March comes in like a lion… and out like a… Lion? Snapchat, PB&J’s and Rust Belt Coalition

 

Ahhh! It has been a month without a post! How can that be?

March is by far the busiest month I have had in a very long time. I’m being fueled by PB&J’s and coffee… and my friends, wonderful boyfriend and family have come to my rescue many times. It has gotten so crazy that I have stripped my outfits down to one shoe / one coat style for the week and each outfit is washed, folded and ready to go for the entire week! The clothes effort is a big one – keeping things quality over quantity, sexy yet functional and stylish while maintaining a small, simple wardrobe is very hard but always something I strive for. It is hard when you go from construction to business to casual during your traditional work week… but I always like the challenge. If you’re looking for fashion / style inspiration, look no further to my newest favorite fashion icon, Garance Dore’.

I have a few things up my sleeve which I can’t explain at the moment but will announce shortly. I will say that all of it is much needed and wildly exciting. Here is a secret… check Buffalove Development on instagram hints. All of it is so much fun, crazy, stressful that at times I just turn this song on and dance for the entire thing!

A few things for all of you…  I am now on snapchat. All the cool kids are doing it! Username: berniceradle , American Rehab Buffalo is airing on DIY Network again in April , and we’re officially almost ready to kick off the first every Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists event in PGH, April 8,9, 10! You should come but if you can’t, you can follow our preservation shenanigans here.

XO!

Bernice

 

American Rehab Buffalo airs on HGTV – 11/23/15 at 8am! 

Hgtv will be airing the first two episodes of American Rehab Buffalo at 8am on 11/23/15! These two episodes are fantastic – it’s the kitchen, dining and living room. Watch to see us blend preservation and modern techniques to create a really special space that you’ll love!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make this happen including Room Buffalo, Wrafterbuilt, McSmith, Ace hardware / Bejamin Moore and more! It truly takes a village.

Oh, if you don’t have cable, you can get all 6 episodes on Amazon!

XO!

– B

Ps. Here are some photos of before, during and after!

American Rehab Buffalo: That’s A Wrap!!

That’s a WRAP!!! Yesterday was the official wrap day for filming our upcoming HGTV show American Rehab Buffalo !! It is six episodes and set to air in October 2014. I can’t show you many photos… you’ll just have to wait and see the finished product on TV! (I will put a post up shortly with photos from the entire experience… stay tuned!)

Personal Note: Renovating a vacant house for HGTV was by far one of the most challenging things I have ever done in my life. This experience pushed my limits in almost every way humanly possible. There were days of anger, frustration, laughter, sweat, excitement, tears and smiles… sometimes all within one day. Everyday was a learning experience. Trying to balance life, a wedding, a renovation, my energy efficiency work, our personal relationship… TV is not forgiving and some days seemed impossible to handle… But we got through it!

Was it worth it? Hell yes!! The house was demolition ready… and now it is a true gem, restored in a historic and energy efficient way! The house is beautiful, the neighborhood is in love with it and we have one more house back on the tax rolls instead of in a landfill. Buffalo is going to shine on National Television! No snow or wings, just a couple of cool kids doing a historic renovation and great shots of Buffalo’s best architectural gems!

Most importantly, we could have NEVER done any of this without the following people: Michael Poczkalski and his ROOM Design team, Magnetic Productions, Chris Ziolkowski and his Zees worker bees, our landscaping crew, David Scott Myers and  Buffalo Treehouse LLC, our carpenters, McSmith Furniture Design, Rob Baird and Sean Wrafter, our local artists, Mickey Harmon and Max Collins and the million other vendors, friends, family and others who stepped forward to provide an excellent product or lend a helping hand to make this house truly one of a kind. We also had a great experience working with the Mayor’s team and the Buffalo Police Dept, especially the B District team.

And last but not least, I want to say thank you and I love you to Jason Wilson. We have spend 3 months together non stop to make this house work and despite all the craziness and stress, I now know we can get through anything. I am so thankful to spend the rest of my life with you, Jason!!

And now it is time to focus on one more life changing thing… the wedding!!!

Our final photo for American Rehab Buffalo!
Our final photo for American Rehab Buffalo!