I told you that I was going to work on the DIY Network’s TV show Texas Flip N Move HERE. The episode is called Duplex Doozy, Season 5 Episode 10 and originally aired February 10, 2017. I helped the Snow sisters get the house ready for auction.
Now that it has aired I get to show you my behind the scenes photos of what we did. (I had to wait until the show aired for the first time.)
There was a storage building with furniture and some accessories we could use for the house and a very, very, very small budget for buying new things. Also I should say when we arrived the the house was close to being finished and we were just staging it for auction. So to answer your questions, I did not pick out any paint colors, tile or any faucets, etc. I only added furniture, accessories and art.
When I say ‘we’ I mean I arrived in Fort Worth with my lovely assistant, Evie (my daughter) who was between semesters of school. I want to apologize for the picture quality in this post upfront. I did not bring my pro camera, since I was here to decorate not photograph.
The first order of business was to see the house. It still hadn’t been cleaned and it was Monday morning. The auction was Thursday morning. I knew we had very little time to get everything done. We had to be done Weds night. The pressure was on!
The next step was to check out the storage and see what furniture and accessories we had to work with. It was going to be a challenge, limited funds, limited things to work with and 3 days to do a 3 bedroom house.
We had to work around workmen coming in and out. Also the Snow Sisters were filming segments here and there, so we had to get out of the way several times. We did have some fabulous guys helping to move furniture around for us. Evie was my dedicated production assistant and boy did she work hard!
Here is a summary of Day 1.
- Look at the house
- Assess the furniture and accessories we had to work with.
- Pull what we were going to use from the storage building.
This took all day. Plus we couldn’t move anything into the house yet because they were still cleaning it. I admit I was worried. We had an empty house, a pile of stuff we had pulled and no plan. I was a bit nervous about how it was going to come together.
Here is a summary of Night 1
- Wake up in the middle of the night with lots of ideas
- Try to go back to sleep unsucessfully
Day 2, we hit the ground running. We had a lot to do, and I had no idea how long everything would take. We moved the large pile of stuff into the house and put furniture into the rooms.
Sometimes we brought things into the house and decided after seeing them, they were not going to work. This little table ended up not being used. It was purple, and you know how much I love purple!
We realized the coffee table was too big for the space once we got the other furniture in the room.
The sofa also was too big, so I ended up changing it out for the love seat. I am really into the furry stuff. Remember my post HERE? I was frustrated when I realized I would need the white furry throw for the bedroom, because I really wanted it for the coffee table in the living room. Then I spied a fluffy white bench in the office, and asked if we could use it. Yes, we got it!
Summary of Day 2
- Move pile of furniture into house
- Arrange furniture
- Remove furniture that isn’t working
- Add in accessories from our keep pile.
- Make buy list from items we still need
- Buy paint for things that need to be painted
- Drop plans for which we don’t have time
- Move excess accessories to the closet
- Find hammer and nails so we can hang artwork
Back to the living room, we bought the lavender pillow, the clock and the top rug. They already had the larger blue rug, but I felt it would look so much better with the rug I found. They are not the same exact color, but they don’t need to be. I LOVE the look of the two rugs layered. Here’s the thing. The top rug is wool and much more expensive. This is a great way to make your expensive rug bigger, put a larger, less expensive solid colored rug underneath it!
I want you to note that the table is a bright white, the chair is a cream color and the rug also has cream in it. In the old days I would have never put that pure white bench next to a cream chair, but times have changed. Note the light fixture on the floor? That is for the back porch. The Snow sisters made the candle chandelier into a solar powered light fixture. So smart!
We limited the color palette in here to blue and lavender and neutrals – gray, cream, tan, silver and white. There are so many things I want to share with you about this house, and I realized it is going to take several posts, so there will be more coming as I show you each room. This corner is basically finished. They had one piece of white tin (shown above) that was being waxed with antiquing wax and it was going over the chair. For styling we added the silver tray with the lavender pitcher filled with baby’s breath, the over-sized dominoes, and the mason jar with pink flowers.
We were bone-tired after 3 days of non-stop, all-day work.
I still have to show you the bedrooms, the bathrooms and the kitchen and dining area! Stay tuned.
TO SEE MORE OF THE TEXAS FLIP N MOVE HOUSE, PART II CLICK HERE.
Elizabeth Roderick says
What you and your beautiful assistant have done here is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the project.
I couldn’t wait to see the finished house, so I watched the show on demand. The Snow sisters are a hoot. The house is beautiful too. You did a fantastic job of decorating! I assume you did all the decorating even though they did a scene with the sisters pretending to decorate the dining room. I recognize your style of decorating and I thought that was a funny scene. It’s all beautiful!!! Congratulations!!!!
Jeanne Brown says
Love the room ,didn’t know I liked lavender and grey so much till I saw it , Can’t wait to see the next post.
MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says
Great job, Anita! Looks so lovely — as always!
kelly wilkniss says
I was saving reading this post for Sunday morning – today – just now. How you made that house, under those circumstances look like your fabulous style AMAZES me! It is gorgeous!! Well done Anita ~ and Evie! x
Aww Thanks Kelly. Wish you had been there. That would have been so much fun!
Great job! What an overwhelming project!
Pat M says
I saw the episode when it aired, when I saw that adorable vanity bench, I had a feeling that was your work. Really cute house and love how you styled it.
Kitty Collignon says
Anita thanks so much for sharing all the details for putting a house together. It truly is hard work…. Glad to see I’m not the only one who uses the trial & error method. You’re wonderful..
Candy C says
How exciting. Cant wait to see the rest of the house! Thanks for sharing.
I’m so excited to see what you and your daughter accomplished. Looking good so far!!
Charlene Halverson says
Can’t wait to see the finished project soon! Good teamwork?
What a wonderful experience to share with your daughter, I’m certain many memories were created together!!
Beautiful job, and the floors are fantastic to. Cannot wait to see the rest of your finished designs.
So happy for you that you got to be on that tv show. Looks like you did a beautiful job (as usual) decorating! I hope I get to see the show. Thanks for sharing your adventure!
Do the people who buy the home get to keep the furniture?
They do not get the furniture.
Jim Scofield says
Do the appliances go with the house? I assume that with the furniture that would include all wall decor and window treatments. Are there companies that supply staging furniture and other items?
I think the appliances are sold with the house, but I’m not sure. The furniture is just used for staging to sell the home.
Bob Meyer says
Where can I find out when these homes that the Snow ?Sisters and others fix and then auction off
Bob, the show is over, so they aren’t doing any more auctions.
After the house is renovated and auctioned off again do the new owners have to move the house again. Or does the property it is on go with house. So the house stays where it is
They only auction off the house, not the land, so yes it has to be moved after purchase.