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Title: Date with Design Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 2003 Host: Richard Yearwood
Summary: "Date with Design" features one bachelor or bachelorette who tours the places of three other eligible singles - without them in it - and picks the place they'd like to makeover the most. Then, after working with a designer to make it even better, boy meets girl for the first time when the makeover is revealed! Will the makeover be a success? Will they like each other? It's the only show where you design and decorate on a blind date! Host:
Web Links: Date with Design

Title: Debbis Travis' Facelift Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 2003 Host: Debbie Travis, designer.
Summary: "Debbis Travis' Facelift" secretly works with a relative of an unsuspecting homeowner to make over a space that needs help. With the family member as an accomplice, hidden cameras record the homeowners' complaints about the room. And while the homeowner is away, Travis, the Facelift crew and family member/accomplice goes in, renovates, redecorates and reinvents the room in a day, a weekend or a week. The show's finale is the dramatic unveiling of the makeover and the cameras capture the homeowners' live response.
Web Links: Debbie Travis' Facelift

Title: Debbie Travis' Painted House Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 1996 Host: Debbie Travis
Summary: "Debbie Travis' Painted House" comes face to face with every style of home and every type of homeowner as she travels the country decorating people's homes. From bachelor pads to RVs, family rooms to penthouses - no project is too small, no job too big. The Painted House takes decorating to an all new level as Debbie delivers humor and home decorating in one uproarious package.
Web Links: Debbie Travis' Painted House

Title: Decorating and Design Network: Do It Yourself (DIY)
Year: N/A Host: Nancy Golden
Summary: "Decorating and Design" is packed with creative solutions, product tips and great advice to help beautify any room! How to instructions and terrific ideas make it easy for viewers to how to to transform their home into a showplace. Learn to make stenciled draperies, window frame mirrors, how to paint tile, even get tips on the basics of flea market decorating in this 65 episode series.
Web Links: Decorating and Design

Title: Decorating Cents Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year:  1997 Host: Joan Steffend
Summary: "Decorating Cents" is for homeowners who care about and want variety in home decor, but are trying to stay within an affordable budget -- using inexpensive objects and their own ingenuity to decorate. In each episode, the host and guest designers provide room makeovers costing less than $500, ways to turn trash into treasures, and tips on making a room feel and look fresh just by rearranging furniture and adding a few inexpensive accessories.
Web Links: Decorating Cents

Title: Decorating with Style Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 1996-2002 Host: Cindy Piccoli
Summary: "Decorating with Style" provides the step-by-step instructions and tips for creating stylish do-it-yourself decorating projects. Decorating demonstrations include such topics as textured walls, no-sew window treatments, decorative cushions, beaded lampshades, creative cabinets knobs and faux finishing techniques. 
Web Links: Decorating with Style

Title: design inc. Network:
Year: N/A Host: Sarah Richardson
Summary: "design inc." takes you through the real elements of the interior design process—from the trials to the tribulations, to the triumphs. Whether it’s a décor overhaul or a home renovation project, design inc. brings you the realistic story from beginning to end. It’s hip, it’s happening, and it’s high-energy! Experience the inner workings of a busy interior design firm as Sarah Richardson and her collaborative team of young, astute designers solve problems and implement smart, customized solutions for their clients. Host: 
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Title: Design Invasion Network: (Banyon Productions)
Year: 2004-2005 Hosts:  Kevin Burns, Bryce Cooper,
           Jennifer Hyde, and Libby Langdon
Summary: "Design Invasion" follows mad cap designer-hosts who invade the homes of the unsuspecting and, with the help of willing accomplices, renovate a room gone wrong. Produced by Banyon Productions, the series was distributed by Twentieth Television.
Web Links: Design Invasion

Title: Design Remix Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Host: Karen McAloon
Summary: "Design Remix" shows how easy it can be to add dramatic style to a room for next to nothing. First the contents of the room to be redone are dumped-albeit gingerly-onto the front lawn. Next, a designer, work crew and the homeowners themselves remake the same room using some of the discarded pieces plus surprises from other parts of the house. But when the dust settles and the magical transformation is revealed at the end, something else becomes clear. And that's the beauty of teamwork. It's amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint-plus some good old-fashioned critical thinking-can make.
Web Links: Design Remix

Title: Design on a Dime Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 2001 Hosts: Sam Kivett, Lee Snijders
          and Kristan Cunningham
Summary: "Design on a Dime" makes over a space for design-conscious home dwellers who want lots of style but may not have lots of money for the project. With a budget of just $1,000, a design team tackles a problem area such as a boring bedroom, lackluster living room, cluttered dining room or outdated office space. Together the team transforms the ordinary into the awesome. Hosts: Sam Kivett, Lee Snijders and Kristan Cunningham; Design Team Members: Charles Burbridge, Summer Baltzer, Dave Sheinkopf and Spencer Anderson.
Web Links: Design on a Dime

Title: Design Rivals Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Hosts: Steven Sabados, Chris Hyndman.
Summary: "Design Rivals" shows that expressing your true personality through home decor is no easy task, but when you have two of televisions’ hottest decorators willing to duke it out it in the name of distinctive design—anything is possible.  Each episode the hosts befriend their client by joining them for a favorite pastime in a place or space that reflects their passions and then begin to formulate their own specific take on the homeowner—who they are and how their space can express their individuality. And so begins the rivalry! Hosts:
Web Links: Design Rivals

Title: Designed to Sell Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 2004 Hosts: Clive Pearse, Lisa LaPort
Summary: "Designed to Sell" shows how to turn a tired house into a showpiece by giving sellers a $2,000 budget and a team of experts to transform their house into the hottest property on the block. Find out if all the hard work pays off with the ultimate goal--a bigger bottom line. Hosts:
Web Links: Designed to Sell

Title: Designer Finals Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 2004 Host: Penn Holderness.
Summary: "Designer Finals" showcase top design students as they face their final test—a real-life makeover with a minimal budget, a handful of helpers and advice from a mentor. In each episode, a student gets their chance to "go pro" and redo a room in a real family's house. The student gets real-world experience while the family gains a great new room!
Web Links: Designer Finals

Title: Designer Guys Network: Discover Channel
Year: N/A Hosts: Steven Sabados, Chris Hyndman.
Summary: "Designer Guys" present a fun-loving, twist on design shows — two talented and imaginative designers who just can't seem to agree on all the details! As they plan and work their way through each decorating project, the audience gets a load of great ideas and practical tips that they can use in their own homes.
Web Links: Designer Guys

Title: Designers' Challenge Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 1998 Host: Chris Harrison
Summary: "Designer's Challenge" follows one homeowner per episode through the exhilarating decision-making process of selecting from among three designers' room renovation plans, created just for the homeowner. Viewers watch as the chosen designer brings about a fabulous new look for the room.
Web Links: Designers' Challenge

Title: Designing for the Sexes Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 1998 Host: Michael Payne, Susan Hunt
Summary: "Designing for the Sexes" helps a different couple each week resolve conflicts as they tackle a home- or room-renovation project. The program follows the couple in design trouble and witnesses an interior designer's creative approach (including encouraging compromise) to bring their fabulous project to completion.
Web Links: Designing for the Sexes

Title: Divine Design Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Host: Candice Olson
Summary: "Divine Design" tackles challenging home design dilemmas. Host Candice Olson, Canada's leading interior designer, and her clever cast of characters—a carpenter, an electrician, a painter and a design assistant—all team up to redesign a space that's sophisticated and stylish. A sparse loft living room becomes warm and inviting, a family room with dated furniture comes together, and a cluttered basement becomes Mom's getaway space.
Web Links: Divine Design

Title: DIY SOS Network: BBC (Great Britain)
Year: 1999 Hosts: Brigid Calderhead, Nick Knowles,
          Kate McIntyre and Lowri Turner
Summary: "DIY SOS" asks "Are you living in a DIY disaster zone?" The team has all the answers to help you complete the home of your dreams. The series airs on the BBC.
Web Links: DIY SOS

Title: DIY to the Rescue Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 2003 Host: Amy Devers, Karl Champley 
Summary: "DIY to the Rescue" helps brings in a team of experts to help real homeowners finish a problem project in around 48 hours.
Web Links: DIY to the Rescue

Title: Do It Yourself Network: NBC (Situation Comedy)
Year: 1955 Host: Dave Willock and
         Cliff Arquette (aka "Charley Weaver")
Summary: "Do It Yourself" is a light-hearted home repair series. CoHosts: Willock and Weaver had previously appeared in the fifteen-minute 1952 NBC comedy series "Dave and Charley". Note: Do It Yourself was also the name of an 1957 series starring Barry Bucknell who hosted a home improvement series in Great Britain.
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Title: Double Agents Network: Discovery Channel
Year: N/A Host: Jillian Hamilton
Summary: "Double Agents" is a fly-on-the-wall program that gives you a front-row seat on the emotional roller coaster of buying a home. In each show we'll meet a new buyer and give them the advantage over the competition by putting not one, but two agents on the case. We'll learn their different tricks of the trade, get their tips for buyers, and see inside some great houses along the way.
Web Links: Double Agents

Title: Double Vision Network: Discovery Channel
Year: N/A Hosts: Jayne and Joan Michaels
Summary: "Double Vision" is half-hour design show, starring identical twin interior designers Jayne and Joan Michaels. At the beginning of each episode, our twin hosts are paired with individual homeowners and neighbors who share the challenge of designing an empty, identical room in each of their homes. Each twin designer joins forces with their homeowner /partner to tackle the exciting design challenge of transforming identical spaces into incredibly different and unique rooms.
Web Links: Double Vision

Title: Dr. Fix-Um Network: ABC
Year: 1949-50 Host: Arthur Youngquist
Summary: "Dr. Fix-UM" is a home repair show hosted by Arthur Youngquist (aka "Dr. Fix-um"). This program was the precursor of such home improvement gurus as:
  • THAT'S O'TOOLE/ABC/1949 with Arthur Peterson as handyman Tinker O'Toole;
  • Norman Brokenshire, an ex-radio announcer from THE BETTER HOME SHOW (ABC) 1951-52;
  • HANDYMAN (SYN) 1955, a program for home-workshop addicts;
  • Bob Vila from THIS OLD HOUSE (PBS) 1979+;
  • HOMETIME (PBS) 1987+ with Dean Johnson (and assorted female assistants);
  • HOME AGAIN WITH BOB VILA (SYN) 1990+;
  • HOME  IMPROVEMENT (ABC) 1991-99 starring comedian Tim Allen as klutzy TV Fix-It Show host Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor.
Web Links: Dr. Fix-um

Title: Dream Drives Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Host: Tia Marlier
Summary: "Dream Drives" explores the architectural and design elements of some of America's most treasured neighborhoods. Each episode features three intriguing homes and includes interviews with homeowners, historians, preservationists and restoration architects. Locations vary, from elegant and hip to historical and trendy. Examples include Canyon Road in Santa Fe, St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans and Boston's Commonwealth Avenue. Host:
Web Links: Dream Drives

Title: Dream House Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Host: Jose Marrero
Summary: "Dream House" chronicles the joys and dramas of one couple as they build the house of their dreams. From the foundation to the final touches, watch and learn as the couple meets with builders, architects and interior designers.
Web Links: Dream House

Title: Dream Builders Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 1997 Host: Scott Morgan
Summary: "Dream Builders" produced in association with the National Association of Home Builders, profiles innovative builders in the construction and home design industries. Each episode provides in-depth information about all aspects of home design and construction, from planned communities to affordable housing.  The series travels across the country to see the latest trends, styles and techniques.
Web Links: Dream Builders

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