I swear - waiting for our episode on Sarah 101 to air was almost as hard as waiting for Luca's arrival! Originally, the season was going to air earlier in the spring which would have been amazing because it would have aired prior to my due date. Unfortunately, for some tv reasons, it was moved and I found out that our air date was going to be after our due date.
Which for a blogger who loves showing pics of her house was TOUGH.
All of our waiting paid off and last night was THE NIGHT. Our episode ended up being the season finale of season 2 of Sarah 101 (seriously - it couldn't have been any later! haha) and can I say...I LOVED IT!!
So I am happy to answer most questions if you have any about being on the show and what we think of the nursery! I'll start with a few of the questions I've received already:
1. How did we get on the show?
Click here for details on how we applied and were chosen!! Funny enough, for some reason I thought that we were one of only a few applications but it sounds like other people were up for grabs too and we were lucky enough to get chosen!! Check out this blog for more details!!
2. Did we contribute to the budget?
Yes. Part of the application was a question about what our budget was for the makeover. We just put in what we would have spent on the nursery if we did it ourselves and hoped for the best. To be honest, I had no idea how it worked so I didn't know if what we put down would help us get chosen or what. In the end, the show puts in 10K (which seems INSANE for a small nursery) but that includes all of the labour and materials. With the exception of the obvious DIY projects (art, mobile), all of the work was done by professionals so I imagine that gets pricey. They did say that the 10K they contribute is the first money they use - i.e. if they only used 10, we'd get our contribution back. That didn't happen, which wasn't a surprise :-)
3. How much input did we have?
Not much. The application asked us some basic questions about our style and what we were hoping for and what we would hate. I think the only things I said were out of the question were a) removing the hardwood/putting broadloom on top of it, b) the colours yellow and/or hunter green. Other than that we were pretty open because since it was a nursery, I thought it could be a bit wilder (which it was, literally).
The only thing we were asked during the reno was whether or not I would be okay with kelly green. To be honest, I got kind of nervous when I received that email. I did a quick google search and first found this:
and I got nervous. Then I saw this:
and felt better. I wrote back and said that as long as it was an accent colour (and not all the walls) I was cool with it.
One other thing - you guys all know about how I wanted a Jenny Lind crib for the nursery before we were ever going to be on Sarah 101. Well, they saw that on my blog (OMG they read my blog!) and tried to get it (as you saw on the show). Once the filming of the show was complete, they did offer to swap out the crib for the Jenny Lind if we wanted. Which I thought was pretty nice. I decided against it mostly because I didn't hate the crib they chose and I didn't think it would make a big difference design-wise.
Other than that, we had pretty much no input.
4. Why did the format seem different for our episode?
i.e. the show didn't have us reacting to the different fabrics/wallpapers, etc like they usually do in the other episodes. We were actually filmed reacting to the fabrics and wallpaper but I think that it was cut because a) we pretty much loved everything they showed us (so not a 'fun' for tv reaction) or b) the timeline was so tight that there was no room for changes. We could have hated that wallpaper and it still would have gone up. It had been ordered and there was no going back :-)
5. How long did the process take?
I can't remember exactly, but it took about 2 weeks. Seriously. That's it. Week one didn't have any action at our house as I gather that is when the planning and sourcing happened. Week two had tv crews, painters, carpenters and the design team in and out of our place during the day. It was so fun how every day there would be something new in our house - either something in the nursery (imagine how fun it was when we came home and the wallpaper was up!) or bags and bags of accessories that filled our family room. Baby toys, clothes, baskets, bowls, books. Not everything that made it into our place made it into the nursery. It was cool to see what the team brought in and didn't make the cut.
Seriously - two weeks to put together a nursery AND film everything? Insane. Explains why the Jenny Lind crib didn't make it in time :-)
6. Did we meet Sarah?
I did. Only by chance, actually. All of the filming was done during the day while we were at work (we were actually asked not to be home during that time) and on the day the finale was filmed, I came home and Sarah and Tommy were just finishing up so they were still here. The meeting was brief but Sarah was very nice. She wanted to see my reaction to the room but I was a good wife and said I had to wait for J to get home. I wish that I'd gotten a photo of me with Sarah and Tommy but the opportunity never really arose.
7. Favourite things about/in the nursery?
Where to start. I'll start with the overall theme/feeling of the nursery. I love it. I love that it is themed without being kitchy. There are no cartoon-type giraffes and rhinos anywhere. Many of the accessories would be appropriate in a different room in our house. But most of all, the nursery is cozy. It is probably the warmest feeling room in our house. When you walk in, you definitely feel a sense of calm and coziness. I'm not sure what creates that feeling. The lighting? The area rug? I'm not sure, but it is there.
As far as the smaller items go, I LOVE the green crib. I think having a painted crib is so fun and I definitely love that green colour. I think the change table is gorgeous. Sarah was right - it is a piece of furniture I would happily use elsewhere in our home once it isn't needed in the nursery. The shape and the detail on it are gorgeous. And the mirror. Love the mirror. Luca is starting to like it too!
I also am a big fan of the fully stocked closet :-) The clothes, the bath gear, the itty bitty shoes - ADORABLE. And the fact the wall is green? So fun! It was a nice way of using the accent colour in a bit of an unexpected/hidden way.
I also love love love the wallpapers. Who would have thought that I would love zebra print wallpaper?! I think that if it had been black and white it would have been too much but because the print is in neutral colours, I just love it! And combined with the grass cloth? Amazing.
8. Anything I didn't love?
Being brutally honest, the only thing I didn't *LOVE* in the room was (sorry Sarah and Tommy!) the rocking chair. Yes, I know I said I loved it on the show, but I knew that Sarah loved the rocker and that it was a big deal on the episode and I wanted to be nice and complimentary. I think the fabric is a little rough and itchy (although the colours are good for disguising any spills etc that may occur) and the rocking mechanism that was added to it is a little quick for my liking. Do you know what I mean? It is a quick rock back and forth and I don't find it super comfy (i.e. I will never fall asleep in it). However, it does the job. I'm not going to lie though - I was really hoping for a Sarah Richardson Designs glider :-)
8.5 Did I know the chair was a curb-find?
No. I knew it was an older chair that Sarah had remade, but no, I didn't know it was found on the side of the road. Am I happy about that? Meh. I don't really care. I like a deal as much as the next girl, so I can appreciate the 'find' so long as it was clean (plus the chair was basically ripped apart and rebuilt). It probably cost a fortune to rebuild and recover it, so even though it was 'free' I don't think it was cheap.
9. Did we change anything?
Nope. Not a thing. We have added more stuff to it (mostly in the closet) and we took the duvet out of the crib :-) A few things that made it into the final reveal were taken away when they left (a few items of clothing, the green blanket hanging over the end of the crib and the basket to the left of the change table).
10. What did we think of the actual show?
I really, really loved it. I thought it was by far the funniest episode of the season (and they've had a few super funny moments in other episodes!) and found myself laughing out loud multiple times. I was worried about how J and I would come across on tv but I think it ended up being fine. I think I was a little awkward/stiff but all in all I think it was okay. We didn't get made fun of and I don't think the show was edited in a way that made us look different than we really were. As I mentioned above, the only "lie" was mine about the chair. Oops.
So there you have it - I hope that gives a little more insight into what it was like to be part of the show. If you have any further questions, leave a comment and I will get back to you!
Here are a few more pics :-)
Luca in one of his Sarah 101 outfits in his crib!
And J playing with Luca's toys!
I'm going to take some more pics of Luca in the nursery in the coming days, but this will have to do for now! It is amazing how hard it is to get anything done with a newborn in the house. Jeesh! Doesn't he know I have a blog to keep up?!