HGTV addict

  1. Robin, the love of my life, has become an HGTV addict!
    I can't get her to turn it off!
    Whats worse she is watching that boring channel and then giving me a blow by blow of whats happening. "Look hon, see what they did to their garden?" "Look hon, and they only spent $3,000."
    I hope it's just a phase.
    signed,
    -Biting my tongue
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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   whipping girl in 07
    I'm sure it's just a phase.

    Funny how it's only $3000 when they're talking about how affordable the projects are on TV, but then when you get to Lowe's to buy all the stuff to do a project, it's "HOLY SH*T, IT'S $3000!!"

    At least, that's how I feel.

    I don't want to watch shows about how to redecorate my living room on a budget of $10,000, but how to do it for $100!

    Even the $1000 limit on Trading Spaces (TLC) seems like a lot if I'm the one writing the check.

    Maybe I'm just a cheapskate at heart.

    Hopefully Robin is just watching to get a little inspiration and then figure out how to make small, gradual, not-to-expensive changes to what you've already got.
  4. by   adrienurse
    HGTV rocks Rusty! Debbie Travis has a new show, you should catch it.
  5. by   kjseam
    HGTV addict here too. They have so many good ideas. Watch it for just a little while and you will be hooked too.
  6. by   unbridled
    Hi, my name is unbridled and I'm an HGTV addict.

    Our cable company just added HGTV to our local cable about a month ago. I watch House Hunters, Designers Challenge, etc - anything to do with buying or remodeling. I've never owned my own place; but I plan to in the future. So I really see this as an education, not an addiction. ("You're in denial." "No, I'm not."). I already had a home architect program that I spent way too much time on. Now HGTV comes along.

    But, I now know a lot more about what I would want in a home and what I would not. And I can't believe what some of these people do when they remodel (please tell me they are NOT going to paint that beautiful wooden cathedral ceiling!).

    As for the gardening part - I've been known to kill cactus. So I leave all the living green things alone; otherwise they become dead brown things. So the gardening part of HGTV? Not so much.

    If your wife wants to spend X amount of money on something that is important only to her (and don't let her side-step with the old "working-on-the-house-would-benefit-the-whole-family argument"), then I think it only fair you should be able to spend the same amount on something that is important only to you.

    My friend asked me for advice regarding her little girl the other day. Since I have no kids, and have been married 0 times; you know my child-rearing advice and marriage advice has to be good!

    So Rusty, there is nothing at all that you talk about until your wife's eyes start to glaze over?
    Last edit by unbridled on May 10, '03
  7. by   aimeee
    I had a decorating book in my college days that I loved. It showed designer rooms and the cost of decorating them, then on the adjoining page it showed the same room, achieving pretty much the same effect, but on a shoestring budget.

    I think its the novelty of it, Russell, combined with the spring seasonal nesting instinct. It will pass when something more interesting comes along. Or, indulge the instinct by engaging in a small scale project with her and maybe the urge will be satisfied.
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Sorry . .me too Rusty. My daughter and I love to watch all the before and after shows. We live in a 1920's two story stucco house built by my husband's grandparents (it is right next to the huge old general store they used to own) and it needs so much help. I just wish I could win a contest and have HGTV or This Old House come in and completely re-do my home.

  9. by   prmenrs
    I like HGTV, but I REALLY like Trading Spaces! And Ground Force on BBC America. I think I just like watching OTHER PEOPLE work their a---- off. LOL
  10. by   BadBird
    Sorry to tell you this Rusty but once a HGTV Addict always one! I should know I have been hooked on it for years.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I doubt it's a phase. MyMIL is and has been an addict for YEARS. Blow it off and enjoy YOUR interests. Is it really THAT bad? She COULD DO WORSE.
  12. by   liberalrn
    Gotta have Paige and crew! Can you downscale her addiction to Design on a Dime or Trading Spaces? they at least have more realistic budgets. I figure anybody can decorate a room for $10,000--no challenge there (except to decide which kidney to sell)....but $1000 or less, that's got drama and practical tips. Love the cooking shows too. FAce it, there ain't much else on for people unattracted to violence, stupid people with very disturbed lives or "celebs". I applaud her taste! Climb aboard, it's fun!


    Edited because I can't type!
  13. by   P_RN
    I must confess to HGTV habituation...not addicted just dedicated. I also love Changing Rooms on BBCA and Ground Force too.
  14. by   nursegoodguy
    Well I'm going to redecorate my entire house "on a budget" and I'm going to do all the work for "Under $500 dollars!"
    Does anyone else think (sometimes) that they should've just saved the five hundred dollars? LOL And how about that Joan Steffan... does she not remind you of Bette Midler? She is like way down to earth in dealing with "real people"! And what about that trash to treasure segment of Decorating Cents? Sometimes it's like trash to even more trash! LOL but... It's my favorite show on all of tv!

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