BY TAYSHA MURTAUGH
Lauren Liess and her husband, Dave, are used to having their hands full. Together, they run an interior design and textiles company just outside of Washington, D.C., for which they juggle a number of projects—all while raising five kids (and three dogs, and a gaggle of geese). And now, they're adding something else to their plates: a DIY Network show called Best House on the Block, premiering November 7 at 11 p.m. ET.
"We've been in some form of crazy for the past four years," Lauren, who has already been featured in national publications and written a book on decorating, told CountryLiving.com.
"I'm not sure I can say filming was necessarily crazier than how it had been," she added, laughing. "I think you reach a crazy limit and from there you don't even notice when it's nuttier. We are so far past functioning normally."
The series follows a similar format to existing shows—only with more focus on decorating—and less on renovation.
"It's all about taking typical, regular houses and making them special, bespoke, and custom," Lauren said. Here's what you need to know about the network's newcomers.
1. Lauren and Dave work together.
Get ready for another dynamic husband-and-wife team à la Chip and Joanna and Erin and Ben. While Lauren handles the design side of Lauren Liess & Co., Dave serves as project manager, setting up meetings, ordering products, and handling contracts and other paperwork.
"He really frees me up to stick to as much creative as possible and makes everything go from point A to point B," Lauren says. "People are always like, 'Don't you get sick of each other?' and we really don't because we're in such different parts of the business. By the time he's implementing, I'm designing for somebody else. With the show it was really fun because we got to be together so much more."
2. But it's not your average reno show.
Unlike other shows starring married couples as hosts, Lauren and David will not be overhauling homes. Instead, Best House on the Block will focus on breathing life and personality into D.C.-area "cookie-cutter homes."
"One of the things I'm excited about is that there's a lot of decorating in it, and I think a lot of shows are super-renovation-based," Lauren told us. In this way, the Liesses' show is a return to programs packed with more manageable projects as opposed to highly ambitious (and highly expensive) flips.
3. Lauren and Dave have five children.
The little Liesses consist of three boys (Christian, 11, Justin, 8, and Luke, 6) and two girls (Gisele, 3, and Aurora, 1). Their last baby was born shortly after the pilot aired, meaning it's been a busy (but exciting) year for the family.