A while back, I mentioned that I was hired as a set decorator for a tv show. Well my episodes have aired so I can share them. The show is enough already with peter walsh and it’s all about clearing clutter (one of my favorite things). They found people with serious issues around stuff (not as bad as hoarders, it wasn’t gross, it was just messy and full) and peter confronts them and helps them work through their issues as they purge their things.
While he’s doing that, I worked with the art director (Hi Mike!) to design the ‘after’ or ‘big reveal’ so we didn’t deal with sorting their things, just putting them back. We basically had 4 days to pull 2 rooms together. It was madness, I was exhausted, but loved it. I had great great help from Morgan and Heather and the whole swing team. A special shout out to Barry, Peter’s organizing right hand man who brought so much personality to the set it made it seem like I was less tired than I was.
Here’s the Glendale House (or the house where peter seriously met his match) before:
(the clock is above a fireplace that you can’t see)
The house belongs to a couple in their mid 30′s with 2 young kids. It’s a great mid century house in the hills in glendale so that’s where we got a lot of inspiration. The husband is an architect and the wife works in PR so we wanted to give them a place where they could show off and entertain. We took it a little more design-y because we thought they’d get it (they did not). We reused a lot of their furniture–only the couch and coffee table are new. The coral chairs, credenza and dining set were all in there. We painted the fireplace, added dark blue grass cloth to the walls, hung new curtains and accessorized.
Here is their bedroom before:
I swear I’m not trying to make the befores look worse than they were. We were scouting at night and I only had my iPhone. Also, I always thought that TV crews must make these places look worse. You know, maybe by tipping over some boxes or something, but I can honestly say that this is exactly what the house looked like when we got there, and I went there twice.
The bedroom we wanted to make feel really relaxing, or the opposite of how the green walls, clutter and no curtains felt in the before. We had a hookup for grasscloth so we did a neutral one and then added in lots of white, pops of chartreuse and tempered it with grey. I think on camera it looked a little blah, but in person it felt so much better–open and spacious and light. We even snuck in a little comfy chair across from the tv for the kids to pile up on to watch morning cartoons.
The show is Enough Already on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Mondays at 8.
Update: check out Morgan’s Awesome Post where she went into a lot more detail about what we did (she is more patient than I am!). She also (rightly) gives herself props for her ability to style vignettes. Thank god she was there, I would have lost my mind.