Designers ‘conquer’ another remodel: Cameraman says thanks for help during accident
Returning home from a weekend at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Glenshire homeowners Ken and Maureen Bokelund walked into their house to find a brand new bedroom waiting for them.”Oh my god!” exclaimed Maureen upon opening her eyes in her new room, “Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god.”That was just the reaction that producers of local television show Design & Conquer had hoped for when they arranged for interior designers, carpenters, carpet installers, caterers and a TV crew to all descend upon the Bokelunds’ home for 78 hours last weekend.Inspired by the success of nationally televised programs such as Trading Spaces and While You Were Out, both of which air on The Learning Channel, local producers with the High Sierra Media Group came up with the idea for a interior design show in a mountain environment.For this their second episode, the producers decided to redo a bedroom that was badly in need of an updated look. With a budget of $1,000 to work with and only 78 hours to complete the room, principle designer Shelley McGinity of Kiski Design had her hands full trying to manage everyone who was helping out with the project.Fortunately, McGinity possesses “the ability to look at a room and immediately know what needs to be done to it,” according to Suki Morgan, McGinity’s design assistant.Taking a room from 1980s mountain style to French proven?al was no easy task for the design team; however, after three days of work the change was unbelievable.Homeowners Ken and Maureen, along with their daughter Jade, enjoyed their time away at Squaw Creek while the work was being done to their bedroom. They had no idea what to expect when they returned Sunday afternoon, and Maureen admitted to being a little bit nervous about what they would see.”I was kind of shaking a little bit,” Maureen said their drive back from Squaw Creek. “I wasn’t worried that it was going to be bad. I was just really excited to see it.”And their reaction?”I was just blown away. I couldn’t believe it,” Maureen said. “It’s so amazing that they could do that, to literally change a room like that.”According to Ken, “My first reaction was just disbelief because it was so different from what it was… We’ve lived in there for a while, and you know how it is when you get comfortable in a place. You sit there and every night you think about how we can make our room different, better. So to be able to just walk in, it was incredible. Definitely off the hook.”Pattie Lesser, who hosts the show, was equally impressed by the results of the design team’s work.She professed to being amazed at the work of Shelley McGinity and her assistant Suki Morgan, and was also thankful for the help of designer Pattie Powers who helped pick out all the fabrics in the new room.Remodel a way to say thanksThe Bokelunds’ house was chosen for the project in part because of an amazing story involving Maureen Bokelund and cameraman for Design & Conquer, Brian Regalot.On Feb. 1, Regalot was driving westbound on I-80 near Floriston when a football-sized boulder fell from the cliffs above, shattered his windshield, and smashed into his face. Regalot was immediately knocked unconscious and bleeding profusely as his car veered off the road and came to a stop.Having been two cars behind Regalot’s, and seeing his accident, Maureen Bokelund stopped her own car to see what she could do to help.Bokelund, who is a registered nurse at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, held Regalot in an upright position inside his car to prevent him from bleeding to death until paramedics arrived at the scene.Regalot was immediately taken to the Emergency Room at Washoe Medical Center by Care Flight, and spent a total of six weeks in the hospital recovering from his injuries. During that time Bokelund came to visit him and tell him a little more about his accident.”I guess I must have told her thank you too many times because she told me I had to stop thanking her,” Regalot said.Speaking of picking Bokelund’s house for the second episode of Design & Conquer, Regalot said, “You can’t really call this payback, but at least I can do something for her.”Bokelund was just happy to see Regalot recovering from his injuries. She acknowledged that part of the reason she became a nurse was to be able to help in situations like such as his.After all the work was finished, and the happy owners had the chance to thank everyone involved in the project, the cast and crew toasted their efforts with champagne provided by Florian’s Fine Wines and Specialty Foods. Other major sponsors include the Resort at Squaw Creek, Ace Mountain Hardware, Williams Construction and JD Hoss Carpets.This was the second episode of what producers hope will become a popular series. Hartley Lesser of the High Sierra Media Group estimates that it takes almost 400 hours of editing to put together one half-hour show. He hopes to have episode two on the air by Nov. 1. In the meantime, viewers can catch the first episode of Design & Conquer, which featured a complete kitchen remodel, Sundays at 5 p.m. on channel 6 throughout the month of October.
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