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It's a blast from the past as the crew designs two rooms inspired by fun decades; host Paige Davis, designers Kahi Lee and Carter Oosterhouse and carpenters Joanie Sprague and Brett Tutor go back to the 1950s and 1970s.

Original airdate: March 16, 2019

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I am going to be honest, Carter needs to go back to being a carpenter, he is just not a good designer, like the homeowners said, he is trying to be Hildi, frisbees on the wall reminds me of Hildi’s records on the wall, just awful! Carter needs to shave his mustache also, it is not a good look for him! As for Khai’s design, I loved her design, she did a great job! She looks like a fun person to work with and I would love to have Khai do my room! I am dying laughing at the homeowners’ faces looking so worried when they saw Hildi and thought she is doing their house! I am glad to see that they both loved their rooms! 

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Carter as 1970s Burt Reynolds made me laugh every time I looked at him.

I also laughed when they made Carter’s couple think Hildi was the designer working on their house – especially that she asked where the staple gun was.  I continued to giggle at that through the commercial break.

Saying “instant camera” instead of “Polaroid” was also good for a laugh each time.

I was easily amused today, basically.

Steve would be exhausting, one of those people who is always on – and entertains himself a lot more than he does those subjected to him.  Him plus four sons – poor Margi.

Both rooms were criminally boring to begin with, so anything was going to be an improvement.  As aspects of each design were discussed/unveiled, I liked some and was iffy on others, so I knew this was going to be a scenario where I had to see it all come together.

The ‘50s room came together well.  The '70s room felt more like a collection of '70s gimmicks than a room, but they were into it.  I really liked the stripes and the partition wall, but the Frisbees were too much for me.

And if they're going to keep it a '70s room, they have to do something about that oak front door, because it stands out like a sore thumb now.

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I didn’t really like the 70s room just because it isn’t my style. The 50s one represents a style that is pretty popular again and a style I like so I thought the room was pretty good.

The home owners seemed like the 70s room so that was good.

I really liked the tube wall separator, it looked done well.

It helped that the couples had nice furniture already as the designers didn’t have to try and DIY couches.

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It did seem like Carter incorporated the worst of the decade: avocado yellow mustard orange, rainbow graphic and frisbees. 

I did like Khai's room. Even though the light colored wall looked like it was lacking a bit I love that she only did two dark walls and that the color had a lot of blue. I like grey but I am over seeing it everywhere.

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Speaking of Hildi, is anyone watching While You Were Out right now? Hildi’s design ideas is awful! She is really hurt when the homeowner did not like any of her ideas but I do not blame the homeowner 

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Khai’s Sputnik light looked amazing, at least from the distance we saw. Loved the pony wall divider shelves.

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9 minutes ago, DVDFreaker said:

Speaking of Hildi, is anyone watching While You Were Out right now? Hildi’s design ideas is awful! She is really hurt when the homeowner did not like any of her ideas but I do not blame the homeowner 

I know Hildi’s ideas are nuts, but I do see her point. You agree to do this show but then nix all the ideas from the designer. Then don’t sign up for the show and just do it yourself.

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9 minutes ago, SHD said:

I know Hildi’s ideas are nuts, but I do see her point. You agree to do this show but then nix all the ideas from the designer. Then don’t sign up for the show and just do it yourself.

That is very true! 

7 minutes ago, Bastet said:

Thank you for that, I was looking for it and could not find it 

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I hated the frisbee walls and the partition in the 70’s house. Neither house is my style but the 50’s style one looked pretty good. I noticed in both houses the TV’s were put in awkward places with no seating facing them. Kids ( and adults) like to watch Tv! The one house had the TV right by the front door. 

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20 minutes ago, Madding crowd said:

I hated the frisbee walls and the partition in the 70’s house. Neither house is my style but the 50’s style one looked pretty good. I noticed in both houses the TV’s were put in awkward places with no seating facing them. Kids ( and adults) like to watch Tv! The one house and the TV right by the front door. 

I noticed that too, that is weird but I bet they moved the TV after they were done! 

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I had no sound on TLC so I ended up not watching.  I hope the station/Comcast gets that fixed.  I did get a glimpse of Carter with the Burt Reynolds mustache.  Awful.

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3 minutes ago, mlp said:

I had no sound on TLC so I ended up not watching.  I hope the station/Comcast gets that fixed.  I did get a glimpse of Carter with the Burt Reynolds mustache.  Awful.

That is why I said he needs to shave it off, it is not a good look for him

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I have the impression Carter knew well in advance what that first episode was going to involve and that he’d be doing a 70s house and decided to do the Burt Reynolds mustache look. I also bet he’ll be clean shaven by the time he’s next seen. 

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11 minutes ago, theschnauzers said:

I have the impression Carter knew well in advance what that first episode was going to involve and that he’d be doing a 70s house and decided to do the Burt Reynolds mustache look. I also bet he’ll be clean shaven by the time he’s next seen. 

I hope you are right 

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I liked Carter’s room. I found it liveable and fun. I liked the other room too, but I felt like the curtains should have been a different color. 

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I didn't like Carter's mustache, it kind of made him appear dirty, but aside from that, he is an incredibly handsome man, I liked watching the carpenter's boogie or whatever it was, he had the moves down. I like his personality too. I was surprised that he was a designer again, I thought he was rather uncomfortable with that role, Ty is a little more confident as a designer but with his other makeover show (I'm forgetting the name) but it probably had more viewers since it was ABC and not a cable channel. I know, he was over on While You Were Out and I'll go there to discuss it. It was a little confusing to me with the new format and Hildi and Ty. But my guess is Ty will also be on Trading Spaces this season as a designer and a carpenter. I'm glad he's working steadily. Sometimes, his antics are too much, but he does seem to want homeowners to be happy with their homes.

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I liked both rooms and thought Kahi and Carter each did a good job of capturing their decade.  For me, Kahi won the night though.  Her design is elegant and timeless, it captures the 50s but will never go out of style.  Carter's feels more like a 70s theme room and the kind of design you would do in a family room or game room, not a living room.

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I see Frank is the designer next week I think,  I hope that Frank will change his taste in his design or his design will be outdated now

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5 hours ago, alexa said:

I liked Carter’s room. I found it liveable and fun. I liked the other room too, but I felt like the curtains should have been a different color. 

I agree and think white curtains would have looked better (or as close to colour of the other wall colour as possible) as the darker curtains just made the dark walls too dark. Or maybe gold curtains but something brighter.

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3 hours ago, Dobian said:

Carter's feels more like a 70s theme room and the kind of design you would do in a family room or game room, not a living room.

That's what I kept saying to my cat, that it would be a great rec room but was a bit much as a living room.  I think the homeowners' personalities, especially the husband's, are among the minority that would dig it as their living room, though.  Judging by how boring their own version of decorating was, yet all the funky stuff they'd amassed in their garage, it seems they gravitate towards the quirky but just have no idea how to decorate so just bought functional furniture and called it a day.  So when their friends/neighbors said they wanted to go on the show and needed them to do it with them, the idea of asking for a '70s room appealed to them.

The description of this episode had me wary, because the whole "it's a '50s room and a '70s room" theme sounded quite gimmicky, but it wound up being enjoyable.  And saved from gimmick by Kahi's room, which was an elegantly understated take on the challenge - it clearly evokes that era, but you don't walk in and immediately say, "This is like stepping back into the '50s!"  And I can't believe how good she made chandelier look (at least on camera from a distance, as someone else said).

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They should have titled this episode April Fools. Hildi showing her face scaring the homeowners who’d rather anyone other than her doing their house. Then there was the K painting over the art prints and the homeowner saying that they were wedding gifts that they had given them. I had to laugh at some of the subtleties of them joking around. 

I didn’t care for the dark walls in the 50’s house or the dark art. I was ok with the wall screen and thought it was clever. In also liked the Sputnik chandelier. 

I htought the 70’s House was fun although I didn’t care for the frisbees tacked up on the wall. I wonder how long they will last with 4 boys in the house. Did anyone understand the point of the mustache, eyes and hat (?) that Carter tacked onto the seat? A nod to Burt Reynolds? 

I’m happy to be watching this show again.  

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Did I miss why the one homeowner who's working with Carter appears to be wearing a wig?

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My first thought when the episode started: Anyone who wants a '70s themed house/room clearly never lived through the '70s.  That said, and while I would never want it in my house, I thought those stripes turned out quite nicely.  Very Partridge Familyish.  The Frisbee wall was horrible and cheap looking.  Why not just paint the remaining walls each a solid color of each stripe and put some artwork on them?  The Burt Reynolds homage would have made better wall art than a lumpy seat cushion.  I did love the shelf/divider though.  

Kahi's room was very classy. I thought some of the color choices were off, but overall the style was timeless.  The wall color was beautiful in the can, but too dark for the walls.  It would have worked as an accent, maybe on one wall with lighter artwork on it, or as highlights throughout the room.  The wall screen was cool, as was the Sputnik chandelier, but I wonder how cheesy they look close up?

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18 minutes ago, readheaded said:

Did I miss why the one homeowner who's working with Carter appears to be wearing a wig?

I thought it was the woman on Kahi's team who had the weird hair. It looked like the bottom four or so inches of her hair was a totally different color than the rest, and it still would have been pretty long if she had cut it to be all one color. Does anyone do that on purpose? Have the bottom four inches of their long hair a completely different color?

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9 minutes ago, jcbrown said:

I thought it was the woman on Kahi's team who had the weird hair. It looked like the bottom four or so inches of her hair was a totally different color than the rest, and it still would have been pretty long if she had cut it to be all one color. Does anyone do that on purpose? Have the bottom four inches of their long hair a completely different color?

I have seen people with that hair look and I believe they call it ombréAFD9D95B-78F5-40FF-9671-6D8159AA4ECB.thumb.jpeg.24c8ae5be756be75c6855014f317731d.jpeg  It must be an acquired taste. 

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1 minute ago, Mindthinkr said:

I have seen people with that hair look and I believe they call it ombréAFD9D95B-78F5-40FF-9671-6D8159AA4ECB.thumb.jpeg.24c8ae5be756be75c6855014f317731d.jpeg  It must be an acquired taste. 

I know people do the multi-color thing, I guess, but on her I thought it just looked like she had been growing out a color she did not like and was too lazy to get a trim.

I hated Carter's frisbees but some of the rest of it turned out okay, I guess. I already lived through 70s decor, however, and have no desire to return to it. And I agree the drapes in the "50s" room would have been better in a color other than burnt orange.

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1 hour ago, jcbrown said:

I hated Carter's frisbees but some of the rest of it turned out okay, I guess. I already lived through 70s decor, however, and have no desire to return to it.

And no 70s decor I ever lived through had Frisbees on the wall.  If Carter wanted to be more hideously authentic, at least one wall of faux wood paneling, and shag carpeting would have been de rigueur.  The faux bearskin rug, which probably would fit the 70s, came from the HOs, not the designer.  

Didn't feel like the 1970s.  Despite the proliferation of uncoordinated colors, the room felt cold and sterile to me.  Also, leaving the front door untouched meant that it really clashed with the walls.

WTF does "texture is a huge part of their lives" (said by the HO) mean?

When you are compared, unfavorably, to the worst designer in TS history, yes, you should rethink your design plan.  And the look on the HOs' faces when Hildi walked in was priceless.  Just once a team of HOs needs to tell Hildi no, and mean it.  Let her fucking walk off the job before they allow her to destroy another home.

16 hours ago, DVDFreaker said:

That is why I said he needs to shave it off, it is not a good look for him

I thought he did the pornstache deliberately, as an homage to the theme.  And said his wife hates it.  So it's sure to go bye-bye.

2 hours ago, Kerri Okie said:

The wall screen was cool, as was the Sputnik chandelier, but I wonder how cheesy they look close up?

It seemed to me a lot harder to spray paint both of those after they were assembled than it would have been to spray paint the components before putting them together.

The room was ok, but it didn't scream 1950s to me at all.  And I agree with everyone who said the paint was too dark.  

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20 hours ago, theschnauzers said:

I have the impression Carter knew well in advance what that first episode was going to involve and that he’d be doing a 70s house and decided to do the Burt Reynolds mustache look. I also bet he’ll be clean shaven by the time he’s next seen. 

Definitely, but I think he actually kind of pulled it off. He was born in the wrong decade. 

22 hours ago, Madding crowd said:

I hated the frisbee walls and the partition in the 70’s house. Neither house is my style but the 50’s style one looked pretty good. I noticed in both houses the TV’s were put in awkward places with no seating facing them. Kids ( and adults) like to watch Tv! The one house had the TV right by the front door. 

I had to go back and look at the TVs, and that is really weird! Especially carter’s room. You’d hav to sit on the pony wall to watch tv. lol

6 hours ago, Mindthinkr said:

I have seen people with that hair look and I believe they call it ombréAFD9D95B-78F5-40FF-9671-6D8159AA4ECB.thumb.jpeg.24c8ae5be756be75c6855014f317731d.jpeg  It must be an acquired taste. 

My daughter’s hair does this naturally (looks most like the first picture) and she gets compliments on it all the time! 

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I was horrified that they glued the frisbees to the wall. (I was horrified by the frisbees in general.) When they remove them, the paper overlay of the drywall will be destroyed. They'll have to purposefully "texturize" the wall or re-drywall.

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My office did some redecorating and they did that same 3 color 70's stripe around the entire warehouse. It looked horrible and was the only element with those colors or a 70's theme. No one liked it. I couldn't imagine it in my house.

I pretty much just watch TS for the train wrecks (bad reveals) and the DIY artwork/elements that can be useful. This episode, it was the sputnik chandelier. Although it did look a lot like the trendy IKEA lights, only cheaper.

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On 3/17/2019 at 6:24 PM, meowmommy said:

And no 70s decor I ever lived through had Frisbees on the wall.  If Carter wanted to be more hideously authentic, at least one wall of faux wood paneling, and shag carpeting would have been de rigueur. 

There wasn't even a single macrame owl, so I don't think they can call it 70s. It looked like a roller skating rink to me. I could have forgiven the paint but the frisbees were just terrible. And how long until one of those kids rips them off the wall and you end up with just splotchy ripped paper and glue bits in your living room.  Eesh. I love 70s stuff, if they had tried to lean into a 70s rec room kind of vibe it would have been more low-key and fun imo. I normally don't think Carter's an attractive dude, but I'm feeling that whole Burt Reynolds thing. Rowr.

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Sometime in previous years one of the designers did a paint job that was hombre style, something tells me it was Doug.  Anyone remember who it was?

I did like Kahi's paintings.

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8 minutes ago, Liberty said:

Sometime in previous years one of the designers did a paint job that was hombre style, something tells me it was Doug.  Anyone remember who it was?

Carter did one last season.  I'm not sure if anyone did one during the original run of the show.

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On 3/17/2019 at 12:33 PM, readheaded said:

Did I miss why the one homeowner who's working with Carter appears to be wearing a wig?

Yes! If you are referring to the short haired woman, not the ombre woman. It was extremely distracting because it was so shiny and fake. Her husband had some severely large stenciled on eyebrows, also. Basically their entire hair game was really confusing for me.

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I loved this show 15 years ago, or whenever it was first shown, but either my taste level has improved or this show has gone downhill...big time.  It seems everyone is competing with each other to see who wins the title of “best commedian”.  I was embarrassed for them.  

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And if they're going to keep it a '70s room, they have to do something about that oak front door, because it stands out like a sore thumb now.

Whereas I thought that orangey door with the little half circle window seemed very '70s. 

I never thought the '70s would be a decorating style anyone would desire. That multi coloured stripe with the loop was on the wall of my community centre for years (built in the '70s, natch!) and was painted over in a massive redesign years ago. No one rallied to keep it.

Instead of the frisbees, they should have painted that wall gold and made a mod art painting of Burt Reynolds' hat and moustache to hang on it.

And yes, once again designers on a tv show act like a tv is something that doesn't belong in a living room. 

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Alright-full confession-I was alive in the 70s: late teens and early 20s so I know the 1970s.  And that room was not what one would have found in the 1970s.  First of all it would be avocado green, not lime green.... Nobody I knew had multiple painted strips and circles on their walls.  And Frisbees?  On the wall?  Glued?  Oh no.  At one point Carter referenced the Brady Bunch home.  Again, oh no.

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On ‎3‎/‎23‎/‎2019 at 11:37 AM, butterbody said:

Yes! If you are referring to the short haired woman, not the ombre woman. It was extremely distracting because it was so shiny and fake. Her husband had some severely large stenciled on eyebrows, also. Basically their entire hair game was really confusing for me.

I wasn't distracted by the woman's hair but the man's eyebrows were odd.

I enjoyed the episode. I would hate a 70s room but that family seemed into it as well as game for something fun to live with for a while, so it was fine by me. As for what I'd actually want, I'd prefer the 50s room. I loved them punking the home owner with Hildi showing up.

I also liked it that I did not notice any scenes with Paige claiming to be concerned about time etc. I don't mind honest reactions but normally we get a couple of scenes that look very acted out and fake. It was the right dose of Paige.

I'm also just happy to see the show back. It's just a fun show to watch.

the 70s homeowner guy reminded me of a homeowner Doug had once. It was when Doug did a stencil that was like red TVs repeated over and over (50s theme) and he had a homeowner who was an actor and cut up a lot.

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Alright-full confession-I was alive in the 70s: late teens and early 20s so I know the 1970s.  And that room was not what one would have found in the 1970s.  First of all it would be avocado green, not lime green.... Nobody I knew had multiple painted strips and circles on their walls.  And Frisbees?  On the wall?  Glued?  Oh no.  At one point Carter referenced the Brady Bunch home.  Again, oh no.

I was around in the '70s too and remember the decor. And would not want it again.

It's less about recreating a room from the decade and more about theming it around concepts. So orange + yellow + green, funkadelic stripes, shag carpet, certain lines and styles of furniture. I'm okay with the room as an homage to the 1970s, not an exact recreation of it.

Just like a '50s room or party is going to have all poodle skirts, pink lady jackets and ponytails on the girls, and leather jackets and greased pompadours on the guys. Even though most people didn't look like that most of the time.

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I would have been ok with the stripes on the wall if it was my home and I had been able to choose the colors that were used for it. The frisbees on the wall reminded me of the stupid shit Hildi's done to homeowners walls over the years. I know others have put crap like that on walls too but Hildi from what I remember was the worst offender.

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On 3/17/2019 at 1:40 PM, Bastet said:

That's what I kept saying to my cat,

I love this.

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On 3/25/2019 at 5:35 PM, seacliffsal said:

Alright-full confession-I was alive in the 70s: late teens and early 20s so I know the 1970s.  And that room was not what one would have found in the 1970s.  First of all it would be avocado green, not lime green.... Nobody I knew had multiple painted strips and circles on their walls.  And Frisbees?  On the wall?  Glued?  Oh no.  At one point Carter referenced the Brady Bunch home.  Again, oh no.

Stalictite ceilings with sparkly sprinkles overlooking a waterbed.  That's about all I'm willing to divulge about my 70's ...

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