Television: Mark your calendars for 'Trading Spaces' reboot
Grab your paint brushes, glue guns and whatever you do, hide your ceiling fans. The popular TLC show "Trading Spaces" that started the home renovation genre 10 years ago is back, and thankfully, so are many familiar faces.
Home renovation junkies have been filled with glee ever since the trailer for the new season dropped last week. (If you missed it, catch it on the Trading Spaces Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TradingSpaces.) The new season officially premieres at 9 p.m., Saturday, April 7, on TLC.
For those who never saw the show (but really, there must be so few of you, right?) two sets of neighbors are given two days and $2,000 each (up from the previous $1,000 budget) to give a room in each others' homes a face-lift. The kicker? The original owners don't have a say in the remodeling choices — this leads to some hilarious, sometimes cringe-worthy moments. (For example, on one episode designer Hildi Santo-Tomas — who is on the returning cast of designers — decided it would be great to create a "hay room," as in, they covered all of the walls with hay. Yes, with hay, as in the stuff you feed to horses.)
Adorable, perky host Paige Davis will keep the show going week to week with her signature "are you ready to trade spaces?" as she crisscrosses her arms, swapping the neighbors sets of keys. Berkshire County residents can feel a small sense of loyalty to Davis, who starred in Mark St. Germain's "Dancing Lessons," which had its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in 2014.
And ladies, it's true, handyman Ty Pennington is back with his charming smile, wild hair and, of course most importantly, talent and craftsmanship. Some of our favorite designers will also be coming back, including, Doug Wilson, Carter Oosterhouse, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith, and Vern Yip (hint: if you're ever on this show, you want Vern. Pray for Vern.)
— Lindsey Hollenbaugh, features editor
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