I wish I could just look at pictures of gorgeous homes all day. Why doesn’t that pay the bills? Pfft.
The final episode of American Dream Builders had the last two designers transforming two beach houses. In my mind, this particular house was always going to be a sure win, never mind that it has a black exterior.
The direction is strong, the concept works, the little touches are spectacular and the DIY pieces are to-die-for.
I’m a fan of the Russian street style icon / couture-buyer-turned-couturier, whose pieces tell their own story. Ulyana Sergeenko’s latest collection looks like it was specially designed for a classic Hollywood movie, to be donned by the likes of Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth. A movie I would totally watch.
Needless to say, it’s another gorgeous, dreamy collection. Why isn’t she featured more often on the red carpets already?
You can watch the full Spring/Summer 2014 show here:
Are you watching American Dream Builders? It’s Project Runway meets Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, only without the sappiness (my tear ducts were always in overdrive while watching EM:HE) and about a quarter of the cattiness. Each week, the designers work in two teams to renovate homes in various styles ranging from Tudor to Mid-century Modern.
While I’m enjoying the competition aspect of the show, I’m really missing the feel-good factor that EM:HE brought. (Deserving family gets a brand new, gigantic home! All is right with the world again! Everyone cries!) Nonetheless, a design show is a design show. And I’m just glad that American Dream Builders is filling that void in my regular TV schedule.
Naturally – like with all reality competition programmes – I’ve pledged allegiance to one designer, whose minimalist design philosophy is right up my alley. With the exception of the bathroom debacle in that pilot episode (not his fault), everything that Lukas Machnik has done, has been pretty damn gorgeous.