Starstruck at Our Little House
Late last week, while sitting in the Belle Writer’s Studio toiling away, I received an email with the subject: “Nate Berkus Show.”
Thinking it was probably one of the many press releases I get on a daily basis, I almost deleted it, but decided to open it up. I was surprised to learn that someone at the home design show had taken a look at Living Large after speaking with Kent over at The Tiny House Blog. They wanted to speak with me about possibly featuring Our Little House on the show for Earth Day.
I dropped everything, of course, and called the assistant, because this is usually what one does when Hollywood, or in this case, New York comes calling.
We had a nice chat about our house and sustainability although I can only imagine what she must have envisioned here in the wilds of the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, as she asked me if we have running water.
I must have passed the first smell test as she tried to connect me with someone on the scheduling team who actually makes decisions. This woman was busy and told me she would call me back “right away,” which ended up being an hour later.
This assistant finally gave me the conditions for appearing on the show:
First, they wanted me to fly in this week for taping. Ok. Well, not Ok, due to my schedule this week, but I could make it work.
Second, they wanted us to do some sort of reality show-like house swap with someone with a “normal” sized home. Did I know anyone who would do that with us?
This presented a problem. First, most of my good friends that I wouldn’t mind having stay in our home live 300 miles away and then there’s work and the dogs. My enthusiasm waned. Still, I directed the producer to the article on Our Little House at the Mother Earth News website when they asked for recent photos of Dale and I.
I’ve been in the media biz long enough to know that when a publication or producer asks for a photo, they’re judging the photo according to their demographic. Based on trailers I’ve seen of the show, I think it’s a lot younger than we are here at Our Little House.
I was told I would know by the end of the day on Friday if we were selected.
The thought of showing off Our Little House and talking about sustainability to a national television audience did get me a little star struck.
But the more I thought about it and what I would have to do to make the house “taping” ready, I’m not sure I was up to it. I’m also pretty sure Dale at least, is happy he won’t be participating in any type of house trading, even if it was only for 24 hours.
Would you participate in a television show that required you to house swap?