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Entrepreneur Opens Up Her Home and Shares Her Story On New HGTV Show

Mary Grace Granados The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Dallas entrepreneur Shama Hyder shares her experiences taping the HGTV show "Self Made Mansions." Her Miami Spanish revival home is featured on the show this weekend.


A Dallas entrepreneur’s luxury home is featured on a new HGTV show called “Self-Made Mansions” this weekend. Shama Hyder, CEO and Founder of Dallas-based Zen Media, shared her Spanish Revival Miami residence with viewers.

The show follows television personality Clinton Kelly (of “What Not to Wear” and “The Chew” fame) as he and a local realtor help “self-made entrepreneurs and creative geniuses” find their luxury dream homes, according to HGTV’s website.

Hyder and her husband Patrick Barnhill are both entrepreneurs. Hyder, who grew up in Carrollton, was living in Dallas when she founded Zen Media in 2009. Now, the company has offices in Dallas and Miami, and she splits her time between the cities. Barnhill is the founder and co-owner of Miami-based company Specialist ID Inc.

They were initially hesitant about sharing their private lives, but Hyder said she and Barnhill chose to participate in the television show for a specific reason.

“We thought it would be great if our story inspires others. Neither one of us comes from money, and if we can build this life, anyone can,” Hyder wrote in an email.

The couple bought their house two years ago, Hyder said. It’s a Spanish Revival design that’s almost 6,000 square feet. She said the house is called “Casa Ida” and has a lot of character. Fun fact: the couple hosted their wedding at home, too.

The home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms, with a library and a professional recording studio where her husband plays piano and guitar. She said it’s her favorite room.

She said they were drawn to this particular home because of its unique architecture and the art woven throughout the home. Some of the design details include stairs made of stone imported from Italy, a copper bathtub in the primary bathroom and Spanish tile accents as well.

Hyder said the show is reverse-engineered, like playing pretend, noting that the couple had already lived in their home for two years before the crew began filming the show in October. She said the suspense of the show revolves around which home the couple will choose. Three homes are shown and one is their actual residence with their possessions moved out. Hyder said she hopes the show tells the entrepreneurial story.

“We are hopeful this inspires folks,” she wrote.

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