For all my issues with “House Hunters International” (namely that most of the people featured on it are entitled assholes), I am still an avid fan of the show and watch it every chance I get. The vast majority of episodes feature rich, white, heterosexual retired couples looking for a luxury condo in a beachfront gated community, but apparently this coming Monday, the House Hunters will have a much more interesting–and tragic–backstory. Keep reading »
I’ve written before about my obsession with “House Hunters” and “House Hunters International,” how I watch approximately three episodes per day, how much I love to hate it, how I always end up yelling at the TV like a crotchety old man because the subjects of the show tend to talk about paint colors in the kinds of hushed, serious voices usually reserved for presidents facing a nuclear crisis. But now I’m feeling crotchety for a different reason: apparently the show is totally fake. Here’s a quote from a former House Hunter describing her experience:
“They didn’t even ‘accept’ us being a subject for the show until we closed on the house we were buying. So then when they decided to film our episode we had to scramble to find houses to tour and pretend we were considering. The ones we looked at weren’t even for sale…they were just our two friends’ houses who were nice enough to madly clean for days in preparation for the cameras!” Keep reading »
I moved into a new apartment a few weeks ago, which means I got a cheap introductory offer on cable TV, which means I now spend approximately 90 percent of my free time watching “House Hunters International” on HGTV. Do you guys watch this show? Basically it follows “house hunters” (usually a young-ish couple) who are relocating to a different country as they tour three properties and decide which one to buy. Sounds pretty innocuous, right? Not so much. I end up yelling at the TV at least five times per episode because the home buyers are always so entitled and clueless. Here’s a conversation I imagine having with the couple in a typical episode: Keep reading »
I tried to make an upholstered headboard once. I got the idea from an episode of HGTV’s “Design on a Dime.” Armed with an oversized piece of fiberboard, soft batting, a staple gun and a bolt of fabric, I set to work measuring, cutting, padding and stapling. Hours later, I was the proud owner of a DIY headboard.
The problem: It was a $156 mess. There were lumps in the batting, the fabric was crooked, and it didn’t have that “hotel chic” promised by the on-screen designers. I rescued the fabric, which is still buried — unused — in a dark corner of a storage closet, tossed the fiberboard in the trash and bought a headboard instead.
It was not the first time I’d been the victim of an HGTV-inspired makeover-gone-wrong. Read more … Keep reading »