To fans of TLC’s Trading Spaces, Vern Yip is a familiar face. The interior designer, known for his clean, tasteful projects, has since moved on to host his own show, HGTV’s Deserving Design. In each episode, he goes to the home of a deserving person, family or even sorority — people who have made a big effort to help others — and makes over a room with some input from the homeowner. What they don’t know, however, is that a surprise makeover of a second room is also in store. For armchair decorators like myself, Yip provides helpful tips and inspiring ideas along way, most of which are simple enough to try at home.
Another HGTV newcomer now available on Hulu is Myles of Style, hosted by Design Star 2 winner Kim Myles. The charismatic New Yorker challenges homeowners to unlock their creativity, teaming up with them to transform a drab patio into a modern Moroccan retreat, or an oversized living room into a classic chic hangout. Best of all, Myles proves that high-end design isn’t out of reach for budget-conscious homeowners: Most of her projects are do-it-yourself, from a concrete table with built-in lighting to a silk-lined light fixture framed with wire mesh.
With 13 full-length episodes for each of these titles, we think you’ll find plenty of inspiration for any end-of-summer home improvement projects you might have in mind. Enjoy!