The first room designed for a new digital series on HGTV.com comes to life despite some really sucky weather.
Written, produced, directed, designed and styled by Brian Patrick Flynn with photography by Robert Peterson
Chicken fingers, teriyaki steak and cheeseburgers: the only things I’d eat as a kid. This questionable palate wasn’t the result of any wrongdoing on my parents’ end at all. In fact, they snuck veggies and fiber into every single thing they made for myself and my siblings. I just managed to sneak mine into my pocket or sell them to my friend Ryan. Yes, I said sell them. Ryan loved veggies and home cooked meals so much, he’d call the house around dinner time to see if I had the goods. Once confirmed, he’d make his way over and pretend to be returning something I’d left at his house while I’d hand him over a napkin full of nutrients and he’d slipped me some coin. Flash forward 26 years and I’m still making money off dining rooms, except now I remodel and decorate them.
After two successful seasons producing, designing and writing a seasonal design series with the folks at HGTV.com called HGTV Holiday House, I was tasked with bringing a similar concept to life collaboratively with HGTV.com Editor Kayla Kitts and HGTV.com Programming Director Mariel Clark, both who text me cat photos and top-notch memes. This time around, there would be no twinkle lights, presents under trees, or garland-covered entryways. Instead, one house would be completely transformed inside and out, using Spring as the inspiration. And rather than throwing a huge pastel party and inviting every damn bunny, easter bonnet and been-there-done-that floral to join in the fun, I took a different approach, one more focused on textures, textiles and tone-on-tone storytelling. While most spaces like the living room, master bedroom and outdoor living spaces are covered in soft springtime tones found in springtime flowers, the dining room is a bit more bold, borderline masculine and blue. In fact, here’s an up-close-and-personal look at all that went into whipping the lackluster space into shape. Too bad Ryan couldn’t have been part of it; this time dinner and vegetables would have been on the house.
Moral of the story: snow may suck, but decorating sure is fun! Worst lesson-through-storytelling ever, I know. Also, a Cliff’s Notes version of the finished dining space is posted below for your navy-and-brass viewing pleasure. Also, also: the full spreads of each completed space, those live over at HGTV.com, and leave it to us to direct you over to all of them [very, very soon]. Next up: the house’s spatially challenged living room. In the meantime, check out more of HGTV Spring House HERE.