The time has come. My internship at HGTV is nearing an end. It’s been a crazy four months full of new challenges and opportunities, and as my days in the office grow fewer, I can’t help but think back on all of the amazing experiences I’ve had. Now, when I say “amazing experiences,” I’m talking about stuff I never would have had the chance to do if I hadn’t come here — stuff that only happens to most college interior design students in very good dreams. I could take you on a sappy walk down memory lane chronicling all good times I’ve had this semester, but instead, I’ve compiled a good old-fashioned list (because, let’s face it…who doesn’t love a good list?) of the absolute coolest things I’ve done. So, without further ado, I give you The Top Five Most Fabulous Experiences I’ve Had at HGTV.
1) Being Published: I got to do everything from writing for Design Happens to having my original paintings printed in the May issue of HGTV Magazine (check out the Mother’s Day Makeover article!). This internship gave me the opportunity to contribute in lots of different areas and showcase my skills beyond interior design.
2) Styling Marianne Canada’s Weekday Crafternoon Set: It’s not every day an intern gets to work on a set — let alone of a web show that actually gets taped and broadcast. Even rarer are the times when the opportunity to design and style the aforementioned set is handed to an intern on a silver platter. The project turned out beautifully, and it is one of my proudest accomplishments thus far as a designer.
3) Living it up in New York City: When most twenty-two year olds head to NYC for any measurable amount of time, the trip usually involves things like cockroaches, cramped apartments and dollar pizza night deals. When I went to New York with HGTV, not only did I get a peek inside of cool firms like G+G, Beanstalk and Design Works International, which all work with the company in different ways, but I also stayed in a big, beautiful hotel room at the Sofitel and ate the most delicious meal I’ve ever had — no exaggeration — at Butter, Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s restaurant, right around the corner. Intern for the win!
4) Working on the HGTV HOME Showroom for the Highpoint Furniture Show: Have you ever wondered what it takes to make something look really, really good? Whether it’s a store window or a street fair, we usually arrive when everything is beautiful, finished, and ready to be enjoyed. Working here showed me just how much has to happen behind-the-scenes to make it all come together. This includes but is not limited to painting, heavy lifting, late nights, cold showrooms, and working with a whole bunch of really cool people.
5) Chillin’ with Nancy Fire, Matt Muenster and Vern Yip: Meeting celebrities of the design world is always pretty awesome for someone in my profession, but the fact that all three of them were insanely kind, gracious and willing to answer the million questions I asked made meeting Nancy, Matt and Vern unforgettable.
The truth is, I got very lucky with the opportunity to intern at HGTV, and I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who helped make the amazing things on my list happen. But, when you think about it, that’s what all of us do here. We make things happen. Whether it’s empowering you to take on a trend, or try a bold new paint color, or buy those crazy cool chairs you’ve always wanted but never thought you could pull off. That’s our job, and it pretty much sums up the last four months of my life — whether it was meeting a tight deadline, convincing a client to believe in a project, or simply writing a little something that people wanted to read. HGTV taught me to make things happen.