This week at The Skirted Roundtable while Megan was on vacation we were joined by Artie Vanderpool of the blog Color Outside the Lines to talk about our thoughts on the complete first (we hope there’s more!) season of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Decorators.
We all agreed that the show was a big success, for us at least. While there were some negative things about the show – sometimes we don’t really want to see how the sausage is made! – it did show the real-life workings of a design firm. Whether you do $5,000 projects, $50,000 or $500,000 – the process and roadblocks are all the same. Client’s don’t listen, orders are delayed and everybody blames the other guy. Just a day in the life…
The question I have about the show is really, who was watching? Not a single design industry colleague of mine here in New England who I asked had even heard about the show. Well, let me clarify, these were my colleagues who are not bloggers/tweeters or heavily on Facebook. But then, most have never heard of the designers featured or any other Bravo show, for that matter. We can be an insular bunch here.
The show certainly was not a how-to nor would the average HGTV watcher glean much inspiration or tips from the show. In the end, the show wasn’t about the design, but the designers, warts and all. We barely really got to see their design work and what we did see was not showcased particularly well (leave that to the still photographers and magazines).
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