About three years ago Warren Seegers approached
me with an opportunity to work with him on The Seegers Family Edifice Venture which airs locally in South Bend on WNIT. At that time he had been working about a year and a half on a 7,000 square foot building that he was transforming into his family’s future home. When he got far enough along he invited me to come in and do the interior design work on the rooms.
The Seegers family feels the new home is far enough along that they would like me to prepare their other home to go on the market. They brought me in to assess the updates their home requires prior to selling. They are afraid they may not break even in today’s market.
I called my fellow interior designer, Tracy Magyar, of “M” Interior Designs in Elkhart to see if she was up for sharing some camera time. The Seegers family will assist us in doing the labor. Warren Seegers will be shooting footage for his second season of The Seegers Family Edifice Venture. Tracy and I will be the lead designers brought in around episode 4 and carry on through the 13th and final episode of this season.
Tracy and I went over to the Seegers’ for dinner on Friday, February 4th, 2011. Dinner was followed by an extensive 8-hour shoot as Tracy and I gave our opinions room by room as to what needs to be done in preparing the house for market. We wrapped up the shoot about 3 am. And I went home to draw up plans for the vision I had about the space.
We agreed to meet on Friday, February 18th, 2011 to begin working on the ideas presented during the taping. This will be a 4-day shoot and during that time we have plans to paint the stairwell, the main hall upstairs and both the kids rooms. We have design plans to turn their hallway from a simple cluttered passthrough to an inviting area to sit and linger.
Being infront of a camera is difficult at first. One needs time to warm up and ease the nerves. Especially since Warren thrives on capturing footage of the crew in the midst of
making errors and panicking on how to remedy the mishap so the viewers are none the wiser.
I’ve only been shooting for two days and I have to say, “I love it.” It’s harder work than I anticipated, but it’s a good time as well. The Seegers family are down-to-Earth people who care about helping others think outside the box and find success traveling on less traditional paths and methods of living life.
I think that is why we get along so well. We both dare to view life and our surroundings in less traditional manners, making life more interesting.