10 December 2012

Meeting Sabrina Soto!

 Remember how I posted about the HGTV pop-up showroom that I discovered in the Mall of America last month? 
HGTV also has a holiday house set up in the middle of the mall that, like the showroom, will be there through the first of January. And all during the month of December, HGTV stars will be stopping by the holiday house and giving presentations, doing Q&A's and signing autographs. 
{For more info and schedules see here and here.} 

This Saturday Sabrina Soto, host of The High/Low Project, was there so I braved all the holiday shoppers at the mall so I could meet her. 

It was also my first time walking through the Holiday House and it's so cute!

Nothing about the inside feels overly Christmasy (the outside looks like a gingerbread house but in all my excitement I forgot to take a pic- dang it!) but there are subtle nods to Christmas everywhere, and the red trim paired with the star-burst wallpaper really make it feel like Christmas inside.

I love this colorful wreath made of paint brushes!

Here are more colorful brushes looking adorable in a jar on top of the shelves.

The house also has a paint chip wall like the one that's in the HGTV Home showroom

After looking around in the Holiday House it was time to see Sabrina! 
She gave an awesome presentation with decorating tips, inside secrets about her show (and just HGTV makeover shows in general) and tips about how to get your house a makeover on an HGTV show.
Then she invited everyone to ask questions.

Here are a few of the things I learned from Sabrina:

-Her favorite paint colors are Benjamin Moore Sterling and Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige.

-One of the biggest decorating mistakes she sees people make in their homes is hanging their art either too high or too low- the middle of the art should be at eye-level. 

-When you're watching a make-over show like "Designed to Sell" and the host and crew go into the house for the first time and it's a big mess- it wasn't staged to look that way. Some people just really don't seem to notice what a mess their house is! Updating and painting and staging all really help to get a house sold, but at the end of the day the biggest difference people can make is just cleaning up and de-cluttering. 

-Wipe down stainless steel appliances with mineral oil to help stop fingerprints. (Or you can buy a product called Carbona for stainless steel.)

-The best way to layer rugs is with a natural fiber rub as the base (so glad I've got a jute rug in my living room!). Sabrina hates rugs on top of carpeting. In her words, "...it's like layering a wig over a toupee." 

-Emerald green is the color of 2013.

-She HATES fake plants. 

I guess she wouldn't like this little succulent I picked up at Target last week:

It looks so real...but it's as fake as my hair color. 
I don't do real plants.

But anyway, after the Q&A- which was so fun!- it was time to meet Sabrina!

And you guys, I kept it together this time. The whole time I was standing in line I was chanting in my head "Don't talk too much. Don't talk too much..." I didn't want to have a repeat of a few weeks ago when I met Nate Berkus and gushed like a freaking fool. 

I did tell her how excited I was to meet her. And she was so super friendly and was giving everyone hugs which made me brave enough to hug her when it was my turn to meet her. I'd brought my HGTV magazine along with me for her to sign. She signed the inside of the front cover where she has a Target ad.

And I got to get a picture with her- I was so excited!

So that was my awesome Saturday meeting Sabrina! Did I mention how incredibly nice she is?!? 

I wanted to go back to the mall on Sunday afternoon to meet Genevieve Gorder, who is one of my favorite designers, but it started snowing Saturday evening and didn't stop until late Sunday night and I was too chicken to drive in it. Genevieve will be at the mall again next Sunday afternoon so I'm hoping to be able to zip over there really quickly after church while my twins are napping. 

In the meantime, here's what I did this morning in the aftermath of the snow storm:

I am loving all the snow!! It just sucks to shovel. Luckily we have awesome landlords who brought over a snowblower last night and took care of most of it for us. 

Tomorrow I'll show you what I did with my cute little Target succulent!


  1. Ah Brooke! wow! look at you with Sabrina Soto! how lucky was that?? i know her. i mean i have seen her on hgtv, etc. but gosh, you got to meet her is person and come home and shovel the deck. cool. *gentle tease* LOL.

    just logged on to blogger and there you were. i'm so glad that my computer lets me to your site with ease now days.

  2. I love Sabrina. Love High/Low project, she does an awesome job in that show.
    Thanks for sharing the tips.

  3. You had a fun, great afternoon....Hope you get back to see Genevieve.
    I disagree with one of the pieces of advice....I'm a trouble making at heart! I have put area rugs over carpeting...do now. I have never thought it was a wig over a toupee. That's crazy! It can break up and create sitting areas in large rooms..
    Most "designers" hate silk or artificial flowers...??? That's why I thought it ironic that NDI, just about the most pricey company out there, worked with Traditional Home as a sponsor for the Magazine when they ran their 2012 NewTrad Contest and my entry nominating Melanie Turner was one of the winners. They sent a gorgeous arrangement, in my name, to her. Never heard from her about the gift. I received one also!
    Can't wait to see what you did with your succulent.

  4. You lucky girl!! First Nate and now Sabrina. I just love her - she's so cute! And I love your hair color too :)

  5. WOOOH! Sounds like a good time. ;) Might I point out that her hair is ridiculously voluminous. Ridiculously. I think I'd be more excited about the snow than meeting hot-shot designers.... lol That's just me though.

    Much Love,

  6. That's so awesome you got to meet her! She is one of my favorite designers, I love her style.

  7. I love Sabrina! The High/Low Project is one of my favorite HGTV shows! It sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing those tips too! I painted one of my rooms Sterling a couple months ago, so now I feel really cool and trendy. haha!