An Outdoor Living Space and Pool Area in Emerald Isle Gets Staged For HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation
A few months ago I received a bit of a jaw dropping phone call just before I went to pick my daughter up from rehearsal for her school musical. I get so many baloney telemarketer calls for my business that I was a bit floored when I listened to my messages and there was one from a production company that works with HGTV! They produce the show Beachfront Bargain Hunt and were creating a spin-off series called Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation. The production company was working on a local project in Emerald Isle and needed someone to come in and do some staging mainly around the pool and outdoor area for the final reveal portion of the upcoming episode. The producers gave me a budget to work within and about two weeks to gather (and make) furniture and decorative accessories.
So let’s take a gander at a few before and after photos of the staging shall we?
The new homeowners had a beautiful pool on the property surrounded by a few basic lounge chairs that really didn’t do the pool justice. The poolside needed some dressing up and a bit of color.
I pulled a couple of brown wicker lounge chairs and table from the newly built pergola (more on that in a minute) and created a seating area by the pool. A couple of handmade pillows dress up each chair.
I painted a ceramic flower pot bright turquoise and added an assortment of flowers for a pop of color. The large metal bird was provided by a wonderful local furniture company called Family Furniture.
An Outdoor Living Space
As part of the renovation, a newly built patio covered by a wooden pergola extends the outdoor living space. It needed a little perking up for the show. You can also see the loungers I “borrowed” for poolside in this before photo.
I moved the sofa so it overlooked the pool, added a woven jute outdoor rug, furniture and accessories to create an inviting space to relax, hang out and even have a few cocktails.
This attractive outdoor bistro set was also provided by Family Furniture. Another brightly colored flower pot and some pillows add warmth and color to the space.
I was so tickled to be able to incorporate a few of my own handmade designs into the staging. The Paradise Flamingo pillows are from a line of printed pillows I have been developing over the past year.
More handmade pillows dress up the outdoor sofa and the coffee table got a few colorful creative accessories. Although I really liked the rug and the size was to scale with the space, the producers wanted something with color that would show up better on camera and swapped it out for something else.
The beachy flower planter featured on the coffee table started out as an old wine crate. I painted it a light blue, distressed it for a cottage look and added a starfish to the front and back. I filled it with potted Gerber Daisies.
You can catch a glimpse of this hand painted starfish glass vase on the show during the reveal. I filled it with sand and a candle. It looked great on the table.
Another addition to the backyard was a cool fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows on summer evenings or snuggling up to in cooler months.
A few flowers, another metal bird and a couple of rustic benches from Family Furniture complete this area.
Staging With Fresh Flowers
Using fresh flowers is an easy and inexpensive way to add color to a space. Painted mason jars filled with brightly colored daisies were scattered around the kitchen and living room for the show taping. The wooden tray was a purchased from a local home decor store. Grouped together it makes a wonderful centerpiece.
Take a closer look at a few of the painted flower pots before they made it to Emerald Isle for the Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation episode. Painting flower pots before adding flowers is an easy way to add even more color to an outdoor space.
I created this beach inspired floral arrangement with flowers from the local grocery store. Filling the glass container with lemons not only adds color but also hides the flower stems. This arrangement was displayed at the outside sink area on the show. In closing, I would like to thank the producers of HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation for the opportunity. A special thank you goes to Family Furniture in Cedar Point. They were so gracious and accommodating by providing most of the outdoor furniture pieces for the show. This experience gave me a behind the scenes peek at what goes into producing our beloved home shows. I find myself watching them a little differently now. It was overall a wonderful experience. How cool was it to see some of my creative work on television! By the way, you can also shop some of the pieces featured on the show here.