It's all about my sanity. I need to preserve what's left of it, and I have too many opinions that get in the way of my just sitting back and enjoying the mayhem.
Mayhem it is. As I mentioned two weeks ago, my daughter and her husband were one of the couples who had a room makeover on TLC's Trading Spaces. So, I got to see the absurdity behind the scenes. The guests are encouraged to get a little zany and emotional. Worker bees do the details that designers get credit for. Workmanship is shoddy.
Phony Budgets. On my show, I'd be realistic about what the materials honestly, actually cost. Retail. And I'd elaborate on what labor would cost if you had to pay for all the electricians, plumbers, drywall guys, landscapers, tile layers, painters, and carpenters.
Shoddy Materials. Okay, I've been known to make furniture out of paper mache, cover oatmeal boxes with wallpaper, glue ribbon onto beach mats for no-sew curtains, and cover a plastic serving tray with an old map, but on my show, I'd never throw a yard of muslin over a curtain rod and call it a valance. I wouldn't bring in a bunch of Walmart metal-leg furniture and call it luxurious.
Your Turn. Do you have some pet peeves that make you want to scream when you're watching the home makeover shows? What will your show be like when you win on Design Star?
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