Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday-morning design hangover...

On Saturday afternoons, I feel the excitement start to build in anticipation of the big party.

I don't get dressed up, mind you. There's no booze. No dinner. No dancing. My big night of fun is watching Design Time Saturday Night on HGTV... with my dogs... in my pjs... under the electric blanket... with a big glass of milk.


The first show I watch is Divine Design with Candace Olson. She does amazing rooms and she's funny. But her design style seems out-of-reach to me. (I'd love to have a Candace room, don't get me wrong.)

Check out more of this divine bedroom, designed by Candace Olson, on

I also enjoy a new show, the Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie. Jamie's super talented but I admit my favorite thing about the show is... well... he's... smokin' hot. Okay, I said it. (Click here to see for yourself.) He may be a little on the short side but love that Aussie accent.

Check out more of this outdoor room, designed by Jamie Durie, on

Then there's Curb Appeal the Block where they do a $20,000 makeover. The finished product is usually pretty special. Even if I'm not a big John Gidding fan, I like the carpenter, Chip Wade.

Check out more photos from Curb Appeal the Block on

But what I really, really, really look forward to is Sarah's House. Designer Sarah Richardson bought a fixer-upper and, each week, she designs a different room with her assistant, Tommy. It's so good! Love, love, love it!

Check out the kitchen from Sarah's House and decorating tips and advice on Sarah's blog on HGTV Cananda

I became a fan of Sarah Richardson's by watching her show, Design, Inc.

Check out more of Danny's bathroom on Design, Inc.

When I grow up, I want to be just like Sarah. She rocks, okay! There's nothing about her I don't like. She's cute. She's funny. She's fashionable. She's skinny. She's smart. She's talented. She's real. Her rooms are beautiful, not to mention totally doable for the average person. I mean, what's not to love?

Check out Sarah Richardson on HGTV Canada

So, now I've come to the sad realization that Sarah's nearly finished with her house. How am I'm going to get my party on when that happens?

But I found this teaser on HGTV Canada's Web site for "Sarah's Cottage."

A room from Sarah's Cottage from HGTV Canada

Fingers crossed it comes to the U.S.

Saturday nights just won't be the same without Sarah.


  1. This sounds like a great night to me, too! I love Curb Appeal the Block- I've only seen the first Sarah's House- I've taped the others, so need to have a marathon!

  2. LOL! That sounds like a great party night to me! I'll be pulling for your to see your dream come true of restoring the Old House. I share your love of the old ones... They are special. Especially, with a family history like yours.

  3. I am behind on all the shows on one time you could not pry me away and now finding the time is a let me see I guess thats why I have dish so I can record
    Take care
    Did you enter my giveaway

  4. You know, I rarely watch tv anymore. But I use to watch HGTV ALL the time. I think I shall tune in again. You've given me a hankering to see things actually done. Not just staged for a magazine. You've inspired me.

  5. Necel, TOO fun. I'm enjoying your blog, and I totally get watching hours on end of HGTV. ;) :) :)

  6. I really enjoy Sarah's House too. ( And my college aged daughter does as well. ) I love that they make mistakes, re-do, shop at auctions to save money because they went over budget someplace else. It is really a fun show to watch and everything turns out beautifully. Wish she would come and makeover my house.

  7. Sounds like a great night. I love watching tv with my pets, they don't hog the remote like hubby does!