Did Columbus-born woman win the grand prize on Four Houses on TLC?

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 1, 2013 

UPDATE: Well, at least her home was original.

Jenna Buck Gross, who was born and raised in Columbus, appeared on Monday's episode of "Four Houses" on TLC. Fellow contestants described her Decatur, Ga., home as a color explosion resembling the inside of a dollhouse.

In the end, Gross placed fourth out of the four contestants, earning a score of 62 out of 120 points. The $10,000 grand prize went to a bachelor pad belonging to the lone male contestant on Monday's show, which focused on Atlanta-area homes.

Gross' bright color choices -- including a hot pink bedroom -- were likely too polarizing. It's fair to assume she's OK with that. While exploring one contestant's home during Monday's show, 29-year-old Gross said, "I like bright, shiny new things because they make me happy."

Here's our earlier version of this story.

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Not everyone dreams about getting candid feedback about their living space from fellow homeowners, but one Columbus-raised woman embraced the opportunity.

Jenna Buck Gross, 29, will appear on tonight's episode of "Four Houses," which airs 10 p.m. EST on TLC. The show "features four design-obsessed homeowners as they vie to impress each other with their unique decor and personal style," according to the network.

The contestants explore and score each other's homes. At stake: a $10,000 grand prize for the highest total score.

After being born and raised in Columbus, Gross now lives in Decatur, Ga. Her husband, Caleb Gross, is also from Columbus. They finished building their home in March 2012.

Tonight's episode of "Four Houses" focuses on the Atlanta area.

"(Producers) ended up selecting homes from all walks of life and from all different parts of Atlanta. Our house represents the intown, young family home. It was decorated by me, a stay at home mom with two young children," Gross said.

On TLC's website, Monday's episode is titled "…and a Hot Pink Bedroom." That's apparently a reference to Gross' home. "I think my daughter's hot pink bedroom is what first caught their eye but our home stands out because of the color and style I used throughout. It's very fresh," she said.

Gross called the "Four Houses" process "a blast" and said she learned from the experience.

"What I learned from being on 'Four Houses' is how my surroundings affect me and make me feel. The other houses were much different than mine. They didn't offer the color or personality that I desire in a home. I didn't feel as comfortable in the other homes like I do in mine. I realized I want to help people feel good in their homes," she said.

Gross' interest in decorating isn't a temporary deal. "Four Houses" helped her realize a dream of establishing a small design firm, she said.

"After building our house from scratch and being on the TLC show, I have had several people email me to ask for help with their own houses, and Colordrunk designs was born. I have a few clients I am working with right now and can't wait for more," she said.

Sonya Sorich, 706-571-8516.

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