Posted Jul 3, 2012 @ 7:59 AM
It's exactly the same premise as "Four Weddings," where four strangers all judge each other. Except on this show, the competition isn't about weddings, it's about each others' houses. They're judged on originality, livability, and...something else, I can't recall...plus an overall score.
The show could be deadly boring, but the first episode had the most ridiculously perfect set of four people to talk to one another, and I loved it. Two artists, one real estate agent and a stay-at-home mom. The artists were complete whackjobs, the real estate agent was kind of a guy's guy, and the mom was a bit nice and a little too buttoned-up, so they bounced off one another very well. Everybody got along, even though they had almost nothing in common, and the houses were totally different.
The two artists' houses were on the extreme end of things, and the more "normal" folks had houses that people on "House Hunters" would drool over. I thought the winner was unexpected and I totally agreed with the win, based on the criteria.
I expect that contestants will eventually game the system a bit like they do on "Four Weddings," and it'll be tough for the casting agents to find such great mixes of different people, but for the premiere episode, I don't think they could have done any better.
Posted Jul 3, 2012 @ 8:58 AM
They also will have to look long and hard to continue to find eccentric houses like the ones on tonight's episode. And since originality is one of the criteria,anyone with an oddball house featuring dead body parts in jars has in in.
I would like it better if the houses were more similar as it would fit better with the four weddings theme. For example, in four weddings you don't see three strapless white dresses and one purple long sleeved gown with owls all over it and say which is more original?
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Posted Jul 4, 2012 @ 8:27 AM
It was definitely a different premise. I loved that two sided copper sink in Transylvania mom's house.
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Posted Jul 4, 2012 @ 6:39 PM
LOVED the dig that soccer mom took at artist lady's polyester throw!
Posted Jul 5, 2012 @ 1:04 PM
LOVED the dig that soccer mom took at artist lady's polyester throw!
I thought that the stay at home mom looked like Parker Posey's character from Best in Show. I kept expecting a Weimaraner to pop up and her to say "We are so lucky. We are so lucky to have been raised amongst catalogs."
THIS is what I mean about the casting. Could you think of two more diametrically-opposed people than the Transylvanian artiste and the soccer mom? Both were really snarky, but they were kind of delightful in the way they were still just this side of polite when they talked to one another.
It's exactly the right tone. I'm not sure that it's going to keep up (there are only so many acceptably weirdo people to hang with and bizarre houses to see), but I did like the mixture in this first episode.
Posted Jul 5, 2012 @ 1:12 PM
I can see judging wedding dresses against each other and even venues, but four houses that are totally different? Doesn't work for me
I think this show would fair better if it was a "bang for your buck" type of situation.
Posted Jul 5, 2012 @ 1:52 PM
I really didn't like the two "artists" in the first episode. Just too pretentious. And how creepy that the guy had phallic symbols everywhere. Ick.
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Posted Jul 5, 2012 @ 6:07 PM
I thought the real estate guy's house was absolutely awful. Beige, beige, beige. Zero style or originality. The faux Italian elements and MDF woodwork screamed the Tuscan trend from 10 years ago.
The soccer mom's house was beautiful, but her style was just too much. I don't think she actually has her own style. Every pattern and element in her house was something all over design blogs and available at Home Goods. It looks like she just copies whatever the trends are and uses them all at once: trellis patterns, wallpaper in bedroom, white ceramic animals, antlers, etc.
The artist's was quirky... and insteresting. No words really. I loved his cozy kitchen and wish they showed that more.
Mischka's house was very grand, and a little too dark for me. But overall I thought it had the best combination of originality and livability.
Edited by mich9, Jul 5, 2012 @ 6:09 PM.
Posted Jul 6, 2012 @ 9:14 PM
Whereas I thought the win was totally obvious and I didn't agree with it. Mischka surely was a madeup persona for TV; no one can be that obnoxiously pretentious in real life, complete with Eurotrash accent and anti-American digs (why do you live there then?) and still function. And really, "I lahv orrgahnic ahnd nahturalll" says the woman with cheap straw flowers, plastic plums and a polyester throw. I did like some elements of her house, but thought the copper tub was fug, and why was it plopped in the middle of the bedroom. Her house would have been much nicer with more "nahtural" light.
I thought the winner was unexpected and I totally agreed with the win, based on the criteria.
Stay at home mom kept yammering on about how she loves colour, but all I saw was a lot of neutrals. And some very ordinary wallpaper and a blurred blue painting that gave Elvira the vapours for some reason.
Crazy art guy's house looked more like a Ripley's museum and it would be fun to spend a day there looking at all the oddities. But live there? No.
I liked realtor's house the most. Yes, it was cookie cutter Tuscan, but I like Tuscan and the view was fantastic. His patio was to die for. I would replace his schlumpy hippopotamus furniture, but I liked the house.
Not sure where this can go. Like Four Weddings, some participants are going to grade based on what they like personally rather than how the wedding (or house) reflects the person or meets their needs.
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Posted Jul 9, 2012 @ 10:46 PM
Episode 2: I can't be the only one who wanted to smack Matt, right? Did he have a single positive thing to say about any of the other three houses? Plus (in my opinion) he has no room to talk, as his house is not only tacky, but a real estate nightmare. Talk about "nicest" house in the neighborhood syndrome. Who builds an over-the-top Italian-esque house like that in the middle of a very suburban older residential section of Merrick (which I also might add is not the Hamptons)?!
Posted Jul 10, 2012 @ 1:25 AM
Episode 2 absolutely cracked me up. Something about the combo of those different personalities was really funny. With the exception of Matt - who didn't have positive comments for anyone's home - they all seemed really good natured and eager to have fun. I was was laughing out loud when they were playing around with the scalp-massager they found in the closet, and when Monty was startled by Matt's crazy toilet.
For styles on this one:
French Carribean themed house - I don't really care for ranch style homes, but his use of colour was striking, and looked consistent throughout the house. He had enough pops of colour to be noticeable, but it wasn't busy or overwhelming, & everything seemed to flow nicely.
White House - again, not my style, interior or exterior (I found the exterior bland and featureless), but she definitely put her imprint on the look of the inside. I did like her glamorous bedroom - looked like something from a 1930's movie.
Mediterranean McMansion- well this one was hideous inside and out. It was entertaining for its absolute tackiness. Sadly, there are many people who think this is the height of style.
Shingle-Gambrel style house - I'm more a fan of traditional style homes, so normally I'd go for this one, but something seemed to be missing. I loved the exterior & patio, but the interior seemed to lack personality or something. The wallpaper was unusual in the dining room, but the rest of the house had that "new build" look. Although very beautiful, it lacked charm or character, or something I couldn't put my finger on. I actually loved the mini-gambrel roofed pool-house, and would be happy living in that!
I guess I liked Monty's house the best, because his home seemed like it was on a more modest human scale.
Edited by Cheezwiz, Jul 10, 2012 @ 1:47 AM.
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Posted Jul 10, 2012 @ 10:04 AM
Talk about "nicest" house in the neighborhood syndrome. Who builds an over-the-top Italian-esque house like that in the middle of a very suburban older residential section of Merrick (which I also might add is not the Hamptons)?!
That area on the water is being built up like gang busters. On some streets, it is the older original split levels or high ranches that look out of place. But I agree, that one in particular was just....special!
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Posted Jul 10, 2012 @ 2:07 PM
Matt needed a knuckle sandwich. Talk about a superiority complex. Gah. His house totally reflected his personality. Over grown little boy house.
The women were nice enough and their homes were just average. I did love the Hollywood bedroom.
I completely do not get the 10 grand prize. That's pocket change for people in multi-million dollar homes. It seems like the winner should donate it to a charity of their choice or something. *shrugs*
Posted Jul 10, 2012 @ 9:06 PM
Edit b/c what is the deal with the font crap and added programming language????
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