New HGTV digital series ‘Freestyled’ filmed in the Detroit metro is a game-changer

Adar Kirkham has traveled the world as a professional dancer and choreographer for some of music’s biggest names, but now she’s channeling that globetrotter into another passion: interior design.

Kirkham, who lives in Farmington Hills, is the host of a new HGTV digital series that premiered last month called “Freestyled” and it’s the latest show set in metro Detroit. The six-episode series, which airs Sunday at 12 p.m. on all HGTV social media channels, challenges Kirkham to work with homeowners on a specific space in their home and transform it in 24 hours on a $1,500 budget. $.

“A lot of it is saving, repurposing, and reusing furniture they already had; there’s a lot of scavenger hunts all over the house to find treasures that I can reinvent,” she said. “It’s all about affordability and creating a space that looks and feels authentic to the client and is achievable.”

“Freestyled” is HGTV’s latest show based in Metro Detroit. “Bargain Block,” which focuses on flipping run-down homes on specific Detroit blocks for first-time home buyers, kicked off its second season this summer. And “Rehab Addict” with Nicole Curtis is still largely filmed in Detroit.

Kirkham, originally from New Jersey, said she grew up in a creative family where painting walls and furniture was normal. In college, she debated whether to pursue design or dance before choosing dance.

And that decision paid off. She’s been a backup dancer for everyone from Rihanna to Elton John. She was also entertainment manager and choreographer for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets dance team for seven seasons.

But it was his 2016 appearance on the hit show “Flea Market Flip” with his mother that really got him thinking about a career change to finally pursue design. And she said her dancing career has broadened her design aesthetic.

“All the things I’ve learned about traveling and performing and this Hollywood glamor life of being among this type of crowd, my design vision is broader because of it,” Kirkham said. “People always ask how I got from one to the other, but they were always both happening.”

On “Freestyled,” she works with clients all over the Detroit metro area. Each episode is only 10-12 minutes long – Kirkham calls them “design nuggets” – but it’s all about “accessibility and high-impact design with limited time and budget. And that’s exactly what I want.”

In her own Farmington Hills home that she shares with her husband, Tyrel Kirkham, vice president of brand and marketing strategy for the Detroit Pistons, it’s filled with sports-inspired color and decor. The couple moved to Detroit in August 2020 and they love their new hometown.

“Between New York, Los Angeles and now living here, we love it,” she said. “It was awesome.”

For anyone who wants a change of style but is constrained by a budget or schedule, Kirkham encourages people to think outside the box on how furniture can be used. An office doesn’t have to be an office; it could be a console table.

And paint is one of the most affordable design tools for making a big impact, she said.

Even rearranging furniture in a space is a way to really transform a space: “And it costs nothing,” she said.

For more on “Freestyled,” go to hgtv.com/shows/freestyled.

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