Fredericksburg Parent

April 2013

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Sabrina Soto host of HGTVs The High Low Projects talks about transforming spaces and following her dreams WRITTEN BY CHRIS JONES PHOTO BY HEIDI DIEUGENIO D ressed in tall, black boots, dark denim skinny jeans and a black, short-sleeved top with leopard printed sleeves, Sabrina Soto, host of HGTVs The High Low Project is glowing. The interior design maven spent Saturday, March 16, in Fredericksburg, Va., sharing her design expertise with thousands of attendees during the Fredericksburg Home and Garden Show held at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. ���It���s been fun. I used to live around here. My first HGTV [show] was Get It Sold and I moved from L.A. to the D.C. area and did six seasons of Get It Sold; I Iived in DuPont Circle and Bethesda, Md. Now I���m living in a New York City high-rise and I really miss having a house. I can���t do any DIY projects,��� says Soto, making a sad face. In New York City, where Soto hosts The High Low Project, she has the challenge of designing a homeowner���s dream room with no expense spared. Once revealed, she then has to create smart, high-value replacements that mirror the high-end pieces she chose initially. ���I love doing makeovers, but the best part is the reveal���when you get to see everyone���s faces when they see their room for the first time. It���s a fun job. I never wake up in the morning and go, ���Ah, I just don���t want to go to work today.��� Trust me, I remember how that feels and I don���t take it for granted. I appreciate every single moment,��� she says. Soto���the daughter of an interior decorator and a television producer���got her big break in an unlikely way. ���Seven years ago I was bored and I couldn���t sleep and I was on Craigslist and there was an ad for a designer with TV experience and it was for Get It Sold. Isn���t that crazy?��� she giggles. ���No one believes me, but my friend Taniya Nayak, who is also on HGTV, found her job on Craigslist, too. She did Designed to Sell. Nuts.��� Known for her budget-consciousness, Soto believes any home can look expensively decorated with a few bucks and a little creativity. Chris Jones loves to watch HGTV despite the fact that he���s never done any home projects. To read Sabrina���s design tips for children���s spaces, home offices and finding inspiration, visit our website at Launch Rockets Battle Robots Build Bridges Summer Camps �� Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers SAVE $10 Enter Code: efksc13 Limit one Coupon Per Customer. New Registrations only! EXPIRES 5/31/13 Engineering For Kids�� brings science, technology, engineering, and math to elementary and middle school students in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, clubs, and parties. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world! Please visit our website for more infomation or Call (540) 288-1335 www.fredericksburgparent.NET 15

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