On Being on TV with DesignTrackMind
My mom friend, DesignTrackMind, has some exciting news! She is the Interior Designer for the new This Old House project that is underway in my neck of the woods (Auburndale, MA). She’s having a blast. We hear snippets. “Best clients in the world!” And, “Tom Silva and Norm Abrams are really as nice as they seem to be on T.V. and possibly even hotter in person!” And even, “Best volunteer job ever!”
Yes, she volunteers endless amount of her time as the Interior Designer and I imagine that most everyone on the show does, of course, except for the hosts of the show. And that makes a ton of sense and is so great for the homeowners who get their project done on time and on budget but give up privacy and probably have to host a million dinners for church and state (ok, schools) and historical society because everyone and their mother wants to drop by to peek in at their house, both during and post construction. So, thank you to the home owners who lets us live vicariously through their construction renovation stress. I’m a HUGE fan of the show and we even subscribe to the magazine, we — my husband and I — are such TOH geeks!
True confession. TOH’s previous project was across the street from our elementary school (W. Newton, MA). The homeowners go to our elementary school and have always graciously invited us to drop by during construction after we ‘fessed up our deep love for Tommy Silva and Norm Abrams but we were too shy to barge in. But my husband and I did deviate from our usual drop off route to drive past their house and every time we saw Tom or Norm walking about doing their business, we rush home in excitement to announce a “sighting.” Yes, I know: could we be more immature?!
My husband used to own a small golf store in West Los Angeles, and he had, seriously, dozens of TV and movie actors’ phone numbers in his rolodex because he had to call them when their clubs were ready. (He had the Riviera Country Club and the Bel Air Country Club golf club repair accounts which most of Hollywood hangs out at.) Jack Nickelson stopped by his store because Jack Valente made him. The late, great Jack Lemmon was a frequent and lovely customer. I would bump into TV actors (the bald guy on the Murphy Brown show) at his store and chat while they waited pretending not to recognize them because that would be uncool. Movie stars and tv actors don’t impress him. It was never a big deal to him, just a pronouncement when we’d see someone on TV, “He came into my store.” Followed by whether they were nice or an asshole. But Norm and Tommy — those guys gets his heart racing. Hey, the man (my husband) owns a tool belt. Tool belt owners worship Tom and Norm — who can blame them?
I used to take art classes at the Brentwood Art School around the corner from his store in Brentwood, CA. Cher, Winona Ryder and Annette Benning were all in one pottery class. And attended regularly. (Movie stars, apparently, are really great at art because they are really creative.) Winona was quite young at the time (this is 15 years ago) and was freaked out by the naked male model but Cher took charge and calmed her down. The owners of the school are husband and wife and their joke is that if the husband ever had an affair, it would mean an immediate divorce … except if it was with Annette Benning because who could blame him? The gals at the front desk of the school would confirm that Annette would come in to pick up her kids to take a class without a stitch of make up and look completely gorgeous. She is actually more beautiful in person than on screen. It’s easy to hate her except she’s a really lovely person.
Anyway, I digress. If you are a This Old House fan, follow the proceedings on the This Old House blog with posts by homeowner, Alison Sharma. DesignTrackMind is also posting about her experience as the Interior Designer.
That reminds me. I need to get my son out of our family bed this summer! I lured my two girls out by buying them each a new bed. His room is teeny tiny so I was thinking of a loft bed to conserve space. I wanted to share post on the gorgeous bunkbed rooms from DesignTrackMind so I stole her photos. I’d have stolen her entire post, but I had trouble cutting and pasting the text. To see her full post, please click here. I probably will only ever dream of bunk bed rooms this nice, but it is fun to look at them and sigh! Just like at a sighting of Norm and Tommy Dasilva!
From DesignTrackMind’s wonderful eye candy blog on interior design. Please click here for her full post.