Four Houses Q&A: Brandi Harper
TLC’s new hit show Four Houses puts contestants against each other to see who’s decked-out home will be supreme. Contestants tour each others homes and judge their decor based on style, originality, and livability with the winner receiving $10,000 and a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
The most recent episode of Four Houses featured unique homes in the heart of Texas with Brandi Harper’s antique-filled home taking the win. We had the opportunity to chat with Brandi about her quirky design style and her personality-filled home.
How would you describe your homes aesthetic?
I would say that my perfection is imperfection. I like things in odd numbers. I like them displayed very natural. The more dents and things an object has is the more character that it has. I’m really not one to go out and pick things that are new in a cookie-cutter store. I want a one of a kind item that I bought in a flea market or antique show and that way I have a memory of where I found it and it’s something that nobody else would have.
Which room do you spend the most time in?
My kitchen. I have three boys and they keep me busy all the time. We actually built the home so our kids can enjoy it and by doing that, we honestly have ten to fourteen kids at our house on the weekends or in the summertime so I cook because I want them to feel welcome and I love to cook and love to serve others.
What makes the home uniquely you?
What makes it unique is that I like to find items that were tossed away or disposed of and I try to find a creative way to reuse those. So I think repurposing and recycling unwanted objects is what makes my home unique.
Do you have a favorite piece of furniture?
It would be my mother’s chopping block. My mother passed away twelve years ago and when I was three years old we were going down the street in Louisiana and she stopped because she saw a butchers block on the curb. She went to the meat market and she asked the gentleman if he was going to get rid of it and he said yes because they had outlawed butcher blocks in meat markets. So we paid the man, loaded it up, and she scrubbed on that thing for three or four days. So can I remember being outside with her and her cleaning it and I built my kitchen around her chopping block.
Aside from your own home, which house would you live in?
Angela Glass. Angela and I have very, very similar tastes. All of our families love to hunt. We have acres of land where she’s on the water and one of my sons loves to fish. So I could see myself with Angela’s home. Angela and I, our husbands look very similar, we dress very similar, and our homes have a lot of the same feel so definitely Angela’s.
What do you plan to do with the winnings?
Two years ago we adopted, well we legally didn’t adopt, but we took on our middle son, and it has been a big adjustment because we had eighteen years to plan for college and trucks and the things you need for your boys when you’re raising them whereas for Jesse we literally had two years to prepare for college and a vehicle and make sure he has the things he needs. He just graduated high school so it’s going to be used to get him a better vehicle to go to college in and for his tuition and books and all of that kind of stuff.
Get a sneak peek at next week’s episode in the clip below and tune into TLC Mondays at 10/9c to catch the full episodes!
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