Did you catch the premiere of TLC’s Four Houses? This new competition series follows four homeowners who are invited to preview, critique and score each other’s homes for the chance to win $10,000 and an opportunity to be featured in Better Homes and Gardens! We we’re lucky enough to chat with episode 1 winner Mishka Kluk, who answered our questions about her beautiful home.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
We came from Europe and used to travel a lot during our teenage years, all over Europe and I guess we brought things from there. We love America but it has nothing to do with our style, especially on the real estate market, so we decided to create something completely different than what you see over here. It’s very natural, organic, and rustic.
What room in your home do you spend the most time in?
Our master bedroom is probably the most significant. It’s one large space with a handmade copper bathtub in the middle of it. We designed it, and then my husband made it. It’s a beautiful piece, like a piece of art, and so we decided to keep it open to keep it visible. Why should we cover something that is so beautiful?
What makes your home uniquely you?
I love nature. I love organic materials. I hate shingles, siding, and everything that is ninety nine percent of what you see outside when you drive through a residential area. I like unique stuff. I like different, but natural and simple things that comes from the ground, from the soil, from outside. It makes me feel comfortable.
Do you have a favorite piece of furniture in your home?
I have many of them. Probably the first piece of furniture that we created about twenty years ago, the table in the kitchen that’s composed of wood and old copper that turned green and pieces of green marble with handmade rivets.
Of the remaining homes, are there any that you would live in?
Ricky’s home was very interesting. Yes, it is kind of psychedelic, it looks like a set from a movie, but it had so many things inside that I found interesting. This guy is traveling the world and brings back interesting pieces of art, brings something that brings him motivation to do his own art. I knew automatically when I went there that he had to be an artist and that most of the artwork was his.
What will you be doing with the prize money?
My son is an American born, all-American boy, but he’s also very artistic and he helped build this house. We told him about what we believe in but it’s hard to believe in something when you don’t see. So I said, “Listen Sam, if we’re going to win this money I’m going to take you on a trip to Europe and we’re going to spend some time over there. We’re going to go to southern France, we’re going to go to Spain, we’re going to go to Italy and I’m going to show you how the real architecture looks, not something that’s just an imitation.” I want him to see how they were building hundreds of years ago, I wanted him to see castles.
For a clip from next week’s episode, view the video below—and be sure to tune in Mondays at 10/9c on TLC!