TV Talk 2.0

A simple, beautiful building off Elysian Fields.

A simple, beautiful building off Elysian Fields.

We are 3 weeks away from arrival back in New Orleans and I have about a million things to do before then. But also wish I could speed up the clock and make it May 28 already! So much is happening in preparation. 

In casting news, we have had an amazing amount of awesome applications sent in! I only wish we could do every house submitted, because every single one is charming, beautiful and loved by it's owner(s). I want to befriend every person who has reached out and offered up their home, they all seem cool and awesome and obviously have an adventurous streak like me to consider handing the keys over to us! I personally responded to many of the first submissions and have a few coffee dates set up just to meet up and hang out because they literally all have amazing stories and personalities, and I am always up for making new friends! I think we should have the houses chosen shortly and then I can start my design plans.

The best news came in a surprise phone call from one of my favourite people EVER! on Tuesday night. The talented director behind our pilot, Anne, called me to tell me she is our show's show runner! I first met Anne about 3 weeks after my first email from RTR media when she flew out to Edmonton to shoot a 4 minute sizzle reel for HGTV. We spent 2 LONG hot August days shooting houses I was looking at buying and working on my Laurier flip and she made magic out of those 4 minutes. Anne knew how to make me feel comfortable and at ease in such a foreign situation and I whole heartedly trusted her to make things look as pretty on camera as they did in my head.  Then Anne then took a big chance on us and put her life on hold to direct and manage our pilot last year in New Orleans and in those 6 weeks together she went from someone I admire greatly to someone I love and cherish like a sister. I have been mentally preparing myself to do this run without her (I've never filmed anything without her!) and here she and the girls from RTR have been conspiring to bring her. My heart nearly skipped a beat when she told me the news. One of the things you don't see on camera is the bond you have with the behind the scenes team, and I hope that we will have many familiar faces joining us again this run. I spent a lot of long, chaotic days with these special people and having fun and making it feel like a family affair made every day feel like a dream instead of a job. There were a lot of tears at our wrap party when we left last year and I am preparing for a few when we return.

Anne doing whatever it took to get the right shot, including riding in our trunk LOL.

What all do you want us to share as you join us on this adventure? I plan on periscoping from set regularly so be sure to follow me on there if you want to be a part of the action live from NOLA.  

Find the first installment of TV Talk here if you missed it.

TV Talk 1.0

I know I briefly mentioned that we are headed back to New Orleans again in this post a couple weeks ago. I said I wanted to bring you all along for the ride so you can get a feel for just how much work and planning goes into getting a TV show off the ground, and well, here is the first official instalment of just such an update! I can't talk about everything (obviously) but I will happily share everything else, so feel free to ask questions in the comments if you want to know more about anything in particular!

So, we are planning 2 new episodes right now. Why two? Why not one? Why not 10? Well, a LOT of research went into our first episode after it aired and HGTV has decided they would rather have me helping local New Orleanians with their homes! Fun, right? I am so so thrilled with this shift from our original concept of following me and my flips. I mean, I love flipping, but I've actually NEVER managed a renovation or design for a client and while it seems a little crazy to do it for the first time LIVE on camera, I actually can't think of a better time or way to dip my feet in the waters. Because of this shift we got the green light to try out the new concept with two episodes to see how it feels and comes across on camera. And then hopefully we'll get the go ahead for a full 10 or 12 episode order.

The actual steps required to get us on the ground and filming are very extensive and I am so thankful for the many kick ass ladies (and a couple guys) working hard at our production company. These amazing women handle the budgets, approvals, permits and have just started the hiring process for our production team. We also are getting ready to open up casting for the houses we will be working, and our casting director and myself have been talking to homeowners that have graciously reached out thanks to a couple of my super incredible NOLA friends who have spread the news on the low and gotten word out about our return (THANK YOU, M!). Once we lock down our houses and homeowners the pre-shooting design work begins!

I've also been combing through a ton of websites for rental options for us. I know where I roughly want to rent, but am open to maybe being adventurous and living in the Quarter if the right unit came up. But I have Wren already enrolled in a few Summer camps in NOLA and I would prefer to live closer to the area the camps are in so that she can still hang out and play with any friends she makes at camp from the neighbourhood. I'm hoping we'll have something locked down shortly, but short term rentals aren't always easy to find that meet all your needs. 

So yeah, I am thrilled/excited/ready as can be to get down there. Let the craziness begin!