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Degrading Spaces

by blank at 03:29 PM on April 16, 2003

I’m addicted to Trading Spaces. Go ahead. Make fun of me. Every time I pass it while flipping through the cannels I have to go back and see what awful thing they’re going to do next.

Top 10 reasons why Trading Spaces blows:

  1. Where’s the TV? Why the hell do interior designers hide the freaking TV? I like my TV and I don’t want to have to get into a cabinet every time I want to watch something. Same goes for stereos and speakers. Learn the word “usability” people!
  2. A wooden box with a pad glued to the top of it does not make a couch. Get some real furniture.
  3. Keep the damn ceiling fan. Pretty light fixtures don’t move air.
  4. Frank Bielec. Quit painting all the shitty murals on the walls. You know they get painted over as soon as you leave, don’t you? And ditch the anime shirts. You’re about 100 years too old for that.
  5. Swiffer® dust mop. Lowe’s® seems like a proper sponsor, but claiming that every homeowner on the show uses a Swiffer®? Come on. I bet at least one uses a Clorox™ Ready Mop™.
  6. Trading Spaces Goes Hollywood. Who the hell is Sara Rue? Where are the celebrities and don’t they live in better homes?
  7. Everyone is so nice about the designs. What’s up with that? I wanna see some homeowner flip out and strangle Hilda. I would.
  8. Do all male interior designers for the show have to be gay? Seriously.
  9. Frank Bielec. Yes, you again. It may not be on the website, but I saw the “monkey room”.
  10. The Paige-cam. The only place I want Paige Davis is in front of the camera, preferably in a tank top, leaning over.

Top 10 reasons why Trading Spaces rocks:

  1. Christopher Lowell is nowhere to be seen.
  2. Paige Davis in a tank top, leaning over. I wanna trade spaces with her husband.
  3. Amy Wynn. It’s always great to have a woman around the house who knows how to handle wood.

That’s pretty much it for the good.

comments (23)

I pitty you TV addicts. The Internet is a much better form of escapism. =)

by Rick at April 16, 2003 4:05 PM

I've seen homeowners cry, and others with huge amounts of dismay when it was over. Funny times. :)

by Jen at April 16, 2003 4:14 PM

More reasons why trading spaces is great:
1. Ty (sorry honey!)
2. Ty's hometown is Atlanta
3. Ty in a tank top

Why it sucks:
1. spray painting carpet or cloth furniture (couches, lazy boys, etc)
2. Hilde's love of beach front pastels
3. the use of outdoor carpet indoors

by Shannon at April 16, 2003 4:39 PM

i'm an addict too.

i also like the antique road show.

by shannon at April 16, 2003 4:40 PM

one more thing- linz is totally addicted to court room shows- Judy, Mathis, etc.

by shannon at April 16, 2003 4:43 PM

I agree. The layouts are often ridiculous. And the reference to (generally) gay decorators' taste is probably on target. It's sort of like the fashion industry. Would anyone be caught dead in any of those horrendous getups?

by Anna at April 16, 2003 6:13 PM

I think it's the same show, originally it was hosted by the obscenely sexy Alex McCloud? She looked good back then, but then she did a reality show on fox and she looked awful. And hey, where's the Token Black Interior Designer? And hey, where's the white entertainers on BET? And where are the Native American Designers? and so on, and so on... Rodney King plows into a house at 100mph. Classic.

by LOCKHEED at April 16, 2003 7:53 PM


Shannon also loves Little House. I bet Shannon was the bonnet girl.

by Linz at April 17, 2003 10:03 AM

Pa, Pa, I can't see. It's so dark in here... Pa, PA!!!

by Shannon at April 17, 2003 5:22 PM

I like Judge shows, too. They're funnier than Survivor and those awful shows. Judge Milian is funny when she yells -- better than Judge Judy, at least (those are the only two I'll watch).

by Jen X at April 20, 2003 8:03 PM

My wif loves Judge Judy. If I wasn't so opposed to violence against women I'd punch her smartaleck ass in the face. Talk about audacity.

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by cathie at May 13, 2003 10:59 AM

Cathie, you little whore. What does your post have anything to do with what Mr. B wrote? It's one thing if you are going to come by and talk abotu how big your penis is, or how you'd like to kill all Americans and/or Arabs. I can handle stupid comments like that. But a little spamming whore like you... I removed the URL, so all this accomplished you nothing but annoying the hell out of me.

by mg at May 13, 2003 11:51 AM

Cautionary tale of a TV home makeover
Ever wanted to have your home spruced up on a show like “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition?” Well, April Lundsten and her husband offered up their house for a show like this recently -- and let’s just say there was a very costly aftermath. After the camera crew left, their new “Asian Swank” bedroom was a mess of uneven paint, mislaid floor tiles, unhemmed curtains and cheap curtain rods. Lundsten learned that on TV, everything’s a facade -- and you can’t live in a facade.
Reporter: April Lundsten

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