HGTV and the Designer

HGTV and the Designer

I feel it is important that someone address the illusions created by the home design programs that flood our TV screens.  I must admit that some are interesting and fun to watch.  But herein lays the problem:  most viewers see the programming as real and factual, you know…the total makeover in 2 hours with a price tag of $1000. Great programming never revivals cost or time, for example Divine Design with Candice Olsen, she focuses on space planning, function and awesome details.    I love that the design programs have inspired people to have fun, be creative and make their homes reflect their style; however, time and cost are far from realistic.  One of the major roadblocks I face as a designer is when a client has the impression that 2 hours and $1000 will create a new home.  Good design takes time, planning, thought and a budget.  I understand we live in a world of fast food, instant gratification, high speed Internet…we want it NOW!  But there are things that take time and the end results are amazing, for example an artist never rushes his painting. Leonardo da Vinci’s  “The Last Supper” is the result of creativity, planning, and thought; transferring the image from the artist eye to the canvas requires time.   This is true of the designer as well, we share our creative inspirations plus we interpret the desires of the client.   Now for the issue of cost, the design programs exclude the cost of labor and never mention they have loads of creative crewmembers e.g. carpenters, plumbers, painters, the list goes on, that make everything possible.  It’s like magic!   I recently attended a design presentation by David Bromstad of HGTV’s Color Splash, he confessed that his program has 16 creative crew members assisting him and rarely is his budget under $6000. It is wonderful that design programs are educating viewers to think outside the box but, there needs to be a reality check on time and cost.   After all, MAGIC is really only smoke and mirrors!

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