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HGTV Goes Colleywood

By Bob on September 19, 2011 4:58 AM

We're remodeling Blogger HQ to take in some attic space and create a new home office. We've hired our favorite contractors Doug and Christine to tackle this job and basically turn our lives upside down for the next two months. Join us as we find out if remodelers and home owners can peacefully coexist and/or discover if it's OK to hide a body in a construction dumpster. 


Remodel Diary

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The last time we talked about our remodeling project we'd just been picked as a "B" story for the HGTV reality series Donna Decorates Dallas. Those of you who know Charlotte please feel free to go EEEEKKK! right now. Trust me, she still is.


So we got THE CALL. No, not the call to move to the desert and start a cult - THE CALL telling us HGTV was coming over to film the first part of our episode. Yeah, I know we're just a "B" story, but hey, it's a "B" story that takes not one, but two filming sessions. How 'bout that!


We got the full Colleywood treatment. Makeup...tiny microphones stuffed down our clothes...and plenty of filming and more filming and still more filming. Seriously y'all, this is the real deal.


Charlotte didn't need it, but makeup artist Chelsea Lee made her "camera ready"...

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The woman's a freakin' Rembrandt with a makeup brush. Here's what I looked like when I got out of Chelsea's chair...


Bob after HGTV makeup - 500.jpgSo, what are they doing to the remodeled room? Will there be special effects? Rainbows? Unicorns dispensing Skittles? Do you wanna know what Donna Decorates Dallas is going to do to our Colleywood home....huh, do ya?


Can't tell you...yet.


See, there's this bunch of home & garden lawyers that have sworn us to secrecy and promised to take out their pruning shears if we talk. And if I DID tell you, I'd have to kill you. That would mean I'd probably mess up my hair and makeup on that late-night drive out to Aledo or Garland to dump your body. Now that Chelsea has me camera-ready, it's just not worth the effort.


I promise to give you all the back story with pictures of everything and probably a video. Until then, here's a little behind-the-scenes peak at what our first HGTV filming day was like.




I'll keep you posted as we make our way to the Promise Land of HGTV-decorated, Home Remodel Heaven. We're supposed to be finished...err, whenever they tell me I can tell you....Stay tuned...


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When Dallas homeowners feel the need to bling out their lavish houses, they count on former HGTV Design Star finalist Donna Moss to bring the glitz. During this new design series, HGTV will follow Donna and her daughters Tiffany and Ashley, as they bring dramatic designs to Dallas. Check your local listings.

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If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

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