Grandmother does like to watch all the current home decorating shows, Kaitlyn Mae, and shall now list a few of the most notable and provide her opinion, no charge, for each.
Let’s begin with a rough outline of how these types of shows usually go, Kaitlyn, so you may compare these sorts of shows from Grandmother’s to those in your day. Which might well include segments on maintaining a home in Outer Space or a feature titled “Keeping the Dust Out of Your Summer House in Afghanistan”.
There is generally a room, a typical room in most cases, in a typical house. The whole purpose of these shows, Kaitlyn, is to devote, in most cases, an hour to build up to an ending known in the business as the “Reveal”.
The Reveal is the climax of the show, all building projects, frantic painting, dramatic solo camera confessions, and occasional outbursts leading to the climatic Reveal that leaves all affected breathless able to utter only the words “Oh My God”.
There are some interesting variations on the lead up to the Reveal, including one home decorating show that involves tearing the entire house and rebuilding same. More on this later.
Forthwith, a list and Grandmotherly notes:
Home and Garden TV was the first of the cable biggies to feature room makeovers as a staple, as would be logical. The HGTV makeover shows are generally ½ hour in length. The newer makeover shows, now featured prominently on The Learning Channel, The Style Network and even vaunted ABC, took on the hour length format and there’s pluses and minuses to each.
Room by Room
This show has been on HGTV for about forever and is one of the few that does not feature any dramatic Reveal. Sherry and Matt are the hosts of the show. Sherry does all the sewing and painting while Matt does the carpentry. This is the sort of makeover show that Grandmother will watch without blinking an eye should it accidentally appear on mine TV but doesn’t go out of her way to flip the channel.
This is a makeover show, still on HGTV, that Grandmother really likes. Although the concept of this sort of makeover is way out of Grandmother’s league, I do like to sit and watch the designer’s presentations and pick mine own favorite.