Wednesday, September 27, 2006

HGTV's 24-Hour Makeover

What A Difference A Day Makes For
Top-To-Bottom Room Makeovers In 24 Hour Design

Viewers who want to transform an entire room and perform a complete room makeover from top to bottom will now find that it’s all in one day’s work. Designer/host Angelo Surmelis and his team, including carpenter Christopher Ashe and assistant Wanda Colon, will offer tons of time-saving ideas, affordable tips and creative solutions to typical design dilemmas in 24 Hour Design, HGTV’s new weekly series premiering on Friday, October 6, 2006 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

24 Hour Design series highlights the strengths of Surmelis, a talented designer who is something of a “house whisperer,” with his intuitive sense of what homeowners want and his uncanny ability to enter any room and instantly recognize how to transform it in a timely, yet imaginative, way.

The series is less about beating the clock and more about what Surmelis calls “Time Savers.” These include a variety of painting shortcuts that maximize the available time and money. In addition, the team keeps costs down by using such tools as pre-pasted wallpaper, which takes half the time and endures just as well or by choosing the less labor-intensive stick-on lighting rather than taking time to install recessed lighting. The show also highlights the many benefits of personalization. Rather than constructing custom-made furniture and accessories, the team finds already-made items and then tricks them out. For example, they add new molding to an armoire or bookcase or modify already-made slipcovers and curtains by adding trim and contrasting fabric accents.

In each episode Surmelis consults with the show’s featured homeowners and sends them out shopping with $100 and ideas on how to spend the money wisely. In the meantime, he and his crew get to work decluttering, painting, designing and reconstructing the room. Specific projects and creative ideas devised and executed by Surmelis and his team in the series include: the creation of a unique baby changing table that can be used as a regular piece of furniture when the baby grows up; a functional shelf that also serves as a decorative sculpture; a hanging Chinese cabinet that is transformed into a mobile mini-bar cart; and a modern-day shoji screen that is converted into an elegant room divider.

Each week, homeowners are amazed by Surmelis’s knack for giving them the design features they didn’t even realize they wanted -- and he does it all in 24 hours. What a difference a day makes.