BiographyTrading Spaces' "king of country" Frank Bielec is a big man with a big heart, big ideas and wild style. Combining his background as an exhibited artist with a flair for crafting one-of-a-kind pieces, he is known for creating comfortable rooms with equal parts coziness and cool. Frank, along with designer Laurie Smith and carpenter Amy Wynn Pastor, appeared on the very first episode of Trading Spaces on September 29, 2000.
Originally an elementary school teacher, designer Frank Bielec holds a bachelor's and master's degree in education. Frank also taught courses on art and social studies for secondary school students and earned a master of Fine Arts degree. Frustrated by an educational system more focused on test preparation than experiential learning, Frank left teaching after eight years and discovered a "second career" as a florist. Designing elaborate arrangements for a varied clientele, he remained in the profession for 20 years. Through it all, however, Frank created and sold his art, and had his work exhibited in numerous galleries. It was in 1989 that he finally combined his arts and crafts talents with his business acumen and co-founded the business "Mosey 'n Me" with wife Judy, specializing in designing cross-stitch patterns.