Your home looks gorgeous, congratulations!! I love the 3 tier cake stand on your dining table. Would you mind sharing where you purchased it please?

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Cindy, I am so happy for you and I know you must be relieved that it's over. I am just so proud of you for getting out of your comfort zone for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Who knows what else it could lead to.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Cyndi said...

I'm so glad you were able to enjoy the experience. I can't wait to see the show!

Cyndi

Laurie Anne said...

Hi Cindy,
Your place looks amazing. Congrats on a successful shoot. I just have to ask about the quilt you have over the arm of your wicker chair. Who is the maker?? I have been looking for a quilt for my daughter and it is just what I'm looking for. It is sooo pretty.
:0)

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Oh know ...I thought that was a picture of the HGTV host you look BEAUTIFUL....I so glad it was fun for you..... we are all so proud of our darling Cindy... your home is amazing

Blue Castle said...

I'm so glad that everything went well for you. I was just thinking "today's the day". Thank you for posting so quickly about how everything went. Your home is truly beautiful. You have done amazingly well.

Shelia said...

Cindy how wonderful you look and your home is so beautiful. I enlarged the pix and I felt like I was in your home! How exciting for you today must have been. I'll bet you'll sleep really well tonight. Again, I want you to know yours is the very first blog I had seen. You posted one of your beautiful room on RMS and mentioned your blog. Blog? What's a blog, I thot. You got me hooked. Congratulations! and so glad your talent will be showcased on TV! Hey, I know someone famous! Blessings, ;)

Red River Interiors said...

Cindy:

I discovered your blog last week and am so impressed by your talent and home....It's lovely and you work a full time job!! When do you have time?
I will look for that HGTV program in the fall so please keep us posted.
I will be in San Jose in a few weeks. Although it's my hometown(SJSU forever)I haven't lived there in 20 yrs. Where are some great places I can find vintage keepsakes for cheap?
Thanks... Fay

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! You´ve made it!!
Now weekend has come and you can relax!
Sabine

Debbie Kay said...

Sweet Cindy:

So happy for you and excited that it is finally "on film" or "tape" or "video" or whatever it is they use to make these shows. You look beautiful in the pics, and I can't wait to see the show....

Love as always to you,

Debbie Kay

One Woman's Cottage Life said...

This is so exciting, Cindy! I can't wait for fall..I'll be looking for you!

Simply Me Art said...

Congratulations Cindy, How Exciting...Can't wait to see the show... Jamie

row. said...

Congratulations! wow u are brave! but with such a beautiful home to be proud of. I can't wait to see it.

Angela said...

I am so, so happy for you Cindy! These may be some of the best shots I've ever seen of your home, I've never seen these angles before!

I am also proud of you for stepping up to the plate and getting comfortable on camera, I would have been nerve wracked! Did you sleep at all last night? I can't wait to see this show.

Congrats on everything!

ceekay said...

So glad you posted tonight. I was thinking about you all day...wondering how it went. Yeah...what an accomplishment!

Gail McCormack said...

Good on you Cindy!!! I bet that was an experience you'll never forget. I hope there's some sort of link I can watch the TV show via the internet, we won't have it televised over here in Australia

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

The home looks wonderful and I think you looked great too! This sounds like such a fun experience!

Michele said...

YAY!!! How fun!!! I can't wait for the Fall to see you on film!! I think you look really pretty in the picture, too, and your home is awesome!!!!

Michele
luvkittysmeowmail@gmail.com

Betty Jo said...

Congratulations Cindy! Your home is so gorgeous. I can't wait to see it on HGTV. xoxo

Beverly said...

Everything looks just lovely - and that includes you.

I can hardly wait.

A Hint of Home said...

How exciting for you and a great opportunity. Your home is beautiful. You'll always have those memories to reflect back on.

Keep us posted on the air time of the show.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Cindy!
What a great day for you! You deserve it so much!! AND you look fabulous!
Hugs Sherry

Joyce Mineer said...

How exciting for you, Cindy! Be sure and provide the video link/tv airing time when you know it so that we can check you out live!

Cindy said...

Hi Cindy, your home is decorated so nicely and gorgeously! I like many of your collections! He he..

You look great in the photo! :)

mgster said...

Good Job! I will definitely be looking forward to seeing the show!

Ms Mick said...

What a wonderful experience for you, especially stepping outside of your comfort zone!!! I know that feeling. You are a beautiful and talented woman and your home looks absolutely beautiful, but at the same time cozy!!! Congrats on the HGTV show, who knows you may be having your OWN show one day! You sure deserve it!

heidi said...

hi cindy ~ good for you! as soon as i saw the camera, it made me a little nervous. lovely home you have created!
xo heidi

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,What a marvelous opportunity for you to the hgtv show, they are the best show on t.v.you looked really nice & relaxed!home looked fantastic as usual, you really have an eye for decorating. best regards, Cindy- fl.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, how fun, Cindy! I know it was a great experience for you and I'm happy you got it.

Rhoda

Connie said...

Fantastic, my little chickadee!! Absolutely fantastic and especially for an apt. Being from the bay area I know those apts. in SJ area!! Yours is exquisite.....
Smoochies,
Connie

Laura said...

WOW! Cindy you look great and your apartment looks beautiful!!! I am so happy for you that you were able to experience this. Can't wait for the fall! Im off now to paint a gold plastic mirror with cherubs my husband found at the thrift store last week.. we will be following your directions every step of the way!


Laura

joan said...

How much fun is this Cindy?? Congrats!! Let us know the exact date and I'll watch for sure. By the way, you look great in that photo.

Debbie from NJ said...

Hi Cindy!

I was so excited to hear how things went. Glad you decided to go through with it. Everything looks beautiful including you. Now at last you can relax. Have a wonderful weekend!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

How wonderfully fun~! You have a beautiful home and deserve this wonderful honor....
Penny

Anonymous said...

Your home is so pretty. Looking forward to seeing the show. Glenda/MidSouth

LW said...

Congratulations!!!!

Everything looks so wonderful, Love your place…

Louise

Anonymous said...

And you worried! You had a wonderful day and your home is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations. Diane

Sharon said...

What wonderful pictures of your home. It's great that you decided to do that. Congratulations, you are such a talented, hardworking person.

Lynne Laura said...

Cindy,

How exciting for you! I can't wait to see the show...loved both your table settings by the way.

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Suzanne said...

Congratulastions! I have been following your blog for a few months and am very impressed with your style. I am a blue and white fan and love your collection. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

Shari said...

I am so glad you had this fabulous opportunity and it ended up being enjoyable for you. However...details. We need details! What time did Dan arrive? How long did the shoot take? Did he film anything besides your armoire? Did he ask you scripted questions on camera or did you just ad lib? Our inquiring minds need to know this stuff so I hope you'll post more info about your experience for all of us who will probably never be TV stars! :D

P.S. You look adorable, btw...all color-coordinated with your apartment, in your blue & white!

OKGardners said...

I'm so happy you survived this. I could never do it.

You have a beautiful home and I can hardly wait to see it in the Fall. Keep us informed as to when it will air. You did a great job on your house.

Betty in Oklahoma

aj said...

Cindy-I'm so excited for you!!! Can't wait to see you on TV:)
AJ

Joanne Kennedy said...

Well all your hard work and cleaning sure paid off. You place is beautiful. I also think you look lovely and picked the perfect outfit.

So tell us more! What did you talk about? Did they go in your bedroom? Your kitchen? Outside? How long is the piece going to be? Oh I want to see it now!

So you have been written up in magazines and now you are a tv star. Maybe next you will be on the big screen! Never know!

I hope you are feeling better today too.

Now you can relax and then get to work on your bathroom.

Hugs to you,
Joanne

jusdealem said...

Congrats! So exciting. I know that was not easy for you, but you did it! And looked great! Can't wait to see the show. :)

Sweet Designs said...

Congratulations, you looked wonderful and of course your home was fantastic too. I am so glad you did the show, it will be so worth it.
Hugs, Judith

The Liberty Belle said...

Warmest congratulations to you! I'm wishing you all the best!

TinaTx said...

Looks like it was a wonderful day! Your home looks so beautiful. Can't wait to see it on tv!
Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Oh how I envy you your beautiful hair. And your home is lovely too.

Anonymous said...

Cindy, not much left to say but I wanted to join in with the gang and say congrats..You looked so lovely and you were dressed in blue and white. Even you clothes matched you home. Way to go girl. Remember...."God is in the details" and you never miss a lick. Take a deep breath and enjoy the weekend. Patty Ann

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Everything looks perfect including you. I'm so happy for you and anxiously awaiting for the show! Hugs, Kelly

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh my gosh Cindy, you look so cute, I love your hair! Your house looks absolutely GORGEOUS in these pictures!!!! I am so excited for you! It is my dream to either be in a magazine or on HGTV!!!!

Hugs,
Amy

Heather said...

You look beautiful! And I love how your outfit goes with the colors in your home! Your apartment is gorgeous anyway and with all the lighting everything shows up so well! Thank you for taking us along on this once in a lifetime journey with you!! Please keep us updated as to when the show will air! You are gonna be a celebrity!! :) Congratulations!!
-Heather :)

Jan~Feather Your Nest Antiques said...

Couldn't wait to click on your blog to see how everything went on Friday. This fall is a long time to wait, but I'll definately be watching . . .

Janet said...

Can't wait until fall Cindy. I guess that is what my Grandmother used to call "wishing your life away"!

Janet

Ashley said...

What a great accomplishment!! Congratulations!!!! Wonder what oppoptunities might be around the bend???!!!

Vicki T said...

WAY 2 GO!!! I can't wait to see the show! May I have your autograph?

Vicki

restyled home said...

What fun!! I can't wait to see the show (I hope it airs in Canada), and your home looks gorgeous!! Way to go, Cindy!!

Fran said...

I can't wait till the fall! Your home is beautiful and certainly an inspiration to many of us fellow bloggers.

Fran

Linda aka yellowroseli said...
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Linda aka yellowroseli said...

Congratulation to you. I know you must have been so excited. What a great honor.
I just love your home.
So warm and welcoming.
Too bad you live so far, I would come for tea, lol
Have a Blessed Weekend.

JoJo said...

Cindy, Congratulations!!! The photos of your home are beautiful and I can't wait till the program airs.

Jojo

Bonnie said...

Thank you for sharing so much of your home with us. Congratualtions on the photo shoot. Your home is beautiful. You inspire me to do things in my home that I would have never thought possible. I love reading your blog and can't wait for the next entry. Bonnie

KJ said...

How very cool! What a blessing!

KJ

Artsy Etc. said...

That is totally awesome, Cindy. You certainly deserve the recognition. You are absolutely amazing.

You have inspired me to transform my home back a cozy and warm-feeling place to live, erase some sad memories and help me start living again.

A little over a year ago, my husband passed away after a lengthy illness of 7 years. During that time, my world stood still, my creativity ceased, fear and stress engulfed me and I didn't care what my house looked like.

Finding your blog has inspired me to transform my little rental from sad and neglected to a place I look forward to coming home to after a long day at work. This is a big step to moving forward with my life.

Thank you for sharing your talent!

Congratulations on becoming an HGTV star! Be sure to let us know when it airs!

Thanks!

Shelley

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the shoot.You have such a sweet and welcoming home.I am a recent admirer of your blog,having come over from "Roses coloured glasses".I have been scrolling down your previous posts and came across the "Lemon Drop Jar" post(Aug 01,2007) where you mentioned that you were saving up to purchase the Christine Widman book of the same title.Out of curiosity I clicked on the Amazon link and lo and behold there were two used and loved books for sale at $9++.Just thought I'd let you know,in the off chance that you were still interested.I wish I could purchase it myself but they don't deliver to my neck of the woods and the courier charges incurred are exhorbitant to say the least.
Your home although designed on a budget is anything but.It is my ideal of homey,comforting and cosy.Keep up the fabulous job.
Angela
(an admirer from Malaysia,a country sandwiched between Singapore in the south and Thailand in the north)

Carousel222 said...

So fabulous! I am so happy for you, and glad you excepted the opportunity to share your home with the many fans of HGTV and all your blogger friends. I can't wait to see this episode, and I will be sure to record it. The pictures are great, and really show off your beautiful home. Congratulations !

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Congrats Cindy, I'm so glad you had such a good day. Can't wait to see the show. Your home looks really great and shows all of your hard work. Thank you for your inspiration to all of us. Have a blessed day. Bonnie

Carolyne said...

Ab.so.lute.ly adorable!! Both you and your home! There are going to be thousands of us *cheering* for you when this finally hits the airways.....Thanks for bringing us all blog joy. You are so inspiring.. :-o))

maria said...

Cindy, your home is so lovely. I wish you could come do mine. You have such a talent. Congratulations, I can't wait to see the show.

Marilyn said...

Cindy! What a wonderful opportunity. Congratulations! You really have a talent for putting things together and having a beautiful outcome. Can't wait for the show!

Cheryl said...

How fun and exciting! Can't wait to see you in your HGTV debut! Your home is just lovely.

Kimberly Y said...

Yay! I'm so glad it went well! Your home looks great and I can't wait to see the show!

Fat & Sassy said...

Your home is so beautiful...congratulations on this opportunity others only could wish would happen to them. I totally love your taste...well done my friend.

Marilyn said...

Cindy,

Sometimes you just have to face down your fears in order to grow! You did exactly that! :-)

Your home is exquisite and I can't wait to see it on HGTV.

Lady Pamela said...

Cindy, I just love your home. Even just looking at the photos it makes me feel calm and welcome. If you ever come up to BC I would love you to come and help me decorate mine. You are the BEST!
Pamela

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy that all went well. Your place looks great. I'm looking forward to watching the show!

Susie Q said...

I am so thrilled for you Cindy. I know I am behind but I did catch the photos on Flickr! Then I hopped straight over here to see all about it! Your home looks gorgeous (as always) and so do YOU! : )
I am proud of you for stepping into this new world and having fun with it! I can not wait to see it on TV.
Congratulations on all the excitement!

Love,
Sue

Bettsi McComb said...

Cindy, congratulations! I love HGTV and I think Rate My Space is extremely cool. How awesome that you were chosen for this! I can't wait to see the show.

Rue said...

Hi Cindy :)

Your home looked GORGEOUS!! So did you! We're always our worst critics, but you really did look beautiful and I can't wait to see you and the house on TV. I'm so happy for you sweetie :)

Off to read more....
hugs,
rue

Crossroads Cottage said...

How exciting! Your home looked great on photo shoot day. I can't wait to see the show! I don't think I can wait until the fall!