mission accomplished.

July 20, 2012

from september to december 17, 2011, this was our life.

your mission, should you choose to accept it:

3 days. 12 crew members. 1 client. and a tight budget.

repeat 13 times.

season 1. HGTV. it was a little like design boot camp meets panic room meets mission impossible.

{filming in the JG tent for antiques week episode}


{archie & georgia gettin up close & personal}

for each “space”, we would shoot for 3 days.

day 1 (meet & greet, roadside stop, junkin’):

  • call time would typically be between 6-8am. i realize this doesn’t seem too incredibly early but the challenge for amie & me was to be ‘camera-ready’ at this time….hair, make-up, clothes. anndddd considering we rarely take time for our hair or our make up, this was an effort. and no, to those that have asked, we DID NOT have a hair & make up person. (which was probably quite evident in most of the episodes :))
  • travel to the client’s house. meet the fam. chat, discuss their interests, passions…get to know them and what they like/don’t like. (although this portion is cut down to about 4 mins per episode, this would typically take 3-4 hours of shoot time).
  • leave said family’s house and head for our ‘roadside stop’ where we would sketch our plan out on paper. (1-2 hrs)
  • leave the roadside stop and go junkin’. (4-5 hrs)
  • insert between each bullet an OTF. (that’s camera talk for on-the-fly…short impromptu interviews that may or may not be used in final edit)
  • load the truck/trailer and drive home. (at this point, it was usually dark outside so we would get home, spend a few hours brainstorming our current makeover plan of attack, cuddle with our kids, and determine what supplies we needed for the next day’s DIY’s)

    {amie & i stoppin for a photo op at LiZZIE LouS in round top...dreaming of mermaids & salty air....}


{from our point of view…filming an OTF at room service in austin}


{another OTF outside of HERMANN furniture in brenham...brian, our fearless leader trying to wrangle in the pre-schoolers. :)}

day 2 (DIY day):

  • 8 am call time at the barn
  • for each episode we had 3 DIY’s to complete…typically using some of the found objects from our previous day of junkin’
  • formal interviews were also conducted on this day…at some point between playing with power tools and filming OTF’s, we would change into something a little ‘dressier’, give our hair a quick shake out, touch up our make up, and then run out for a 1-2 hour sit-down interview pertaining to the current episode.

    {gettin mic'd by corey baby}


{workin on DIY's for bane's episode...yep, our kids were on set every day}

{tara royer steele helping out with dierks bentley’s airstream makeover}


day 3 (d-day):

  • 6-7 am call time
  • head back to house for makeover..
  • on this day we would empty the space of the current furniture, unload our trailer, and begin pulling everything back into the space for our big makeover reveal.
  • in a perfect world, this would have been complete by around 3pm on each makeover day…howeverrrrrrrr….it typically took us much longer thus sometimes pushing our reveal to the family, our final interviews, and final pictures to well after dark. 
  • after interviews and pics, we would load our trailer and head back home, hit the sack, and get ready for the next morning which would begin a new family with a new meet & greet.


{makeover/reveal day at the diehl's}

now for a few of your FAQ’s…

  1. did y’all have hair and make up? no, we didn’t have hair and make-up people. we were totally hollywood divas with a compact mirror the size of a credit card & a tube of lipgloss in our audio guy’s gear bag. we were so focused on doing a great job with each space, having to spend time on our hair and make-up seemed minor.
  2. did you have a real plan before reveal day for each space? it most certainly would have simplified things to have a ‘real’ plan…but unfortunately, that’s just not how me and amie roll…we have to get in a space…soak in it, hold things up here and there, and then just jump in and start decorating. for each space, we had a general theme (as you see in the sketches)…but nothing was ever set in stone.
  3. was there anything about filming that suprised you? YES!!! we were totallly suprised by how emotional we were at EVERY reveal. we were so emotionally connected to each family and each space that we couldn’t help but bawl like babies at every reveal (as did all of the homeowners). AND we had no idea how completely connected we would become with our crew. AND we had no idea how grueling filming is…we didn’t eat, sleep, or drink for 3 months. we were AWOL from everything else in our lives completely focused on the filming process & our kids. thank gawsh, our kids were involved with us EVERY day… helping on set, eating with us and the crew, shooting hoops with the crew, and hangin with us between takes…
  4. will there be a season 2? hgtv loves jg and we love them! they’ve received great response from y’all (thank you!)! no official word yet… stay tuned…we promise, you’ll be the first to know!

as the season comes to an end, we want to say thank y’all sooooo very much for lovin what we do! thank you for watching our show! thank you for all of your endless tweets, facebook posts, emails, and phone messages!!! thank you from the bottom of our junky hearts!

and amazing thanks to HGTV for letting us do what we do…for letting us be who we are…and for being a totally kick ass network!

{hgtv + JG + meg caswell = happy family}

THANK you to our JG girls! for being our right-hand girls. for having our backs. for picking up our slack. and for being more than employees…for being our friends.

and to trey…our tattooed ace carpenter with a teddy bear heart…our quiet man of zen.


{workin' around the clock on dierks bentley's airstream}


{creative brainstorming in action in DB's airstream}

anddddddd to our dear crew…y’all came into our lives, our homes, our world. you invaded our privacy, pushed us to our limits, and made us feel like we really werefilming mission impossible as you would hang out of vehicles, camera strapped to your shoulder while driving 70 mph down the hwy…all the while expecting us to drive as if it’s not a very realistic possibility that you could fall out of your stunt vehicle and me run over you right there. in the middle of the highway.

{clay gearing up our truck for road shots...}


{annnd alex gearing up large marge}

{jason preparing for some stunt filming...}

do not try this at home…

{we've pulled over here...but this is how we would drive down the hwy...70mph...with his back hatch open...him hanging out of the van...ME driving right behind him...y'all, it was SCARY}

and quite often what our back seat looked like…

{my, what large cameras you have...}

and you became part of our family. part of this community. part of junk gypsy.

{brandon, our production manager, and his texas sweetie, amie's daughter indie.}


{alex (our own personal karate kid) schooling CB in mario bros}

{me and amie with trey...aka, dr. jones (as in indiana jones)}


{me & brian...our field producer (aka, our fearless leader)}


{amie & corey...aka, audio}


{filming an OTF in front of the MERRY CHRiSTMAS bar}

{sarah-our beyond awesome photographer, clay-our beyond awesome director of photography, me & amie voguing at SXSW}



{dawn, our head woman in charge...in action}

{jason & sarah posing in our half-way complete DIY for the JUNK-O-RAMA prom episode}


{the crew...sans sarah (she's takin the pics), dawn, & talisha}


{the whole family at JW's for some country fried}

and to the countless friends that helped us with this entire process…from physical help to moral support…you know who you are….

and we thank you.


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  • Reply Linda Teddlie Minton July 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Wow, my brother in ATLANTA just alerted me to your show, and I can’t believe it is not shown on HGTV in San Antonio! Any idea why I can’t see your show when I’m right here in Texas? HELP!

  • Reply Eileen July 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Whoa! You girls have been busy. I live out in the boonies and don’t get HGTV so I know I’m missing out on something big here. I appreciate the airstream redo . I’m currently redoing a late 60’s -early 70’s Frolic -I’ve now dubbed the Pink Paradise. Check it out on my blog! Wishing you much more success!

  • Reply Allison A. July 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I just found y’all and am in love. Not in that creepy, stalker kinda way but in the “love their style and that they talk like me” way. I have watched all of the episodes and I sure do hope HGTV keeps you around for a long time to come. The Hubs says when the show is on I have a perma-smile and it’s like 3 of me are in the room thanks to the accent. Being from NC and living in AZ, I’m constantly picked on for how I say stuff like milk and oil. lol

    ANYWAY, love you guys!

  • Reply Diana R August 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    havin’ withdrawals and cravin’ a junky fix ….need me some season 2 !!!

  • Reply Shellie Hartsock August 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Luv, luv, luv your show! Keeping my fingers crossed for #2.

  • Reply Darlene Williams August 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I recently discovered your show and just as I set my dvr the season was over. I certainly hope there will be a second season and as I wait, some reruns.

  • Reply Scarlett Fiona Reed August 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    That was awesome! Thanks for giving a behind the scenes, it was so interesting! I’m so glad you had your babies with you the whole time, sounds like a ton of hard work but the results were obviously worth it. See you soon! Scarlett

  • Reply Ashley September 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I have known about y’all forever amd love everything. And now yalls new show is awesome. Thank goodness for the DVR. Now that I am a stay at home mom, I think y’all should bring the bussiness out to east Texas, because this is right up my ally. I have been junking ever since I was little girl with grandma.

  • Reply Tony from Rockwall September 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Wow – pretty cool. Was showing my girls my old elementary school yearbooks (since they are going to Dobbs now) and I pointed out a little girl named Jolie Sikes and told them she was my first crush. So -just for kicks I googled you and I’ll be darned if you’re not the same little girl that sat next to me in Mrs Gorney’s class. So glad to see you’re doing great! Just wanted to say hi!

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