Thank you all for making 2008 a pretty incredible year!
To all the RMS people that have been with the HGTV site since the beginning and that are a huge part of why the show exists, the new "design geeks" I have met, the incredible homeowner's that have generously opened their home to me and my crew, the inspirational RMSers that post and are brave enough to be on TV with us and to my incredible crew (on-camera & behind the scenes) that make the show happen week after week and still have great attitudes. I have to list them because they rock!
Tara, Jennifer & Scott-the big cheeses behind all my work with HGTV & the nicest people you'll ever meet. I am blessed to work with them.
Kim-my supervising producer who cares more than I can ever describe AND she works too much.
Michael-THE MAN responsible for me being at HG. A kinder, wiser, more genuine TV exec you'd be hard pressed to find.
Loren-our executive over at HG who tweaks, nudges and molds our show to be the best it can be.
James-our executive over at HG that got the ball rolling and "saw the vision."
Jake-my director and main guy that I really would not do the show without. NO, REALLY. Plus, he's a mean BBQer.
Robyn-my other producer that just makes me laugh. She is funny, talented, lovely, I could go on but it'll go to her head.
Katie-she is an absolute dream to work with..if you don't believe me, ask her. "How Daaaare You!"
Dan-I know he works hard (another one of my producers), but it's difficult to feel for him when he's in NYC one week and Hawaii the next "shooting" our inspirational homeowner's and then going out to dinner with them while I'm in the deep San Fernando Valley with no air conditioning. What gives?! (I'm not bitter)
Julia-segment producer who is just beyond lovely to work with AND funny.
Jared-the man, the myth the legend. I couldn't ask for a better TV partner.
Ellen-somehow manages to make the show sound fresh week after week.
Susie-for being brilliantly talented and incredibly sweet. That is not a common combo.
Jen & Ruth-Honestly...these two are superstars all on their own, but together they make for one superhuman, unexplainable, force of nature design producer that I could not live without and I WON'T! They know what I want before I have the chance to tell them and they produce miracles.
Danny, Jason, Rupert, Ron, Jacob, Vic & Pahl-this team of carpenters, painters and craftsmen have made my dreams come true under unbelievable time and budget restrictions and they still like me---I THINK. Note to self, don't be the first to drink the champagne.
Jeremy-I would NOT want his job. He has to find our homeowner's. It's not as easy as it seems. Trust me.
John-No one has taken more knocks than John. He's our go-to guy for everything including food. We've worn him down and he takes it well. I can't imagine doing this show without his witty repartee.
John, the editing & sound staff-these people are MAGICIANS! They get 10's of hours of raw footage and make it into a 22min show, plus they have to look & listen to my big fat head everyday and try to get it to make sense. BIG JOB.
Kris-for creating sewing miracles. I really think she has Cinderella's mice in her house somewhere. Genius.
Ivana-she has logged more car miles than all the rest of the team combined. She has the pleasure of picking up or arranging delivery of all the stuff I buy...ALL OVER Southern California. Good Times.
Brandon-our newest edition to the staff and already doing an amazing job AND he fits right in with all the other crazies.
AND...to ALL the camera, sound guys & make-up ladies (there's a constant rotating crew) that work on our show, you kids are the BEST & make me look as good as possible and that's tall order...NOW get off the furniture.
Have an AMAZING 2009!