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HGTV Spring Thread 2024

Of course, when one thinks of Spring, one thinks of Paris.....and when one thinks of Paris, the gem that IS Adrian Leeds comes to mind!

Anyhoo.....more HGTV talk here.

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by Anonymousreply 28April 13, 2024 4:13 PM

Previous thread here

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by Anonymousreply 1April 1, 2024 4:08 AM

I just started watching Houses with History. The show has a great concept. But the host, Mike Lemieux, seriously grates on me. Going after old houses, highlighting old features and techniques is quite interesting. I'm just not sure I can deal with Lemieux high or just high-on-life delivery. He comes across to me like either being on drugs or a little bit manic. It feels off to me. It would be all fine if the director told him to tone it down. But if this animated delivery is part of the show I might be out soon.

by Anonymousreply 2April 1, 2024 12:20 PM

My future ex-husband in some kind of home improvement magazine.......

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by Anonymousreply 3April 1, 2024 1:41 PM

Oh... I forgot about this new thread. I'm here!

Okay, I just finished watching season 1 of "Restored" (only 40 more seasons to go...) and watched the first episode of season 2. First, I do like the series but I'm not as excited about it as I was with "Houses With Histories". I guess I just don't like the houses and their styles.

Second, it was obvious to me that there had to be a new producer/director for season 2/episode 1 from season one and... whoever that was directed from a homoerotic view. This was the episode where the two men (never referred to as a couple) bought a house together. Well... (and maybe it was the editing) it was testosterone all over the place! Lots of camera butt shots of Brett, Brandon, and others, when they would bend over. Of course, more than usual shots of Brandon ogling eyes towards Brett. I guess every man in the episode had a pierced ear(s) excluding to two stars (B&B). Then the female gender (who normally have short scenes to begin with) had even shorter (to almost non-existent) scenes.

I guess they wanted to try something new?

by Anonymousreply 4April 5, 2024 2:44 PM

R4 will have to rewatch!

by Anonymousreply 5April 5, 2024 2:52 PM

[quote][R4] will have to rewatch!

Yasss honey, and someone had to say something because even the stencil guy butched up in episode 2 and 3 (I'm on episode 5 now). But those girls were certainly enjoying one another in that episode.

by Anonymousreply 6April 5, 2024 8:52 PM

There was one episode in either this very last season or maybe one before it with a handsome husband with grayish hair and I swear, he and Brett were about to tear off each others clothes and flipfuck each other several times. The vibe was just overwhelming. Poor little wife was invisible.

by Anonymousreply 7April 5, 2024 9:13 PM

[quote]There was one episode in either this very last season or maybe one before it with a handsome husband with grayish hair and I swear, he and Brett were about to tear off each others clothes and flipfuck each other several times.

I'll definitely be on the lookout for that one! I'm just on season 3 (35 more seasons to go) episode one. This is the one with the lesbian couple... rather two women bought a house together, and the IML demotion crew. I mean... every man of that crew had a handlebar mustache? C'mon now....

Brett was QUITE comfortable with that crew too! So comfortable that I could easily envision him in leather. gear. He became much more interesting to me...

WELP! Back to watching!

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by Anonymousreply 9April 6, 2024 8:46 PM

I couldn't resist. An homage to "you know who"...

(Image from: Recycled, Restored, Re-purposed, Reused)

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by Anonymousreply 10April 11, 2024 4:44 PM

Gurl! Who wakes up in the morning and thinks " if if I dye my hair a very dark unnatural shade of brunette, get a perm and wear matching ashade of lipstick and blouse I will look hot despite my age". Honey that ship sailed with the Lusitania and it didn't return either.

by Anonymousreply 11April 11, 2024 5:14 PM

[quote]There was one episode in either this very last season or maybe one before it with a handsome husband with grayish hair and I swear, he and Brett were about to tear off each others clothes and flipfuck each other several times.

YES! I just saw it! Poor wifey was so into her house and agonizing over it that she totally missed the flirtations by her husband (who is VERY handsome!) and the salivaing Brett. Mmph...

But I'm sure this was just the product of editing...

by Anonymousreply 12April 12, 2024 1:41 PM

Yeah, that grayish husband......hot as fuck. I usually don't drool over the clients but something about him just did it for me. I'll have to see if I can get a screenshot.

by Anonymousreply 13April 12, 2024 4:46 PM

[quote]I usually don't drool over the clients but something about him just did it for me.


by Anonymousreply 14April 12, 2024 4:48 PM

Okay, I'm caught up with the Brett series. I'm trying to catch up with the rest of you...

The budgets towards the latter part of the series seemed much more realistic but (and I'm sure it's me) where are people getting $150K-$300K for renovations? I mean... there was one episode where a couple had just bought a house a year ago but then saw the historic house for sale and so they bought that one and gave Brett a $300K budget! My point is that the later seasons and episodes just did not seem relatable for the average person to me.

Towards the end his obsession with the ice box theme became just as bad Jean Stoffer's obsession with the coffee bar. It became tiring.

I was so shocked that so many of these residences had only one bathroom! That's something that is unthinkable to me but then I remembered that 2 or more bathrooms in a standard residence really didn't become a thing until the late 50's.

I fell in love with stenciling and will now incorporate it into my own space.

Overall very good renos but the one that sticks out in my mind was the couple who had lived in their house for 30 years, raised their kids, and for the very first time could invest in their house that they loved. The wife/mother was just so genuinely moved by the transformation of her space (it was like a dream come true) that I even teared up as she cried. It was as if she was seeing a dream come true before she dies. Beautiful. Just beautiful!

by Anonymousreply 15April 12, 2024 5:31 PM

R15 I think a lot of these renos are funded with HELOCs and as the average house price and equity's gone up, especially in the last few years, I think some of these larger houses had a lot of equity to borrow from.

But yeah, I think most average homes valued between 100K-300K (if not lower) wouldn't have the capacity to do that.

by Anonymousreply 16April 12, 2024 5:55 PM

What were we thinking...

Miami, Florida. Circa 1971.

Here's my Aunt Josephine on her new couch. She had it covered in plastic to protect it. I told her that was ridiculous because people stick to it in the summer when it's hot. She threw a shoe at me.

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by Anonymousreply 17April 12, 2024 6:11 PM

I'm surprised Aunt Josephine was allowed in the living room.

by Anonymousreply 18April 12, 2024 6:44 PM

"Renovation Impossible"

Big hands, big feet... OH, MY!


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by Anonymousreply 19April 13, 2024 1:18 AM

Not a great shot but....here's the husband from Restored (as mentioned at r13)

touch him, Brett!

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by Anonymousreply 20April 13, 2024 1:41 AM

^That's him!

(but I'm sure it was just the editing...)

by Anonymousreply 21April 13, 2024 3:27 AM

My Lottery Dream Home S15/EP17 - was on tonight - Don't know what these two lesbian sisters (Kathy and Peg) are flying on but there is no property on Lake Mendota worth 5M. This is not Malibu for god's sake. The first property was already on House Hunters a couple of years ago, I believe, and now it's back on the market for a lot less. The property she ended up with was very impressive but I just can't see paying that price to live in Madison. Nice city but how about a place in Milwaukee or Chicago?

by Anonymousreply 22April 13, 2024 4:37 AM

And I'd like to know what stock she bought that had an eight figure ROI.

by Anonymousreply 23April 13, 2024 6:13 AM

R22 Could it be a Maple Bluff property? (That's the only place I can think of that I know is richy-rich in that area, but I've never been to anything there.)

by Anonymousreply 24April 13, 2024 1:17 PM

And, also, too, while we're in the neighborhood of 'My Lottery Dream Home', could I just observe again that David Bromstad is looking and behaving more and more like a buffoon?

I guess he's buffooning all the way to the Bank, but David, you're beyond parody now.

We're often irresponsibly throwing around psychiatric diagnoses, so I'll do it again - I think he has some serious mental issues. And not just because of the festival of tattoos. I'd say what a waste of an attractive man with an attractive body but I would be discounting his bubbly personality.

by Anonymousreply 25April 13, 2024 2:11 PM

David Bromstead is Daddy Bear Russell Holmes' favorite designer and show...

by Anonymousreply 26April 13, 2024 3:18 PM

Is that supposed to be surprising?

Or a ringing endorsement?

by Anonymousreply 27April 13, 2024 3:30 PM

R24 IIRC it was closer to Shorewood Hills.

by Anonymousreply 28April 13, 2024 4:13 PM
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