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Robin Bach
Robin has worked for IKEA Atlanta for 10 years and is returning to the squad as an Interior Designer. She was responsible for many of the amazing transformations last year. Organization and personalization are important driving forces in her designs, in addition to great lighting.

Rocky Brewer
Director / Cinematographer
Having worked many different jobs at IKEA, Rocky is “ready for anything” and loves helping people find smart solutions for their spaces. In his spare time, Rocky enjoys composing music, making short films and traveling the city with his husband.

Elizabeth Spencer
Elizabeth has a great passion for design, film and helping families from all over. She has worked at various IKEA stores across America and is excited to continue to travel and pursue her passions while on IKEA Home Tour. She can’t wait to see what every city has to offer.

Stephanie Recupero
Home Tour is a new and exciting creative outlet for Stephanie. The opportunity to inspire viewers to improve their home is a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Along with interior design, she enjoys printmaking, ceramics and has a fondness for cats and squirrels.

Jesse Myatt
Editor / Cinematographer
Jesse began his IKEA journey in 2010 while pursuing his passion for media production in film school. Now he can combine his love for film and IKEA by being a camera operator and editor on IKEA Home Tour. He looks forward to exploring each new city on his long board and is always looking for great music festivals.

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The following are the eligibility requirements for participants (“Participants”) on the audiovisual program currently entitled “Home Tour” (the “Program”) produced by IKEA North America Services, LLC (“Producer”). In order to be selected as a Participant on the Program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
I. You must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia whose primary residence is located within a sixty (60)-minute drive under typical traffic conditions of (and no more than fifty (50) miles away from) an IKEA Store (go to www.IKEA-USA.com to find a list of IKEA Store locations) in the markets designated for the applicable Program. For 2016-2017, the markets are Draper, UT; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA. You understand and acknowledge that due to production planning and scheduling, Producer may only be able to consider Participants in specific geographical areas for certain episode(s) of the Program.

II. You must be the age of majority in the state in which you reside (typically 18 years of age or older; 19 years of age or older in AL and NE).

III. You must not have a criminal record.

IV. You must not now be a candidate for public office and must agree not to become one until six (6) months after initial public exhibition of all the episodes of the Program in which you appear, if selected as a Participant.

V. You must not be (a) an employee, officer, director or agent of Producer or its advertising and promotional agencies and/or of any of their respective licensees, assigns, parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies, (b) an immediate family member (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son, regardless of where you live) or member of the same household (whether related or not) of any employee, officer, director and agent of Producer or its advertising and promotional agencies and/or of any of their respective licensees, assigns, parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies. In addition, if you are closely acquainted with any person connected with the production or administration of the Program, you must disclose such fact in writing to Producer and you may not be eligible, if in the Producer’s sole discretion, your participation could create the appearance of impropriety.

VI. You must be willing to submit to a background check.

VII. When requested by Producer, you must timely complete and return the Participant Agreement Package that will be furnished to you by Producer and will include, among other things, a Participant Agreement including release forms and waivers for review and signature by you.

VIII. You understand that if you are selected as a Participant, you must be available for the entire makeover process (including filming) at your residence for one (1) consecutive week in September 2016 through August 2017. Specific dates will be confirmed upon selection of you as a Participant and are always subject to change in Producer’s sole discretion. Producer will furnish you a location release form that you must timely return signed by you and anyone else whose permission is required to grant the rights to film your residence and use such footage in and in connection with the Program. The Program will not include any makeover projects that involve any demolition, plumbing, hardwire electrical or similar work. You may be requested to participate in certain aspects of the makeover process, including, for example, painting, assembling furniture, removing and/or disposing of existing furniture, etc.

IX. Producer reserves the right to change any of the eligibility requirements at any time and is the sole judge of the eligibility criteria.


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(iii) other than the opportunity to be potentially selected for participation in the Program, you shall not be entitled to any compensation whatsoever for completing the application or for participating in this selection process;
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(viii) you may be asked to submit your own video and you may also be taped, filmed and/or otherwise recorded, including, without limitation, at your residence, in connection with the Participant selection process for the Program. Whether or not you are selected as a Participant, Producer shall exclusively own all right, title, and interest (including, without limitation, all copyrights) in and to any and all recordings made by Producer and in and to any and all video that you have provided in connection with your application and any other materials that you have provided or may provide in connection with your application or the Program (collectively, the “Materials”), including, without limitation, the right to edit, alter or modify the Materials and to use all or part of the Materials and your name, voice and likeness in any and all media now known or hereafter devised worldwide, in perpetuity.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for an IKEA Home Tour makeover?
Applying is easy! All you have to do is fill out the required information, and then upload a video telling us about the room in your home that needs a makeover and how IKEA Home Tour can help make your dream space a reality.
Are there any restrictions to apply?
Unfortunately there are, but luckily there are only a few:

You must be the age of majority in the state in which you reside (typically 18 years of age or older; 19 years of age or older in AL and NE).
You must be a legal resident of the United States whose primary residence is located within a sixty (60) minute drive under typical traffic conditions of (and no more than fifty (50) miles away from) an IKEA Store of the select markets below. To find a list of IKEA Store locations, visit: http://info.ikea-usa.com/StoreLocator/StoreLocator.aspx.
Additional eligibility requirements apply. Please review Terms and Conditions.
What is the deadline for entry submissions?
The entry submission deadlines vary per city/market*:

Draper, UT: September 4, 2016
Las Vegas, NY: October 16, 2016
Los Angeles, CA: December 11, 2016
San Francisco, CA: February 12, 2017
Portland, OR: March 26, 2017
Seattle, WA: May 7, 2017

*All dates are subject to change.

What should my video include?
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your home. Introduce us to your family (pets too!) and take us on a quick tour of your home. We want to see your personality and what makes you unique! We’d love to see a quick view of the outside of your home too. Show us a panoramic view of the room that you’d like some help with, explaining what are the challenges you’re having with the room in its current state and how IKEA Home Tour can help make your dream space a reality. Lastly, describe your style and what your dream space would look like. Don’t hold back on sharing your story with us and why you’d like some help from the Home Tour Squad…every little detail helps!

Is it ok if my video looks amateur?
Of course! We just need the information listed above. Most importantly, have fun, be yourself and don’t forget to show us your space you want made over!

Do you have tips for shooting my video?
Absolutely! Here are a few tips:

Have a friend or family member shoot the video, if possible
Hold the camera / phone steady while shooting
Make sure your video camera is turned on, and that you can see a clear picture.
Make sure sound and image are both being recorded (you might want to test it out by recording for 10 seconds and then playing to ensure it is recording correctly)
If you are using a phone, keep the phone horizontal when shooting and tap the screen to help focus
Make sure the room is well lit, try to regulate the amount of light, and make sure the light source is not shining directly into the camera
Make sure the volume is turned to the maximum amount
Speak directly, slowly, and clearly to the camera
Treat your video camera like a still camera and compose your shots; for example, don’t be afraid to frame your subject slightly off-center
Please do not include music in your video
Be natural, show us your personality
What format should my video be in?
Any of the following file formats will allow you to easily upload:

MOV, .MPEG4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, and WebM

How long can my video be?
We ask that your video be no longer than 3 minutes. If it runs longer than 3 minutes we won’t be able to watch it, but don’t worry 3 minutes is plenty of time to show us your personality and your home!

What browsers are supported?
Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer (IE11 and Microsoft Edge).​
Can I delete my submission entry?
If you’d like to delete your entry within the submission period, please email: [email protected]

Can I upload from my phone?
Yes, you can! Upload directly from your phone to the user submissions page (hometourseries.com/submit), using either a pre-recorded video or recording a new one.​

Can I nominate a friend or family member?
Unfortunately, applicants must apply on behalf of themselves. But the good news is you can forward the the link to the submissions page (hometourseries.com/submit) to an interested friend or family member, who can then submit his or her own application directly.

Can I make multiple submissions?
We ask that you only submit one video, so choose the room in which you’d most like our Squad’s help.

I’ve submitted my application, what’s next?
If you are selected to move on to the next round of the selection process, you will be contacted via email. We will fill you in with further details at that time. We will also let you know via email if you were not chosen for the makeover, but unfortunately we won’t be able to provide each applicant personalized feedback as to why they weren’t selected.

Why don’t I see kitchen in the list of rooms?
Unfortunately we’re only solving home furnishing makeovers and not home renovation projects. That is why kitchens aren’t available as a makeover submission.

If I want a bathroom makeover, what can I expect?
Bathrooms are always fun to makeover! You can expect a refreshing and organizing of the space. For example, you might get new cabinets or storage solutions, but we can’t move plumbing, power lines or knock down walls. So while we can’t offer a full renovation we can still improve your bathroom so you can enjoy the space.
If I am selected to participate, what is my time commitment?
If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will need to make yourself available for a home visit from members of our team who will come in to take measurements, see the space and meet your family. This will take place over a weekend between September 2016 – August 2017. After the home visit, if you are selected as a finalist, you must be available to commit yourself to the entire makeover process (including filming) between September 2016 to August 2017. This time commitment consists of design and group calls from the Squad, a 2-4 hours on two separate days to prior to the makeover to finalize designs and film the “before” footage, 1-2 hours filming and looking for new products at your local IKEA store and one (1) consecutive week for makeover implementation. Dates will be confirmed upon selection and are always subject to change.
What is IKEA using these makeovers for?
IKEA is sending the Home Tour Squad all over the country to help families solve home furnishing challenges. These makeovers will be filmed by the Squad and will be posted across IKEA USA’s social media channels to show others how they can tackle their home furnishing challenges too.
When and where will the filmed IKEA makeovers be shared?
The IKEA makeovers will be shared across IKEA USA’s social media channels, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and the IKEA website starting in December 2016. Places where the videos will be shared are always subject to change. Stay tuned and watch the many makeovers and videos the Squad will be sharing at hometourseries.com!
Don’t see an answer to your question?
If you have questions regarding the IKEA Home Tour submission process, email us here: [email protected] For any other questions, please contact us by sending us a private message on Facebook (facebook.com/IKEAUSA) or by sending us a Direct Message on Twitter (@IKEAUSAHelp).