Friday, September 24, 2010

Well...I Had Fun!


Despite so many bloggers expressing disappointment with the experience at the Nate show taping, I had a great time. How could I not?! What's not to love about a quick unexpected trip to NYC and the fun of attending a show while meeting so many of my fellow design bloggers? Sounds good to me, and isn't life what you make it?

Plus, I did have a slightly difference experience. I am thrilled to say the surprise I've been referring to as part of my trip to NYC was an invitation to be a guest on an earlier Nate show taped that same day! How is that for exciting?! While I can't talk about the specifics, I had the amazing opportunity to share a room design I recently completed with Nate and the audience, and hopefully soon with you! I'll keep you posted when I get an air date...

(I'm such a dork...excited, nervous and TIRED!! Look at that clenched fist, I meant to make a "thumbs up" but my excitement is showing and are those sheet marks on my arms?! You can get those in just two hours?)

After arriving in town late the night before and getting just two hours of sleep, I showed up at the studio very early in the morning, sans makeup, to begin preparing for the segment. It was so much fun to have Lakeitha and Jade hang out with me in the green room, thank goodness they were there! They distracted me and kept me from getting too nervous.

Luckily the experience included a trip to hair and makeup, otherwise I would have scared you all on tape. The makeup artist was completely sweet...and talented! When I told her I had basically gotten no sleep she told me not to worry, by the time she was done I would look like I had slept eight hours and gotten a bit of sun! She came through on her promise. (Can you please come do my makeup for all my special events?!)

(With Beth from The Stories A to Z...)

Now I know you all love a good before and after...I think this qualifies.

I was the last segment taped and it went really well...or so I've been told! The experience was a blast and I met so many fun people working on the show: Karen, Janelle, Nathanial, Paul, and many more including Nate himself. Thanks for making it a really great experience! Then it was a quick change and back downstairs to get in line for the second taping. This part I LOVED, meeting so many of the bloggers I follow and have become friends with. On the trip out I had made a mental note of everyone I hoped to meet and I think I managed to get through the list!

Sarah, the Thrifty Decor Chick herself!


Lakeitha, Erika and Sarah


Kate on the right...


Emily, who gets the award of being the sweetest blogger in attendance...


...along with the most gorgeous eyes.


On set after the second taping with Erika.


And in the question and answer session at the end of the taping,
sitting in between Cristin and Jade.

I'll end this post with a story about Cristin...can you believe this is not the first time I've met her? A bunch of us hung out until late in the night after the taping and while talking with Cristin I learned that she was a shopper in my San Francisco boutique years ago! Crazy, it is a small world.

Wow...what a day.

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  1. When I got wind of your segment I could hardly contain myself. Talk about breaking news!! You are soo deserving of all the goodness coming your way. I can't wait to see you on the screen and for everyone else see you shine! Big hugs and lot of love!

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  2. I can't wait to see the episode! I would be over the moon to even think I could ever be involved in something like that. Yes, I'm working on my confidence issues ;)

    www.imperfectnest.com

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  3. How amazingly cool?!!

    I'm trying my hardest not to be jealous!!

    Well done!

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  4. How exciting! So happy for you Janell! Can't wait to see the episodes!

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  5. I was so happy to meet you. I felt the same way you did about the day. I had a blast!

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  6. Again, it was so fun meeting you! Congrats on the Nate Show segment. Keep us posted on when it airs.

    So funny we met 10 year ago on Fillmore Street in SF. We were just meant to be friends!

    xo,
    cristin

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  7. Meeting you was one of the many highlights of the trip! It was a blast and I seriously can't wait to see your segment! Congrats :)!!!

    xoxo,
    Beth

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  8. Great review of the day! It was soooo much fun! And all of the women I met was the highlight for me! I went home and immediately started missing you guys. Even though I was scared out of my socks to meet you!

    Nate is such a cutie and he is so down to earth! I can't wait to see your segment because you really did great! I have the pictures to prove it;-)

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  9. Wow, Janell! Great news so far! You look wonderful; I saw that picture of you and Beth and thought you both looked gorgeous!

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  10. WOW, this IS big news! Totally keep us up to date!

    P.S. You're as gorgeous as your rooms. :)

    Donna

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  11. So fun to live vicariously through you!
    Now, back to my spreadsheets... sigh :)

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  12. This is awesome - I cannot wait to see your segment! Congratulations, you've worked hard and totally deserve this!

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  13. Congratulations! So exciting! I wish I'd known you were coming...and would have given you a whirlwind tour!
    I love the purple dress! So cute!

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  14. woohoo! kudos & congratulations to u for getting a segment at the show...and how fun meeting all the lovely bloggers & you look absolutely precious & gorgeous!

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  15. So happy to hear about your positive experience! Can't wait to catch this show!!

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  16. YAY!!! After reading so many posts where people didn't have a good experience, its so good to hear FRESH take on the day...Can't wait to hear when the air date will be, I'll have to have my son show me how to dvr it :)

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  17. You are gorgeous! You completely deserve this...I can't wait to see it. So glad you had a good time~welcome back!! :)

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  18. whew! sounds like a whirlwind but so much fun!! congrats on taping a segment! Wish I could see it - now that I'm in Ireland for a while I won't get to see any Nates! You look great in all your pics - even the tired one! :)

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  19. Congratulations, Janell! That is so exciting, I can't wait to see your segment. I love your positive take on the experience. Thanks again for your advice on the drapes! :)

    http://attentiontodetaildesign.blogspot.com/

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  20. Your glowing!!! I'm so excited to see the show, let us know! Looks like such a wonderful time, I'm so happy for you!
    XO
    Kristin

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  21. what an awesome opportunity, i can't wait to see the show!

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  22. You are awesome! You have to tell us when you'll be on so I can DVR it. I am so sorry I didn't go and couldn't meet you in person! You really deserve all the good things that are coming your way. Congrats again!

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  23. Sounds like it was fun - So nice to see the pictures and read your recap of this experience.

    I am very excited about seeing your segment - I bet you did great!

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  24. That's so cool! Congratulations, Janell! I'm thrilled for you and can't wait to see your segment. I hope they let you mention the name of your blog on air so all your new fans can find you here afterward. :-)

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  25. Congratulations!! That is super exciting! Best wishes to you on the opportunities before you!

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  26. So nice to see a positive account of the trip!!! And congrats on the segment....you deserve all the good coming your way. Cannot wait to see it when it airs! Glad you are home safe.

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  27. Janell, that picture is a hoot! My friend Katie will love that she made the blog :) I just loved meeting you and am so happy for you on this huge accomplishment! Cannot wait to watch it and tell all my friends I "know" that Janell!

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  28. I'm so excited for you that you made an appearance on the show. Can't wait to see it! It looks like you had a great time and you looked beautiful.

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  29. when I stopped hearing from you via e-mail, I just KNEW something was up! I kept thinking for days, "she's been called to do a segment...!" So wonderfully happy for you gal! What an experience. I only regret that I did not meet you in person. You were one of the ones I had hoped to see, if only for a second....

    Please let us know when it airs...

    Love to you! Donna

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  30. Donna! When you stood up to ask your question I was excited to put a face with your name and looked for you afterwards. Sorry I missed meeting you! I hope to have another opportunity...Janell

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  31. It was so nice to finally meet you!! You are just as beautiful and sweet in person as on your blog!! We should have more blogger get togethers like this one often!

    Oh, and I CANT WAIT to see your segment in the show- woohooo!

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  32. I love your positive attitude about your experience. Looking forward to seeing the upcoming segment. Please let us know when it will be on tv.

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  33. Congrats! It sounds like such a fun trip, I would love to meet all of those bloggers out there. Can't wait to see the segment.

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  34. What a fabulous surprise! I am sure you rocked it! Can't wait to see it!

    Also you are stunning my dear! ;)

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  35. I'm so happy for you Janell. It looks like you had a wonderful time.

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  36. How exciting! I can't wait to see the segment. Congratulations and you look beautiful in the pics.

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  37. Looks so fun, can't wait to see the segment either!!

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  38. Congrats, Janell! That's so awesome! I wondered when you announced that there was a surprise if that may be what it was and was sincerely HOPING that was the case. I'm so happy to hear that was it! I honestly couldn't think of anyone more deserving. I'm so excited to see the segement when it airs. Glad you had fun the rest of the time too (now get some sleep :-) )

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  39. so so exciting!! congratulations
    and you look beautiful no matter how and what!

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  40. So, SOOO very thrilled for you,you are one of the most inspiring design bloggers right now--YIPPIE for you!!!

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  41. How fun for you! Oh I wish I could have gone. They have invited me twice and I have been unable to make it both times! I love meeting fellow bloggers and it sounds like you all had a blast. Are you going to highpoint?
    Amanda

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  42. Congratulations! So very exciting! Looks like a fun time was had by all. :) Erica

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  43. This is so exciting for you! So great seeing all the pictures of all you beautiful ladies. Looks like you all had a great time. I must follow now so I don't miss your show!

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  44. How exiting is it to particapate on the Nate Show? I can't wait to see when it airs. I'm sure that you'll let us all know. Congratulations! Glad that you guys had a great time.

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  45. This is so exciting! I can't wait to see the taping.

    I'm very happy to have met you. Can't wait until we do it again :)

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  46. This is your moment... Bask in it. Glow in it. Savor every minute of it.
    Congratulations!! You are so awesome!!
    If you're ever visiting FL, please let me know... LOL I'll invite you for a cup of coffee!!! LOL ;)

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  47. OMG that is SO exciting Janell -- I can't wait to see your show. Nate's now on my DVR list so I'll be watching and waiting!! And your makeup DOES look fab. You're gorgeous.

    And I'm also rather jealous you got to meet so many fabulous women. If only work didn't keep getting in the way of blogging (and fun blogging trips!).

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  48. I'm so glad you had so many positive things to say! I've read some really nasty blogs about the day, about Nate, about his staff. I had gone in late August and no, it wasn't perfect, but really, give the show a chance! Fun to read your experiences!

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  49. congratulations for being on the show! so glad you enjoyed the experience, fun!! :)

    http://desire2decorate.blogspot.com/

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  50. My goodness lady! I'm so excited for and proud of you!! I can't wait to see your show! (And, by the way, you are so beautiful! You should post more photos of your lovely self on your blog!!)

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  51. How wonderful for you! What an opportunity! Can't wait to see the show!

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  52. So happy for you Janell!!!! And SO happy that we finally met! You are lovely:)

    simplygrove

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  53. Awesome. Good for you!! I was watching Nate's show the other day as he interviewed a blogger and the whole time I was thinking that he needed to talk to you. I cannot wait to see your episode!

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  54. wow! this is so cool. i cannot wait to see it. keep us posted. i just started following you and am so excited to see it.
    xx, shari
    http://www.spearmintbaby.com/

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  55. It looks like you had a blast! Looking forward to the air date!

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  56. And to think it all started with your husband telling you that you should start a blog...WOW. Look what's become of it! Sooo happy for you, Janell. Congratulations!
    Love,
    Michiganhome

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  57. Let's focus on the positive and the unattainable in each of us! Love that I may have planted a little seed inside you. ha ha.
    You are gorgeous! Sorry that I could not have been there or at least "2 places" at once.
    pve

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  58. Janell! Congratulations! This is so exciting, amazing and well-deserved. I'm glad your NY experience was such a good one. = I couldn't be happier for you and I can't wait to see the show! Oh, and you look stunning! xoxo, Ally

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  59. Yay! I am so excited for you. Last week when you said that you had a surprise coming I wondered if it had anything to do with the trip. You all look like you had a ball. And yes, I would have guessed that about Emily.

    By the way, love the before and after, but you are seriously beautiful either way :)

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  60. I just knew it was that you were going to be on the show!!! Congrats, you deserve it. Looks like you had a great trip too!
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  61. Looks like a fun day for everyone! Have a wonderful weekend, Kellie xx

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  62. Looks like a great time -- so many sweet, smiling faces! Bravo, you gals are an inspiration to we decor bloggers the world over.

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

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  63. Wow, Janell!!! That is so exciting, how fun! You totally deserve it. Can't wait to watch:) Glad you had a good trip.

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  64. What a great experience! Congrats on your OWN taping, can't wait to see the results. Have a great weekend. --Gretchen O.

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  65. How EXCITING! Can't wait to see your show and will be looking out for you!! (Do they do tapings days or weeks in advance before airing?) Wow, what an awesome experience!!

    Morgan @ PDB

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  66. Can I just say how nice it is to hear a design blogger say something nice and positive about their visit to the show! I really just stopped reading any reviews... most blogs just slammed him for not recognizing them - it just seemed so self-centered...Thanks for your positive outlook!!!

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  67. Nice to hear another nice comment about Nate! I'm really hoping his show works out, I think we're not giving his show enough time, I mean it's a new show right!! I loved all the photos of all the bloggers that I read daily! I'm sure that was worth the trip alone! Can't wait to see you on the show!

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  68. Hi, Janell, it was so great to meet you too & I'm happy we all had dinner together that last night & experienced the Top of the Rock together. Very memorable time! Big congrats on your feature, you are totally deserving of it and I can't wait to watch it.

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  69. janell, i can only imagine what all of that must have felt like -- what an awesome, fun opportunity it must have been. I have to agree with all the others that you looked gorgeous. You must have been beaming inside. I would have! I can't wait to see where it takes you. Good luck :)

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  70. Janell, How exciting for you! You not only got to meet Nate but be on his show? Your stars are lining up! And meeting all the other bloggers had to have been an experience. I'm so happy for you!

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  71. Congrats Janell! I am keeping my eye out to watch the show - I DVR it everyday and I can't wait to see your segment! So happy for you!

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  72. I am yet another one of your fans who agrees that you deserve all these great things coming your way. I say bravo Janell and you do look beaming and beautiful. What a thrilling experience. I will be watching!!

    Deb x

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  73. It was so awesome to meet you in NYC!! And congrats :)

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  74. Congratulations! What a wonderful opportunity for you. You definitely deserve that recognition. I know you've inspired me. You'll have to keep us updated (:

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  75. I'm so glad you had a blast! It certainly looks like it! Congratulations on your awesome news! So exciting and so deserving - you're a star designer! I enjoyed your highlights and hope that one day we'll get to meet too!

    Can't wait to catch your segment (which airs at 2 a.m. here! Crazy! lol)

    Roeshel

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  76. Janell, I am sorry to be so late with my comment but here it is:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you I can't sit still!! Even my poor husband had to hear me beam and babble about your meeting (+ taping) w. Nate -- and he does not even know who I am talking about!

    I am talking about THE Janell Beals who I have said, over and over again (you must agree!) will end up on TV!

    I am so proud of you. Enjoy the ride! You so deserve it!

    And you look stunning!

    Love to you, Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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