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HGTV: How David Bromstad and Color Splash transformed our master bedroom.

post written on 17 Sep 13 in Family, personal

Years ago, we fell in love with a little-known designer who appeared on the premiere season of HGTV’s Design Star, his name was David Bromstad. We thought (dreamed) that if ever we could get on a show and have someone create a space for us…he was THE one! He won and  “Color Splash with David Bromstad” was born.  We knew we would enjoy watching this transplanted Miamian (via Minnesota) transforming rooms in San Francisco. Fast forward a few seasons, David becomes HGTV’s star and returns “home” to Miami, to start filming here! I don’t know why but for some reason, we/I never applied…though we always wanted too. Two toddlers, not a big enough house, working from home…the excuses NOT to apply went on and on.

Early 2010, a few incidences sparked that little fire again…we found out some clients/friends would be appearing on the show (we needed to sign a release as our photos would appear in their episode) AND our new neighbors disclosed they were finalists for Color Splash!!! Yup. They got on too! Could this be a sign? Was it time to apply? Too late this time, maybe next season.

One day this past spring I was scrolling through Facebook (the power of social media!) and saw that Color Splash was looking for applications! I told Carlos, “this is it, we are going to be on the show!” Immediately, I filled out the necessary information, had my sweet, photographer husband take photos of our dreadful bedroom and sent emails to anyone I thought may help with the initial breakthrough to get into the producer’s hearts and minds! Then it happened. My cell phone rang with a California number I didn’t recognize. Our first interview of many! I was ecstatic but kept telling my freaking-out self to calm down or they will hang-up and never call again. The very next day, we had a producer in our living room, videotaping us, and a guided tour of our home, with a handheld. This was the same producer I met while crashing my neighbor’s Color Splash reno! Oh yah…did I forget to mention that I may have also brought over some chocolate cupcakes for David’s birthday while next door?  And that I loved meeting Patricia: lover of all animals, organic and healthy eating and everything fabulous? And, then there’s Gina, style and glam looks…she’s awesome! Those two beauties have impeccable taste and are the perfect duo next to David! Hands down.

Carlos and I were excited and nervous once we got the thumbs up! We watch all the shows on HGTV and like most friends we know, we giggle and give our opinions on the final outcome of each designer’s “reveal.” “Oh my God, why didn’t they clean up?” “How could they not have painted that panel before being on national TV?” “What color is that?” We started picking our own home apart, thinking of what viewers would say, then, the producers said this, “Real is better…just relax.” OK. A few bottles of Pledge, Windex and floor cleaner later, we relaxed. When it was time, we welcomed the whole crew into our home and into our lives (and they had no issues just moving right in!). We had to be out of our bedroom for about a week and were given a schedule of where to be and when, with the reveal date set, tentatively. The boys had a blast having sleep-overs every night with good friends, as did we, and are very grateful to have such wonderful people in our lives. It was a whirlwind, wrapping up just days before school finished, and we were exhausted. Then, the wait for an air date! We watched OUR show, glued to the TV (to relive every moment and see what was kept, and cut). Loved it. But, as they say, the images on TV don’t do the real room justice. Yes, we’ve made it our own. More photos of the boys, less fresh flowers and more books. It is now a sanctuary. OUR sanctuary.

Have fun looking through our behind-the-scenes photos…we sure had fun taking them and getting to know each of the crew members! HUGE THANK YOU’s to you all! David, Patricia, Gina, Wes, Ming, Adam, Tweedt, Scott, Juan, Carl, Drina and Bridget – you all gave us the master bedroom of our dreams! Your talent, vision, hard work and dedication to putting this together for us will never be forgotten!  And, to the HGTV family in post-production…thank you for the fun, final edit of the episode! You really pulled out the best parts of everything that was filmed. Of course, we can’t forget to thank our hosts Janette, Hanna and Sam; Erica, Hunter and Javier as well as Rick, Diane and Alex. xo

Thank you,

Alison, Carlos, Carson and Cameron

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