Going Hollywood

Madison designer hosts
his own television show

New show teaches public how to design
and decorate your home on a budget

By Michella Marino
Contributing Writer

(August 2006) – Barry Wooley, a Madison, Ind.-based designer and co-owner of the Artful Living at 313 W. Main St., is not a newcomer to the world of television. In fact, he has appeared on several local TV stations, including the local WB network, on which he participated as a regular guest on the “Louisville at Home” program. Wooley also served as the Lifestyle Expert for WDRB Fox 41, along with personally redecorating their news set on live TV. He has also made appearances on WAVE-3 and WHAS 11, where, according to a recent press release, he “offered interior design advice and demonstrated various design ideas and techniques.”

Barry Wooley

Photo by Michella Marino

Co-owner Barry Wooley’s Artful Living
store in Madison will be intertwined
with his new television show.

But Wooley’s current TV project takes him into a direction that he’s never been before. He is the host and co-producer of the new WB 7 weekly television show “Artful Living with Barry Wooley,” which premiers at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. The new show, sponsored by several local organizations, is part of the Home Zone, an affiliate of BMB Productions that produces various local shows such as “Entertainment by Design,” “Secrets of Louisville Chefs” and “Louisville at Home.”
Wooley already is receiving accolades for his TV performances. Michael Lattin, executive producer of “Louisville at Home,” said, “Barry’s new show promises to be a huge success because he is engaging, and his ideas are fresh and creative.”
And even though the busy Wooley will be working on his own show, he still plans to appear on Lattin’s program as a guest.
The purpose of the original and new interior design show, according to Wooley, is “to show people how to design and decorate rooms that celebrate living. It is also to show people the building blocks of creating a welcoming home on a budget.”
Wooley wants the public to learn how to fashion a “warm, fuzzy, and unpretentious” space. By featuring various techniques on the show, Wooley will able to demonstrate how much time, manpower, and money it takes for differing projects.
“Artful Living with Barry Wooley” is a type of magazine show, as the host likes to refer to it. Essentially, every week there is a new cover story, and when you open the magazine, all the stories relate in certain aspects to the cover story.
For instance, the first episode features the home of Mark and Jennifer Lamkin. Mark Lamkin is the Louisville native who was a recent contestant on Donald Trump’s hit NBC-TV show, “The Apprentice.” After his debut on the program, Lamkin decided he needed his home redecorated to better accommodate guests and business contacts, so Wooley and team came to the rescue.
In this episode, Wooley takes the viewer through the Lamkin home, shows what he did to each room, and then explains how the home viewer can recreate similar atmospheres in their own house.
Wooley’s show will also bring different recurring characters into the program. Jude Loew will be hosting the cooking and entertainment segments, while Brian Martin is the designated “hands-on-guy.” If the various segments are popular, Wooley said that it was possible that the recurring characters may be able to eventually branch off to their own shows.
Even though Wooley himself is the main host, he also intends on bringing in special guest hosts and celebrity hosts to join him from time to time.
Each week of the show, a different home or project will be featured. Wooley plans on using homes from Louisville, Madison, Cincinnati and Indianapolis, along with doing smaller feature segments from Chicago, New York and California. He plans to take the show to Market in Chicago and to the New York International Gift Show, since so many people are curious about what goes on at Market and the different products available there.
As for the episodes concerning Madison, Wooley plans to feature his current local projects, which consist of two historic downtown homes, the Pittman House on Third and Elm, and the Canida Home on Vine Street. Wooley has one more Madison home in the works as well.
Wooley’s Artful Living store in Madison will be intertwined with his new TV show. The TV program will display new items by showcasing what’s hot in the fashion and design world, and then Wooley will carry the new products in his Artful Living store.
An e-commerce site is in development, so eventually people will be able to buy Artful Living products online. Wooley’s future vision is to create an Artful Living brand, and his new TV show propels him one step closer to his goal. “I want to be able to see a towel with Artful Living on it,” Wooley said.
To see Wooley’s work, watch his new weekly TV show, or visit his store in downtown Madison, or meet him at the upcoming 2006 Bellarmine’s Annual Designer’s Show House in Louisville, where Wooley designed the foyer and balconies of one of the featured condominiums of the Park Grande.
According to the Bellarmine University website, The Designer’s Show House, which runs from Sept. 9-24, will feature two of the Park Grande condos, which overlook Louisville’s Cherokee Park.

• For more information, visit: www.ArtfulLiving.info. Visit www.bellarmine.edu for more information on the 33rd Annual Designer’s Show House.

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