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When God Opens a Window


Manner again in Might of 2018, I wrote a weblog submit titled “What Would possibly Have Been” about my dream to renovate a turn-of-the-century storefront within the small city of Montevallo, Alabama the place I went to varsity.

Main Street Storefront

I used to be actually itching to assist revive the Principal Avenue within the city of my alma mater, I simply didn’t have all the best sources to do it on the time.

“When God shuts a door, He opens a window. I’ve first-hand expertise with this little slogan, so I’m trusting that my determination was a great one.”

-actual quote by me in 2018

That outdated constructing was SO stunning, however the price ticket that got here with it will have probably damaged my checking account. I walked away from that chance, dissatisfied however hopeful that one thing else would come alongside.

And WOW, did one thing else come alongside! However first, let me end my thought course of concerning the Montevallo storefront.

Staircase in a Turn-of-the-Century Mercantile Store in need of renovation
Simply take a look at this beautiful alternative I turned down… Makes me wish to CRY!

With the hindsight of 2020 behind me, I can formally say that strolling away from that chance was among the best choices I’ve ever made in my life.

As an alternative of shopping for that outdated industrial constructing, we purchased Gingerbread Level, our little lake cabin in the course of nowhere.

As an alternative of spending final 12 months shedding cash on an empty retail house that will have had no prospects due to the pandemic, we spent our weekends floating on the lake, quarantined away from the world in our little non-public paradise.

Significantly, such a fantastic determination.

However destiny didn’t cease there. Now it’s time for the ultimate chapter to this story!

Bear in mind when HGTV referred to as and requested me to assist Ben and Erin Napier renovate an ENTIRE TOWN full of turn-of-the-century storefronts in Wetumpka, Alabama? As I stood there on the set of Residence City Takeover, watching wonderful design concepts come to life inside outdated storefronts and houses, I nearly cried at how fortunate I used to be to be part of all of it.

Company Street Wetumpka HGTV Home Town
One of many storefronts on Firm Avenue earlier than the present

I acquired to assist carry to life not one, however six industrial initiatives, together with a complete downtown road stuffed with storefronts, and likewise SIX stunning house renovations, which had been mainly simply the gravy on prime of these massive, stunning industrial constructing biscuits.

Oh, and did I point out one of many homes was the place they filmed the film Massive Fish? Right here’s me at Massive Fish with the wonderful Vanessa Worth, who’s the lead design producer for the present. She is critically a Rockstar.

You’re gonna see some BIG design concepts come to life at this place! SO thrilling!

I’d say that’s some particular itch-scratching by God, huh?

He flung these home windows open WIDE for me, and I’m so excited to see all of the wonderful designs come to life this weekend as HGTV’s Residence City involves revive a Principal Avenue, USA right here in candy house Alabama!

Residence City Takeover will start airing this Sunday, Might 2nd, 2021 at 7pm CST on HGTV and Discovery+. 

If you happen to can’t wait to look at, take a look at the brand new net collection referred to as “Highway to the Takeover” the place you may get behind-the-scenes seems at all the renovations!

Additionally, you’ll want to verify again right here on my weblog every Monday in Might to see my private images of the earlier than and afters of every mission and scenes from the set!

I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO SEE IT!!!



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