|This Fuckery Will Run It's Course.|
So in the last post I detailed our upcoming addition to the house. And the things we will not have in the addition.
But we also touched on the subject of HGTV's dreadfully unimaginative "Fixer Upper" staring the Gaines', Chip and Joanna.
Now, I am going to say this up front. A former blogger tells us that they have met said Chip and Joanna and that they are as warm in person as they are on TV. So I have no doubt that they are decent people.
They also "show well" in the dog and pony show that is HGTV, which should really be renamed since there is no more gardening to be found on the network.
In fact HGTV is now nothing more than Buy 'N Sell Real Estate TV, because in addition to some decorating, its mostly all programming about people looking for their "Forever Home" in United States, or selling their old home to buy a "Forever Home" in Canada.
Into this mix come the Chip and JoJo, who get people to buy houses and remodel them in Waco, Texas. And they have been good for Waco - because it is no longer the site of the Branch Dividian Tragedy, but now its a place to visit "Magnolia", their enterprise.
So here is Cookie's beef with the show: Every. Week. Its. The. Same. Damned. Thing.
And every week it looks the same damned thing.
Now we all know that everything in the decorating world has a limited life span. No style is forever. Bean bag chairwere in and they are out. Polished chintz? The same. Mission Style furniture? For as much as I love it, the lodge look is out.
But right the hottest things in home decorating are also the ugliest things in a very long time. Everything is either "inner city" West Elm industrial, or down home and "country" industrial.
Into this walks the Gaines'. And every episode is the same because they all contain:
1) Harvest Table.
2) Bare metal ceiling lights and pendents that feature very bright bare light bulbs - or - bare light bulbs in clear glass shades.
3) Exposed brick that was never meant to be exposed.
4) Wacky mixed up discarded commercial letters on the few walls that they don't rip out that spell "HOME" and/or "FAMILY" just so you know where you are and what you are.
5) Painted furniture that needs to be stripped, or perfectly beautiful wood furniture that needs chalk painting so it looks old and distressed.
Now let's see - what could I have left out? Could it be the mid century modern ranch houses that are remade in to Texas farm houses? Could it be the the 1970s french provincial ranch houses made into Spanish haciendas? Could it be the turn of the 20th century formal colonials that are turned into informal colonials?
Well, there are those, but I am thinking of something else. Something that is shabby and chic.
You know what it is?
All that FUCKING ship-lap.
Now for those of living under a rock, ship-lap is a board of wood. Now back in the good old days, in better houses, the walls were covered in lath (narrow strips of wood with gaps) and plaster applied over the lath in layers to build up a finished interior wall. In "less formal" houses, they would use these boards to cover the wall. It wasn't a material with bragging rights.
But thanks to this show, fucking ship lap is everywhere, so we all get to live like crackers and trash. This is the show that made the ship-lap industry BOOM.
To me it's fugly and a fire hazard.
But to some people, it is squeal inducing pure hillbillies in a haunted house marvelous.
And every week its the same damn thing. It's become a show where women binge drink when they hear ship-lap. It is the same old same old.
So Joanna, if you are reading this - you are becoming as predictive as the trains that run on schedule in a country with a dictatorship.
Girl, you need to stop being afraid of color. Add in a high quality antique - the antique industry will thank you*. Add in some funk. And how about not tearing down ever interior room because one day all these young families are going to find themselves with surly, moody, stanky teenagers and the parents are either going to want a room for the kids to trash, or a place for the parents to go and hide from the kids.
Seriously Jojo, your relaxed look is becoming too structured for a your own good, and as cliche as a composite ribbon that reads "Live, Laugh, Love" at WalMart.
To grow your brand, you need to broaden your appeal.
*Hell, even Harriet Craig had a real antique in her cold humorless house.