Okay, I'll admit it... I'm somewhat addicted to home remodeling and decorating shows. The purchase of my first home coincided with the initial, sudden period of public interest in "Trading Spaces," and I needed some good ideas. Soon, I became hooked.
Well, now I'm becoming un-hooked, especially where "Trading Spaces" is concerned. I couldn't tell you the last time I took a good idea away from the show, or when the designers, ANY of them, came up with a room that I'd actually want in my house. In fact, I think Barry and Hildi have been coached into doing outrageous crap just to help create a sort of Decor-shock TV and hopefully boost ratings. Word up to TLC: you're succeeding in doing the opposite... driving people away.
My opinion is the "Designed to Sell" remains one of the better shows on the air. Not only do each of the rooms they do look dramatically better upon completion, but it also sends out a really good message: spend a little cash and do a little work on your place before it goes to market and you'll get better results. And don't be outrageous about it.
All this being said, to follow are some things I hope to never see again on any home improvement show. I encourage everyone out there to add to the list... threads like these can get wicked funny.
1. Loud, gaudy colors and crappy paint jobs trying to pass as classy.
2. Candace Olsen's pot lights. I challenge this woman to do a design where they AREN'T used. Talk about a crutch.
3. Chocolate brown. A note to designers out there: there are other colors available at Lowe's.
4. Susie Coehlo's nostrils. Frightening... simply frightening.
5. Ordinary people trying to act on "House Hunters." Thankfully, they changed the format of the show so that people no longer have to fake getting that all-important, life-changing cellphone call from their realtor. (Say the following as if you were a talking two-by-four: "Really? We got the house? That's great news.")
6. Theme rooms of any kind on any show.
7. Those over-sized stars on the mantle of any given model home.
8. Lemons as decorative pieces.
9. Water features that look like they were fished out of a trash heap somewhere in Tuscany. PS - To those who don't actually know this: Tuscany is in ITALY, not France.
10. Hildi-Santo Tomas' shoe collection. You know the woman just isn't serious about remodeling when she wears a pair of backless Manolo Blahnik's with 4-inch spike heels to the job site.