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Title: Fantasy Open House Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: 2001 Hosts: Claire Berger, Laurie Hibberd.
Summary: "Fantasy Open House" opens the doors to million-dollar-plus mansions and welcomes viewers to explore inside. Enjoy the fantasy tours filled with design information, peek into closets, check out the decor and peruse the fixtures and appointments of millionaires' homes.
Web Links: Fantasy Open House

Title: Fix It Up! Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Hosts: Pat Simpson, Amanda Rosseter, Jodi Marks.
Summary: "Fix It Up!" covers a wide range of self-help home projects. Topics range from tiling, refinishing projects and deck additions to landscaping and lawn care--and everything in between that today's do-it-yourself homeowner needs to know about.
Web Links: Fix It Up!

Title: Flip That House Network: Discovery Home Channel
Year: 2005 Host: Richard J. Cutler
Summary: "Flip That House" follows the hottest trend in real estate - buying and renovating a house to sell for profit. A "flip" occurs when an individual purchases a home, remodels the home in a short period of time (anywhere from 3 weeks to 4 months) and then re-sells the home for a profit. Each episode is a fun, fast half hour that will document the entire flipping process of one house. At the end of each episode, the results of the house-flipping exercise will be revealed. See also "Property Ladder"
Web Links: Flip That House

Title: Flip This House Network: Arts & Entertainment (A&E)
Year: 2005 Host: Richard Davis
Summary:  Competitor to Flip That House is a show called Flip This House that aired on the A&E Channel in 2005. Same premise, different channels.  Host Richard Davis is a South Carolinian and owns a real-estate company. His flipping philosophy is simply "I look for the most beat-up, dilapidated property, buy it, fix it up, flip it and hopefully make a profit."
Web Links: Flip This House

Title: Flower Power Network: Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
Year: N/A Host: Stephen Westcott-Gratton.
Summary: "Flower Power"  explores the historical significance, lineage and anecdotes surrounding each featured flower - from the petunia to the pansy, a single flower is the star of each episode.
Web Links: Flower Power

Title: Fresh from the Garden Network: Do It Yourself (DIY)
Year: N/A Host: Joe Lamp'l
Summary: "Fresh from the Garden" teaches the basics of how to build, grow and maintain a successful vegetable garden. Each episode tackles a component of vegetable gardening - focusing on America's favorite vegetable, tomatoes, for example, or building raised beds. 
Web Links: Fresh from the Garden

Title: From House to Home Network: Channel 4 (Great Britain)
Year: 2002 Hosts: Sarah Beeny, Oliver Heath,
          and Andy Sturgeon
Summary: UK based home improvement series
Web Links: From House to Home

Title: Front of House Network: ITV (Great Britain)
Year: 2005 Hosts: Lisa Buckland, Oliver Heath.
Summary: "Front of House" (2005) follows a design team who travels to Britain, and works with the neighbors to transform unsightly exteriors into stylish homes. This series goes where no property makeover show has gone before. We've revamped our lounges and landscaped our gardens, but we've missed one crucial area...the Front of House. Hosts:
Web Links: N/A

Title: Furniture to Go and
        Furniture on the Mend
Network: PBS & The Learning Channel (TLC)
Year: 1993-1997 Hosts: Ed Feldman, Joe L'Erario
Summary: "Furniture to Go" and "Furniture on the Mend"  costarred Joe L'Erario and Ed Feldman, aka "The Furniture Guys". Their programs aired on WHYY-TV PBS Channel 12 in Philadelphia.  Both Joe and Ed had expertise in refinishing furniture and upholstery projects. Ed owned Classic Furniture Services which did in-house repair on peoples' furniture, while Joe's Refinishing by Vincent catered to refurbishing bar and restaurant interiors as well as private clients. When it came time for the show, the guys  restored a piece of furniture while making silly jokes and comments about movies and pop culture references. The beginning of each show the guys performed a little costume drama to warn up the audience for the rest of the show. The guys also took side trips to local merchants who also worked in their field. In 1993, the guys took their show to cable where they won a Cable Ace award (won the '94 'Best Host' category). Ed and Joe are the authors of "The Furniture Guys Book". In 1997, they expanded their range from furniture repairmen to general contractors on the series "Men in Tool Belts."
Web Links: Furniture to Go; Furniture on the Mend; Men in Tool Belts

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