HGTV and DIY Network Takeover Salt Lake City

I’m sitting on a plane right now, from Salt Lake City en route to our layover in Detroit, and then our final destination – Jacksonville, Florida. It’ll be good to get home and see our boy Mannie!!  Salt Lake was awesome and everyone was super nice.  Here are a couple shots from our trip.

The other speaker at the Salt Lake Home Show was the one and only James Young, of DIY Network’s I Hate My Kitchen.   He’s an overwhelmingly cool cat, who’s laid back and humble.  Whit and I are so glad we got to meet him.  You definitely need to check out his show for some unbelievable kitchen transformations!

It’ll be good to get back into the swing of things for a few days, until the next city. But what I’m most looking forward to is some good ol’ fashioned workshop time…

This past weekend was a good one as Whitney and I got to meet tons of great “Salt Lake-ians” (?) and maybe even inspired a few to finally tackle that next remodeling or DIY project.

However, it occurred to me that with our (thankfully) busy design business – that we’ve gotten away from our roots over the past few months. I guess in a …umm… disappointed way I inspired myself to get crafty when we get back home.

In a recent interview with the local First Coast Magazine in Jacksonville, Whit and I were asked, “What do you love most about design and remodeling?” My response was instinctual – Creating. The workshop is my happy place.

Fun fact: (as told by the great Josh Temple from DIY Network’s: House Crashers) Carpenters are always the happiest guys on the job site. Why? Because the smell of freshly cut wood releases endorphins, which incite a state of happiness. Dunno if it’s true or not, but it sounds good!

I can get high-strung at times, because it’s very easy for me to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of things. But I’m looking forward to Creating and Building when Whit and I return back to Jax. I’ll be focusing on improving my wood working skills and becoming a better creator overall, and a better artist.

Stay tuned blog buds…I’ve got some ideas brewing.

-johnny ray

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8 responses to HGTV and DIY Network Takeover Salt Lake City


  1. How nice of Whitney to let you do your very own blog post! :)

    Looks like you guys had a blast, I love all your facial expressions in these photos!

  2. Been following on Instagram and it looks like you two have had a truly great time…I am so happy that you two are living your dream and sharing this dream with others…It must be exhausting, but a good exhaustion….I can truly say that you two certainly “hitched your wagon to a star!” Bravo you two!!!

  3. Marian

    Excited to see what you create, Johnny Ray!