White Room Challenge Tonight.

Rebecca, my ex- assistant from SFAS is on White Room Challenge tonight so you have to watch. Not sure if you guys have been tuning into it but its entertaining, if not at times anxiety inducing.  Watching creative people work under serious parameters is both tortuous and fascinating.  The entire time i think ‘what would have i done’ and very rarely do I impress myself.  

I want my socks knocked off like Todd Davis did 4 years ago:

But its a LOT harder than you think.  Being ‘conceptual’ really fast with limited EVERYTHING is hard, trust me…..But ‘thats why they call it a challenge’.  (i came to despise that response)

Our year we only had 1 day to start and finish the challenge – it started around 2pm and ended at 8pm (…i think, might have been 7, maybe 9) but on this show they get two full days so hopefully they are turning out amazing stuff.  

The winner wins $10,000 each week.  That is a lot of dollar, dollar bills y’all.  

Let’s all cheer Rebecca on, please.  

Read her blog and then hire her if you are in the Vegas area, and if you don’t live in that area she does digital design as well.   

Plus she’s pretty and has my dream hair.  

Go REBECCA!!!!!!!!!

Tonight at 9pm EST, on HGTV.  

And you can audition HERE. 

In other White Room challenge news:  I‘m doing it againand the first one (DS season 5) didn’t go well.  AT ALL.

Oh dear.  Just look at that look of utter despair on my face.  If i could have snuck out and put myself on a plane home i would have.  THANK GOD I DIDN’T.  Not my best moment. 

HGTV has asked me, Meg and Antonio to do the challenge again live (but not televised), in Nashville during the CMA fanfest the weekend of June 8-10).  I questioned whether they meant to call ‘me’ but they said they did.  

When someone says ‘Nashville and CMA Fanfest’ i say ‘yes’ and reach for my boots. But then when they say ‘white box challenge’ a teeny bit of acid falls from my throat into my stomach and flashes of an ‘prison cell for a Monk’ (Vern’s infamous critique of mine) start floating around in my head.  ‘prison cell for a monk, prison cell for a monk, prison cell for a monk….’

But i at least have mental preparation this time….

I don’t know what i’m allowed to tell you except the design has to be based on a country song (i’ll tell you mine as soon as i know its ok to reveal), and we have 3 hours to do it (but with some  prep time).  You can watch the whole thing live if you are free June 9th in Nashville (and are a sadist.) Kidding….i’ve started planning and i think i might be fine this time.  BUT i’m under promising. Don’t get too excited….. Antonio is a conceptual killer – he worked for David LaChapelle for years, so that dude can bring a game that i’ve never played…i mean, i worked for Martha….

Anyway, maybe i just need some closure…. (says my therapist)

SO please….if you are coming to Fan Fest in Nashville that weekend come and say ‘hi’ on June 9th at the HGTV barn.  I’m not sure where it is but i think its going to be huge and well publicized.

Once i have more information i’ll post about it.  

But watch Rebecca tonight.  Pretty pretty please.  HGTV 9pm EST


  1. That's incredible that you'll be designing live and people can watch! I live in Nashville and always, always, always avoid "fan fair" but I might have to get over that and come watch! I wonder how ticketing works! This is exciting!!

  2. Tech

    I absolutely love what you do with the rooms! Have fun with doing it live! Hope to see your end result! Maybe you can find a song to use a cowhide rug!

  3. sue

    thank you for sharing the monk room! it lifted my spirits no end… i'm a few weeks into an interiors internship and feel completely incompetent… being barked at and told i'm doing it all wrong really doesn't help matters… having you share one of your design lows makes me feel maybe there's hope for me yet! ;)

  4. Natalie

    Would love to go to this while we are in Nashvile for CMA Music Fest! How do I get tickets? I can't find any info on either HGTV or CMA Music Fest websites. Help!

  5. Ali

    Do it!!!! Save the photos and toss the rest! You can do it!! You will feel so free after you get rid of them. The pictures are the inspiration, not the books themselves. I vote – go for it!! Besides, rows of pretty, organized binders, look just as cool if not more than old magazines (in my opinion of course).

  6. Sunne

    I'll be there with my boots on! And why can't you disect the mags but keep the pretty shells for the office.

  7. ruthie sayles

    im so excited you will be in nashville again! i am going to try to come out and watch! sounds like tons of fun! my home was on Apartment Therapy yesterday. i love getting inspiration from your show for the spaces i decorate. here is the link~


    hope to see you next month! good luck! oh and enjoy Game of Thrones! best show besides Friday Night Lights on TV! (and btw i will be seeing Battleship on the big screen if only to see my boyfriend Tim Riggins! go 33!!!!)

  8. Jessi

    You are so brave to face the white room challenge again! You have come so far since that very first episode, I know you will rock it! Just do 'you' and it will be great. I'd rather have an Emily box than an Antonio box any day of the week!

  9. holly g

    I thought I recognized her! Goodluck on your challenge as well!

  10. Meg

    Emily! I live in Nashville and met you at the Atlanta Gift Show in January. I'm not sure if you need help that day but I would happily be your for lack of a better term, bitch for the day or however long you're here. If you need coffee, paint brushes, whatever, I'm happy to help. HGTV has probably already set you up with people but if not, it would make me the happiest! Otherwise, I'll for sure be cheering you on!