I spend a lot of time eating soft pretzels. Just wanted you to know that.
Also…I eat said pretzels on the rocking chair that we moved into our sitting area. LJ gets his almond milk and I get jumbo soft and warm and salty pretzels. Yum. And we bond over the DVR shows. I thought it would be a good exercise for us all….talking about tv. Because it doesn’t get enough of our time as it is 🙂
Admittedly I am a tv addict and here are some of my favorites right now….
In my book, Chip and Joanna Gaines are really the super stars of HGTV right now. Not only are they completely lovable but they actually produce a fun show to watch from start to finish. I love their dynamic onscreen relationship (as does Jeremy) and we both think that THEY alone are worth watching. The kicker is the actual show itself. It is great because the budget is small and the results are super if you like rustic, Texas size renovations. Bonus….Joanna is a blogger. And you learn words like “shiplap” and soon find yourself wanting to wrap every beam in wood and have a farmhouse table in every room. Does it get better than that? No. Unless you dare Chip to eat a cockroach and then it does.
Speaking of bloggers, My Big Family Renovation is actually centered around Jen Hatmaker (a blogger and author) and her family as they tackle their new house renovation. Although the actual design leaves me wanting, the family is just REAL and that makes me wanting more. You even see Jen freak out over normal renovation stuff (it wasn’t even a freak out in my book….like a minor hiccup of stress compared to my explosions) and I love that it reminded me that no matter your aesthetic that renovations are HARD especially when you participate in the designing, doing and living in them.
Speaking of living….one of the best parts of this show is that you see her kids with the grandpa…and it feels so authentic to me to see them being watched by someone else while you see the DIY projects being done by Jen and her husband. I always wonder…these people with a bazillion kids? when they are being filmed, what do they do with those little ones? lock them in the shed? send them to friends? are they sitting quietly in the corner reading books for hours on end? My brain wants to know.
West End Salvage is one of those shows that I do not watch for the people (eh they are ok I guess) or the room makeovers (eh they are ok I guess). I purely watch it because the men who run this shop are creative in using salvaged items in small scale projects. I like seeing that they buy items off the back of the truck and then turn it into something I would have never thought of. And that is really something in today’s world of Pinterest and Google.
Take for instance the room above. The room as a whole is not my flavor of sweet tea but that bench? made from chunky wood and has wooden shoe molds as feet? Never would have thunk. And that ceiling? whoa that’s a lot of work. It’s stuff like that that makes me glad they are coming back for another season.
Oh Nicole. We get it. You always have ONE LAST DOOR. And you like LeBron now. And you like old houses. And honestly….you are super hands on and I respect you for that….I really really do….but I can only say that I love you for like one more season because I need more. I either need MORE INFO or BETTER ROOMS. You are a huge wealth of knowledge! Tell me more details on repairing those old windows! Show me that you know how to pick an appropriately sized rug! Something. Anything. Just no more celebrities or shticks. I need you to give me more. Thank you and have fun.
Have you seen Renovate to Rent? It’s a show where two besties find houses and decide what one to buy to get the biggest RENT bang for they buck. It’s kinda like playing fantasy football but it’s fantasy investor/landlord. I like it just because it’s fun to see which houses get the return on their investment. Plus…these guys aren’t as dry as the Property Brothers….like dude….the twinnies need to just fist fight and let the passion fly.
Ok ok….you might not get this channel…it’s called the FYI network and there is seriously nothing I love more than this show called Unlivable. It’s basically the same setup as Fixer Upper. Contractor and Designer get clients….show three houses….one is picked and is renovated. Boom. Show done. The sad part is, well, there is no Chip and Joanna. Tear. I don’t wanna say that the people are boring…but they kinda are. The good part is, well, the designs aren’t all distressed paint and shabby chic. I think that the designer, named Bama, does a pretty good job with mixing it up. BUT HOLD THE PHONE….the best BEST part of this show is that it is a drinking game in disguise. So throughout the episode there will be random moments of slow-mo. Think tile being smashed in slow motion. And the first time home buyers putting on safety goggles in slow-mo. And a plant being put into a hole IN SLOW MO. It’s hilarious and awesome. I watch now…just for the slow mo moments. If I were a heavy drinker, this would be my JAM.
Ok so Bryk House is like A Bryk at a Time here in the states. They are the same show basically. This girl named Danielle Bryk is a designer and contractor and takes on big projects. It’s straight HIRE CONTRACTOR/DESIGNER work. I love that there is no shtick to the show. I love what she ends up with. I love that she is a minimalist. I love that she has influences of mid century design. I love the modern aspects. I even love that she is a licensed contractor. What I don’t love is that the show plays up her cleavage. Why can’t the producers just make the show about a smart and pretty girl that does smart and pretty designs? Guys aren’t watching this thing! Nicole Curtis wears a lot of the same type of clothes but I have yet to see Nic’s boobs. Danielle needs a higher neckline. And I wish that her budget was smaller….I would love to see what she does with NORMAL money…not $50,000 for a room. All those critiques won’t make me stop watching though.
So there are some shows that I am really looking forward to and have already set my DVR to record….the first being Ellen.
Ellen’s Design Challenge is very much reminiscent of those furniture build-off shows of yesteryear. Except it’s with Ellen. And that in of itself makes it worth watching. I think it’s gonna be interesting to see if there is anything spot-on trend wise and if she is able to bridge the gap between crazy builders and the audience with her humor. My fingers are crossed that it works!
Sarah is coming back and there is nobody more excited than me. I loved Sarah’s House and Sarah 101 so freaking much. I just love her work that it makes me want to punch myself in the face that I can’t do the same. She makes livable design look so dang easy! I can’t get over how she is a pro with color and an expert at mixing textures and fabrics. I seriously am her biggest fan. This next show should look similar to her last few…she probably will share some design tips and teach us all along the way and turn us all into mini-Sarahs. I WISH. Seriously though….I am really looking forward to the new show and seeing her back in action….and then of course, pinning every after photo as soon as it becomes available in her portfolio.
So that is my roundup of current television favs! What are you guys watching now? Anything juicy? Any new DIY shows that I should know about? Spill it!