HGTV’s Raisa Kuddus & Austin Coleman On Their New Show First Home Fix

HGTV’s Raisa Kuddus & Austin Coleman On Their New Show First Home Fix

So how would you describe your style, and who inspires you and your designs and your way of doing things?

Coleman: Well, I think a lot of our designs are definitely lifestyle oriented. We live and work in Southern California, and there’s a lot to draw from, from the mountains to the beach. We spend a lot of time on the coast. I’m very active with what I think people describe as lifestyle sports, so there’s a whole culture centered around surf culture and skate culture, like the sand and the water. And so I think just through that natural evolution, a lot of our style has been described as bohemian and eclectic, and that’s really representative of the life we actually live.

Kuddus: And I also, but when it comes to our clients, we, again with those questionnaires and getting to know them, a lot of our design style is empathetic design where we do have more of a boho, eclectic style where it’s based on our travels and memories of things we’ve done, but it’s also largely based on nature. And when I get to know the clients, I figure out how we can weave our style and their style together.

What is it like designing and building on camera? Was that anything like you expected?

Kuddus: Designing on camera, some days were easier than others. If I’m doing a mural and they keep trying to pull me out for a scene, it was really hard to get out of my flow state. Because when I’m doing painting, I like to be really concentrated, and it’s kind of hard to be pulled out of that a lot, but I’ve kind of figured it out.

Coleman: It’s definitely challenging because we’re having to service a whole new skillset while we’re already fully immersed in our design or our build. I don’t know. It was challenging, but like any skill set, the more you do it, the better you get at it, and so I think we found a really, really good balance.

Kuddus: And actually when we were filming someone, I think it was someone on the crew who was saying, “Well, if you get more seasons, you don’t have to do all of this work.” And I was like, “I always will want to do the work. Especially when it comes to my art.”

Coleman: Right, right. I think that they’re just saying you won’t have time to do all of this stuff yourself because it’ll be so busy, and your response to that was, “Well, I don’t want to be doing it if I’m not doing it myself” because you want it to be representative of you and your work. But we take that to heart. If we put our name on something, we really want to make sure we did the work to get it there.