Apartment Therapy Goes American Dream Builders with Nate Berkus

This was the set from a distance, with the cranes lowering into place the screens that hid the homes until the final moment... no closer pics were allowed!
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This is high octane television fun at its best. This past fall, I had the honor of being invited onto Nate Berkus' new show, American Dream Builders, as one of the judges. The challenge of my episode? Transform a totally blank slate — a mobile home — in 48 hours. They flew me out to Los Angeles and drove me up into the hills where the mobile homes were being worked on by four teams of designers — the only ones still "alive." The scene was INCREDIBLE, the energy frantic as work was completed and the reveals were amazing. This Sunday you get to see it all. In the meantime, take a look at my "beside the scenes" pics and check out the first three episodes below.

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Unfortunately, I couldn't take any pics to tease this thing out, but you can now see the episodes right here, embedded in the post (don't you love what the web is finally doing for television??).

>> American Dream Builders Website

It has got to be one of the biggest home design shows to date, and certainly the biggest thing Nate has ever done. The production is immense and the challenge to the designers — a few of whom get voted off after each episode — very real as they're put through the wringer each week with a new challenge, a new budget and never enough time.

Your challenge: Watch the episode this Sunday and tell me what you think of the outcome. :)

EPISODE 1 - THE PREMIERE

EPISODE 2 - MID-CENTURY MAKEOVER

EPISODE 3 - SPANISH STYLE MAKEOVER

(Image credits: Maxwell Ryan; NBC)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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