Life Lessons from Interior Design TV Shows

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Many of us spend hours lounging in the living room and watching HGTV. In a way, we’re intoxicated by the pleasure of witnessing rundown houses transforming into the most beautiful homes we’ve seen on TV. We’re invested in the stories that the designers, contractors, and homeowners have–the struggles that they go through and overcome. We completely understand the fact that renovating houses is no easy feat. It takes much skill, effort, resources, and an endless well of patience and endurance.

Before we know it, we, too, are embarking on our own renovation journeys in our own homes. It takes careful consideration even if our plan is only to install a retractable awning for our patio. We pay mind to the design, expenses, and resources that would be needed for this.

That’s the best thing about interior design TV shows. They’re teaching us important lessons about our home, its design, and ways to improve it. And that, in turn, also teaches us valuable lessons about life itself. These are the three best lessons we got.

Balancing Budget and Schedule with Property Brothers

When we think of TV shows on HGTV, one of the first things that come to mind is Property Brothers. Set in Canada, it’s hosted by Drew and Jonathan Scott. The prior is a real estate agent and the latter is a licensed contractor. Together, they look for rundown houses, purchase them at bargain prices, transform them into something amazing, and sell them at much profitable prices.

The show’s format is clear. It’s a fixer-upper transformation. But the audience is so enamored by the show that it expanded into a whole franchise. But why exactly are we so invested in this show? Many would say that they enjoy very much the struggle that the brothers go through with every project. Drew goes through the stress of bidding on a home at an affordable price. Jonathan, on the other hand, must work around a limited budget and time constraints as he renovates.

With their hard work, we learn the value of money and scheduling. We learn the tricky way of finding the balance between sticking to the budget and meeting deadlines without compromising our vision. So, the next time that we embark on a D.I.Y. project, we take into careful consideration our expenses and the clever ways we could work around it. Then we stay faithful to our schedule, ensuring that we actually finish our project instead of abandoning it halfway through.

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Coordination and Collaboration with the Block

The one thing that we should never ever forget about renovating homes is that it always takes a village to accomplish. We have the contractors. We have the designers. Then, of course, a specialist would handle the plumbing. Another would manage electricity. The list goes on. And so one of the important things that we should learn is how to coordinate and collaborate with our team. This is what we learned from the Block.

Set in Australia, the Block is a show that challenges a group of couples into renovating apartment blocks. Then, when they’re done, the apartments are sold at an auction. The team that garners the highest bid would win the challenge. We witness teams try their best to make smart decisions together. They collaborate in challenging tasks–helping each other, essentially. Their efforts for teamwork have hurdles, for sure. But, in the end, they overcome such hurdles and finish renovating apartments that they’re happy with.

Sorting Through Essentials and Clutter with Marie Kondo

“Does it spark joy?”

That is the question that dominated our everyday conversations with our friends and families. It started with Tidying Up with Marie Kondo premiered on Netflix in 2019. The show became a worldwide hit. Even those who had no interest at all in interior design and organization watched it.

What drew audiences to this show is the simplicity of it. Marie Kondo would visit American homes and share tips on organization and living a more minimalist lifestyle. She would ask the homeowners about the things that are essential to them. Then, the rest would either go to charity, secondhand shops, or the trash.

Through this show, we learned the value of keeping things at home simple. And in that simplicity, we can find inner peace and content. We’d feel more comfortable and at home. And by reducing our material possessions into things that spark joy, we’d have a deeper relationship with our homes. They’re no longer just spaces for our things. They’re also part of our identities.

All of the tips and lessons that we learned from renovation would be nothing if we don’t understand the most basic life lessons. We should know the importance of sticking to our budget and schedule. Then, it’s crucial that we learn how to work together. And, most importantly, we should understand the importance of our homes to our identities.


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