The HGTV Holiday Shoot

Behind The Scenes

Last week I was away for a two-day trip to New York.  One of my favorite places (really it’s my second home), it was fabulous to spend two days in the city for an HGTV holiday shoot and blogger brunch.  The folks at HGTV really know how to spoil their bloggers, and they definitely did by allowing us to spend a day behind-the-scenes with HGTV talent, and pose as extras in a holiday commercial that will be airing in a couple of months.  The set was in a penthouse apartment in Brooklyn.  Fabulous views!  I wish I could have moved right in.  Here are some pics from what was a truly awesome day.

HGTV Holiday Shoot

Here’s a quick shot of the HGTV hosts during a break in the shoot.  Some of my favorite hosts were there, including Emily Henderson, Bob and Cortney Novogratz, Jon and Drew from Property Brothers, Antonio Ballatore, Tanika Ray, Genevieve Gorder, and the fabulous Thom Filicia.  

behind the scenes

My hubs was there too.  He watched the shoot from the screening room.  It’s the coolest room where you get to see how the producers come to a decision on which takes to use, what to reshoot, etc.  

Lili, Brian, Jeanine

I got to catch up with two of my fellow HGTV bloggers, Lili Zarghami and Brian Patrick Flynn who are a riot!

Lindsey, Jeanine, Cortney

I was excited to take a pic with one of my favorite people, Lindsey Weidhorn from HGTV (you may also follow her on Tumblr – The Inside Stoop), and Cortney Novogratz.  Cortney doesn’t know this, but it was when I read an article about Sixx Design in The New York Times that I became inspired to make AphroChic my full-time job.  Although I’ve interviewed both Cortney and Bob in the past, it was really wonderful to meet them in person.  They are so humble, and laid-back.  A very inspirational couple.

Thom, Jeanine, Emily, Nicole
Thom Filicia was so sweet, and actually remembered meeting me at an Elle Decor party in High Point.  I was so surprised!  And it was so nice to meet Emily from my favorite HGTV show, Secrets From A Stylist in person.  She is definitely one of the world’s most genuine people.  I just love her!  Nicole Cohen from Sketch 42 blog was also there.  Have you seen her paintings?  They are amazing!

tanika jade jeanine
At brunch the next day I connected with two of my Spelman sisters – Tanika Ray, host of Design Star and HGTV’d, and Jade who works for the network.  It was fantastic to meet some incredible Spelman women.

Brunch at Bond 45
Brunch at Bond 45 was the perfect way to end the two days.  I absolutely cannot say enough about how much I love HGTV.  I feel so lucky to work with a network that showcases so many amazingly talented people.  And, everyone, and I mean, every single person was so nice.  I really loved it, and hope to connect with the HGTV family again soon.
{Photos taken by Bryan Mason; HGTV hosts photo by Lili Zarghami; the brunch photo was taken by Lindsey Weidhorn}
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