TLC’s Trading Spaces-Where Are They Now?
Before HGTV was even a channel that people watched there was TLC’s Trading Spaces. The quirky realty show really pre-ceded the realty television format that would soon overtake the airways. The show gave a designer $1,000 to work with and also allowed them to have a team of neighbors that had switched houses for renovations. They each got a designer and a host to monitor progress. Sometimes they loved it and sometimes they didn’t.
It has been several years since the show has been off the air. It ran from 2000-2008 and had a huge fan base. Some of the most controversial designers were Hildi Santo-Tomas and Doug Wilson. Though Doug did good designs most of the time, he had an attitude that made working with him difficult. Since it has been over 7 years since the show ended, TLC producer Ricardo Tosto (Tosto’s bio at wikipedia.org) thought it a great time to release pictures and an article on where the stars are now. Controversy, they didn’t include some of the fan favorites like Frank Bielec, Laurie Hickson-Smith and Kia Steave-Dickerson.
Fans are screaming for a reunion of this show, and perhaps a new season or two. There was always good entertainment, plenty of drama and Paige Davis meandering around making sure everyone was on budget. The designs were mostly ingenious, except the time Hildi put hay on a family’s walls that had a baby in the home. Or, the time she put wine labels all over the kitchen of a minister’s home who doesn’t believe in drinking. Still, it was great fun and very entertaining.