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      Behind the Scenes with TV Show Animal Cribs

      On Monday, September 24, 2018 our recently wrapped, hand polished Starfire Direct van made its way to the latest set of Animal Planet’s Animal Cribs.

      Animal Cribs?

      It is a show where Designer Antonio Ballatore and his team of "Catsperts and Barkitects" use their expertise to transform drab, cramped homes and outside areas into functional, high-style spaces for both pets and the people they love.


      During Season 1, Antonio and team…

      1. Redesigned a cabin for a family and their blind dog.
      2. Did a complete backyard renovation featuring a pet-safe fire pit.
      3. Turned a man-cave into a masterpiece that accommodated 20 pets.
      4. Designed a room complete with a soaring sculptural cat climbing wall.

      How is that for a first season?

      Hey Buddy!

      Antonio Ballatore and Jonathan BurlinghamLeft: Jonathan Burlingham, CEO of Starfire Direct. Right: Antonio Ballatore, Designer and Host of Animal Planet's Animal Cribs TV series.


      Antonio and Jonathan Burlingham, CEO of Starfire Direct, met in 2009 on HGTV’s show The Antonio Treatment. Since then, they have worked together on various projects, both on set and off.

      I’m always excited to work alongside Antonio. We’ve known each other for nearly 10 years and have done a handful of projects together,” Jonathan notes when asked about this project before rolling, “I’m excited to see what he has planned for this episode of Animal Cribs and how Starfire can contribute.

      ON SET

      Starfire Direct on the set of Animal CribsStarfire's Jonathan and Lindsey head into the project.

      Daphne - Animal CribsAs we made our way on set, we were greeted with a friendly tail wag by Daphne. A cutie owned by the Senior Producer.

      Bowie - Animal CribsNext, we met Bowie; named after David Bowie. Why you ask? They both have one blue eye and one brown eye. Rockin’ awesome!

      Edie - Animal CribsLast, but not least we got to meet Edie; Antonio’s newest addition to his family. Antonio rescued Edie last September from Los Angeles’ MaeDay Rescue shelter after seeing her photo online.

      "When I first saw Edie, I knew without a doubt that she would fit right into our family” says Antonio. “However, when I got her, she had been underfed, abused and abandoned. She was constantly frightened. So, in addition to feeding her a healthy diet, I took her everywhere with me to show her that she is loved and safe."

      Today was no exception as Edie appeared on set wearing a stylish pet carrier in timeless denim. And believe it or not, they filmed the entire day with Antonio wearing Edie in her carrier. And honestly… she looked like she was lovin’ every minute of it!


      Filming Behind the Scenes of Animal CribsThe Animal Crib's film crew readies the camera to capture the magic being worked.

      Next, we got to filming! Jonathan and Antonio had a great time selecting the outdoor décor that would help to transform the pet’s backyard into something the entire family would enjoy.

      As for Lindsey (COO of Starfire Direct) and I...well...we tried to be as an inconspicuous as possible.

      After many takes and a lot of laughs, Film Director Chuck said he got exactly what he needed.


      During the actual filming, the team certainly had their share of funny outtakes. The main bloopers were the pronunciation and definition of the below words.  

      Transitional Wicker

      Pronunciation: tran-ZISH-uh-nuhl
      Definition: Is a more contemporary style furniture with wicker as the material. 

      Palapa Umbrella

      Pronunciation: pah-lah-pah
      Definition: Also known as grass thatched umbrellas or grass umbrellas. 

      Rattan Wicker

      Pronunciation: rat·tan
      Definition: The thin pliable stems of a palm, used to make furniture. 

      Adirondack Chairs

      Pronunciation: ad-uh-ron-dak
      A simple chair made of wood or man-made materials, generally used outdoors.

      After the filming was all done, we all walked away having had some good laughs and a few inside jokes that we’ll chuckle about for years to come.

      AIR DATE

      This episode is set to air in Spring of 2019. We'll definitely make an announcement on our social media and via email when we have an exact date. But until then, if you have not already, watch season 1! It’s a show every “bunny” will love.



      Main Image: The Starfire team hangs out with Animal Crib's Antonio Ballatore.


      Kristy Benedict


      • Fransie Visser (Mrs) | Feb 04, 2020

        OMW I just looooooooove watching Animal Cribs with Antonio, crew and all the animals. The transformations they do is super cool and I love the fact that they cater for each and every animal – no matter how big or small. Gosh of all the animal programmes this is by far the best and cutest. On top of that…. Antonio is SO good looking! :-) I hope to see many more of Animal Cribs.

      • Delia Beck | Apr 23, 2019

        what approximate costs of these beautiful animal cribs? for instance the bunny crib with beach theme?

      • Kennedy minton | Apr 11, 2019

        Hey guys! I am a former triathlete (from LA) turned dog-walker in Seattle….I work for an amazing woman, Marie Abernathy at www.evergreenpaws.com and we love our pups! We also like to help out the Seattle Blind community…we walk their Guide Dogs! Guide dogs need “dog walks”, just like other non-working pups!
        We have a client named Oliver, who has a great guide dog named Irwin. I think Oliver and Irwin could use the help of Animal Cribs to make their home life better and safer.

      • Brenda Duffy | Apr 08, 2019

        What dog breed is Edie?

      • Ginny Bianco | Apr 02, 2019

        Does Antonio only do his remarkable and awe-inspiring renovations in the Seattle, Washington area? I would love his input on how to build an indoor sanctuary for my rescued sugar gliders only I live in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

      • Penny Hernandez | Mar 25, 2019

        What breed dog is Edie? I have a sweet little girl who looks a lot like Edie.

      • Cecilia Weiss | Mar 25, 2019

        You guys are the best!!!
        Daphne says hi!

      • Starfire Direct | Dec 24, 2018

        We had a blast working with Antonio and his team. They’re wonderful people and it was a pleasure to be a part of the episode.

      • MaryKay O'Hanlon | Dec 24, 2018

        I’m so glad I found this show. You do fantastic work for the critters and their people! Looking forward to seeing more shows.

      • Patt Word | Oct 19, 2018

        Fun seeing the “real people” from Starfire! Anthony is a hoot……….TY for sharing

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