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    Quote Originally Posted by nanarama;4129721;
    I couldn't agree with you more, noreality. I'd watch Joan or Sabrina but not Gen. I didn't like her on TLC's Trading Spaces - putting hay on the walls of a family room where they had toddlers or wine bottle labels on the wall of staunch tee-totalers - she is so full of herself I still won't watch anything she's involved in.
    They have had a lot of great personalities on HGTV, (and maybe it's personal taste and there are those who love Gen,) but I wish they'd kept her off the network.
    Actually, those particular designs were done by Hildy Santos on Trading Spaces, not Gen. But I also find her (Gen) off-putting...her incessant giggling at every comment makes me change the channel FAST. Plus she is a horrible designer....altho on the Dear Gen show, I believe other real designers behind the scenes are doing the actual design work...it is too polished to be a product of her mind. But Gen's designs on TS were awful!

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    You're right. It was Hilde that did the straw and the wine labels. But Gen did do the moss and some other obnoxious stuff. I liked the red-headed Laurie and also Frank on Trading Spaces. I quit watching when they got rid of Paige.
    I feel as though I sound like a crotchety old woman who likes the old stuff, but some of the older shows and personalities they had on HGTV were favorites. Carol Duval, Joan Steffend and the gardener guy were really good. I think they've OD'd on real estates shows. I like Sabrina Soto and Mike Aubrey's show as well as Sophie Alsop's (is it even going to be on anymore?) but almost every show now is real estate. I like House Hunters, as much as the next person but SHEESH! Can't they do a show about anything else? Fist Time Home Buyers. Property Virgins, First Time Home Sellers, Real Estate Intervention and so on...
    I miss the craft type shows but I do enjoy all the real estate shows. I am especially enjoying the Selling NY series.....don' know why I am such a voyeur re other people's homes ??? I used to LOVE Design to Sell w Lisa LaPorta but cannot stand any of the other designers on that show.
    Trading Spaces used to be a wonderful budget decorating show but lost it's way when it started having *celebrities* and/or doing McMansions and even a castle(!)

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    The ponytail guy was Edward. I think he and Frank were both from North Carolina (I liked them both). Hated Hilde - it seemed like she always came with some wacky design in mind before she even met the family and just went ahead and did what she wanted, even if it didn't match the family's taste (I don't know many people who would want dishes, glassware and silverware glued to their living room ceiling).

    I didn't like Barry much on this show (but think he's great on that show where he shows what 3 houses would like remodeled). Agree that Doug's designs usually fell flat and liked Laurie's.

    We didn't have cable in the early years of the show, so I saw only the last few years. I liked it - the families' interactions with the designers and carpenters made it more interesting that the average design show where the designer goes in and does his or her stuff.
    I think it's because Barry is an actual architect and not an interior decorator.

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    I am especially enjoying the Selling NY series.....don' know why I am such a voyeur re other people's homes ??? I used to LOVE Design to Sell w Lisa LaPorta but cannot stand any of the other designers on that show.
    I'm enjoying Selling New York too, and I think part of the reason, for me, is that I'm fascinated with Manhattan, and the apartments are usually pretty spectacular. But I'm sorry that they don't show "normal" New York apartments/condos too. I would really appreciate that --- but I guess the powers-that-be think that the public just wants to see the multi-million dollar places. Too bad, cause I'd love to see a mix of both.

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    I'm enjoying Selling New York too, and I think part of the reason, for me, is that I'm fascinated with Manhattan, and the apartments are usually pretty spectacular. But I'm sorry that they don't show "normal" New York apartments/condos too. I would really appreciate that --- but I guess the powers-that-be think that the public just wants to see the multi-million dollar places. Too bad, cause I'd love to see a mix of both.
    Me too! I would also like to see more lower priced units...mix it up a bit. I'm also kind of bored when they leave Manhattan to show us country type manors. They just seem so wasteful to me.....

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    I'm so hooked on "Selling New York." It's like real estate porn. My university-subsidized apartment near Harlem was 140 square feet with the "kitchen" in the hall closet. Paid $725 for that 10 years ago. I used to take the subway to the West Village, go to Kim's video store and Magnolia Bakery and fantasize about living there. This show is like getting to peek into that world.
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    I'm with you all on Selling NY. I love your comment about real estate porn, Candor. Just saw a new episode and it looks like they've added a third real estate firm to the show.

    I actually watched a new episode of Dear Genevieve today where she re-did the living room of a tiny NY apartment for a 30-year-old woman. It was so neat to see a normal NY apartment and she did a really good job of giving her loads of storage with a cool built-in and versatile space. She did the walls a subtle pink, which I wouldn't have done, but hey, the client seemed to like it. Maybe I'm just thinking re-sale too much. I always like Lisa LaPorta's nuetral designs.

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    I love "Selling New York", too. My son is living in Brooklyn now but about 2 years ago he was living in the heart of the Village sharing a 2 bedroom rent stabilized apartment. His share: 500 bucks! A steal! Last week's episode showed the outer borough of Brooklyn in the Williamsburgh section. The townhouse sold for over 1.5 million, I believe. It was gorgeous. My son also lived in Williamsburgh, too, for a very short while. The apartment rentals are even pricey there, too. Even though I live about a 45 minute drive from Manhattan, it's a whole other world. If money were no object I'd trade my home in suburbia for an apartment overlooking Central Park. Well, one can dream. And add me to the ranks of those who miss Lisa La Porta. Such a little dynamo and good designer, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornholio;4181174;
    I'm with you all on Selling NY. I love your comment about real estate porn, Candor. Just saw a new episode and it looks like they've added a third real estate firm to the show.

    I actually watched a new episode of Dear Genevieve today where she re-did the living room of a tiny NY apartment for a 30-year-old woman. It was so neat to see a normal NY apartment and she did a really good job of giving her loads of storage with a cool built-in and versatile space. She did the walls a subtle pink, which I wouldn't have done, but hey, the client seemed to like it. Maybe I'm just thinking re-sale too much. I always like Lisa LaPorta's nuetral designs.
    I miss Lisa as well. Of course part of me misses seeing someone my height on TV. ;-)

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    I am really liking Candice Olsen's new show "Candice Tells All". It reminds me a bit of Sarah Richardson's house series. I like to see the designers shoping and hear the reasons behind why they picked a certain item over another. I learned what "Navy" chairs are and that the ones Candice picked were made from recycled products (I thought I heard the store owner say glass). It was also interesting to hear Candice thought process as to why she picked the muted grey over a pop of color.

    I also want more, Real Estate Intervention, Income Property and The Unsellables. When will we see new shows.
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