Archive for the 'TV' Category

Where the money went: Angelo’s kitchen

Where the money went (selected items): Hutch: $800 Ceiling lights: $400 each Light over sink: $99 Stove: $5,000 Stools: $325 each Teak column: $800 Cabinets, stove vent, sink, faucet: $4,100 Drinking water filter and faucet: $270 Marble countertop: $850 Marble fabrication and installation: $1,500 Cork flooring and installation: $1,800 Subway tile: $350 Tile installation: $600 [...]

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Angelo’s kitchen remodel

See the before photo here and read the story here.

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‘Design Star’ — And the winner is . . .

Ha ha ha! No “spoiler alert” needed here! You want to hear an awful coincidence? I’m flying to New Orleans during the very hours this last episode airs (I’m blogging Sunday afternoon from a Starbucks at LAX). What kind of twisted fate is that? So, while I’m in the air, catching up on my reading, [...]

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A little bit of celebrity right here on the blog

Reader Mary Kay Ulsamer writes in about her great experience having one of the “inspiration rooms” on Rate My Space, Angelo Surmelis’ new show. (You see above the kitchen Angelo redid.) On Rate My Space, Angelo makes over some room that really needs help. And here’s what I found out from Angelo: the show pays [...]

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Finally, the ‘Design Star’ final challenge

God, I love this show! This could be an Olympic sport, don’t you think? Imagine a design challenge with “athletes” from all over the world — China, Korea, Australia, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Sweden, and so on. They would each get some wood and paint and tools and have at it. Or, it could be like [...]

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Mike Holmes in New Orleans

I’ve got my own paparazzo working down in New Orleans (AKA my husband, Bill) and he swung by the house Mike Holmes of “Holmes on Homes” is helping to build. This project is part of the Brad Pitt-founded Make It Right Foundation. You can see Mike on the right giving direction to his team members. [...]

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Who will win ‘Design Star’?

Last night, on HGTV’s “Design Star,” the three judges agreed this was the strongest group of finalists they’d seen yet. I agree. And I wondered if they might just give all three finalists — Matt, Trish and Jennifer (seen here) — each their own show and be done with it. But the competition must continue, [...]

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A treat in store for you

Now don’t hate me for this, but last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Angelo Surmelis, host of HGTV’s “Rate My Space,” at his Los Angeles home. You can see Angelo and his doggie Baxter in the photo above. I’m reflected in a mirror taking this picture, and I notice with some pride that [...]

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TV Review: ‘Rate My Space’

I’ve watched several episodes of “Rate My Space” with Angelo Surmelis on HGTV and I’m quite impressed. Here’s how it works: The homeowners who are the subjects of each episode have gone onto the Rate My Space website, posted photos of a room that needs help, and made a plea for help. Typically they can’t [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

Isn’t this a lovely garden room? The owner calls it a teahouse and may not visit for months on end because of a busy schedule. The garden was designed by Dan Bifano, who has also designed gardens for such high-profile clients as Barbra Streisand. The garden is filled with roses, wisteria, hydrangeas and plants like [...]

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Miranda Hobbes, I knew ye not

Did I not watch "Sex and the City" reruns for the past four years? Did I not come to feel in some TV-induced mania that I knew Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte? Did I not notice who they were and how they would decorate their homes? So how in the world did attorney Miranda Hobbes’ [...]

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Rate This Remodel: Carrie’s ‘Sex and the City’ apartment

I guess the apartment where Carrie Bradshaw researched and wrote her columns in the "Sex and the City" television show probably did need a makeover. Several years had passed from Carrie’s life on the small screen to her promotion to the big screen, and we all need to evolve. Carrie’s guests needed to stop sitting [...]

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Famous folks at home: quiz

Which TV design star owns this Los Angeles kitchen? What to notice: Ikea cabinets.Carrera marble counters.Subway tile backsplash.Cork flooring.Vintage stool.Really cool stove. Give it your best guess, then click here for the answer. See more famous folks at home

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TV Review: Is ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ too extreme?

Sunday evening, after watching the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team blow up a house with a radon issue, I began thinking about the whole concept of the show. When the series began in 2003, I thought the idea was to give houses a makeover. But as I would learn, it’s really about annihilating the old [...]

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TV Preview: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in New Orleans

As much as I regret missing "60 Minutes," I will do so this evening in order to catch the two-hour season finale of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which begins at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. CST) on ABC. This show is the culmination of a 50-state tour by the Extreme crew, and storm-torn southern Louisiana seems [...]

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ in New Orleans airs May 18

Watch amateur video from the final day of the build: Watch the day of the reveal.

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TV budget design trick: Use exterior lighting fixtures inside

Well, why not use outdoor lanterns inside? There’s no law against it. I saw this budget design trick last night on “Designed to Sell” with Lisa LaPorta. She’s a SoCal gal, in case you didn’t know. In this particular show, Lisa wanted to punch up the sconces on either side of a vintage fireplace and [...]

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Want an Extreme Makeover? You’ll need to answer a few questions

To the list of extremely difficult jobs in this country, I’d like to add the task of deciding who gets a new home on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” starring Ty Pennington (pictured here). According to the network, thousands of applications are received each week. Also among the tougher tasks one might take on in [...]

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Kim Myles: Do you like her show now?

Yesterday we saw another segment of Kim Myles’ new HGTV show “Myles of Style” and I’m wondering: Do you like it now? So far here, we’ve had more negative than positive comments. Carmen wrote: “I think the show stunk with lack of know-how and class.” (Read full comment) Keri wrote about the first episode: “Off [...]

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5 Questions for: HGTV’s Angelo Surmelis

When HGTV’s Angelo Surmelis (sir-meh-LEASE) was a little boy, he took to moving the furniture around in his family’s Chicago apartment. At first they protested, but then they realized he had some pretty good design ideas. So it was probably no surprise that Angelo grew up to be a professional designer with his own Los [...]

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