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Do you know what happens when you watch too much “Love it or list it”? It’s kind of like when you were a teenager and would look at Glamour or Seventeen magazine. You think, “Wow, I dress like crap. My hair is crap. Everyone is prettier than me. I’m not fashionable AT ALL.” So I’ve been obsessed with the show lately and now even Sophie is into it. But if you watch it too much, you look around your house and think “Oh my gosh, this place is crap! It could be SO much better! I need Hilary STAT!”
So yeah. Our house COULD be so much better. There are things that need re-organized, re-done, spiced up…all it takes is money. A buttload of money.
In case you aren’t familiar with the show, it’s on HGTV and here’s how it goes: One part of the couple wants to stay in the house, and one wants to go. Hilary the designer renovates the house with the couple’s budget, and David the real estate agent tries to find the couple a NEW house. At the end, the couple decides are they going to love it, and stay in their renovated house, or are they going to list it, and move to a new house. So either Hilary or David “wins.” I wanted to apply – many people apply with no intention of moving (I moved a year ago and have no desire to do so again anytime soon) – but to be on the show, you must be in the Toronto area:( It’s totally scripted and there is a template for each show. Hilary and David banter; one spouse loses faith in Hilary while the other loses faith in David; Hilary always runs into a big problem that will eat up some of her budget which means she can’t do everything she originally promised; the couple always, always is insistent on staying in their neighborhood but their budget isn’t big enough and David takes them out of their neighborhood to show what they could have; in the end, Hilary always does a fantastic job; they always love the last house David shows the most; and in the end the couple either decides to stay (love it) or go (list it). The couple “makes” their decision across the room from Hilary and David who are bantering back and forth while watching the couple “talk it out.” Yeah, right. I read that the producers film both possible endings – having the couple say “love it,” and then having them say “list it” – and they choose which one to air. Probably so that in the end, the “score” is even between Hilary and David. Anyway, that’s reality TV for you, but it’s still fun.
Some of these people though, jeez. I would LOVE to know what the HELL they do for a living, as I’ve seen many a young couple with a new baby with a $600-800k budget. Must. Be. Nice.
So now I see why my mom – who is nearly homebound as she can’t drive – who sits around all day watching HGTV – has spent so much money on her backyard. Because she’s sitting there at the kitchen looking out into it thinking, “Wow, this could be so much MORE.”
I was talking to Tom about the show at Sophie’s softball game last weekend (she still has to go to support her team even though she can’t play due to her cast). He was so funny – he knew all the lingo. He said, “If I hear ‘open concept’ or ‘granite countertops and stainless steel appliances’ one more time…”
Anyway, back to me. Our kitchen is the eyesore of the house, for sure. What happens when people want to sell their house? They redo a bunch of stuff, sell it and move out – which means they never get to enjoy the work they’ve put into it. I would like to live in a house that is ready to sell at any moment. NOT because I want to move, but because I want to enjoy the upgraded-ness.
Our kitchen is in a half box and there is a wall we definitely would like to cut in half:
I actually think our cabinets are pretty good – they could be resurfaced, we could keep the “box” of them and add hardware. Though I would LOVE to have self-closing cabinets/drawers. Ours are slammy slammy but that could be partially because there are no handles.
I would like to turn it into something more like this:
Then we have this bar wall thing which doesn’t work because it’s too far away from the kitchen to be a functional bar. Currently, it’s basically where we put all our crap: lunchboxes, mail, purses, stuff we haven’t put away yet or don’t know where to put…
I would like to build storage into that wall thing or take it out all together.
The other major issue we have is the living room which is a disaster. This bookshelf – well, it doesn’t work. It’s always messy and it doesn’t match and Sophie’s papers are everywhere.
One thing at a time though, right?
Design, organization ideas – stuff we can do NOW (other than “put your crap away”) to make this better is much appreciated. Design ideas for what we could do if we invest some money are also appreciated.