Thuggery and Reality TV: Million Dollar Decorators

I’ll get to my latest reality TV obsession in just a minute, but first I want you to see this alarming headline from my friends at HuffPo (Short for Huffington Post. Cuz that’s what friends do. They shorten each other’s names. Admittedly, it’s a one-sided friendship.)

Six dead, at least 28 injured in shootings and stabbings in Chicago this weekend

WHAT?? If you look over at the box on the right hand side, you will see that I’m fixing to go to Chicago for a wedding. Now, luckily we’re only there for a little over 50 or so hours, so there’s not a whole lot of time for shooting or stabbing. And we’re eating at this restaurant, (which according to….Pelligrino [out of the side of my mouth: ?srsly? the water people?] is the sixth best restaurant in the world). So as you can see, we’ve already got the robbing-us-blind all lined up, thankyouverymuch.

Nevertheless, I’m very concerned about this outbreak in violence. Especially since there are so many more injured than killed. At least be good at your thuggery. I don’t want to walk around all maimed. I have a very cute dress for the wedding and blood does not go with it. Get it together, Chicago.

Gentle Reader(s),

Allow me to introduce you to one of the greatest shows ever created by those geniuses as Bravo (Andy Cohen, you are my little cross-eyed guru). Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be doing as well as the Housewives franchise and I’m fairly concerned that this little gem is going to fall off of Andy Cohen’s tiara come re-up time.

Behold! Million Dollar Decorators. It’s amazing. It comes on Tuesdays, but like everything else, we DVR it and watch it later in the week. Here’s Bravo’s description:

The network’s latest docu-series follows five of the most sought-after interior decorators as they navigate the high-pressured design industry for their wealthy, famous, and extremely demanding clients.

Yes, we are beautiful. And we like beautiful things.

The clients are fabulous (Sharon Osbourne, Daisy Fuentes), the rooms are over-the-top, and the sense of a good value ($8,000 to paint a floor — although, that floor really did make the room) has left the building. No flea market shopping for these fabulous designers, oh no. No shabby chic, daaaahling. It’s all wonderfully glamorous.

Five (ok six) things I’ve learned from watching MDD

  • Being an interior decorator is sometimes, “more important than being President of the United States.” Well, obviously, Jeffrey Alan Marks.


  • Decorating is Deelishous. Thank you Martyn Lawrence Bullard.curator-martyn
  • You can throw an Indian themed party just to celebrate a recent major shopping trip to India. You don’t even have to wait until said items are in your store to purchase. Right, Nathan Turner?

Mary in sari

  • Rich people are real jerks. I’m looking at you Joe Francis and Shannon Factor.

    Joe Francis
    “I said no wire hangers in my house in Mexico!”
  • Everyone should have an eccentric, possibly drunk, French housekeeper. Jacqueline is awesome.Jacqueline

What about you? Watching any awesome reality TV these days? Do you think decorating is deeelishous? If you had the money, would you hire one of these guys and then browbeat them over every decision, since you don’t have a job to go to or other people to hassle?