from texas 2 nashville. via new york.

June 14, 2012

as we were flying over new york…our plane preparing to land, it all seemed very surreal. NEW YORK?! we’re about to land in new york city? land of lady liberty, central park (hellllllo, friends (ross, rachel, & the gang at central perk), the empire state building, brooklyn bridge, carrie bradshaw, trump tower), and ….. well, of course i could go on and on.

we’ve crossed many a dirtroad, backroad, and small town…but we’ve never been to new york. and there we were….about to land…. in NEW YORK.


{our view from the plane. helllllllo big apple}


once we landed and were headed downtown to our hotel, we saw this….


{yep, i’ll take this as a good sign}

that’s right, God put this big ole double rainbow right over NY as we were headed to our hotel. AND, as if it couldn’t get any better…our hotel room looked right out at what we THOUGHT was the EMpiRE STATE BUILDING and later learned was the chrysler building. (thanks suzy!;) we’re NY virgins) a whole lot of awesomeness.

the next morning…we were shuttled off to 30 ROCK!!! yes, i just typed that….here, let me type it again… 30 ROCK.

with the courage of a jillion of y’all behind us, we quietly walked down a busy new york street. in our holey jeans and cowboy boots with a zillion butterflies in our stomachs…

as one of our long time friends and facebookers posted: “bring the holey jeans, girls. BRING it!”

we were amazingly honored (and NERVOUS!!:)) to be on the TODAY SHOW with hoda & kathie lee. we were invited to chat about how to make money from home…but of course, with hoda & kathie lee, everything is pretty impromptu and from what we had been told, you just never know what they’re going to say or do. and yes, this fact i think made both of us EVEN more nervous. so after a “go team” pep talk from our good friend, bobbie thomas, and with knees knocking and hands sweaty…we were LIVE…


seriously…2 of these nicest ladies everrrrrrr. they were amazing and sweet and kind and funny and they did everything they could to make us feel at ease…we both managed to not stutter, fall off of our stools, or do something otherwise mortifying and embarassing.

in case you missed the segment and want to catch it…click here! AND thank y’all for all of the amazing tweets, emails, & fb posts of support!!! y’all are our red bull!

after our first ever live TV debut, we quickly loaded up in the car and headed for the airport nashville bound.

and although we didn’t get even a small glimpse of LADY LiBERTY in NEW YORK…


we did see DOLLY parton posing as the statue of liberty in nashville at the country music hall of fame…(but that’s a whole separate blog).

we were asked to decorate ‘the HOOK up’ in ‘the LODGE’. the LODGE was the brainchild of HGTV/GAC …a super swanky presence at CMA FEST located smack dab in FAN ALLEY.

{shout out 2 our brother from another mother, cody bennett for this shot!}

the LODGE hosted superstar performances (we’re talkin little big town, thompson square, gary allan, scotty mccreery, kix brooks…the list goes on and on…), a WHITE ROOM CHALLENGE space (where your fave design stars themed out the space inspired by their fave country songs), ICE MY CUP in honor of vanilla ice (a moment of silence here please), a photobooth, AND the HOOK UP (decorated by yours truly)…a place to charge your phones and check out scripps networks ipad apps.

{photo credit: hgtv}

the highlight of our trip was getting to meet all of you crazy & excited fest goers that were stopping by…as we walked up the first day, we never dreamed there would be a LINE of junk gypsy viewers/customers/friends waiting to say hi! it was sooo great meeting and visiting with everybody!!!


{photo credit: hgtv}

we ran into our good friends, the PRopERTY BROTHERS

{rockin our rap star moves with the property BROthERS & LOVE + THEFT}

josh johnson, & emily henderson…hung out at the CMT awards after-party with miranda & the pistol annies…& made lots of new friends…including LOVE + THEFT (above), nan kelley of GAC

be sure to watch GAC’s top 20 countdown this FRIDAY at 8pm EST for all of nan’s interviews at CMA fest (including us!!).

chris lambton of GOING YARD & his new wife peyton…

and yesssss…possibly the biggest moment of. MY. LIFE.


{pretending we’re rockstars in the scripps suite at LP field}

seriously y’all…i am a child of the 80’s-90’s. back in the days of using a hair dryer and hair spray simultaneously on your bangs in order to make them stick straight up, back when you layered your SOCKS, back in the days of A FEW GOOD MEN (you WANT me on that line! you NEED me on that line!). back in the days of MC HAMMER, baggy britches & STOP. COLLABORATE. & LISTEN.

it was a moment when i asked myself…how did this happen? how am i HERE with VANILLA ICE?? (um, ‘scuse me…i meant rob… now that we’re like buds and all)…

did JUNK bring me here? yes, why yes it did.


junk brought me here…with my family. with VANILLA freakin’ ICE.

all for the LOVE of junk. AMEN.

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  • Reply Ashley June 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    The whole thing looks perfect! What an awesome life! And holey jeans are the BEST jeans!!

  • Reply Josie Drenner June 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Wow! You ladies make the rest of us in TX SO proud! …and I’m lovin’ the 80’s & 90’s memories because that was my era too! I used to cut a MEAN rug to Vanilla in my acid-wash Z-Cavaricci’s! lol 🙂

    • Reply Jolie June 15, 2012 at 10:12 am

      ahhhh…thanks sooo much, josie!!! and i STILL have my Z-cavaricci’s!!! i feel like erkle in ’em but i still have ’em!!

    • Reply Stacy June 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Your journey is an inspiration to the junk-lovers and “shop girls” in each of us!

  • Reply Tracy June 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    How exciting! This Alabama girl loves y’all Texas gals.
    Anddddd I am very jealous, Ohhhh gosh! The Property Brothers, I LOVE those two!!!

  • Reply Suzy June 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    That picture of the Empire State Building? Is not the Empire State Building. It’s the Chrysler Building, an art deco building. If you ever get a chance to go inside? WILL BLOW YOUR MIND. The Empire State? Not so much. ~ x New Yorker

    • Reply Jolie June 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

      heyyy there suzy!!! thank you sooo much for the correction!!! we’re total NY rookies! never fear though…we plan on going back soon and spending MORE than 24 hours!!

  • Reply sheri stewart June 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    luv, luv, luv you and your show. i hope you rock this whole crazy world back into the home town country it needs to be-full of color, creativity, love, home cooking’ and of course your beauty and inspiration. Junk on Gypsy girls!

    • Reply Jolie June 15, 2012 at 10:10 am

      thank you sooo much sheri!!! we’re sooo glad you are diggin it!!! “in a world where you can be anything, be yourself.” -etta turner

  • Reply Whytney June 15, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Y’all look loke you are having so much fun on your HGTV journey! I have really enjoyed the show. My fave so far has been the Dierks episode. I have been looking for a vintage trailer to refurb and I <3 DB. AND THENNNNNN you seliver it to him at the Goode Co BBQ around the corner from my house in Cypress! (SWOON)

    I can't wait to see the new shop. How many trips to Round Top (by Round Top, I mean New Braunsfels to see my BFF 😉 ) can I make this summer??? And then October will be here before ya know it!]

    Girls, Y'all make me proud!

  • Reply Jessica June 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Your NY trip looks amazing! I just discovered you guys and I’m already making plans to junk-gypsify my home/office/style/LIFE!! Now how soon can I make it back out to TX to visit you guys???

  • Reply MIchelle June 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Love Love Love your spirit and your style. Keep on keepin’ it funky ladies…. much love from Washington State

  • Reply Tina Buenzow June 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I adore you and i love your energy! and proud that ya’ll are from Texas! I am anxiously awaiting for you shop to open in Round Top so i can come see ya’ll so i can put some junk in my trunk!

  • Reply Leena Lanteigne June 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Yeehaw! Looks like a fantastic trip with such great memories! Glad y’all had such a rockin’ time! Yes, junk is our friend. Junk shall set you free! Hugs, Leena

  • Reply Lora June 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I was so happy to turn the lap top on this morning and see a new post 🙂 …. Looks like y’all had lotsa fun in NY. I bet it’s a lot different than Texas. I LOVED the most recent episode of Amie’s pink house. It’s my fave so far. lOvE y’all!

  • Reply Mariana June 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Oh beautiful!! What an awesome trip for y’all!! (And I was so very happy to meet y’all in Nashville!) Love y’all!!!

  • Reply Susie June 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Wow, ya’ll keep it so real. Would never know you were nervous, and you both look great. Would love to live the dream your living. Keep making us proud!

  • Reply zeta61 June 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Just watched your show on HGTV here in Colorado and got so homesick for Texas I could hardly stand it. I have some excellent necklaces I bought from ya’ll a few years back and was so excited to see your new tv show. I miss TX and you girls are the guttsiet women I know. Rock on!!

  • Reply christine humble June 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm


    Good evening! I caught your HGTV show today and noticed a certain sign in Hermann Furniture. It appeared to say HUMBLE! It just so happens, my husband is related to the Humble’s of Texas . Anyway, love your show and look forward to seeing more Junk Gypsies.

  • Reply Rebecca P June 17, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Congratulations you guys! It’s great to see Texas girls making dreams come true! I’m another Texas girl from the 80’s and 90’s, that gets high off of junkin’ and decorating. I am so inspired by your work on the show…my mind just runs crazy the whole time I’m watching…I can’t all the ideas down on paper fast enough! Just thinking about it makes me feel happy!
    Thanks for being great representatives of Texas girls, and thanks for spreading that great junk love!

  • Reply Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse June 18, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Great segment!
    So, so happy for you two…all your hard work, loving what you do is sure paying off! Thanks for sharing and letting us all know dreams do come true! Enjoy!

  • Reply Amy Moorhouse June 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Hey you two world traveling’ chics ~ loving all of your success and stardom! Keep on Keepin’ on sistas ~ sending you Gypsy Love!!

  • Reply Lisa C June 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Texas is so proud of y’all! So happy to see that you have arrived!

  • Reply Jen @ CraftyHomeImprovementMisAdventures June 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    What a great adventure! I died when I read you talking about using a hair dryer and hair spray at the same time on your hangs. I have many a picture with giant bangs like that! See, we ARE long lost sisters! (yep, your long lost gypsy sister from Tulsa). Congrats on such a great adventure!!
    xoxoxox, Jen

  • Reply Stacey K June 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I saw the Diehl living room episode and fell in love with the red/orange ruffle shirt big sisster was wearing. Now I see it again in the picture with the property brothers (above). Can you tell me where you bought it? THANKS!!!

  • Reply Ginny Limer June 27, 2012 at 12:55 am

    JuNk brought MeEe here too…well, not the “here” you are @ but the “here” i’m @! I’m a rust <3 n antique huntin' deal findin' girl from Texas too…and crafty, yet i didn't put the two together until inspired by you girls. Now i went "Junk Gypsy" on one room in my house and in the process of having a Gypsy meets Ginny CaMpEr. Sooo excited for JuNk GyPsY girls/guys that there is now a show in addition to the blog and website 🙂

  • Reply Erin July 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I am IN LOVE with Jolie’s boots on the Kathy Lee and Hoda show! can you give us a fashion update and tell us where you got them? or who makes them? they need to be in my closet. I love ya’lls style 🙂

  • Reply Donna Redus-Neal July 13, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I work for Jcpenney, and they are always throwing out things that you would just love. I would go to the nearest store and ask if you guys could have the things. I do have this old purple graphic with the Eiffel Tower plus writiings of Vintage Belle ,and another one says party chic. I though of you guys., because if was gramed, you would love it. approx. 5ftby 24in . love your show!!!

  • Reply Donna Redus-Neal July 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

    it was framed….just thinking that you guys might want to get neat stuff. I still have the purple graphic..let me know.

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  • Reply Cammie July 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I love you guys you’re great. But the cute little blonde girl is so cute and pretty she needs to keep the hair off her face so everyone can see how cute she is.

  • Reply mattie July 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    good lord yall ,are yall like the littlest people and short or are all those people that big ? lol esp… the “property brothers” they look like giants to yall .glad a good time was had by all and your safe and back in Texas. will have to tape the today show and watch later .some of us have “indoor” jobs .lol .lovin yalls life . live it big girls .live it big

  • Reply tammy July 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    You guys are AWESOME!!! I am a new fan of “Junk Gypsies” and I don’t know how I have made it this far without you. Y’all remind me of me and my dad. He has a huge shop and if I’m ever feeling “artistically crafty”, I go there. I pick out something and either he or I or he and I (when he’s feeling well) will do something incredible! Thank you for the enthusiasm you share! You are most high on my bucket list! If you’re ever around MS, I’m there! Btw, I live in Houston, MS which is 10 east of The Sweet Potato Capital of the World, Vardaman, MS. Love you so much!

  • Reply Pam BENNETTS July 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Only thing that brought you here was FAMILY who loves JUNK!!!!!!

  • Reply Cricket Boyd July 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Great job y’all, I’m sorry I missed the live episode , but y’all were so cute. Great idea’s and so much fun. Next time when you go back, maybe you can go see Lady Liberty!

  • Reply Susan July 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Love you guys and your show. I am in Sacramento and refurbish junk as much as possible. You are an inspiration and I want to be a junk Gypsie also!!!Thank you for sharing your great ideas…

  • Reply Robin July 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    You all made us PROUD!!!! And You all sure looked better than those City Gals!

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