I am a day behind on my DVR and just got around to watching Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo. I really don’t have anything snarky to say, like I usually do with Bravo shows. I liked everyone. I loved their style. I found the Sharon Osborne 3-days-to-get-the-apartment-ready scenario very contrived, but it was still fun to watch, and to see a project go from start to finish in one episode. Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s voice is simply fabulous and paired with his accent, totally cracks me up. Kathryn Ireland is someone I’d love to have a margarita with (provided her son didn’t make it a sneezer), Mary McDonald is fabulous as all get out, and I feel like I didn’t get to know Nathan or Jeffrey that well yet, but I love their style. While the Osborne apartment was a little bit of a yawn, all of these designers know how to mix and match unexpected colors, patterns, textures, pieces and finishes in unique ways, in fact, all of them are masters at it.
My notes are a boring as hell, but what the heck, often when blogging about shows I share them anyway. Perhaps it’s because I hadn’t had any wine when I was jotting them down! But enough about me, what did you think of the show? Will you continue to watch it each week?
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.
"I just discovered your site yesterday (and I'm already ordering from it!) I even forwarded it on to a friend. I was giving up on finding bedding that I liked, so it's nice to know there are others out there who appreciate a mod(ern) sensibility. And your rugs are too die for!"