Fix This Kitchen / Consulting Designer

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I was asked to be the consulting designer for a, first time ever, Webisode for the A&E show Fix This Kitchen.  Thru months of preparation the week finally arrived this past December and the 5 day kitchen remodel transformation took place.

Fix this Kitchen receives hundreds of nominations and entries to participate to have their kitchen totally remodeled.  Anthony Russo (accomplice) with his mom Susan Brewer (homeowner) created their audition tape, sent it in and out of the hundreds of audition tapes they were selected to receive a brand new kitchen.  { Click Here to see their  audtion tape }

I have often wondered if the TV shows we all love and enjoy on HGTV, DIY and Bravo, really take place in what seems an impossible amount of time and unrealistic timeframes.  I am here to confirm, that yes a Kitchen can be torn apart and put back together in just under 5 days.  It is not without chaos and confusion, nor stress ~ but at the end of the 5 days the epic moment when the homeowner arrives to see the finished project is the best reward!

The episode has aired and here is the webisode ~




For me the experience was one filled with emotions. I had the pleasure to select and recommend David Koukl owner/contractor of Custom Homes Inc. ~ his company was responsible for the construction and installation of the job.  It was my honor to have been selected to be a part of making this amazing kitchen a reality for Susan Brewer.  Meeting Susan's son Anthony and spending time with him during the crazy five day process, of tearing out the old kitchen and remodeling his mom's kitchen, gave me an opportunity to truly get to know him and his family.   They are a really close nit family with an amazing faith and a true commitment to each other.  I was truly touched by what a wonderful gesture it was of Anthony to nominate his mom and seeing their family interact was testimate to their family bond. 
Just After the reveal! Rachael Russo, Eric Greenspan,
Susan Brewer, Anthony Russo, Carmen Christensen

For me the hightlight was meeting Tracy Hutson ~Host  and Eric Greenspan ~ co-host.


Tracy Hutson is interior designer, style consultant, actress and author.  Most notable she has been part of ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition since 2003, is the founder of Tracy Hutson Designs, mother of two adorable sons and author of Feathering the Nest ~ Tracy Hutson's Eco-friendly Guide to Decorating Your Baby's Room.



I had a great time hanging out with her and truly enjoyed our "Design Time" together.  Thanks Trace ~ you rock!




Eric Greenspan - "Chef" is known for his love of food on Food Networks's "The Next Iron Chef Season 2" / "Iron Chef America Challenge" / Executive Chef - Owner of The Foundry / Executive Chef  - Owner of The Roof on Wilshire / And soon to be opened Greenspan's Grilled Cheese Restaurant.

Greenspan has skyrocketed to success and has been named runner–up for Los Angeles magazine’s "Best New Restaurant." Eric's amazing sense of humor kept everyone on set and the job-site in good spirits as we plowed thru the amazing kitchen transformation of Susan Brewer's kitchen remodel.
Brewer Residence / Before Picture 
Brewer Residence / After Picture
production before picture
production after picture
I'd like to add an extra special thank you to Cutting Edge Granite for providing, fabricating and installing the Brewer's new Cambria Countertop.  Thank you for working around the hectic schedule, you delivered  and installed as promised with great professionalism.  I look forward to working with you on future projects!

6 comments:

  1. Fabulous Carmen!! Congratulations ...tot a great job and experience.

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    1. Thanks so much Lori and yes it was a wonderful opportunity and a fun crazy experience.

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  2. Wow, that is beautiful Carmen. You should be so very proud of yourself. Two thumbs up on that kitchen!

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    1. Hey Driver211 thank you so much for your kind words. Was such an amazing transformation for this family.

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  3. awesomeness Carmen ... kitchen looks fab and sounds like such a fun experience. They truly picked someone that is well deserving! Here's to You!

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    1. Thanks JB, so nice of you to say and yes it was an experience for sure! Thank you so much!!

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