I’m Ready For Something New On HGTV

The new season of HGTV is almost here! Are you ready?

I may be in the minority, but I’m frankly pretty tired of all the flip/flop and fixer/upper-like offerings on HGTV. I’m ready for something fresh and new. Maybe it’s summer rerun season, but every time I look at HGTV’s listings I see endless episodes of Flip & Flop, iterations of House Hunters, and even more remodel/renovation series. Don’t get me wrong, a few of these shows are fine, but lets have some variety here.

I’m still a fan of Chip and Joanna, and it seems like they are venturing out of the rustic farmhouse style that is their trademark.. I just finished watching an episode featuring a mid century modern home that they renovated into a dream. It  blended that sleek minimalist vibe with a little modern farmhouse. In the  following episode, they renovated a houseboat on Lake Waco, again very minimal and modern. Pretty cool. Looks like they’re slated for Season 5 for this fall.


But what ever happened to pure design shows? You know, the ones explaining how to style bookshelves, choose and arrange furniture, or mix patterns following the principles and elements of design. Is there just not enough content in these shows to keep audiences interested?

I used to love watching and rewatching episodes of Sarah Richardson, Candice Olsen, Genevieve Gorder and other designers of the same ilk. There was always a lot of great tips I picked up from watching those shows.


Is everyone in America buying a fixer upper and knocking down walls to create a open concept plan, all while running into some sort of snag that blows the budget? No, I don’t think so. Sure, many of us are remodeling and getting super ideas from HGTV, and they can be so helpful in this regard. However, I think more folks are stumped with how to deal with the furniture and accessories that they already have, and need advice on how to thoughtfully add to their possessions without breaking the bank.

I’ve done a little research and found that both Candice and Sarah have updated their websites with just the kind of advice I’ve been craving.


Here she dishes her designer wisdom in classic Candice style. ” How Devine.” Theres a lot more on her website – check it out.


Sarah Richardson’s website has lots to offer as well. You can drill down to design basics under the Makeovers tab or source new products and learn more tips under the Get Inspired tab.


Sadly, many of Sarah’s new shows have not been broadcast in the States, and I fear that they never will. She has a new one “Off the Grid” starting in September – for Canada only.

Joanna Gains also shares design tips in “Behind the Design” series. In these short videos, she draws back the curtain into the spaces and details that go into her designs that aren’t necessarily clear when you watch the episodes.You can get more information on it here.

I’m actually enjoying all the extra content that these websites are giving us. Maybe the expanded offerings are just what we need to supplement HGTV’s content at the moment. What do you think?

Thanks for indulging me in my little rant this morning, I usually don’t concentrate on the negative, but its been on my mind a lot lately. On a positive note, maybe we can have the best of both worlds.

Until next time…



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