The ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Designers Are Offering Tips on Refreshing Your Home While Social Distancing

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is back on the air after an eight-year hiatus. Along with a new network (HGTV) and a new host (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), the show has a new set of designers working to create dream spaces for deserving families.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Breegan Jane, Darren Keefe, Carrie Locklyn and Loren Ruch of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' | Amy Sussman/Getty Images
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Breegan Jane, Darren Keefe, Carrie Locklyn and Loren Ruch of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Showbiz Cheat Sheet spoke to the designers recently about how Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is the perfect feel-good show for families to be watching right now, and how people can refresh their homes while social distancing (if that’s something that would make them happy).

The ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ designers’ home refreshing tips

Designer Darren Keefe thinks it’s a great time to keep busy by cleaning.

“It’s always a great time to clean the house. It’s kind of a great time to refresh your house. Get under your cushions and clean out the couch, disinfect everything, all the touched surfaces,” he said.

It’s also a great time for tackling every DIY project you maybe started but never finished.

“I think it’s also a great time, too, to kind of tackle all those small DIY projects that you might have already purchased the materials for. So it’s always a great time to finish up a painting project or hang shelves, or anything you’ve been putting off that’s been sitting in the corner,” said Keefe.

Designer Breegan Jane has been moving around furniture to make her home more functional.

“We’ve been playing a bit of musical furniture, getting to the efficiency of space again. Now that we’re all stuck in our homes, we don’t really have the luxury of that chair you never sit on. So I’ve been moving things around to be functional first,” she said.

Like Jane, designer Carrie Locklyn has also been moving around furniture.

“In our living room, right now, we want to add some chairs. We went out to the patio, picked up the two chairs on the patio and we’ve now been living with them in the living room just staring at them going, ‘Yeah, that would work. We could have these here.’ We moved a big picture that had a really graphic pattern into our half bath and we were like, ‘Do we want to put wallpaper here?’ We’ve just been kind of picking up things and re-organizing them and moving them from space to space. And living with them for a little bit and actually being able to have the conversation if it works or not,” she said.

Keefe agrees that moving around furniture “can elevate your mindset.”

If moving around furniture doesn’t sound appealing, or you like the way things are, Locklyn also says this is a great time to paint with any extra paint you’ve got lying around.

“I think now is the perfect time to be painting, painting, painting, and more painting. We have a lot of cans of paint that lay around our house. If you’ve always wanted to paint that wall black or charcoal, now’s the time to do it. If you don’t like it, paint it back. I think painting’s always a good option,” she said.    

Maintaining a sense of community

The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition designers also agree that now, more than ever, it’s important to feel a sense of community.

“We have a little free library outside of our house,” Jane told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “Our project today is to turn that into a little free pantry. I’m lucky that we stocked up on toilet paper so we’re gonna put a few rolls in there and a few other things we can spare just to get that community connection again,” she said.

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