HGTV’s Raisa Kuddus and Austin Coleman on their new show First Home Fix


So how would you describe your style, who inspires you, your creations and the way you do things?

Colman: Well, I think a lot of our designs are definitely lifestyle oriented. We live and work in Southern California, and there’s plenty to tap into, 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 sand and 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 that we actually live.

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

What does the design and construction look like on camera? Was it anything like you hoped?

Kudus: Designing in front of the camera, some days were easier than others. If I’m doing a mural and they keep trying to get me out for a scene, it was really hard to get out of my flow state. Because when I’m painting, I like to be really focused, and it’s kind of hard to be taken away from that a lot, but I kind of got it.

Colman: It’s really a challenge because we have to nurture a whole new set of skills when we’re already completely immersed in our design or construction. I do not know. It was tough, but like any skill set, the more you do it the better you get at it, and so I think we struck a really, really good balance.

Kudus: And actually, when we were filming someone, I think it was someone from the crew saying, “Well, if you have more seasons, you don’t have to do all that work.” And I was like, “I’ll always want to do the job. Especially when it comes to my art.”

Colman: Alright Alright. I think they’re just saying you won’t have time to do all of this yourself because it’s going to be very busy, and your response to that was, “Well, I don’t want to do it if I don’t do 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 it. work to achieve it.


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