Tiffany and Michael Garner have worked for 13 years to buy their first home. Along with their three children, they are moving out of a mobile home to a spacious new house in the Denver suburbs. Designer Fiona Halfon plans to help them settle in by creating a feng shui-friendly family room.
Devon and John Carr are great at traveling together, but when it comes to decorating their brand new home, they need a referee. Designer Carriann Arkowski will negotiate a new style for the couple to transform their big boring bedroom into a luxurious master suite.
Chris Philips has been saving for his first place since his first fast-food job at age 15. Now the 25-year-old is the proud owner of a historic Victorian in Denver. But he doesn't have a stick of furniture. Designer Carriann Arkowski helps Chris define his style, then creates a living room living room that blends European elegance with antique charm.
Melissa Sparks and Ian Cairns are graduating from college, getting married and stepping right into a fixer-upper for their first home. Designer Fiona Halfon intends to come to their rescue and design a bedroom that is a world apart from everything else in their lives.
Jen and Hugh passed on more than 50 houses before they found THE ONE, just outside Denver, Colo. What sold them on their first place was the cool '70s living room. However, Hugh's an abstract artist, but Jen likes Scandanavian simplicity. Designer Carriann Arkowski's challenge is to fuse their two styles into one funky living room.
Laly and Alex Anderson and their three young children recently left their crowded apartment to move into their Miami dream house. There is plenty of room for the kids to run free, but Mom and Dad need something for themselves as well. Designer Franzella Guido signs on to help them turn their humdrum living room into what she calls "Funky Chic Miami."
After saving since he was 16, Henry Neris becomes a homeowner on his 22nd birthday. Problem is he spent so much on the down payment, he doesn't have so much as a couch to furnish it. Designer Betty Kim sets out to start him off with a stylish, comfortable living room.
Military widow Jackie Syverson and her two young children have just moved into their first permanent home. All the moving over the years left Syverson with little decorating experience, so she turns to My First Place for help. Designer Carey Evans comes up with a plan to create a living room that honors the memory of Jackie's husband and also celebrates the time they once spent together in Italy. She calls her plan a Heartfelt Renaissance.
After living in a fraternity house, 21-year-old college students Lindsey Cohan and boyfriend Greg Perry are moving into their first place--a townhouse with a concrete patio. They have no idea where to begin as far as decorating, so design expert Gary Kelly offers his expertise, beginning with the dining room and patio. He envisions creating a romantic indoor/outdoor oasis with things like Balinese furniture, bamboo screens and flowing curtains.
In order to save money to buy a home, graphic designer Caroline Geertz lived in a 150-square-foot converted garage for eight months. Now in her first place--measuring in at a whopping 650 square feet--she is ready for a housewarming gift. Designer Gary Kelley agrees to provide that gift by showing her how to live large and still feel at home.
Rich Lopez is a transplanted New Yorker buying his first place in South Miami. Designer Franzella Guido plans to blend the culture of the Big Apple with the lush tropical setting outside Rich's living room to decorate his space.
Matt Melton is a 28-year-old firefighter that had been living with his parents while he saved enough money to get a place of his own in the Denver suburbs. Now that he has that place, Designer Carriann Arkowski sets out to help him decorate it. She starts with a plan to turn this bachelor's family room into a relaxing spot to cool down after a long 24-hour shift at the firehouse.
Timika Lane and her 4-year-old daughter recently moved out of her mother's carriage house into her first place, a fire-damaged Philadelphia row house that needs a lot of work. My First Place designer Betty Kim plans to give this busy single mom a decorating head start by fashioning a restful Parisian boudoir.
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