Episode 5

About: "Those other people that were on that show with me"
  So once again, I start with how much I love me some Tyler ...AND, I love me some Valium ...just kidding...never touch the stuff. In fact, I love running around like a stressed-out crazy woman with blood pressure 180/110!  Crazy but, yes, I really do have high blood pressure and it has hit those numbers in the past. Ok, moving on.
SO DELIGHTED I was not working with...oh, never mind...but gosh I could really use Cathy’s 'global perspective' seeing as how Tyler and I picked the “global” tea pot as inspiration! And POOR Karl! (who I affectionately refer to as Stewart from Mad TV) I gotta hand it to him, Karl really kept his cool! How in the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks did he keep from grabbing all that nonsense off of the countertops??  EGGS on the counter next to limes; strange, brown, turd-like roots; and a coffee pot that’s not plugged in...I could go on, but I wont! Enough already!
So how 'bout my bud Kelli! WHY, WHY, WHY did I save all my crying for off camera? I was so damned determined not to cry over design, but now I am really re-thinking that move! AND, what about Kelli’s taking off her shirt to clean the floor! Brilliant idea! Too bad I didn’t think of that one, cuz if I had unleashed my newly/scarred up/old/breast cancer boobies, that might have won me some extra brownie points...and made the judges cry! 
...but that’s another show.

About: "Those moments on the cutting room floor"
  Once again, thank you to my HGTV family for NOT showing me doing my SHAMELESS MAJOR plug for Sears! Yes Sears, once again, I am ready for that contract! I blanked out when the cameras first started rolling. I am never at a loss for words, but I totally froze up right when David said, “Action.” So, how did I make up for that? Well, I literally threw myself on the Kenmore refrigerator! So, thank you for leaving that embarrassing moment on the cutting room floor. 
My custom cabinet pulls however, ended up - yes - on the cabinets, but the positive feedback did not quite make it on the show...unfortunately. So, let’s move on to those design tits ... I mean TIPS

About: "Those design tits ... I mean TIPS"
1.    The cabinet door pulls were made out of these wavy sticks I got from West Elm. The wave of the stick was the “pull” part and the flat sides were screwed in on each side to the cabinets -- VERY inexpensive way to have custom handles.
2.    When designing a kitchen, go ahead and put the back splash all the way around the back of the kitchen sink. I AM SICK that I DID NOT HELP TYLER GET THAT DONE!Hugely disappointed in myself for that one! I love Tyler, and I hate to think I contributed to him leaving!
3.     The big oversized mirror is great for an L-shaped kitchen, especially when you have two pendant lights hanging in view. I did this in my own kitchen, and it really opened up my space and brought more light in from the outdoors. (see my design portfolio  www.HGTV.com for example)


Episode 4 Watching Party

Watch these short and sweet home movies we shot on our vacation in Cape Cod, as our friends and family gathered to watch last week's episode!


Episode 4

First, I have to start with another random thought about Candace Olsen…still love her!!! 

About: "Those other people that were on that show with me”   
  So how much do I love me some Tyler!! (And, I think they pick on him too much!!) I mean, so what if the faux finish was not perfect on the fireplace mantle…the limp hammock was a far cry from perfect, but they loved that monstrosity (and went gaga over it)! I think just buying a hammock might have been a little easier - and maybe more effective, but who am I to say. I also was not aware that “nautical” meant big colorful floral fabric either…again…I am learning all kinds of new things.  Like, this week I learned that I have now moved on from “menopausal moments” to “Sears Moments!”  Loved that part! So, Dear Sears, if you need a role model who will put a pretty face and a whole lotta love on your Sears Kenmore Products (a little foreshadowing for next weeks kitchen challenge) I AM YOUR GAL!! Role model may be a stretch…BUT, I have been chosen by Susan G. Komen to be this year's “Honorary Chairperson” for The Race for the Cure - so, somebody likes my design tits…I  mean tips! Did I also mention that I am teamed with critically acclaimed artist, Mr. George Tobolowsky, to construct a HUGE 13ft high by 7 ft wide, metal strappy BRA… with the catch phrase “You Can’t Strap a Good Woman Down!”  check out me welding on my website at LeslieChristineDesigns.com… I feel just like Flashdance's Jennifer Beals!

About: "Those moments on the cutting room floor”  
  This was not on the cutting room floor, BUT how about ME on the bedroom floor rolling around like an idiot after I pushed the 600 pound tank of a sofa down 3 flights of stairs!!! I will send you the bill HGTV, for the knee damage and brain damage it took to figure out the logistics of getting that beast out the door!!  And thanks HGTV for not railing my 5 minute painting done in the rain!! That was kind! I will be sending the home owners the real version of that painting…pic to be posted soon. This part did not end up on the cutting room floor either, but kinda floored me when my friend Vern said “Leslie you REALLY SURPRISED me this week”…hmm how, why, and really? Come on Vern, is it that much of a shocker that I can design a room, or is it the creative factor that caught you with your pants down?? Regardless, it was a huge positive...I think - so thank you for letting me surprise you!! Hope I can think of other ways to surprise you in the near future (Like randomly showing up to your personal appearances you do around Texas!)

About: "Those design Tits...I mean TIPS"  
  1. The best stuff ever is the KILZ super heavy duty primer that covers wall paper. It was like putting Elmer’s glue on the wall but it worked like a charm. It also worked great covering the back side of that rug...that should have been in the trash.
  2. To create art work like the triptych over the bed - just seal with primer, tape off with painters tape, and spray a combo of silver and gold spray-paint for the design.
  3. Take rugs and have them framed with foot molding, then take black bamboo and nail it around the side of the frame to give a more finished look. 
  4. Also, try spraying one of your favorite larger sea shells metallic to use as a decorative item for a  room!