I have lost track of how many reality shows Sharon Osbourne has been on, but I know the first was MTV Cribs, and that spawned the highly entertaining reality show The Osbournes, which changed reality television as we know it. It launched a jillion celebrity reality shows where has-beens try to jump start their careers by airing their dirty laundry, or checking into rehab, or both. What followed were a bunch of shows about wanna-be celebs with serious addictions to hair extensions, botox and filler let people shoot them in the bathtub with their partners just to try and vie for some housewife air time, and lord knows the list goes on.
Frankly, no one has ever topped The Osbournes, and no design show has ever entertained me as much as Flipping Out, but for the love of all that is Oly, I like to watch high end design shows so much more than I like to watch a bunch of tacky D.I.Y. kountry krafty krap that seems to have taken over the airwaves. Let’s see some real designers, the kind with degrees, experience, and mind-blowing portfolios. Let’s see some that have celebrity clients and no budget. It’s television. It’s fantasy. Before you say anything, I don’t care that we’re all on IKEA budgets and one light fixture on one of these shows costs more than our yearly mortgage payments or a college education; it’s fun to watch dammit! Million Dollar Decorators premieres tonight at 10:00 EST on Bravo and I cannot wait to see craziness ensue, or the overexposed Sharon Osbourne. Her houses usually look pretty cool, devil heads and all. It looks like this show could produce some new entertaining guests for Andy Cohen’s show as well. Mazel!
Wow am I proud and jealous of one of our furniture designers today! Kiersten, a.k.a. Mod Mom, gets to meet Nate Berkus on his show today! I can’t wait to see her; check your local listings so you don’t miss it!
So I admit it, I couldn’t help watching The Apprentice last night. Like everything else Trump does, the show is seriously bloated and should definitely be edited down to one hour, but it was a fascinating drama regardless. The teams, divided into men and women, had to design and build an office space in Soho. The offices they were given were full of light and totally open. Somehow, both teams managed to make them look terrible. They threw the word “modern” around and seemed to think that all that meant was adding a bunch of flat screen TVs, and they seemed to think that “green” meant installing a bunch of plants. There was no attention paid to scale, which was made most apparent by the rugs both teams chose that were thrown willy-nilly around the spaces.
Anyway, did anyone else watch this show? What did you think? By the way, if you want to make a drinking game out of it, drink every time someone says “at the end of the day” or “threw me under the bus.”
Are any of the rest of you as obsessed with Jeff Lewis as I am? I think Flipping Out is BY FAR the most entertaining design show on television, and he’s one of the most entertaining people on television. I just wanted to shoot out a quick reminder to you other Ben Lomand Valley Oak Commonwealth Zoila Jenny Jeff Chloe Ryan Monkey Jet Sarah fans that the new season starts on Bravo tonight, 9 p.m. on the east coast.
So, 9 by Design wrapped up this week on Bravo. What did you think? I have to say, at first these people really got on my nerves – I think because everything was so hectic – pregnant woman running around moving furniture, six kids yelling, a crazy stressful move, name dropping, claiming to be southern with the oddest accents ever, and a hyper husband. However, these people have TOTALLY grown on me. I think it started when they ran to the flea market and completely transformed their temporary granny rental in about five minutes flat. Then I started to see how sweet they are about helping their friends, and how they scramble for the bucks. Let’s not get it twisted – they make multi, multi millions on the houses they flip, so don’t feel to sorry for them when you see them have a tag sale, however, I like that they are having a tag sale.
Another thing about them: I remember seeing their Great Barrington house (I think it was in Oprah at Home a few years ago) and I’ve never forgotten it. I remember seeing the yellow and white curtains by the front door and assuming it was Kate Spade’s house. I remember a picture of Madonna smoking over the bed, and those vintage stools, and it all made an impression on me. Lately, I see so much design and I’ve seen the same old things blogged and printed in glossies over and over, it’s rare that something stands out (oh, and I should mention, I can feel myself writing the same things over and over – a phenomenon I call “deja blog”). When something is that memorable, I have to respect it. All and all, I’d give this show a thumbs up. It was certainly heading in the right direction by the end of the season – less hectic home stuff, more start to finish projects in a range of sizes, and I think it will have a great season two.
Side Note: I think we need to add oversized sepia tone horse photographs to our design drinking games. I am seeing them EVERYWHERE lately!
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