A Storied Style on “Tiny House Nation”

courtesy of FYI Network

courtesy of FYI Network

You may have seen an Instagram I put up last night about “noticing something familiar” if you were watching Tiny House Nation on the FYI Network last night.  (formerly the Biography Channel)  The show is pretty interesting, showcasing people living in homes that are around 300-400 square feet from what I have seen of the show.  Here is the show’s description from their site.

In “Tiny House Nation,” renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 500 square feet. From a micro-apartment in New York City to a caboose car turned home in Montana to a micro-sized mobile home for road tripping – this is a series that celebrates the exploding movement of tiny homes. From pricey to budget friendly, “Tiny House Nation” is not a typical design show, but one that proves size doesn’t always matter – it’s creativity that counts.

So a little while ago, one of their producers emailed me and said they wanted to use the photos from this post in one of their shows as a reference for ideas.  I thought that was neat, and figured they were painting a chalkboard backsplash or something like that in their tiny kitchen.  I wanted to make sure the photos would be credited so I made sure they would be credited to “Grace Mitchell, A Storied Style” and signed the release.  The producer was not sure at first they could fit the whole “GRACE MITCHELL, A STORIED STYLE” in since it is technically two lines.  But she eventually said it was okay after a few back and forth emails.  Therefore, I was pumped that my ideas would be on the show, and I was excited to watch it.

Within the first two minutes of the show (actually at the 2:06 mark), you see a photo of my kitchen for a couple of seconds, and it is gone.

However, it was not captioned, and I thought “hmmm, kind of a bummer, but maybe they will credit me at the end”.  I watched the entire show waiting to see how they were going to use the photo, but it was never shown again.  They did not do a chalkboard backsplash or anything looking remotely like my kitchen photos.  So…why did they want my photos?  No idea…other than to show a “full kitchen”.

Please know that I realize it is difficult to see my smile and hear my chuckles as I am typing this, but I think it is all quite funny, and do not worry, I am not sad at all.

But here’s the real silly zinger.

Remember how I told you about the back and forth emails on how I wanted the credit to say my name AND the blog name?  “Well,” I thought, “at least it will be neat to see my credit at the end of the show”.

And then, the credits started flashing.  Wait…do you even see them?

It seriously took Kent and I three times of rewinding to find my name in that garbled, tiny print.  So funny.  This is a huge fail if I ever saw one.  You get a giant gold star if you can even find my name in the above photo.  Yeah, I figured you couldn’t.

So I zoomed in for ya.


Do you see it at the bottom of the “Special Thanks” list?  There I am, Grace Mitchell.  Grace Mitchell WITH NO COMMA “A STORIED STYLE”.  Hello BREACH OF CONTRACT!!!  GOOD THING I HAVE TWO ATTORNEY BROTHERS.  ; )  haha.

So yes, I was on Tiny House Nation for two seconds, and my name was credited in Lilliputian, totally unreadable print.  (I know my graphic design friends will cringe over this : )   )

A banner day yesterday was, I tell ya.

Pretty funny, right?  But the good news is I have a fun before and after post coming Monday that belongs to a couple near and dear to my heart, and their space turned out great!  See ya next week.

Written by Grace

11 Responses to “A Storied Style on “Tiny House Nation””

  1. sarah July 31, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    Ha! I immediately recognized your kitchen. They should have used more of your creative ideas, I thought the space overall was boring.

    • Grace August 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      Sarah, thank you! I thought the space was pretty, although I bet that ladder would be a pain to move all the time. But I get what you are saying…nothing blew me out of the water. Still, I definitely think my husband and I could have lived in a small space like that. Now with four kids? Not so much. 🙂 G

  2. Caroline July 31, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Grace, I watched this show start to finish and could not for the life of me figure out why you posted this on Instagram!! Hahaha. For a second I was like, “Is she related to these people and will show up at the end for the party??”

    Also, I am not ignoring your Instagram comment. I do not have your number nor your email address somehow?? Email me and I’ll give you a call to catch up!

    • Grace August 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

      Caroline, ha! I know…the show was over, and Kent and I just laughed. So anti-climatic! 🙂 I’ll definitely email you. xo

  3. Jayme July 31, 2014 at 7:17 pm #


    Well, I guess at least you made it on the show-and your good humor about it is most refreshing. Almost two years later I am still waiting to see my kitchen used in Home Depot ads. We used their refinishing service for part of our remodel and they raved about the kitchen when we were done-we signed all those releases…just knew we would be in an ad-fantasies of HGTV magazine dancing in my head…since then…nada, zilch, nuttin’ honey! Oh well, guess it is an honor just to be nominated (or isn’t that what you are supposed to say!)

    BTW…your kitchen is lovely-if only for a fleeting glimpse…

    • Grace August 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

      Jayme, oh my goodness, you must have a fab kitchen! Plus you never know…in my experience with publications, it takes FOREVER for projects to make print. Most published mags have a year or so lead time so don’t lose hope. 🙂 Although it is nice to dream about it, huh? xo, G

  4. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door August 4, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    What a huge bummer! I think your kitchen is a star!

    • Grace August 4, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Awww, thanks Elizabeth! xoxo

      PS – I just checked out your pink desk, can’t wait to hear about that paint!

    • Grace September 21, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

      Awwww, thanks Elizabeth!

  5. Emily Clark August 5, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    I have to laugh. Had a very similar experience with a local news show (after putting in several hours work…). At least you’re good-humored about it!

    • Grace September 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

      Emily, call me and let’s chat, I want to hear all about this! xo

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