First Episode–The Webbs


Thanks to all of you who tuned in to the premiere episode of HGTV’s Elbow Room.  Saturday was such a fun day!  It was so exciting to see all of everyone’s hard work come to life on TV.  I have been dying to share this experience with all of my readers for quite a while, but I’ve had to restrain myself until the show aired. 

I’m thrilled to be able to show you pictures of the first episode.  I thought I would share a few tid-bits about each of the episodes as they air.  Here is an after shot of the home.


This episode was such a fun episode to work on.  The family was absolutely amazing, and they were thrilled to be a part of the show.  We took the main living space in their ranch home, which was divided into four rooms, and transformed it into one open and airy space. 

I really had no clue what to expect while we were filming during this pilot episode.  If you can imagine a renovation in fast forward that is basically what it was.  From demolition of the space to the final homeowner reveal was right around three weeks.  I was amazed at how it was possible to do a renovation so quickly.  There were a few late nights and a lot of effort, but we did manage to get it done.2011-07-22_12-30-43_990

These photos were taken about two days before the final reveal.  It’s crazy to imagine that this unfinished space went from this state to totally complete in two or three days.


For me, one of the most fun parts of this episode was getting to make a custom piece of artwork.  It was very easy to make.  I painted various widths and colors of stripes on a piece of precut luann. Then I added a coat of resin to bring out the colors in the paints.


Here is the finished piece hanging in the dining area.



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Hope you enjoyed this little look into the show.  Just in case you are interested in seeing a little bit of fun on the set here’s a link to our cast and crew FB page.  Only members of the cast and crew can join, but anyone can view it.  We have too much fun on the set!  [Elbow Deep]

Photo credit for all final reveal images – Christina Wedge Photography

Elbow Room Premiere Time!!!


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Many of you already know, but for those of you who don't, for the last six or so months I have been working on a show for a little network called HGTV!!!  This past year has been one amazing journey after another.  Not only was my son, Chase, born almost a year ago, but three weeks later I auditioned for and won a spot as co-host and design coordinator of a new project that was being pitched to HGTV.  Within weeks filming began for the pilot of "Elbow Room" with host Chip Wade.  In October, we found out that we were green-lit for the first season of "Elbow Room" and the rest is history. 

With one extra-long week to go, we are coming to the close of our first season.  Thirteen episodes in, I am so excited to have been a part of this show.  My limits as a designer have been pushed to the most amazing sides of extreme.  I've worked on projects that I never dreamed of working on, and I've met so many amazing people along the way.  My fingers are crossed and we are anxiously waiting for confirmation of a second season.

Please set your DVRs and tune in for "Elbow Room" on HGTV, premiering this Saturday, May 12th at 1 pm EST.  We are also on Facebook and Twitter.  Make sure you check us out.

Thanks for all your support!

xoxo, Cristi

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