Tomorrow’s episode of “Fix It and Finish It” titled Better Living is a compilation episode of three of the best living rooms. It features my very first reno for the Daughtry family in Montgomery, AL.  This was also the first two room makeover for our series.

On our scout, four strides off the front step, Colleen Snyder, Fix It’s producer, turned to me and said, “You get them because you “get” them. And, she was right. I knew the minute I saw Samantha’s painting that I would be able to give them a more functional home that  reflected their unique personality.

In 2008, artist Damon Soule “tagged” my 12′ hallway with imagery not unlike the Daughtry’s, so I was already a fan of this art.

Sam and Chris Daughtry and their young sons Logan and Corbin desperately needed a new floor. Their original wood floors were marred by numerous add-ons that left embedded chunks of concrete. Active baby Corbin could never be left alone on the floor because it wasn’t safe.  Below, are the ‘before” and “after” photos of this episode.  Thanks to our partners who helped us realize this renovation – Chase Ming of All Development and his ace contracting crew, Lumber Liquidators, ATG Stores, Select Blinds, Aztek Wallcoverings, Emtek Hardware, and Benjamin Moore Paint.  Special Thanks to artist Gary Baseman, whose iconic characters enlighten the dining room walls.


Check out the floors…No way they could let their baby crawl in this space. Samantha and our producer Colleen Snyder explore the living room.


New floors, new rug, new sectional sofa, new ceiling fan, shades, pillows, wallpaper, paint..Many many thanks to Chase Ming of All Development…



Below: Samantha Daughtry’s painting, the little man with the lavendar eyes, my inspiration for this transformation.


View into dining room from living room. We removed the shelving unit that was a former doorway to the outside. On the other side – another add-on.


“President’s Heads” wallpaper by artist Gabe Gonzalez courtesy of Aztek Wallcoverings.  Logan Daughtry said that he now has the “coolest house” of all his friends.

The Daughtry’s…my first reno family…Living Better thanks to “Fix It and Finish It.”


This kitchen for the Mercer family in Louisville, KY was my hardest renovation on Season One of “Fix It and Finish It.” It was a heartfelt reno, one that everyone involved felt deeply about because the Mercer’s youngest daughter, Baby Hadley, had just been through 3 rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant, starting at 6 months. With all her treatments, she had very little immune system left.  Germs flourishing in the grout in their 1940’s kitchen were a very real threat to her recovery.  Every single person on all the crews stayed till the early morning hours without one complaint. It took a village to pull it off in a day, but thanks to the following people, WE DID IT:

Michael Cadden/ Promaster Design and Build and his entire team, especially Pete

Haas Cabinets/Bryant Haas and the Haas Factory

Cardinal Kitchens/Tim Slayton, Chuck O’Koon and their ace installers

White House Painting/Amy Bergeron and her entire crew

Silestone USA


ATG Stores

RAM Lighting


QuickStep Floors