Given its tiny redecorating budget, Design Remix may be the most extreme makeover show ever created. Fun and fast-paced, this series shows how easy it can be to add dramatic style to a room for next to nothing. First the contents of the room to be redone are dumped—albeit gingerly—onto the front lawn. Next, a designer, work crew and the homeowners themselves remake the same room using some of the discarded pieces plus surprises from other parts of the house. When the dust settles and the magical transformation is revealed at the end, something else becomes clear. And that's the beauty of teamwork. It's amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint — plus some good old-fashioned critical thinking — can make.
Homeowners John Kinnaman and Farhana Currimbhoy call their kitchen a "relic of the 50s" with its Formica countertops, wallpaper residue and dark cabinetry. They want something that reflects their international travels, so host Karen McAloon scouts out a bright painting that will be the anchor for the kitchen's new look. With a little paint, some new window dressings and furniture stained to look more modern, the kitchen is no longer such a 50s flashback travesty. Instead, they can cook up a Carnaval and lunch in the lush colors of the tropics in a kitchen that brings them back to Brazil.