TLC’s Trading Spaces is like crack to a new home owner – you watch the show once and you’re hooked. At least that’s how it happened to me. 🙂 One Saturday afternoon, I was scanning the television and stumbled upon the show and instantly fell in love. For those that haven’t seen the show, two sets of homeowners swamp houses and with the help of a designer do a two-day room re-design armed with only a $1000 budget. As you might imagine things can go wrong as the designers pull and tug the homeowners into doing sometimes outlandish things to their neighbors spaces. It’s a great show that can give you a lot of inspiration and ideas for your own home.
I was in Home Depot looking for a book on Tiling for a project I’m working on, when I stumbled upon “Trading Spaces Behind the Scenes” book. If you love the show, this book is for you. However, if you’re looking for Tips and Tricks, then keep looking because this book is more about the “behind the scenes” than anything else. In it, you’ll learn about how the show is put together from start to finish. There is a chapter dedicated to each member of the cast as well as a large glamour photo. Fans of Ty Pennington the hunky carpenter, won’t be disappointed.
Although I was a little disappointed in the fact that there weren’t any real tips in the book, the “behind the scenes” stuff, which is what the book is really about, truly delivers. Ms. Books does a very thorough job of detailing each cast member as well as the show itself. I came away knowing more than I really cared to know, but in a good way. There’s even a complete show index (seasons 1 – 3) in the back that can be really helpful when watching re-runs. If you enjoy the show, you’re bound to enjoy this delightful, colorful book.