Get ready for spine tingling good fun as HGTV's newest show (which we are in), Small Space, Big Style premiers tomorrow night (sorry if you don't have cable). The Grey Lady wasn't pleased, however. It got swiped by Anita Gates in today's New York Times: All look good, but the show doesn't offer the before-and-after fun of home makeovers. And the design tips are not exactly press-stopping news. Ouch! Perhaps she would like to wind back the clock and start life over with reruns of Trading Spaces? If you ask us, we think the show is going to be great for just the kind of people who read this site (some of whom will be in future episodes!), who are sick of makeovers and just want a lot of visual information that they can use. Small Space, Big Style focuses solely on homes under 1000 square feet and what people have done to make them efficient, luxurious, beautiful or just plain livable.
Most of the homes are funky, and one of our favorites is in Ms. Gates review: David Wharram and Franziska Neumann's 350-square-foot Chelsea apartment, which they share with their infant son, Luke. This little white jewel-box would have given Patrick, Robert and Brandon a run for their money as it is beautifully decorated and features a super-cool four poster bed they designed, which stores all of their clothing. This is not a makeover show! Rather it just cuts to the good bits and there are a lot of entertaining and inspiring good ideas to feast on. (Thanks, Philip!) MGR