A dating show didn’t bring former The Bachelor and The Bachelorette contestants Chris and Peyton Lambton together. Their love of landscaping did. Both were contestants on the franchise (different years), and met through mutual friends. Now they’re on screen together transforming backyards on HGTV’s Yard Crashers. Lambton uses his expertise to redesign neglected backyards. Peyton brings out each homeowner’s style with textiles, furniture, and more.
Catch Chris and Peyton Lambton on the Main Stage, Friday, February 26 at 5 pm, Saturday, February 27 at 10 am and 3 pm, and Sunday February 28 at1 pm.
What do we lose when we ignore the task of landscaping?
Chris: I go to these backyards the homeowners don’t go into at all. They’re wasting double or triple the size of their house in space due to the unused backyard. Once you convert that into usable space—a place they can dine, cook, entertain, or whatever, and you see their faces or their friends’ faces—it changes the whole dynamic.
Peyton, how has your design style and expertise changed since working on shows with homeowners?
Peyton: Being on a show with many personalities, everyone wants something different. I have to find a way to meet in the middle—I listen to what homeowners are saying directly and what they’re saying around an idea so I can encompass the feeling they’re going for. Maybe it’s not that [specific] piece of furniture or that color they want, but the functionality or the look.
Chris, how has Yard Crashers influenced your work?
Chris: I was born and raised a landscaper, been at it since I was 7, so it’s something I love. But my expertise was very specific to New England. The great thing about Yard Crashers is that I fly all around the United States. I learn so much; every region presents a different challenge.
We have a lot of lakes here in Minnesota. How would you design an all-season yard for someone with lakeside property?
Chris: With Minnesota, planting is very important because you want to have color year-round, especially in January when it’s -50 degrees outside and the wind is howling. You’ve got to plant some holly, or evergreens. You have to take advantage of each one of the seasons.
Peyton: I would make sure the point of view when entertaining gives everyone a view of the lake. That could be positioning the deck in a certain spot. That could be a patio with a fire pit because of those cold winters—you can extend the life of your outdoor space with a heating element.
What trends are you seeing for 2016?
Chris: The farm-to-table movement is still a very big trend. It’s more accessible to achieve now that you can order raised planters online that are on casters so you can move them around.
Peyton: I’m seeing the use of technology booming. People are using it to make their homes smarter and efficient and easier— electronic blinds or highlighting planting beds or trees [with lighting]. You can control lighting with an app on your phone.
Any advice for attendees of the Home + Garden Show?
Chris: If you have questions, bring iPads, photos, and ideas to us at the show. We’re the professionals and can be a neutral party. The hardest step is the first step into your backyard. We can help you with that first step.