Design on a Dime - Season 1

HGTV (ended 2006)


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Episode Guide

  • Mission-Inspired Living Room
    Jeff and Mary Rafner need help with their large, disorganized living room, which has a lot of natural light and mission-style furniture. Sam Kivett comes up with a new design plan to help the couple.
  • Hip, Retro Living Room
    Darlene Duran desires a living room with a little pizzazz. Her colorless room is uninviting, her desk is cluttered and the open floor plan makes it hard to distinguish workspace from play space. Sam Kivett arrives to outline her issues: lack of color, a layout that doesn't maximize the space, a poorly organized office area and insufficient task and ambient lighting. Kivett meets with his design coordinators to discuss a plan for a retro-inspired space and shops for lamps with Darlene to get a better sense of her style. The project is completed under the $1,000 budget and Darlene now has a funky retro living room with added privacy for working and added personality for entertaining.moreless
  • Asian-Themed Bachelor Pad
    Mark Dragin is living in his first place, but needs help decorating on his tight budget. His living room is bare, but he wants to turn it into an Asian-themed room in which he can entertain guests. Sam Kivett, Summer Balzer, Charles Burbridge create a the look Mark was dreaming about, all for under $1,000.moreless
  • Spa-Like Master Bath
    Ken and Kim Boyd are newlyweds who don't know how to spruce up their master bathroom. Sam Kivett, Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge decide to create a spa-like retreat for the couple for under $1,000.
  • Comtemporary Bedroom
    Stephanie Laskow's wants her white master bedroom to get a facelift. Sam Kivett, Summer Baltzer, Charles Burbridge create a comfortable space full of light, texture and color for under $1,000.
  • Old European-Inspired Bedroom
    Newlyweds Doug Wilson and Weni Chang want to transform their white room that's filled with Weni's old furniture into a romantic getaway reminiscent of their European honeymoon. Sam Kivett meets with the couple to discuss their issues, which include a need to add color, storage, draperies, drama to an undressed window seat and updated furniture. Kivett meets with his design coordinators to discuss his plan for a romantic European-inspired space. Designer Summer Baltzer shops for fabric while designer Charles Burbridge updates the existing furniture with stain and stencils. The team is pleased when the project is completed for under the $1,000 budget and the couple is thrilled with their new bedroom full of Old World charm.moreless
  • Inviting Mexican Kitchen
    Tony and Elaine Aguilar are schoolteachers who want their stark kitchen to feel warm and reflect their Mexican-American heritage. Sam Kivett and his design team create a vibrant, welcoming, and functional kitchen for under $1,000 dollars.
  • Garden-Themed Nursery
    James and Anne Saxenmeyer are expecting and need to convert their office into a nursery. The design team uses the eclectic Asian style the couple has in the rest of their home as inspiration for the nusery. They transform a bland office into a bright and stimulating nursery for $1,000.
  • Multipurpose Asian-Style Space
    Ande Richards needs to use her large, open living room for multiple purposes: as an office, a place to eat and a place to entertain, and she envisions the room in an exotic Asian style. Host Sam Kivett outlines the design dilemmas then heads to his office to discuss an Asian-style room with his team, Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge. They visit an Indian import store where they find much of what they need for the room, including fabric for the dramatic wall-mounted canopies that will section off the space. When finished, the new plan allows for privacy when working, intimate dining and an exotic space for entertaining.moreless
  • Art Deco Studio Apartment
    Trisha Soto loves the art deco architecture of her apartment, but doesn't love the limits of living in a studio apartment. Sam Kivett and his team find creative ways to bring color into the apartment for under $1,000.
  • Classic Living Room
    Jeanette Cass has a classic style and a very tight budget.
  • Modern Spanish Master Bedroom
    Jim Bird recently purchased his first home and is ready to add some personality to his bland bedroom. He has several contemporary pieces that he likes, but also wants to match the Spanish style of his home. Host and designer Sam Kivett meets with Bird and decides to update the room with a Spanish look with a modern twist featuring wrought-iron accessories, new furniture and colorful fabric.moreless
  • Robin's Egg Blue Office
    Julie and Ryan Rusin have a third bedroom that needs a makeover. The Design on a Dime team turns it into home office with wood panels and robin's-egg-blue paint.
  • Moroccan Dining Experience
    Larry Weissman's new town home is contemporary in style and the interior is blaringly white. He wants his dining room to be exotic and to stand out as a showpiece in his home. Host Sam Kivett decides a Moroccan-style room with a jewel-tone palette is best for Weissman's dining room and he and his design team set out to turn the bland and empty room into a fully furnished space full of drama and mystery, all for under the $1,000 budget.moreless
  • Tranquil Music Room and Retreat
    Jeremy Toback and his wife Fabienne want to turn guest room into a music room retreat. Sam Kivett, Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge decide on an Asian theme for the room and turn the cluttered room into a serene retreat for only $1,000.
  • Sky- and Sea-Inspired Living Room and Dining Room
    Ogie and Alyssa Zulueta are in a quandary over their adjoining living and dining room. They want the space to be relaxing, free of clutter and suitable for entertaining. Host Sam Kivett arrives to outline their issues: the absence of a dining table and chairs, proper lighting, sufficient storage and a cohesive style--and the makeover must be complete on a $1,000 budget! Kivett meets with design coordinators Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge to discuss the specifics of his design plan and then takes the couple shopping to get a sense of their style. When completed, the combination living and dining room is both clutter free and a place in which the couple can proudly entertain.moreless
  • Refined Industrial Home Office
    Dave Chameides conveted the space above his garage into his home office. It is a big space, but is unorganized and has no style. Sam Kivett, Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge create an organized room with a lot storage space.
  • Functional and Funky Loft
    Amy Grant and Rob Ahlers recently moved into a large loft and want to have defined spaces for the living room, dining room and office. Host and interior designer Sam Kivett arrives to address their dilemma and after meeting with his design team, comes up with colorful and functional design to suit their needs--all on a $1,000 budget.moreless
  • Multifunctional Family Room
    Jenifer Blake wants to turn her disorganized and stark family room into a functional and fashionable space. Sam Kivett, Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge create a relaxing, clutter-free space that the whole family can enjoy for under $1,000.
  • Classic, Comfortable Living Room
    Jeanette Cass is a single mother with a tiny budget. She wants her use her living room for entertaining as well as for playing with her daughter. Sam Kivett and his team create a room that is functional and meets all of her needs.
  • Cozy Cottage Bedroom
    Anne Apra and Steve Millington want to redo their master bedroom. Sam Kivett and his team creat a cozy cottage by using a pale purple, light green and a creamy white color palatte.
  • Retro Home Office
    Retro Home Office
    Episode 13
    Mary Ann La Russa's home office is disorganized and under furnished. Host Sam Kivett pays her a visit to discuss the issues, which include an insufficient workspace, a lack of storage and proper lighting, as well as complete disorganization. Kivett and the design team's assignment is to turn this white disorganized box into an exciting and functional office that fits La Russa's quirky retro style. Kivett meets with Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge to review his design plan that will cut through the clutter and provide a functional and groovy office. They have a vintage desk refurbished at an auto body paint shop, spray paint a creative wall accessory, refurbish a dentist cart that will function as a printer stand plus install a vintage hubcap light fixture. Once it's done, La Russa really digs her newly transformed retro office! The cluttered, dull and disorganized room is colorful and completely organized thanks to the new bookshelves and credenza. Kivett and his design team not only created a functional office but successfully infused the homeowner's quirky retro style into the room.moreless
  • Soothing Bedroom Retreat
    Mike and Sherry Milligan would like to turn their bedroom into a retreat. The design team replaces the old dressers, creates more storage, warms up the white walls and finds a window treatments fo the French doors to create the soothing bedroom space.
  • Travel-Themed Retro Guest Room
    Mary Holdridge has a small home with big needs. Her guest room currently functions more as a storage closet and she wants the space to reflect her personality plus be cozy and inviting for guests. The design team's main focuses are to manage the clutter by adding storage to better display Holdridge's retro collections and to bring color to the beige walls. They also need to further address the needs of guests by adding task lighting and turning the sofa bed, which is now overwhelmed by clutter, into a focal point. Host Sam Kivett meets with his design team, Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge, to discuss a fun travel theme for the space. This once cluttered storage room is transformed into a fun and functional guest retreat all for under $1,000.moreless
  • Twin Six-Year-Old Girls' Fantasy Bedroom
    Dirk Blackman and his wife, Chris Purse, have twin six-year-old daughters, Rachel and Kate and want the small room for the twin girls to serve large needs. Host Sam Kivett meets with his design team to discuss a functional room that will work for and inspire both girls. Ideas include a dresser large enough to accommodate both girls' clothing, an Egyptian scene on a canopy to drape over their beds, bookcases, a new worktable, practical lighting and dusty magenta stripes over vibrant orange on the walls. The entire family is thrilled with the finished room. All of the girls' needs have been met for under $1,000.moreless
  • Bold and Elegant Living Room
    Terry and America Castagnola have an uninspiring, neutral living room. Host Sam Kivett arrives to assess the situation and outline the problems, which include minimizing the rock fireplace, addressing the awkward garden window, finding a workable space plan and adding much needed color. Kivett meets with his design team, Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge, to discuss his solutions. Once the transformation complete, the previously uninspiring, neutral room is now full of bold color and an intimate furniture arrangement. The awkward garden window and large rock fireplace are diminished with the addition of embellished velvet curtains and the creation of a faux window on the opposite side of the fireplace for symmetry and balance. The Castagnolas are amazed and overjoyed with their new living room.moreless
  • Tuscan-Inspired Kitchen
    Miki Webber and Peter Klein recently purchased a 1920s Spanish-style fourplex. Their apartment is loaded with character, but the twosome hasn't been able to capitalize on the charming kitchen. Last summer they had a magical vacation in Tuscany and would love to re-create that ambiance in their kitchen. Host Lee Snijders takes a look at the space and addresses the areas in the room that need to be changed including the wall color, blinds, the glass in the cabinets and the out of place teacart. Afterward, Snijders meets with the design team to discuss what they need to do for a successful transformation. Charles Burbridge puts together a mosaic table while Summer Baltzer focuses on a new message board. Along with rich colors and Italian accents, the team transforms the room into a Tuscan-inspired kitchen with less than $1,000.moreless
  • Sophisticated Shabby Chic Living Room
    Toni Gallagher has lived in her current apartment for over ten years. She feels like her living room still has a post-collegiate look and she's ready for something more grown-up. Host and designer Sam Kivett arrives at a solution to make her room into a more sophisticated space with a shabby chic design.moreless
  • Contemporary Bachelor Pad
    Fish fan Hoa Pham is looking to splash some excitement into his bachelor pad while creating a multifunctional living space. Host Lee Snijders meets with his design team, Charles Burbridge and Summer Baltzer, to work out a plan for a unified living, dining and work space. Together they work on adding a counter for dining, a desk for work and seating for friends. Amongst these important components, they're able to incorporate Pham's fish and create an open living space for him and his buddies--all for less than $1,000.moreless
  • English Library
    English Library
    Episode 27
    Jack and Ginger Freed dream of transforming their bland and cluttered storage room into an old English library. Host Lee Snijders pays the couple a visit the see how he can help their dream come true. Many of their existing pieces are ideal for the library including the tufted leather sofa and chairs, stained-glass art and Old World accessories, so Snijders and his design team use them to create a space for reading, relaxing and quiet time.moreless
  • Spanish-Style Bedroom
    New parents, Dan and Nicki Cotti, want to transform their outdated country-style bedroom into a timeless Spanish retreat. Lee Snijders stops by the Cotti home to see what solutions he can come up with to solve their bedroom debacle. From the flowered closet doors to the green painted dresser and nightstands, this large room is full of country-styled influences. It's apparent that the closet doors need a makeover and some of the furnishings will need some attention in order to accomplish the Spanish theme they're looking to capture. After much planning and a lot of preparation, the design team transforms the once outdated country-style bedroom into a warm and inviting Spanish hacienda.moreless
  • Luxurious Living Room
    Heather Santoro's mismatched furniture and colorless walls are in need of a more funky style to match her personality. Host Lee Snijders visits with her to discuss her design issues, which include an insufficient workspace, inefficient lighting, a collection of mismatched furniture and a need for additional window treatments. Snijder discusses his "Moulin Rouge" meets funky coffee house design ideas with Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge. Baltzer shops for chandelier lighting while Burbridge adds a custom valance to Santoro's existing vertical blinds, which is the new focal point of the room. Once the transformation is finished, Santoro is thrilled with her new living room. The once mismatched furniture now fits perfectly in this coffee house-style living room with bold walls and colorful pillows tying it all together.moreless
  • Travel-Themed Office
    Newlyweds and new homeowners, Cliff and Diane Numark, are looking to create a more sophisticated and romantic look in their bedroom. Host Lee Snijders pays Cliff and Diane a visit to hash out their issues, which include storage, toning down the white walls, sprucing up the window treatments and giving the floral bedding a bit more of a masculine touch. After much planning and a lot of preparation, Cliff and Diane's bedroom went from no style to "cosmo" style thanks to Lee and his creative design team.moreless
  • Travel-Themed Office
    Newlyweds Emre and Sarah need help with their multipurpose spare room. Lee and his team help this couple by giving them a home workspace inspired by their travels around the world, and take a cramped room and transform it into an organized workspace.
  • French Country Family Room
    The Mahlers enlist the help of designers Lee Snijders, Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge to help them add a French country feel to their multifunctional family room.
  • Vintage Country Kitchen
    Gina and Michael's kitchen has yet to be stylized. With Lee Snijders, Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge wielding the proverbial knife, they cut help give this couple's kitchen a much needed makeover.
  • Tranquil Master Bedroom
    Margaret needs the help of the Design on a Dime team. Lee Snijders, Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge create a harmonious display of peace and serenity within her master bedroom.
  • Contemporary Asian Bedroom
    Host Kristan Cunningham and design coordinators Dave Sheinkopf and Spencer Anderson work together to create a contemporary Asian-style bedroom on a $1,000 budget.
  • Cramped Dorm Room
    Cramped Dorm Room
    Episode 37
    College roommates, Danny and Jeff, share a cluttered, disorganized and cramped dorm room. Lee Snijders, Charles Burbridge, and Summer Baltzer help the two reorganize and redisign their room.
  • Tropical-Style Retreat
    Eyvette Jones wants to incorporate tropical colors of the Caribbean into her home so it can be a place to relax and entertain. Host Kristan Cunningham and design coordinators Spencer Anderson and Dave Sheinkopf come up with a design full of color and interesting accents, all for under $1,000.
  • Contemporary Living Room
    Michael would like a contemporary adult living space which is also inviting to his children. The design team transforms his undecorated living room into a cozy yet masculine area.