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Reality Check: Real Interior Design vs TV Show Makeovers

How often have you caught yourself watching a design show and saying, “Why doesn’t my place look like that?” or “I wish my place looked like that” while your eyes are glued on the latest TV home makeover? Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of smoke and mirrors in TV land. But guess what? Your space doesn’t have to look like a set to be sensational. Let’s unravel the glitz of TV interior design and get down to the nitty-gritty of real-life beautification with some no-BS advice on how to make your space truly yours.

Expectation vs. Reality: Budget Edition

small apartment interior design

Let’s be real; budgets don’t stretch as far as they do on TV. Design shows have a knack for making lavish makeovers seem like the cost of a short vacation. In the real world, those dollars and cents only get you half of what you see on TV. Here’s the scoop: Good design takes time, and money, but it doesn’t need to bankrupt you. Start small. A well-chosen throw pillow, a fresh coat of paint, or an art piece that speaks to you can transform a room. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a well-designed home.

TV Timelines vs. Actual Timelines

living room interior design with herringbone floor

Patience is a virtue, and good design loves to test it. Those week-long TV transformations that are only one episode long? It’s not exactly timeline-friendly for us mere mortals. Real world design is more like a slow-cooker than a microwave. Enjoy the journey, and remember, great spaces are like fine wine; you make them better over time.

The Editing Magic

comfortable and modern couch

Behind every beautiful room, there’s a pile of clutter they’re not showing you. Editing does wonders, doesn’t it? It skips all the mess, they may add some of the stress and an occasional “oops”—but let’s face it: you can’t cut your way through the design process. Embrace the chaos. It’s part of the process. And that clutter? It means you’re getting things done and making that space yours.

Personal Touches

living room with personal design touches

Your home should reflect who you are, not a page from a magazine. Collect pieces that tell your story – maybe a funky lamp from your travels or a quilt from your grandma. These personal touches are what make a house a home.

Custom Solutions vs. Off-the-Shelf

tile and fabric samples for interior design

TV might make you believe what works in one space will magically work in another. But here’s a little secret: Custom solutions often trump off-the-shelf fixes. Sure, custom might sound like code for expensive, but it’s really about value. Investing in pieces tailored to your space and needs means no square pegs in round holes.

Real-life interior design is less about mimicking what’s on TV and more about creating a space that reflects your style, life, and quirks. It’s about crafting a home that feels as good as it looks. 

Forget cookie-cutter solutions. Let’s get personal. Start with a tiny space or a piece that makes you smile whenever you see it. Start your design journey and be the director of your own home makeover.


Transform your home to put the way you live and the way it looks in harmony.

If our approach sounds like a match for you and your home, reach out and tell us a little bit about you. Let’s get started!