Can I say...I love this TV theme even though I prefer the shows from before than the newbies. The newbies seem to all be about buying a home, flipping this or that or painting everything grey..I think that's the "in" colour right now. Oh yes, and let's buy an old home and paint the beautiful wood white (FFF#%#@!!!). I have to admit, it is usually the women who want to paint the wood and this is where I want to throttle their little karen necks. To showcase colour, the design twits have to put in a stupid bowl of green apples, limes or lemons in there. I don't know about you but, unless I am Julia Child, I will never go through that many limes or lemons. Wandering through the Shelves picked a good one this week because it might bring out our guilty pleasures. Here are 3 that I loved watching and would watch them again if they came out in repeats.
1. DEBBIE TRAVIS’ PAINTED HOUSE-1995-2002
This is a great Canadian TV show that put Debbie Travis on the map. When someone does not have a lot of money to spend re-doing everything, she showed what we could do with paint and made things colourful instead of basic blah. Now, mind you, I think she did paint some beautiful wood which is when I wanted to get my shotgun out but, overall, I enjoyed this show. I even have a couple of her books. I love the Tuscan walls she creates (mind you...it is probably the off screen elves who create the walls).
2. CLEAN SWEEP-2003-2005
I thought this show was on a lot longer than just 2 years but this was the time when things were changing in the home shows, going from what to do with something small to spending thousands on a blah look. ( "Oh look honey, white blah with a bowl of limes for colour” ). This show had the hostess talk to a family that have a room overtaken with stuff... I mean full of crap. They take it all out and put it on the lawn where the people have to make 3 piles: one to keep, one for trash and one to sell. Guess which had the most stuff on? Enter an organizer who tells the dweebs how much they must reduce their crap by making a game out of it. Next comes hunky he-man who builds something for their crap they wish to keep. In the end we see the finished look and see how much less the dweebs truly need. Honestly, I would love to visit these people 2 years later and see if they kept in great order...probably not.
3. COLOR CONFIDENTIAL-2005-2010 (It should be Colour)
This is another Canadian show with Interior designer, Jane Lockhart (who has also painted wood which just pisses me off plus she does get on my nerves a bit, but I can live with that) helping a person or a couple who wish to have a room done, usually it’s a bedroom or living room/dining room. Jane finds out what they like and then brings in a colour wheel but not just any colour wheel...it’s geared to what the person or couple love. If the person loves music, she will create a wheel showcasing all the colours but through their interests. So gold might be represented by a small sax and cream might be from guitar picks etc... it’s pretty cool how she gets the people motivated by just picking colours they love. She explains how each colour will look and guides them to something they like (maybe, who knows when the cameras are not rolling). This is a full episode based on Christmas. It's not a fav of mine but it gives you the idea how she works. What is nice is she will not do something you don't want her to touch or do unlike some other shows that used to burn my britches.
Do you watch any home shows?