East Texas designer helps family in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

By Molly Reuter - bio - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It was the phone call of a lifetime.  Teresa Thomas Farish of Tyler has owned a Texas theme furniture store for almost eight years now.  Sunday night, she brought Texas to the entire nation on the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition by helping design a room for a very special little boy.

The show has helped dozens of families.  Sunday, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition made its way to Keller, TX to help the Augustin family.

"She (show designer) said it's a little boy, and he wants to be a bull rider, and I said 'Well, you need to do a buck and shoot bed', and she was like 'what's a buck and shoot bed,'" said Farish.  No worries, this Texas gal, or should we say East Texas designer was there to help.  Farish owns Texas True in Tyler and says the show called her just a few days before the home was set to be revealed.

"She's talking about how she would really like my stuff for the boy's room, and I'm like oh my gosh," said Farish.  After the initial shock wore off, Farish got down to work, first describing a buck and shoot and supplying pictures, and then there was her main project.

"She wanted to brand the young man's floor with the boy's initials," said Farish.  "Originally, she wanted it two foot tall each because she said Texas is really big, and I go 'no one has ever done that', I mean that's huge."  The show eventually settled for one foot, and on a cold and windy December evening Farish and her husband branded the boy's floor.

"I've always had my sights on being a destination and taking Texas around the world, and to have your national break be Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which is a show that does really good work in the world, they are out there helping people, that's so neat, that's such a blessing to me," said Farish.  A true Texas sized blessing.

Farish says the show has inspired her to design children's western furniture, which includes two different versions of the buck and shoot bed.  To learn more about Farish's store go to our homepage and click on the Big Red Box.  There you will find "True Texas."