Learning a bit about each of the designers throughout the brief backstory pieces, as well as watching them throughout the process adds to the enjoyment of this series. The series will inspire creative people and the average DIY person just trying to make some design/home improvements. The mini-interviews are especially fun to watch as you are able to learn a bit more about the designers, the vision they have for the rooms they are designing, etc.
For those of us that love design and are creative it's like finding "your people." So relatable seeing them problem-solve, struggle with perfectionism and time management, learn, and then wait with such anticipation hoping they will be able to continue and have another try at the win.
I love the true diversity of the designers (not referring to shallow "racial" diversity -- we're all human and who we are is not determined by our ethnic heritage or pigmentation). The producers/casting directors/professional panel did an excellent job of selecting real everyday creative people of different ages, with varying life experience, style preferences, personalities, and skill levels. The designers seem very unpretentious and it is a joy to be part of their journey. You feel like you're right there.
The conversation between the professionals and between the professionals and the designer contestants is informative, although some of it seems there to create some drama/suspense. Their comments about color, light, furniture placement, determining the needs of the clients, considering the architecture, pieces being used, and elements in the room (what to keep as-is, what to upcycle, etc) are very good.
In contrast to some of the similar HGTV interior design shows, this show is especially fun because it is very low-key, and the designers are mostly self-taught people that just love design. Their budgets are very, very minimal, they have just a week or two to review information the clients have provided within which to come up with a plan prior to even seeing the space(s) in person, or communicating with their clients. All the more challenging (extremely challenging) is that they have just 3 days (it seems this includes the day they meet their clients) to complete the rooms.
The designers are also just given one builder to help execute the plan (although in some episodes it seems sometimes there is an extra person or two that help with just the paint and/or wallpapering).
On that note, I cringed and was angry that there were at least two of the designers helpers that seemed to get things wrong, and/or do very shoddy work. The designer is pouring their heart, and all of their efforts in this, being exposed to the world, and they want to have things turn out as they envision. To have some designers have builders that are so easy to work with that are so very dedicated, skilled, and creative, and to have others that get stuck with unskilled, unmotivated slackers that slap paint on in a sloppily rushed manner, place wall-paper and or items in the wrong direction, damage items that have been painstakingly created, wall-paper sloppily and angled in places with bubbles, creases and puckers is horrible and creates a situation where those designers and clients are left with poor results.
Enough said, just give it a look if you're looking for some inspiration and be entertained and inspired. Enjoy!