I was thinking of my virtual friends here as I watched two episodes of this new (to me, anyway) show. It's silly, "summer" TV, but fun. Four homeowners visit each others' homes and rate them based on a few criteria. The winner (highest points) gets $10K. Some of the houses are kind of outrageous. So far, I haven't loved any of them. Not sure if this is how all the episodes are, but in the ones I watched, the houses were valued at $1 million or $2 million. It all just sort of reminded me about how on this forum we often "visit" each other's homes and evaluate them. Has anyone here seen the show?
I followed your link, sueb20, and have to say I don't think this is the show that's going to have me watching tv again, lol! Is it possible to give negative points? Which is worse, Carol's tanning bed or the fake wood top on her dining room table? The Ick Factor is about the same for both. (Now there's a good name for a show, right?)
Oh I love that show! It's similar to the show Four Weddings. It's all based on four different homes, in different price ranges, and all are scored with an over all score and individual scores for certain criteria, so even if someone has a big budget home, they might not be the top winner.
I'm somewhat voyeristic and I do love to see a variety of styles. One episode I watched was based in Texas and the four women were VERY different. I did admit, the winners home was the one I liked best, even tho it tended to be a bit over the top.
I caught about half of the show last night (the episode sueb linked to), but then I fell asleep for the very ending. Talk about extreme decorating styles (and personalities)! It was mildly entertaining, but I'd never get any true decorating ideas or learn anything from it. Just goes to show we each gravitate towards what we feel comfortable around. But like pesky said - some of it's over the top!
Oh dear, I should have been clear that I didn't think these were fabulous houses that I was getting design ideas from. I just thought it was kind of amusing, especially the Luna Park (I think that was its name) house. It is a crazy, wacky place.
None of the houses I've seen so far come close to what I'm "comfortable" with, although I would have loved to get my hands on this one beautiful house in the Hamptons that I saw today when DD was watching an episode. The owner had almost ruined the house with her decorating, IMO, but it obviously started out as a gorgeous place...once upon a time!
Sueb, I didn't think you watched them for their decorating value. Purely entertainment to pass the time. My impression after watching half an episode is that the show is on the level of Wifeswap; diverse backgrounds brought together for shock value.
Between "Four Houses" and the few "Wife Swap" shows I just happen to hit while channel-surfing, I must say "Really?" a hundred times!
But after seeing 2 "Four Houses" episodes this past weekend, I admit that I now have the series Tivo'd.
Tell me something, Sueb: The episode with the boathouse. The owner of that --Carol?-- did she actually jump on a bed with her shoes on and step into the hot tub with her shoes on? I know they're told to make themselves at home, but ... REALLY?
I had seen it advertising and wanted to watch it to see what it was all about, but didn't realize it was on TLC until your post. I recently saw the episode with the lady that reminded me of Pippy Longstockings (lived on a boat). Are the house owners always that unique? I enjoyed seeing the different houses. I don't know if I'll watch it long term, but I'll watch it a few more times and see.