When Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin first moved to Nashville in 2015 (independently, due to job-related moves in their husbands’ respective careers), the two women hadn’t yet met. They had no idea that they were about to start a business together, and they certainly never could have predicted that they’d soon be organizing the pantries, closets and garages of some of country music’s biggest superstars.
“We moved here sight unseen. I’d never been to Nashville,” Shearer recounts to Country Now over video chat. “…And when I tell you that I watched the show, Nashville, which is not a documentary, as though it was a documentary — I mean, I was taking notes. I was like, ‘Okay, so people go to the Bluebird Cafe a lot!’”
Although Shearer’s real-life Nashville experience might not quite match the one she saw on TV — five years after arriving in Music City, she has yet to visit the Bluebird — the move was fortuitous for both women. The two met through a mutual friend, and decided to start a business together that very same day.
“We don’t advise it,” laughs Teplin, as the pair remember how quickly their company came into being.
“No, we don’t advise it. But it worked,” adds Shearer. “…We did really wanna merge aesthetic and style and interior design and have it be something people were proud of, and incorporated into their home. Not, you know, fuddy duddy organizing.”
The result of their partnership is The Home Edit: A business aimed at putting a fresh face on organization. As their company grew, Shearer and Teplin wrote a book together and even started organizing the homes and spaces of some of Nashville’s celebrities.
“Granted, we had no [idea of the] possibility of this show,” Shearer points out. Adds Teplin, “It wasn’t even on our radar.”
Even so, the pair have now become the stars of their own organization-centric reality TV show, Netflix’s Get Organized With the Home Edit. The series airs this week, and follows Shearer and Teplin as they tackle two projects per episode: One in the home of an A-Lister, and one for a client who’s not a celebrity.
The show offers a sneak peek into the lives and homes of superstars like Reese Witherspoon, Khloe Kardashian and Kane Brown, proving that you can learn a lot about a person from observing their home space. For example?
“I will tell you that Kane loves Cinnamon Toast Crunch,” Shearer relates.
While they knew from the start that it was Katelyn’s idea to have them over to organize the pantry — she’s a big fan of the Home Edit — they were determined to win Brown over with their creativity and organizational prowess, too.
“Our goal was to make Kane love the pantry,” Shearer goes on to say. “…So we were like, ‘Okay, he loves snacks. He loves candy. He loves a cereal.”
So they made sure to stash the Cinnamon Toast Crunch close to the door, where the singer could easily grab it on his way to playing video games. That’s just one example of how the two women incorporate their clients’ personal lives and habits into their work: They also noticed that the Brown family has a lot of S’mores ingredients laying around, so they created an entire station for chocolate bars, graham crackers and marshmallows.
“Sometimes we just have to dig and investigate..like, ‘Oh, S’mores must be a thing in this house. I’m seeing a lot of marshmallows here,’” Teplin points out. “No one’s gonna think to tell us that. We have to kind of be, like, Inspector Gadgets and figure out what’s going on in the space.”
While their visit with the Browns is documented on their upcoming show, it’s far from the first time Teplin and Shearer have organized a country star’s space. They’ve worked with Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and many more.
“We collect them like literal playing cards,” Shearer admits with a laugh, but adds that there’s one Nashville icon that’s still on their bucket list of celebrities to work with.
“I would love to go into Dolly’s house. I would do anything,” she says. “Although maybe I shouldn’t — I don’t know if I could be cool!”