I spent the afternoon with Lisa LaPorta of HGTV’s Designed to Sell!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 29, 2009

Not too long ago, Ray, in an effort to help, decided to cover up the dirty walls going up our stairwell with a darker shade of paint than the original paint color. Not quite sure how that helped, but it made for a good blog post, at the very least, I figured.

So, I have a post sitting in my drafts folder with the following picture ::


But, I never got around to writing about the incident. I think it’s because, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t really find the humor in it.

Until about two weeks ago, when I received the following email ::

I’m reaching out to you on behalf of Lisa LaPorta, HGTV designer and host of “Designed to Sell” & “Bang for Your Buck”.

Lisa has picked her 5 favorite bloggers in the California area looking to do consultations with and she’s a huge fan of you! If you’re open to it, Lisa would like to spend a few hours with you and give you a design consultation in your own home as well as provide products on behalf of KILZ paints and primers.

Oh. my. goodness.

Naturally, I responded with ::

Lisa didn’t happen to see my draft article, highlighting my stairwell walls half-painted, somehow, did she? ;) LOL

It would be an honor to have her come and consult this design-ignorant mama… I (and my house) could use some serious help!


Today was the day that Lisa was to come, and I was running around trying to make the downstairs of my house at least somewhat presentable. I had no intention of allowing Lisa upstairs. None. No way.

After talking her way through my living room and front room, Lisa expressed how much she really wanted to see my master bedroom. It must have been because I opened my big mouth and told her how much I would love to create a sanctuary in my room, being that Ray and I will be celebrating our tenth anniversary next month, and we’ve never really had a nice oasis in which to spend time. (Yes, I think I actually said all that in one breath. Whew.)

Up we went past unfolded laundry, tiptoeing through all of my stuff from Chicago strewn about all over my bedroom. And, even though I was so very embarrassed, I am so glad we did! Lisa was so excited to help me make over my master suite and started throwing ideas at me from all different directions. She is truly amazing and so much fun!

So, we went shopping. We picked up everything, including several gallons of KILZ paint and primer, to transform my messy, cluttered, and unfinished room into a master bedroom to die for! All on a very limited budget.

I can’t wait to show you my completed room, but I still have a ton of work to do!

Stay tuned…

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Michelle July 29, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Christine How exciting for you.I look forward to seeing the end result.


Kristen July 29, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Wow! How awesome is that?! I wish I had 4 or 500 dollars to help makeover a room lol…Too cool!


Suzanne Tucker July 30, 2009 at 2:49 am

what i wouldn’t give for this! and can’t wait to see he end results.

i’m having a room crisis with twins on the way… thinking my two girls are going to need to move bedrooms to make room, thus now not only a ywin nursery to do but two little girl room as well. ahhh. so wished i lived in Cali sometimes as all the cool shows seem to be west coast. if any of ya’ll on HGTV ever consider doing a midwest-heart of america- st. louis episode…be sure to come on by the tucker residence! we’ll great you with piles of laundry and toys aplenty as well.


Katja of Skimbaco July 30, 2009 at 2:53 am

That is so awesome Christine! Can’t wait to see your new room!


Jamie July 30, 2009 at 5:06 am

OMG!!!!!! I think she is awesome. That is so cool Christine! Can’t wait to see the final results.


Sabrina July 30, 2009 at 8:27 am

That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see the final product, how exciting.


* TONYA * July 30, 2009 at 8:36 am

That is so exciting. I can’t wait to see how your room looks once it’s finished. Yay.


Heather Beckley July 30, 2009 at 9:20 am

That is so exciting! I’m a HUGE fan of Lisa! She’s amazing and always has such creative inexpensive ideas that look so great!!! I can’t wait to see the finished room!


Tara @ Deal Seeking Mom July 30, 2009 at 9:41 am

OMG, I am SO jealous!!! Lisa, if you’re reading this, here’s another mama that needs a TON of help, so if you’re ever in the Columbus, OH area . . . :P

And C, can I just tell you how much better it makes me feel to know that your bedroom is a disaster too? I figure I’ll have all the time in the world to clean when all the kids are gone someday. Life’s too short to worry about the messes.


priscilla July 30, 2009 at 10:03 am

That s freaking awesome. LUCKY girl. Cant wait to see what you do!


Kelly-Sher's Daughter July 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

That is really exciting! How fun for you. I can’t wait to see the outcome.


Lolli @ Better in Bulk July 30, 2009 at 9:10 pm

That is fabulous! How exciting is that!


LisaB July 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

How exciting! I can’t wait to see your after post! I love Lisa.


LyndiLou July 31, 2009 at 9:07 pm

That is sooo freaking great! I’m excited to see what happened… I’m sure it’s amazing!


Debra @ A Frugal Friend August 2, 2009 at 12:41 am

Oh girl, you are a braver woman than I….bringing her in your master bedroom. That’s where everything is dumped – so that the little one can’t get to it! :-) That is sooooo very cool! Are we going to see your room on TV? And what about the staircase???

As I sit here in my master bedroom, I’m thinking….what could I do? :-)


Laurel Schreffler October 9, 2009 at 7:09 am

One question – How do I invite Lisa to my home? I need her desperately… :-)


LindaB February 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm

OK, it’s been 7 months since your original post. How’s it going? Can we see how much you’ve done so far?


Maria Linstrom December 16, 2011 at 4:08 am

Hey, what a blessing. I have watched this HGTV shows and have sat quietly if this dream would ever come true for my family. My husband is a pastor and he is continually busy. I devoted my time to raising my son and daughter and have had my house doors open to those who needed a safe place to stay and a warm meal. Always concerned with how unkept my house was, this did not stop my daughter or son f…rom feeling good about bring anyone home. There glory was not in how the house looked, but in how proud they were in having there friends meet there “Awsome Parents”. If my house could talk, it would have stories and memories to share. I am happy for you. Now I face the dreadful deed that comes from my husband taking on a new call in Joliet. My humble house need help, I forsee knee surgery +. HGTV is coming to Evansville, Indiana. It would be nice..1566 Glenmoor Rd.


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