By now, most of us are no strangers to the Pandora box that is Netflix.
In fact, we’re likely spending our weekends bingeing on our favourite shows…over and over again. For some of us, it’s watching every season of The Crown for the 20th time, but for those of us who live, breathe and eat home decorating, it’s an entirely different playlist altogether.
If you’re obsessed with home decor and are new to Netflix or just haven’t had the time to make the most of your subscription, here’s a rundown of our must-watch shows to get your creative juices going:
1. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo took the international world by storm with her book The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way To Banish Clutter Forever.
Then came her Netflix special, which gives us a glimpse into her methods in action. Watch as she goes to homes of families, retirees, widowers and even first-time homeowners and helps them clear up their spaces to rediscover the joy of living in a clutter-free home.
Her methods run true with the minimalist trend, asking that you keep only the items that truly mean something to you – or in her words, items that “spark joy”.
If you too, struggle with having too much stuff or simply want to take control over your life at home, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is definitely a must-watch on Netflix.
2. Stay Here
Stay Here is one of those reality series that will leave you with lifelong lessons on basic design values, maximising your rental property, and even hospitality.
The hosts, designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer go around helping people redesign and rebrand their rental properties.
Even if you don’t have an additional property that you rent out for Airbnb purposes or to tenants, it’s a great show to find out how you can redesign your current property to one that can withstand design trends.
After all, it helps to be prepared in the future should you want to sell your place.
3. Reno My Reno
Picture this: you see a nifty home improvement DIY on the internet and feel that you could recreate it only to find that everything you touch does not, in fact, turn to gold.
Don’t worry – you’re not the only one, especially where Reno My Reno is concerned.
In this series, top-notch contractor Dave Depencier is the hero of the day, picking these DIY do-gooders out of their home pickle. The best part is that the homeowners are also invited to help out in the re-renovation, just so they can learn from their mistakes and be part of the building process.
4. Fixer Upper
Chip and Joanna Gaines are the wife-and-husband team behind Magnolia Homes, a remodelling and design business in Texas.
In Fixer Upper, the show follows the couple around Texas advising owners of dilapidated homes with huge potential on how to remodel and refurbish their spaces.
The results are always breathtaking as you see how the houses transform from “meh” to “wow”.
5. Small Space Big Style
Perfect for those living in the city with less real estate, Small Space Big Style is exactly as its name suggests – how you can make the most out of your tiny apartments with nifty design tricks.
The biggest takeaway of this show is definitely the various IKEA hacks you can pull off in your tiny home.
It will also serve as inspiration for you to try out for yourself, should you be living in a small apartment.
6. Design On A Dime
Everybody loves a good deal, and Design On A Dime is here to deliver.
The design team helps budgeting homeowners figure out ways on how to refresh certain parts of their home. This is particularly helpful, especially since these homeowners previously thought that it was not possible thinking that such a redesign would cost a bomb.
Who knows? You could also be inspired to do similar renovations to your own home without breaking the bank.
7. The Great Interior Design Challenge
It’s not just interior designers who have an eye for design.
As The Great Interior Design Challenge proves, just about anyone who has the idea can execute it. Watch as amateur design contestants set out to redesign rooms, upcycle furniture, and work on a myriad of nifty DIYs.
It’s a fun show that will spark your creative side with a lot of ideas to execute.
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