FAME GAME: Shaunna and Matt West featured in HGTV’s Sweet House Alabama pilot
Published 4:00 am Friday, May 1, 2015
The trend of home remodeling shows has come to Pike County, allowing Shaunna West and her husband, Matt, to debut their pilot for Sweet House Alabama on HGTV.
West, owner of Perfectly Imperfect in Downtown Troy, said she was contacted about the pilot two years ago, and HGTV asked them to film the pilot about one year ago.
It will air at 1 p.m. Sunday.
West explained that her blog is what drew HGTV’s attention.
“This all has been a surprise in my life,” she said. “I didn’t expect it, and I’m very grateful. Without having our readers, we wouldn’t have got here. It’s been a big blessing. We are grateful to God, our family, friends and supporters. We are just looking to see where it all lands.”
In the pilot, West and her husband take a local family to find a classic Southern home, and then the Wests renovate and transform the home. The goal of the show is to show how a modern family can live in a historical home with Southern style.
“It was some of the hardest work I have ever done,” West said. “The house they have viewed is gorgeous, and I’m proud of the transformation. I’m grateful to them for letting us take over their life for a little bit.”
West has a team that has been with her along the journey, including her design assistants, Julie Money and Kaitlyn Franklin.
“We are super excited to be able to tell everyone,” Money said. “We have been sitting on this secret for a while.”
Money and Franklin have been working alongside the Wests at the store and with other projects, as well.
“We have a really great team of people that work with us,” West said. “It’s important for me to cultivate a place where people want to work. We really want people to get invested in what we are doing at our stores.”
According to West, Perfectly Imperfect is a store that celebrates a normal messy life, and her new store in Opelika, Factory South, is a partnership with Cotton Creek with portrays the same thing on a bigger scale. West hopes to portray the same lifestyle in the pilot.
“It’s a fun ride for sure,” West said. “We are looking forward to the future.”
Tune in to HGTV on Sunday, May 3, at 1 p.m. central time for the debut of Sweet House Alabama.