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December 16th, 2001

Trading Spaces

One of my guilty pleasures as of late? Trading Spaces on TLC. The whole concept, while called a “game show”, really isn’t. Two couples, also neighbors, are given 2 days and $1,000 to redesign an entire room of the other couple’s house. It’s all done covertly, and neither couple sees their new room until the end of the second day.

They’re each assigned an interior designer and have to do the majority of the work. In the process, both couples have access to a handyperson for doing heavy woodcutting and the like… but the interior designer tends to commendeer the handyperson. In essence, the couple may suggest that the neighbors will or will not like the design, but… the best part… they have little control over it.

Which is why my girlfriend Jeani calls it “cheap labor.” The couples often have to do silly, occasionally labor-intensive or tedious work while the designer gets to, well, sit back and design. This includes giving the couples “homework” – things they have to finish before the second day. One recent episode, filmed in 100 degree heat, forced a couple to sew pillows up outside (!) while the designer started working on a couch in the air-conditioned basement. It’s a tad sadistic.

But, seeing the couple’s reaction at the end is a money shot and can be worth it. It’s also just nice to see what people do with these rooms. Some are atrocious (blue shag carpeting with blue paneling all around and light green furniture); the best part is when you can tell that a neighbor doesn’t like the new design but is saying, “Wow! That’s great!” just to be polite. And it’s all there on camera for you to watch. Oh, and what if the neighbor doesn’t like the room? According to the website, TLC isn’t responsible for undecorating the room.

Trading Spaces is, actually, a show that makes us glad we’ve got TiVo – because some parts are just yawners. But seeing before-and-after shots of the rooms? Definitely worth it. Give it a shot. -pm

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: fresh
DATE: Sunday December 16, 2001 -- 6:09:38PM
am awesome show on television right now. when i first heard the idea i thought it would suck but it turned out well and i would second idea to watch

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday December 16, 2001 -- 10:18:49PM
Oh wow, I just discovered this show and I love it! I recently watched the episode where they re-did the 1950s style kitchen of the one woman, and the woman was determined to get rid of the checkerboard floor but they didn't have time to. (Phew! The floor was the best feature of the kitchen!)

I also enjoy the show that I believe is called "If these walls could talk." It is fascinating to see the treasures they unearth while remodeling (old toys, photos, etc.).

I went without cable tv for about three years and just got it reconnected last week...these shows make me realize my decision to get cable again was not a bad one.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday December 17, 2001 -- 2:41:26AM
I hate to bring this discussion to a base, Maxim-reader's level, but does anyone else think the carpenter is a total hottie?

FROM: Ben Grimm
DATE: Monday December 17, 2001 -- 9:33:52AM
In case you didn't know, Trading Spaces is an American ripoff (done without permission) of the original British show Changing Rooms, which you can catch on BBC America multiple times a day. I like Changing Rooms and Ground Force (a similar program, only with landscaping) for the personalities of the people involved... both shows are very funny as well as educational.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday December 17, 2001 -- 12:30:55PM
Which one is the carpenter? Personally I Think the female host is hot.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Thursday December 20, 2001 -- 4:28:40PM
yesh... and they're having a marathon of Trading Spaces on Christmas day! I like the British show "Home Front" that's usually pretty cool. I've only seen Changing Rooms once, but that was really neat. Oh how I long for the day when I can paint my walls again. I can't WAIT to move!

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 4:04:45 pm

seanX August 29, 2006, 9:05 pm

genevieive Gorder is HOT……. pure/simple along with wuzzername Santo
and I’d take Paige D for a franchise to be named later….

Julie Chen,Anne Curry….. can redecorate my space any time…along with some of the Fox network babes….luv to see em try….!
Genveieve….forget the town haul….!

Roderhn January 29, 2007, 10:20 pm

Amy Winn Pastur= HOT

(the other babe carpenter on tlc) = HOT

the style tramp on what not to wear= needs a reverse….
like to see her tramped up a bit…!

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