January 28, 2023

Get Cozy! ‘Candy Magnolias’ Star JoAnna Garcia Swisher on Her Dreamy Residence Decor Line

There are such a lot of issues to be glad about this yr and one in all them is that JoAnna Garcia Swisher is about to be all over the place on our screens very quickly. Not solely does the pleasant actress have Season 3 of Candy Magnolias within the can, she’s additionally featured in AMC+’s upcoming vacation function Christmas with the Campbells (written by Vince Vaughn and A Christmas Story‘s Peter Billingsley), internet hosting Netflix’s The Ultimatum: Queer Love and constructing out her home-decor line for HSN.

A longtime favourite of TV Insider, we jumped on the likelihood to talk along with her about taking the leap into design and the way she has “battle-tested” her items with the assistance of her two daughters and husband, retired MLB star Nick Swisher. So simply in time to your Black Friday frenzy, right here she is being as pretty as her assortment.


OK, as quickly as I noticed as advert to your HSN line pop up on my Instagram feed, I used to be like, “Oh we want to speak about this.” As a result of that is so thrilling!

JoAnna Garcia Swisher: Oh my God, you’re so candy. Sure, it’s been enjoyable.

So when did this really all begin to germinate?

It actually began throughout COVID. I used to be approached to sort of begin this line and we began speaking with HSN. Our authentic launch was speculated to be within the fall of 2021 however due to transport delays, we weren’t in a position to launch then. So we in the end ended up dropping within the spring of 2022, which was nice. And each line has felt like a child to me now, proper? We have been seeking to do a vacation assortment this yr, however due to Covid-related points, we weren’t in a position to do it. However we’re gonna do a vacation capsule assortment subsequent yr and I can’t let you know how excited I’m about that.

That’s what I’ve type of been engaged on recently, that and our fall of 2023 line. That’s how far upfront we’re doing this stuff.

I’m guessing you might be type of used to that sort of schedule with filming? You’re employed on one thing for therefore lengthy after which it doesn’t come out for six or eight months.

Properly, that’s sort of what this yr has been like! We simply completed Season 3 of Candy Magnolias, actually a few weeks in the past, after which this film Christmas with the Campbells I shot final January, which is popping out in December. After which I’m internet hosting one other present known as The Ultimatum, which I shot even previous to that, like a yr in the past now! So just about the whole lot that I labored on final yr is popping out now. [Laughs]

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So let’s discuss your HSN line. It feels so well-curated and there’s a coziness to it, nevertheless it’s additionally actually refined. Like the pillow tassels are such a contact.

Thanks! I actually recognize you even noticing that. Yeah, it’s been an actual studying curve. And I’ve to say, initially after I was approached by HSN — I’m a buyer, so I understand how they’ve this unimaginable normal — I knew that these items was gonna be actually, actually prime quality. I felt like, “OK, they actually know their stuff in that method.” However what I didn’t understand is that I used to be gonna be so amazed by the workforce of individuals working with me to assist deliver my imaginative and prescient to life. The quantity of training and knowledge that I get from them has been monumental. And due to my ardour for dwelling decor and design, I’ve an consciousness of various textiles and their operate and and the way they’ll carry out.

However then it goes to a complete different stage with the HSN workforce of individuals. It’s been actually unimaginable to work with these girls as a result of they’ve primarily given me carte blanche and I come to them with these insane imaginative and prescient boards of merchandise and so they discover them. It’s superb. The opposite day my husband was like, “What did we get from India?” And I used to be like, “Oh, that’s proper, they discovered some fabrication that I needed to see.” And they also have single-handedly been in a position to sort of deliver my desires come to life. Now, having mentioned that, there’s a very sturdy dedication to the HSN shopper—they’re the whole lot to us. In order that they have additionally helped me navigate the waters and actually understanding who’s buying our line and actually gearing our line in direction of them.

Your value factors are so inexpensive. How did you construct out the gathering?

It’s actually been a piece in progress. And I’ve to say, it hasn’t taken lengthy, however this final assortment that they despatched me samples for, I used to be simply so ecstatic as a result of the decor is basically the place I believe we’re gonna be capable of do distinctive issues that I actually needed to do. Issues that you just’re not discovering elsewhere, proper? So I needed staple items that can work time and time once more. Actually, timeless items. However now, we’re additionally peppering in these [unique] objects that really feel actually particular, inexpensive and prime quality which are particular to HSN. In order that’s sort of the place my head is at proper now.

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So now that you just’ve acquired the bottom coat down, you can begin so as to add extra touches. And I like the way in which you discuss on the positioning, about taking dangers, mixing some patterns, and being daring.

Sure! When making an attempt to create and elegance that elevated look, mixing patterns is a kind of essentially the most daunting issues I believe, proper? Most individuals once they’re placing their houses collectively are like, “How can we do that?” Oftentimes, it simply takes confidence. And so for me, that’s one thing that I thrive on…my eye is drawn to a mixture of patterns and textures and all of these issues. The concept was to make this palatable and thrilling for our buyer in order that she would really feel like she has this actually elevated look that isn’t too far on the market. As a result of I can get just a little far on the market. I can get just a little cray. [Laughs]

However that’s additionally the enjoyable half, too, proper? Having one thing that pops.

Precisely. I simply wish to make it straightforward and make it sort of a one-stop store. I’m Cuban, I’m very sensible and so I really want to have an understanding of the story behind why every bit is in our assortment. It’s actually essential for me, particularly once they’ve requested me to go on-air and discuss this stuff. And these merchandise are battle-tested in our dwelling. They’re part of our life. They’re very a lot in our world. And I additionally wanna really feel just like the issues that I’m investing my cash in, I can reinvent in 1,000,000 other ways. That’s so essential, too.

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Just like the Water Hyacinth storage ottoman, which is attractive.

Which I’m actually sitting proper subsequent to! [Laughs] Actually. It may be your espresso desk, it may be a facet desk, it may be in a bed room, and you’ll put all of the throws in there. That’s how one can restyle this stuff. And it has discovered its method into a couple of completely different locations in our dwelling. Proper now it’s in our lounge.

And it’s additionally actually sturdy. This factor looks like you could possibly stack espresso tables on it, a lamp on it. It’s not flimsy on any stage as a result of it has high-quality building, which was important for me. That was one of the crucial essential issues.

I’m obsessive about the throws. it’s winter and each room ought to have one thing you’ll be able to wrap your self in. Especially the pom-pom one.

That was our child. That was my first and it was the factor that I liked essentially the most. And yeah…I’ve them all over the place. [Laughs]

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Hilarious. And the way are you spending the vacations?

We’re gonna keep put in Florida. We’re actually excited as a result of Nick’s birthday and my mother-in-law’s birthday are over Thanksgiving. The ladies can be dwelling [from school] and we’ll get to take a deep breath. Actually, it’s been actually loopy yr, with a whole lot of being in every single place. Oh, and I’m gonna be on HSN for early Black Friday stuff. I’m actually enthusiastic about getting to speak concerning the line and HSN is correct right here in Florida, so it’s like my yard!