Hannah Allison said Friday she was feeling like she did before she got married again: excited but nervous about all the people who would soon be looking at her.
Hannah, 28, and her family recently moved into a new home in Edwardsville, and their experience choosing among three houses was featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters” on Monday night.
Hannah was at Whiteside Middle School in Belleville, where she works as a teacher, when she got the email from HGTV. The first line read “congratulations.”
As soon as the final bell rang, Hannah said she called her husband Zach, 30, to celebrate.
The Allisons have been fans of HGTV since they renovated their first house, a historic home in downtown Edwardsville. But when she was the one being filmed, Hannah said she had trouble ignoring the cameras. She said her 1-year-old son Max had the same problem.
“It was so hard,” she said.
Hannah said they planned to watch Monday night at Global Brew Tap House & Lounge in Edwardsville, one of the locations where HGTV filmed this summer for the episode. Viewers also got to see Leclaire Park and Main Street in Edwardsville featured in the episode.
Hannah said she was most excited to see those places in the metro-east, which are special to her family, in the episode.
Zach and Hannah both grew up in Edwardsville. Leclaire Park is where they had their first date and where they now take their son.
“I felt like a proud mama,” Hannah said of taking HGTV on a tour of the area.
The Allison’s episode is called “Colonial vs. Ranch in Illinois.” Here’s the description from HGTV:
“New parents want to upgrade to a bigger home in Illinois but disagree over style. She’s got her eye on a turnkey two-story home with an office and room to grow, while he wants a one-story fixer-upper with a three-car garage and a big yard.”