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Top Five HGTV Design and Décor TV Shows

I owe a debt of gratitude to HGTV‘s design and décor shows – they inspired the successful remodeling, staging and selling of my Waikiki condo, and subsequent rental makeovers. Although I enjoy home style and improvement TV shows on PBS, the Style Network, TLC, and the DIY Network, I’ve found the most inspiration from these five HGTV home design and décor shows:

Designed to Sell taught me about fundamental design concepts — furniture placement, focal walls, and the importance of home maintenance and decluttering. On each episode of the show, a designer (Lisa LaPorta, Taniya Nayak, Monica Pedersen or John Gidding) and their team have $2000 in materials to help a homeowner make their home more sellable. The homeowners actively participate in their renovation.

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– Airs* on HGTV weeknights 6 pm EST, T-F 1:00 pm, Sat 12:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am

Colorsplash showed me that it’s okay to have fun with design. Host and designer David Bromstad (the best-ever Design Star in my book) and his team members Danielle Hirsch and Ian McCartt help homeowners think outside the box when redesigning bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, backyards and even holiday decor. Innovative use of color and texture plus unexpected accessorizing create the excitement, fun and energy of Colorsplash designs.

– Airs* on HGTV Saturdays 9 pm EST, also 9:30 pm, 1:00 am, 1:30 am; T-F 3:30 pm

– Another favorite: Dress My Nest with Thom Filicia on the Style Network.

Divine Design helped me find products and technologies to solve specific design issues. After banishing the homeowner from the property, designer Candace Olsen and her team do floor-to-ceiling makeovers of kitchens, bathrooms, basements, bedroom, and living rooms, changing them beyond recognition. These high-end makeovers provide a wealth of ideas for lighting, flooring, wall, window and countertop treatments.

– Airs* on HGTV weekdays 5 pm, Sat 2:30 pm, 12:00 am

Design on a Dime has taught me that with a few dollars, a good second-hand store, and simple tools I can create my own furniture, lighting, and accessories. – being on a budget enhances creativity! Each episode features a lead designer (Frank Fontana, Kristan Cunningham, Brice Cooper, Kahi Lee, and Lee Snijders) and their equally creative teams who stretch $1000 to makeover one or two rooms for a homeowner.

– Airs* on HGTV T-F 2:30 pm, Sat 5:00 pm

– More favorites: Design Remix with Karen McAloon; Decorating Cents with Joan Steffend and Robb Whittlef

Rate My Space teaches how to re-imagine your space and identify what you like – possibly one of the most difficult things to learn in home design and renovation. Realizing that my boring white box of a condo didn’t have to be white, or a box, and definitely not boring, was huge. On RMS, homeowners provide photos of their own spaces on the RMS website, and rate other people’s spaces. On each TV episode, Angelo Surmelis takes on the redesign of one very low-rated space, guiding the homeowners in their design decisions, rather than doing it all for them – the homeowners learn something from the process.

– Airs* on HGTV T 9:30 am, Sat 5:30 pm, 11:00 pm, 3:00 am

– Another favorite: Income Property with Scott McGillivray

With all this inspiration, I can’t wait to start work on my next home!

* All times listed are EST and subject to change. Check your local TV schedule for airing times.

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