By: Courtney Dabney
Donna Moss, the “Queen of Bling” and HGTV host who finished the interiors of Fort Worth Magazine’s 2013 Dream Home Monticello, has signed on as designer of our 2019 Showcase Home — a 5,173-square-foot, modern-farmhouse-styled two-story in Colleyville’s gated Oakleigh neighborhood.
Moss will team with more than 10 other designers who will each be assigned their own rooms and spaces in the Showcase Home, finishing the interiors and choosing everything from color palette to fabrics, furnishings and accessories. Moss, who’s based in Tarrant County, is using the project to help launch a web-based network called Home Design TV with the Fort Worth TV producer and filmmaker Josh Mills, and the network will feature shows that follow the construction and design of the Showcase Home.
“Showcase homes are very close to my heart because they gave me my start,” Moss, who began building homes with her husband, Paul, around the region in the early 1980s, says. The couple built their first million-dollar spec home in Mira Vista in the mid-1990s, and at the same time, Moss began participating in Kaleidoscope of Homes projects. “It really is what launched my design business,” she says. Moss estimates the couple’s built 150 homes, and with their three children, they also moved into commercial real estate.
Moss began her television design career little more than a decade ago when she became a finalist in the first season of HGTV’s “Design Star” series, in which the teams renovated a townhome and spent weeks sequestered in the home to preserve secrecy. “They took away our cell phones, our wallets,” she says. Moss didn’t win that contest, but it later helped her secure her own series, “Donna Decorates Dallas,” on HGTV. “I got to do my own show after all, and I got to do it my own way.”
Showcase Home is the latest in a long-running series of projects in which the magazine collaborates with builders and vendors on luxury homes in the region’s finest neighborhoods. The completed home will be open for tours in July to benefit a Wish with Wings, the magazine’s official charity. The home, at 208 Winnie Drive, is a five-bedroom, 5 1/2-bath, painted-brick home. The home is for sale at $1.8 million.
Moss’ Home Design TV network, which she expects to launch in March, will produce its own content and team with affiliates in other markets to obtain more content. Content, for one, currently is being produced in Los Angeles, and more will be coming from Las Vegas, Moss said. Home Design TV aims to focus on design. “A lot of these networks have moved away from design and just do renovation,” a formula that works and has thus prompted copying, she says.
The HDTV app will allow consumers to shop while they watch shows. See something they like in a project the network is following? “You can click on a chair and buy,” she says. “It’s fully shoppable.”
Showcase Home Vendors Here are the vendors who are contributing to Fort Worth Magazine’s Showcase Home:
Builder: Heritage Homes, John Webb
Interior designer: Elements of Design, LLC, Traci Darden
Appliances, master tub: The Jarrell Company
Brick material: Metro Brick & Stone
Cabinets/kitchen: The Kitchen Source
Cabinets/other than kitchen: Mike Conkle Custom Cabinets
Countertops material and fabrication: KLZ Stone
Excavation, rough and final grade: Altera Services
Fire suppression: Haynes Fire Protection
Floors, wood: Vintage Floors
Foundation materials, slab: Metroplex Concrete Construction
Framing labor: Lone Star Framing
Gutters: Loveless Gutters
HVAC: J&S Air
Home automation, AV, security: H Customs
Lighting: Passion Lighting
Plumbing labor: ProServe Plumbing
Roofing, metal and standing seam: Texas Tile Roofing
By: Courtney Dabney