8 Home Design Shows you need to Watch (and Some for all the Wrong Reasons)
As an absolute decorating and interiors nut, it probably comes as no surprise that when I clock off from a day of blogging and styling, home design shows are my go-to recreational activity.
Most nights of the week, actually, you’ll find me in front of the TV with a glass of red in hand (white in summer), a cat on my lap and the Foxtel remote in my hand, catching up on a bevvie of my fave shows. I don’t know what I did before I could record shows on Foxtel, but my life has improved ten-fold since they invented the series link option.
Even the bad home design shows are good in a twisted way; they’re my guilty pleasure and I adore them. I’ll share below which of these are my fave and why, but I’d love to hear from you in the comments below too, letting me know which ones you can’t get enough of (there is definitely room in my Foxtel library for a new series 😉 )
8 Home Design Shows I love to Watch
Lifestyle Home on Foxtel
This is hands-down my favourite of all the home design shows I’ll mention in this post! While so many other series’ gloss over the decision making process when it comes to the design of a space, Dear Genevieve dedicates time to explaining the design plan, showing you where host and designer Genevieve Gorder shops, and even shows you when things go wrong.
The building and design team also feature heavily, so there’s no smoke and mirrors here about who is involved in the process or how it comes together.
I actually learn so much from this show, so I highly recommend it if you’re yet to give it a go. It’s a 30-minute episode but it packs a lot of content in – and the room makeovers are sublime! I’ve featured Genevieve’s New York apartment on the blog before and it’s truly inspiring.
Selling Houses Australia
Season nine coming soon to Lifestyle Channel, Foxtel
I was hooked on this show since it premiere 8 years ago, at first because Andrew Winter was absolutely hilarious when he critiqued the home’s pre-makeover, but I quickly became smitten with Shaynna and Charlie’s involvement in the home transformations too.
I’ve interviewed Andrew on the blog before about how honest he is with home owners and he admitted that it doesn’t always go down well. Click here to read our chat.
This show is funny, all heart and honest. I like that you can go on the journey with real people and that sometimes, not everything goes according to plan, or the home owner’s are a right pain in the A. I like that Andrew will confront dodgy real estate agents if he needs to, and I love the pearls of wisdom Shaynna and Charlie share too.
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Sure, they’ve been running series of The Block back-to-back like there’s no tomorrow, but I still love this show for a multitude of reasons. Regular readers will be all too aware that I don’t watch the show throughout the week (I turn to The Real Housewives for my dose of drama), but I love the Sunday night reveals and I love recapping them and giving my two cents on each room every Monday on the blog.
This show also exposes us to a whole host of local furniture, art and decor brands, which has been one of the shows highlights if you ask me. Add in three judges who all have their own strong opinions and it makes for a very entertaining Sunday evening!
Lifestyle Home on Foxtel
Although a brand new season of the Aussie version has just landed, I prefer the UK show over the local incarnation. I think it has something to do with my strong love for Britain (am yet to travel there and it plagues my every thought!), but also because the homes tend to be a little grander and a little more interesting.
You also can’t fault Kevin McCloud. His passion for architecture and design is so apparent, and he’s not afraid to speak his mind even if it lands him in hot water with the home owner (I’ve seen some awkward moments like this happen on the show and it’s hilarious).
My Dream Home
Lifestyle Home on Foxtel
Of all the Canadian home design shows, this series – which has been going since 2011 – is one of the better ones. And with so many seasons under its belt it’s rare that you watch an episode you’ve seen before.
In a nutshell, it’s hosted by twin brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott. They take home hunters on a mission from first wanting their dream home they can’t afford, to showing them how buying a renovators delight can save them a tonne of money. They then do over the derelict home for the owners, delivering them their dream abode for a fraction of the cost of buying brand new.
This is another series that gives great insight into the process of a build/reno. It shows how the initial design can start out, how it’s tweaked throughout the build and what the final result looks like. It always inspires me to want to renovate.
Better Homes and Gardens
Friday’s at 7.30pm on Channel 7
I still tune into this favourite on a regular basis because it’s so good for budget decorating ideas and craft projects. I have a bit of a crush on Tara Dennis, who continues to churn out awesome makeovers that don’t cost the earth. I’ve interviewed Tara on the blog before and she’s admitted that there have been some disasters in the past, but for the most part they all rock.
I’m also a sucker for a puppy or kitten, so I like the pet segments Doctor Harry does (and love that he’s still rocking that hat after all these years).
60 Minute Makeover
Weekdays on 7 Two
There is a more recent version of this series on Lifestyle Home (hosted by Peter Andre of all people), but the older series is by far my fave (and for all the wrong reasons). The earlier series of this show is so bad it’s good!
The premise, as the show’s title suggests, is that a makeover team transforms a few rooms in someone’s home in just 60 minutes. They time it all, there’s loads of people rushing around, and the whole thing is absolute chaos as a group of 30 or so attempt the ridiculous; doing a home over in an hour.
The final result is the best/worst moment of the show; bad finishes, tacky designs, and a reveal at the end that the camera can never focus on for too long out of fear their dodgy work will be exposed. The home owner’s always look to be struggling, so of course they’re wowed by the makeover, but I can only imagine what happens once the production team leaves and they realise their wallpaper is bubbled and peeling off the walls.
Total shocker in the best way possible!
Anything Sarah Beeny does
Numerous shows on The Lifestyle Channel
I first fell in love with Sarah Beeny years ago through one of her home design shows, Property Ladder, and in recent times she’s hosted, produced and starred in a total of eight different TV series.
She is wonderfully honest with people she encounters on her shows, she is incredibly successful as a property developer outside of her work on TV and almost all of her shows are addictively must-see. Four of them are currently airing on The Lifestyle Channel, so click here if you want to get across all of them.
The best part about Sarah on Property Ladder is when she tells home owners their crazy renovation ideas won’t make them any more money come time to sell, they usually get into an awkward argument, and then at the end of the show she will say things like “so, that renovation actually lost you money?” in the most innocent yet hilarious way – and the home owner’s are always royally peeved.
This woman can do no wrong in my eyes.
What are your fave home design shows? Drop a comment below and let me know what you’re hooked on!