In this special, we'll answer the age-old question: "I wonder how the other half lives." We'll take classic city dwellers — a white-collar, professional couple from the Lower East Side of Manhattan — and have them trade spaces with a couple who work on their own family-owned farm in Oklahoma. Our New York couple have never lived anywhere but the city, and as Jim the husband says, "I’ve never even mowed the grass. What am I gonna do on a farm?" Likewise, our Oklahoma couple went to school together and graduated in a class of 11! They've spent their entire life on the farm, which is 40 miles from the nearest store, and can't imagine what anyone would find appealing about living in New York City. Each of our teams has to spend some time "living the life" of the other. Our farmers must find their way around the city and do select errands set up by the New Yorkers. Meanwhile, the city folks have been given a list of farm chores to do. Imagine a man who's never even run a push mower trying to drive a John Deere tractor with tires bigger than he is! Oh, and then there's that little challenge of trying to completely redecorate a room with only two days and a limited budget. But designers Frank Bielec and carpenter Faber Dewar tackle the farm challenge and whip those city slickers into shape. It's a show filled with contrasts. Just look at Carpentry World. In Oklahoma, we're set up outside in a rolling field with cows and crops. In Manhattan, we're in an abandoned lot strewn with broken glass right next to the entrance to the Holland Tunnel! Will it be a warm reception when Frank and Faber attempt to bring some of the junk and abandoned farm buildings into the country folks' living room and call it "style"? Some 1,500 miles away, New York-based designer Laura Day and carpenter Carter Oosterhouse attempt to remake the Tribeca loft of our urban homeowners. But Brad, the farm husband, seems intent on bringing a deer theme into the master bedroom. It also happens to be the longest-distance swap ever attempted on Trading Spaces. If it sometimes seems difficult to pull off the show when the houses are a couple of blocks apart, imagine some of the challenges when the homes are a five-hour plane ride away from each other. Is it true we're all basically the same inside and just our outer circumstances differ? Or is there a good reason some people are happy living an hour from the nearest shop, while others feel out of place without a million-and-a-half neighbors and 24-hour stores on every block! Can total strangers actually redecorate each other's homes? Thousands of frequent-flyer miles and two days later, Trading Spaces: Town and Country will answer that question.moreless
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