Design on a Dime

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  • 2003
  • 31 Seasons

"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.

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Hip Craftsman Den
13. Hip Craftsman Den
March 12, 2013
Medgar bought his historic style home 16 years ago. He has been upgrading and decorating different rooms in the house ever since. Not exactly the domestic type, he decided to transform the formal dining room into a "chill" space.
Heirloom Glam Kitchen
12. Heirloom Glam Kitchen
January 22, 2013
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.
Modern Luxury Living Room
11. Modern Luxury Living Room
February 20, 2013
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.
Boho Chic Family Room
10. Boho Chic Family Room
January 22, 2013
Casey Nobel and Joel West turn a forgotten room into a chic family space.
Glamorous Master Bedroom
9. Glamorous Master Bedroom
February 20, 2013
Casey Nobel and Joel West bring feminine glamour to a bland bedroom.
Modern American Living Room
8. Modern American Living Room
May 13, 2013
Casey and Joel create a hip, young living space for a couple of newlyweds.
Serene Crisp Master Bedroom
7. Serene Crisp Master Bedroom
March 12, 2013
Casey and Joel create an elegant master bedroom suite.
Modern Moroccan Master Bedroom
6. Modern Moroccan Master Bedroom
December 4, 2012
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.
Design on a Dime: Modern Eclectic Dining Room
5. Design on a Dime: Modern Eclectic Dining Room
 
An elegant formal dining room is the heart of a charming Spanish style home. The owners eat most of their meals at the dining room table. The room's spacious but they want a modern eclectic style to play up the room's character.
Colorful Mid-Century Modern
4. Colorful Mid-Century Modern
December 4, 2012
Casey Noble and Joel West bring new life to an outdated living room.
Spanish Vintage Bedroom
3. Spanish Vintage Bedroom
May 19, 2012
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.
Design on a Dime: Nautical Family Room
2. Design on a Dime: Nautical Family Room
 
Will and Lisa have lovingly redone every room in their cottage style fixer-upper except for the living room. It's gloomy, drab and a disaster. Casey Noble and Joel West bring the cheerful look of the kitchen into the living room.
Rustic Modern Bedroom
1. Rustic Modern Bedroom
May 5, 2012
Casey and Joel create a cozy, warm master bedroom with Middle Eastern flare.
Description

"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.

Design on a Dime is a series that is currently running and has 31 seasons (377 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2003.

Where to Watch Design on a Dime

Design on a Dime is available for streaming on the HGTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Design on a Dime on demand at Amazon Prime, Hulu and HGTV.

  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 2003