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Ocotillo mom crafts her way to ‘Making It’

July 20th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Ocotillo mom crafts her way to ‘Making It’

By christina fuoco-karasinski


Ocotillo interior designer Joanna Gick likes to say she got lucky.

For starters, she and her husband, David, found the perfect home.

“We bought a house on a golf course that was a foreclosure and we completely remodeled it,” Gick said.

“We gutted it and redid everything. We have a nice, big backyard and a four-car garage. We got lucky that we found this house that had everything we wanted, and I was able to remodel it and make it look exactly how we wanted it to.”

Gick’s “luck” has expanded to television, as she earned a spot on NBC’s six-episode show “Making It,” which premieres Tuesday, July 31.

It is hosted and produced by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, and the contestants’ crafting challenges are judged by self-proclaimed bon vivant Simon Doonan and Etsy’s resident trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson.

“I can’t tell too many details about the show, but overall it was a really, really fun thing,” said Gick, who grew up in Toledo, Ohio, but graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2004. “Being an interior designer, crafting is something I only get to do on my free time.”

Gick co-owns J&J Design Group in Scottsdale with Jennifer O’Dowd. Gick’s projects have been featured in HGTV magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, People, Wall Street Journal and Fit Pregnancy. The company specializes in whole home remodels and new builds.

“It’s a very rewarding job,” she said. “It’s also very stressful. I think the most stressful thing is wanting the client to be happy, which they always are. But there’s always that unknown, like what if something comes in damaged or all of a sudden a tile isn’t available any longer. There are so many moving parts that makes it stressful.”

“Making It” was anything but stressful for Gick, who is a fan of Poehler’s work on “Saturday Night Live.”

“They were just so down to earth and nice,” she said. “With Nick, it felt like I was talking to one of my friends. With Amy, I’ve been watching ‘Saturday Night Live’ since I was younger. It was so surreal to me to be standing there talking to her.”

Gick landed the spot on “Making It” by applying, just like 4,000 other crafters did.

“I got lucky,” she said. “I was at home when I got the call, so I could freak out.

“I haven’t seen the show yet, but it’s lighthearted and celebrates makers and things they do. I have an 8-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. They’re super-excited to watch the show. They know Mommy’s going to be on TV.

Photo courtesy NBC

Ocotillo interior designer Joanna Gick is most proud of her home, which she and her husband, David, renovated.