HOME TO LAST - PILOT THANK YOU
Well folks, that’s all she wrote! The encore presentation of our show #HometoLast on HGTV is in the books and with that we want to thank some special people that helped make this TV experience a dream come true for us.
Firstly to our friends, followers and viewers: thank you! Our phones and emails have been flooded with kind words, lots of cheering and emojis, and people all over the country asking us to come and renovate their forever homes! Your enthusiasm for this project has been such a gift and, let’s just say, it’s got us entertaining ideas of how to take our design services on the road. So, stay tuned for a jet-setting construction business coming to a town near you. :)
We also couldn’t wrap this experience without shouting out the Fort Worth businesses and local artisans who came alongside us to take our ideas and designs and turn them into a tangible, forever home for the Schmitt family. We’ve been blessed to work with these talented colleagues for many years and were a bit nervous about whether or not they’d be up for joining us on this TV adventure. They didn’t skip a beat and were the behind-the-scenes heroes of this experience.
The kitchen transformation was dependent on a creative duct work solution that would hide neatly behind a row of upper cabinets. Reliant Air Conditioning and A & C Cabinets worked hard to make the design a reality.
Another key partner was Kelly Hardwood Flooring who patched and refinished the home’s hardwood floors so we could retain and enhance the open, cohesive feel we were after.
The first big purchase I made after I graduated from college and had saved a small little nest egg was a sofa from Simple Things Furniture. During study breaks while attending TCU, I would walk around aimlessly imagining how I would decorate my future house. Their collection is unbelievably inspiring, so when it came time to styling the Home To Last house, they were gracious in opening up their doors to us. Alongside them, Harris Wholesale Furniture and Tumbleweed Antiques helped us fill the space with pieces of furniture that were thoughtful and rich in character. To help us make the house feel finished, Swatches made the most beautiful custom French pleat drapes.
When it comes to layering a home with life, I look to bring in heirloom or antique items, foliage with texture and color, and a variety of meaningful artwork. Tabitha Schmitt, the homeowner and incredible artist behind Fox Hollow Designs, gave me free reign in selecting artwork from her studio out back. To complement her art throughout the house, my dear friend Catherine of Catherine Cartie Calligraphy created a few simple pieces to showcase. Derek at The Greenhouse 817 drove out a car full of succulents and let us play for a couple of hours, bringing pops of color and texture to the tabletops. Angela and Bryson Wyatt, our very good friends and owners of Bear Goods, are true scavengers of one-of-a-kind goods and were so kind to lend their lot of vintage rugs and decor to bring that much-needed “found” touch to the home.
Finally, when it came to the exterior transformation, we called on Duvall Landscape to create a design that would compliment the redesigned entry walkway. With the help of Buzz Fence, we designed a custom gate for their guests to walk through.