Rooms to View
If you like peeking at properties and getting insights into interiors, we have some ideas for lockdown views!
Netflix has added more than 16 million sign-ups during the lockdown; TV on demand and catch up programmes are also on the rise. But instead of diving into yet another gripping TV drama, why not seek out the ideas to improve your home? We've selected our Top 10 programmes across all platforms (perfect for binging). Not only will they inspire you to redecorate, they are also great escapism (which we're all craving at the moment).
The Great Interior Design Challenge - BBC iPlayer
“The Search for Britain’s best amateur interior designers. Working in a variety of architectural styles, the contestants have three days to impress both the judges and the homeowners.”
This BBC production programme is both entertaining and educational. The expert judges often include a lot of tips and give great examples when correcting amateur designers during the competition. Some pretty famous faces (in the design world) are appearing in this programme. You might need a notebook!
Stay Here - Netflix
“Homeowners renting out rooms, or their entire homes, to short-term renters is becoming an increasingly common alternative to holiday makers staying at hotels. But the properties need to offer unique features or amenities for the owners to maximize their income. On "Stay Here," designer Genevieve Gorder and property expert Peter Lorimer show hosts how they can turn their rentals into moneymaking showstoppers.”
Combining absolutely stunning design solutions with smart business ideas, in this programme, the design and marketing come together to rescue falling short lets. With platforms like AirBnB and HomeAway booming, some of us can relate to running a side business. For some it is a full-time business. Either way, each episode of Stay Here focuses on guest experience, design and location. Transport your mind to all the beautiful and cool places the programme is set.
Restaurants on The Edge - Netflix
“A team of three experts - a restaurateur, a designer and a chef - tap into a restaurant's surroundings and community to remodel each business in a way that is uplifting, inspirational, and positive.”
This is what I call escapism without leaving your sofa! Similar structure to “Stay Here”. Absolutely stunning locations, very food & drink oriented. Learn about culture of each location in every single episode there are plenty of historical and cultural references. This programme truly reflects on the importance of beautiful interiors.
The World's Most Extra Ordinary Homes - Netflix / BBC iPlayer
“Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress and property enthusiast Caroline Quentin explore extraordinary homes built in mountain, forest, coast and underground locations around the world.”
The whole 3 Seasons of it is really “Grand Designs” on steroids! Absolutely stunning locations and state of the art architecture. Many of the properties featured on this programme are inspected by presenters nearly to the last millimetre, such informative and inspiring presentation.
DIY SOS - BBC iPlayer
“Nick Knowles and the team issue a call to arms and recruit friends, family and local trades to help transform the homes of families across Britain.”
Heart-warming programme based on simple human kindness. You’ll have a tear in your eye no doubt. The programme truly reflects the best of British people, with some laughs, some banter between the team, and of course, beautiful interiors – it’s a great choice for cosy evening with a cuppa.
Kirstie & Phil's Love it or List it - 4onDemand
“Property professionals Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp help families who are frustrated with their homes. Whether the homeowners have outgrown the space or they want a change of decor, their property no longer meets their requirements. Offering solutions on each home is Kirstie, who believes the owners can learn to "love it," whereas Phil thinks they should "list it" and make the most of a rising property market. After meeting each couple, the presenters find out all they can about the family involved, how they use their current home and what they would want from a new one. With a budget equal to the cost of moving, Kirstie and a team of property developers transform each house to make it loveable once again. Meanwhile, Phil seeks out properties in the owners' most desired locations.”
This one is by our very own lovely property Gurus – Kirstie and Phil, offering entertainment as per usual, it is more about renovating your home as much as relocating (like one very known programme where we know this pair from – Location, Location, Location). Plenty of design solutions if you are in the similar situation as the homeowners from the programme. Each episode features different location and different homes. Who doesn’t like a bit of “home comparing”?
Your Home Made Perfect - BBC iPlayer
“Virtual reality and visual effects enable people to see what their future home could look like, before building it in reality.”
The possibilities are endless! Watch how homeowners see through walls (literally) and subsequently see the potential of their own homes. Plenty of ideas literally given away, so grab a notebook, get on your sofa and prepare to get inspired for your next project!
Tidying Up with Marie Condo - Netflix
“When people lead busy lives, their homes sometimes become cluttered with things piling up over time. In this series, renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo tries to help folks declutter their homes - and their lives. Whether she's helping a harried couple with young children become more organized or showing a retired couple how to reclaim their space, Kondo assists her clients in clearing out the clutter and choosing joy in a series of inspiring home makeovers.”
Remember “How Clean is Your House?” with Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie? Well, this is somewhat similar, except the homeowners Kondo visits are cluttered rather than dirty. Another inspiring watch, with tidying expert really drilling on the importance of decluttering and evaluation of objects in your home. Very informative and somewhat entertaining programme.
House & Home - YouTube
“Visit http://houseandhome.com/tv for complete videos on design, decorating, food and entertaining. House & Home is #1 design and decorating resource. Houseandhome.com takes you inside beautiful and unique homes, showcases dramatic makeovers, reveals the latest furniture, fabrics and accessories, offers expert renovation tips and tricks for organizing and entertaining with style.”
What about the YouTube? This video uploading platform is not only to watch “funny cats” videos.. The House & Home channel has made it to the Top 10 simply because of beautifully curated short informative videos, most containing before & after snaps. Although most of the homes featured are based across the pond, nothing stops you to borrow some of the amazing ideas for home décor and design solutions.
Architectural Digest - YouTube
“AD is the international authority on design and architecture. AD provides exclusive access to the world’s most beautiful homes and the fascinating people who live in them, bringing its audience a wealth of information on architecture and interior design, art and antiques, travel destinations, and extraordinary product.”
Another YouTube favourite! Ever wondered how Celebrities around the world have their homes set up? Who designed them, what their styles are and how they live in general. Well, AD gives you an exclusive peak into their lives, with your favourite celebrities personally giving you a house tour!
See you in couple of months!