For those who are old enough, what do you remember about the original Changing Room series that began in 1998? Is it host Suzie Wilks in her tight T-shirts, work shorts and blundstones? Is the feeling of love and light and stories of friends and family doing a nice thing for each other?
Let’s be real, the ONE thing we remember about Changing Rooms is the disasters. Or more importantly, the looks of the homeowners faces as they try and force a smile when their once semi-boring beige lounge is turned into a retro diner themed living space.
Now Changing Rooms is back, this time on Network Ten and with Natalie Bassingthwaighte as host, transforming the homes of everyday Australians with the help of their neighbours, friends or family members.
Each week over two episodes, two couples swap homes and are tasked with making over three rooms in five days with a $20,000 budget. The participants – either family, neighbours or best friends – will give up the keys to their most prized possession, their home. The very place they call their own, where they have shared their most treasured memories and where they can escape the world and feel the most content and safe. Halfway through the makeover, and after two room reveals, the couples will meet for dinner for an open and honest discussion, where they can bring to light any major issues or concerns for their final room reveal. The couples are then given a surprise $1000 gift to put all the lessons they have learned into action for one last standout design feature in the final room reveal. The designers will introduce colour, texture, flair and affordable tips and design hacks that everyday DIYers can try at home. With a little know-how and a splash of confidence, homeowners can transform their home into a livable masterpiece.
There will be shocks, surprises, laughter and tears as homes are transformed and lives changed.
Changing Rooms begins tonight, Feb 13th on Network Ten at 7:30pm