Guest Post: Sharon's HGTV Wet Dream

Guest Post: Sharon's HGTV Wet Dream

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 12, 2005

Host Andrew gets ready to film

When I heard HGTV's "Small Space, Big Style" wanted to shoot our apartment, it was like my wet dream come true.

As a design head and recovering TV addict who ditched her telly after one too many "Trading Spaces" re-runs, it was difficult to imagine anything better.

That was June. The shoot was Aug. 29. I'm still recovering.

What does it take to make home decorating television? As far as I can tell, it's like good cooking: Toss in your key ingredients (a well coifed host, willing homeowners, a stylish abode and some burly guys with electronics) and crank up the heat. Crank it up until it feels like you are all sizzling in a well-seasoned wok atop your professional range. That's because the AC has to be turned off for sound quality.

By the time the crew arrived, I had hammered, painted, cleaned and organized myself into the ground. This for an apartment already deemed worthy in AT's Smallest-Coolest Apartment Contest.

I made lists and more lists. (Of course the milk-glass pendant lamp had to be taken down and cleaned. Who knew what high-def TV might reveal?) My crowning achievement (or was it the capstone of my insanity?) was ripping out the bedroom closet with just five days to go so I could install an Elfa system.

Any remaining thrill seeped away as the day's temperatures soared and the 10 people in our tiny home began to sweat. The crew spent 12 hours filming a six minute segment.

Now I just have to find someplace with a TV so I can watch it.
Sharon L. Crenson is managing designer of "Allow Me," a home decorating, organization, and floral design business. She can be found on the Web at

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