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"Design on a Dime" is a classic of HGTV. In the early days, HGTV had too few shows to fill all of its airtime and the budgets were extremely low, often $500 or less. After the channel became a little more established, this showed aired with the relatively posh budget of $1000 for a makeover. It allowed for better quality of design while still being well within reach of the average do-it-yourselfer looking for tips, inspiration, and ideas.

Each episode pools the talents of three design professionals with diverse backgrounds. The cast of designers periodically changed, giving the audience exposure to different approaches and viewpoints. The show starts with a consultation with the client, a tour of the space to be made over and some discussion about goals and dreams. It then drops in on a planning session amongst the designers where strategy is discussed and each of the three designers contributes their unique take and agrees to do a specific portion of the makeover, contributing their unique skills.

The show then follows each designer around as they shop for affordable resources and use creativity and elbow grease to cover any budgetary shortfalls. They walk you through their problem solving processes step by step, whether shopping for just the right piece of secondhand furniture or how to fill in with homemade art pieces. They run into the occasional hiccup in their plans and share how they solved it and still stayed on budget. In the wrap up, they run through a detailed budget and tell you where the money went.

This is one of the best HGTV series ever created for the DIY crowd. It contains a wealth of tips and how to's while raising the bar on quality in terms of visual appeal and creative problem solving. The show was born during that wonderful time when HGTV was successful enough to have more than a shoestring budget but had not yet grown away from its roots as inspiration and education for the DIY crowd.

HGTV
14 Seasons, 138 Episodes
January 19, 2003
Home & Garden
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Design on a Dime Full Episode Guide

  • Min and her roommate, Brigitte, have been brainstorming ways to liven up the deco in their kitchen. While staying true to the home's classic design, Casey Noble and Joel West bring a youthful feminine style into their kitchen.

  • Sandra and Cham want their home to become the main hub for family dinners and holiday parties. Unfortunately their living room needs a lot of work before it's ready for entertaining.

  • Casey Nobel and Joel West turn a forgotten room into a chic family space.

  • Casey Nobel and Joel West bring feminine glamour to a bland bedroom.

  • Casey and Joel create a hip, young living space for a couple of newlyweds.

  • Casey and Joel create an elegant master bedroom suite.

  • Tamer always dreamed of owning a house with a view of the Hollywood sign and he finally got it. He wants the interior of his home to be as inspiring as the view, starting with his master bedroom. Casey and Joel give him just that.

  • Casey Noble and Joel West bring new life to an outdated living room.

  • The minute Dana and Damien walked into their 1929 Spanish style house, they fell in love. For the past year, they've been decorating their dream home one room at a time. But, they are completely lost with the master bedroom.

  • Casey and Joel create a cozy, warm master bedroom with Middle Eastern flare.

  • Casey is tasked with the challenge of fusing Angela's love of sparkle with Russ' appreciation for everything vintage in one cohesive design plan.

  • Casey shares cost saving secrets in a holiday-inspired room.

  • Gerald and Jasmine have made little progress in creating a master bedroom that captures their love of Southeast Asian design. Casey Noble and Joel West will create a space that's both tranquil as well as visually stunning.

  • Casey and Joel bring fresh and modern Spanish style to a dark bedroom.

  • A couple bought their dream home a year ago but admit they never use what should be its most inviting room - the living room. It's one of those spaces that does little to entice you to sit down and spend time in.

  • Casey and Joel bring vibrant vintage style to a bland, dingy kitchen. Jami would love to see the kitchen transformed from a dingy off-white eyesore into a colorful, personality-filled kitchen she's excited to cook in and proud to entertain in.

  • Casey and Joel will bring this modern, eclectic living room to life.

  • On a budget of just $1500, Casey and Joel will enhance a family room's rustic appeal while bringing in a hip farmhouse style that's fresh and colorful.

  • Casey & Joel give the homeowners some much needed structure and shade with the addition of a pergola; more furniture will be added to create a better space for entertaining, and Ella's garden area will go from frumpy to fun city.

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