HGTV Dream/Green House: The Worst Gift Ever and You Don't Even Have Cancer
Posted Mar 23, 2008 @ 5:57 PM
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Posted Mar 23, 2008 @ 10:31 PM
In any case they only had 3 minutes of winner reaction to fill, so even with the most nightmarish worst-case scenario they weren't too badly burned. What if they showed up and the winner had a heart attack and keeled over? They'd end the show calling 911. Maybe they have several Plan B, C, and D's in case of winner disaster. They still got all the requisite plugs in.
And what was the point of the phone call contest? Just another ad from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. IIRC, some woman in West Palm Beach won. Yeah, she'll be looking forward to that Florida vacation. Ha!
Why not a Dream Modular House, so that it could be shipped anywhere? Nawww, probably the prospective Dream Home locations bid against each other a few years in advance for this major long-running advertisement, and that's the primary funder for the show.
Edited by buyitnow, Mar 23, 2008 @ 10:51 PM.
Posted Mar 23, 2008 @ 10:38 PM
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Posted Mar 24, 2008 @ 5:55 PM
But don't forget that all the winners have become instant millionaires - sounds like a win/win to me. I'm sure not going to turn it down if they come knocking at my door.
Are the winners awarded money? If not, they are not millionaires. They are the recipient of an expensive prize whose "value" will be considered income to them, on which they must pay taxes. Real estate is not a liquid asset, so they have to come up with the hard cold cash from their own resources. Living in your dream house also entails moving to where the house is. Hope the job prospects are good whereever the house is located. I wouldn't touch this contest with a ten foot pole.
Posted Mar 24, 2008 @ 6:01 PM
Posted Mar 24, 2008 @ 6:09 PM
Oh, good! Nobody else enter, either! It's all mine, mine, mine!
I wouldn't touch this contest with a ten foot pole.
Speaking of that, did I hear Twitchy say there were over 40 million entries? Wah.
You know what else was weird about the Dream Home winner? All those other people in the house who didn't even come over and look at the cameras or anything. Her husband briefly walked towards her for, but even he backed away. I really have to believe that--family gathering or not--if a damn camera crew paraded into my house, I'd stop what I was doing to watch.
I loved the Green House. Some of the Dream Homes I could take or leave, but I was happily imagining myself sitting in that back yard overlooking the lake,/river/inlet/whatever body of water that was. Does seem a little odd that again, this house was the first one built in what's going to be a entire community.
I wonder why they did two houses this year. I have to admit I kind of look forward to the Dream Home show every January 1. The familiarity of it all is soothing to me.
Posted Jan 1, 2009 @ 5:37 PM
Posted Jan 1, 2009 @ 9:15 PM
Also, they once again don't believe in book space.
Posted Jan 1, 2009 @ 10:25 PM
Posted Jan 2, 2009 @ 12:54 AM
And don't get me started on Kim's horrible kid's room. Really, Kim, you think every child would love an auto-themed room? I would think most kids over the age of about 12 wouldn't want a room with any kind of childishly done theme. Why do all designers think that all kids rooms must have a theme? A color scheme; sure, why not? But enough with the themes.
The rest of the house, as usual, seems over-furnished and over-decorated. If you take out at least a quarter of the furniture and half of the accessories the house would look better.
Edited by MittenGirl, Jan 2, 2009 @ 12:55 AM.
Posted Jan 2, 2009 @ 1:05 AM
Posted Jan 2, 2009 @ 2:43 AM
They kept calling the house a "cottage" and it seemed small, especially the upstairs. Did it have a basement or an attic? Was the garage a separate building?
Well, it's still nicer than mine.
Edited for typos.
Edited by Anna2, Jan 2, 2009 @ 12:22 PM.
Posted Jan 2, 2009 @ 10:55 AM
Posted Jan 2, 2009 @ 1:11 PM
Kim Myles' auto-themed bedroom was awful. As MittenGirl said, what is it with kids' rooms and themes? It's what drives me nuts about shows like "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" where they create this insane theme that fits a little kid, and you wonder what they're going to do when the kid outgrows their ballerina/pirate/princess/horsey/whatever stage. You want a room that grows with the child -- quality furniture and mattress/boxspring, and inexpensive accessories to decorate. I'd be ripping out that diamond-plate "chair rail" immediately. The guest room was nice.
Hated the curtains at the entry of each room downstairs. Too fussy.
Why would one need a sofa and chairs in a dining room?
The kitchen was gorgeous. Loved the cabinetry color.
The family room was underwhelming.
The study was heinous. Enough with the wine! You don't need a wine cabinet in a home office, not with two -- count 'em, two -- wine fridges in the kitchen. That closet could have just held shelving for office supplies and such. I did like the paint color.
Hated the kelly green in the master bedroom with the white-hot loathing of a thousand nuns. Too harsh. Loved the master bath and closet space.
Have to say, that outdoor kitchen/living space was sweet. And I want some of that lamb Bobby Flay made.
Edited by Ms Chicklet, Jan 2, 2009 @ 1:11 PM.
Posted Jan 2, 2009 @ 3:11 PM
I loved the kitchen and the outdoor space but also thought the number of bedrooms was odd.
You don't need a wine cabinet in a home office, not with two -- count 'em, two -- wine fridges in the kitchen
I didn't mind that at all because if you are into wine you want to cellar some of it and that wouldn't be appropriate in a wine fridge.
Edited by biakbiak, Jan 3, 2009 @ 3:37 PM.
Posted Jan 2, 2009 @ 11:13 PM
Sounds like I made the right decision.
Posted Jan 3, 2009 @ 9:40 AM
Still hoping to win, though. :)
Posted Jan 3, 2009 @ 10:30 AM
What ever happened to "more neutral" to appeal to the largest number of people possible? I think TPTB know that 99% of people won't really ever live in this house, so they just let their designers and decorators go wild. Why don't they use the designers that have a modicum of talent? I would like to see what Candice Olson would do, or Lisa La Porta, or even, god forbid, Vern Yip. John Giddings and (gag) Kim Myles? So B list. I think they took their most unpopular designers and thought, "Hey! Let's have 'em go at the Dream House! That should raise their popularity!" Except, not. It just once again showcases how untalented and unconnected with what real people want that they are.
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around Kim Myles. So, so, so not a good designer. Do we know what her room is? Did she go global glam? Hotel boutique? Some other ridiculous made up name? Blech.
And am I mistaken, or did I see a severed hand in a glass jar in the study/wine closet room done by John Giddings? Is he an axe murderer? A Doctor Who fan? Who does that?
Posted Jan 3, 2009 @ 3:36 PM
Agree with everyone that I am not as impressed with this house as in previous years (what's up with the color schemes in the master and kids bedrooms and the weird layout/decorating of the office?). The last dream house I actually remember was the one in asheville, nc. This one's in a very different neighborhood (more middle class - with the ranch houses and car covers), plus the house is situated at what looks like an intersection. I don't know much about CA property values, but maybe they were trying for a house that the winner would actually live in?
My question is - is there a bathroom on the first floor?
Did someone else see one? Maybe it's by the stairs? I didn't watch the attached videos, but I was looking at the pictures and layout of the first floor and didn't see a powder room. Because it's a long walk for guests up to the second floor, and none of those bathrooms are conveniently located (i.e. have to pass through the bedrooms). Plus, with the glass front laundry room door I'd never have a prayer of keeping it tidy enough to not feel mortified as guests pass by.
Too bad they didn't attach a bathroom to the study (and make it a little larger) - would have made a nice option for a convert into a small guest room with separate outdoor access.
Posted Jan 3, 2009 @ 4:58 PM
This is a contest. That anyone can enter. Couldn't they have switched up the photos in the frames a little? I know it's petty, but still. Why must everyone be Caucasian?
Loved the kitchen, the outdoor eating area, and the vineyard. Though my husband hated the driveway.
Posted Jan 3, 2009 @ 4:59 PM
I did like the blue and white rug in the one room downstairs.
I agree with others that the study was awful, as was the kids room. My 2 grandsons who are 7 and 4 would have loved it, but eventually you have to grow up.
The kitchen was OK, but I wasn't drooling over it either.
Posted Jan 3, 2009 @ 5:12 PM
Same here, CruiseDiva.
When I saw that Monica was doing the promo ads and the "designers" included the Designed to Sell guy from Atlanta and Ms. Myles of (cheap and cheesy) Style, I took a pass on watching it.
I would like to see what Candice Olson would do, or Lisa La Porta, or even, god forbid, Vern Yip. John Giddings and (gag) Kim Myles? So B list. I think they took their most unpopular designers and thought, "Hey! Let's have 'em go at the Dream House! That should raise their popularity!" Except, not. It just once again showcases how untalented and unconnected with what real people want that they are.
Yeah, life's too short to look at any more bad design and whacked decorating. Besides, I wouldn't want to miss any of those "Half Ton" people shows. Heh.
Posted Jan 3, 2009 @ 5:16 PM
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Posted Jan 3, 2009 @ 8:05 PM
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Posted Jan 3, 2009 @ 10:02 PM
Ditto. Whatever happened to Joan Steffand? I would also be happy to see Joe Ruggiero rather than her. She has no depth.
I really do not care for Monica Pederson
This was also my least favorite dream house. The location is not too exciting unless you are really into wine. I was not all that excited about the kitchen either. Given the size of the house and kitchen, two refrigerators seems excessive. I couldn't have hated the kids' room more. Nothing else about the house is kid friendly. Why create a special kids room?
The outdoor kitchen and entertaining space was my favorite area. It seems that there would be nice weather a good part of the year in that part of California making a nice outdoor space a good choice.
ETA: The main interior designer, Linda reminds me of Ina Garten for some reason.
Edited by niftyfifty, Jan 3, 2009 @ 10:06 PM.