Around the time Gray was born, some 6 years ago, I swore off reality TV. I had an infant and a four year old and I had very little time on my hands. I was super into the Bachelor / Bachlorette franchise and a number of other reality shows, and I was in deep. I knew I had to stop so one day I did just that. I stopped. Cold turkey.
I would love to say that I had replaced my reality addiction with books, but the truth is that I simply replaced my Kardashians with scripted television. Even though it probably didn't make that much of a difference, I still felt like I was making better use of my time. It was around the same time that I started getting into design, and it was nice to have those few hours a day during the kids' naps to focus on that, rather than what was on the TV.
For a few years, I was able to stay completely away from the reality world (I even canceled all my tabloid subscriptions) but slowly I would find myself adding certain reality programs into my TV queue. First it was the real estate shows, Million Dollar Listing being my favorite. (New York, LA, SF.... I love them all!) and then it was Bachelor in Paradise during the summer months that I couldn't miss when I friend I knew from high school was on the series. Then, I watched all the seasons of Flipping Out over the span of a month last summer, and somehow I again started watching the Housewives when they were on.
Cut to this summer. This summer the wheels have REALLY fallen off. Well, actually this Spring. A few months ago I again started taping the Real Housewives of NYC and OMG how did I never realize how amazingly entertaining these women are. I would look forward to it each week and I'm not embarrassed to say, catching up on the series was one of the highlights of coming back from Costa Rica! (Oh, the shame). NYC led me back to OC, when I was cleaning out my closets when the boys were gone, and I watched the entire last season in two days. (Brooks and Vicki and the cancer scheme?!?!? I can't even!) Now its reunion time on these shows and I can't even sleep, I'm just dying to see the next.
In short, I have fallen hard off the wagon and you know what? I don't even care! These crappy shows bring me so much joy, I refuse to be embarrassed. Besides, my life is very different than it was six years ago and now I actually have time. Lots of it. I now read books, and watch scripted TV and yes, allllllllllll the Bravo shows. I'm out, and proud and thank goodness because if I hadn't come back I would have missed this season of RHONY. (I thought it was amazing!!!!)
I have grown to love this show so much and I'm pretty sure the main reason is my love for Carole Radziwill. We all find a character to identify with on these shows and I am pretty much convinced that Carole is my spirt reality star. I see so much of myself in her and I love that's she's always in it to have a good time. My favorite part of the series is when they show Carole in her apartment but I've thought to myself about 1,000 times that I feel like it could look so much better. (All. Those. Animals!) I think Carole has killer style, and I was always a little surprised that her home didn't reflect that.
Well, that was then and this is now and it turns out that Carole was waiting for filming to stop so she could fully renovate her SOHO apartment and this month in Architectural Digest we can all see the result. Just when I thought I couldn't love Carole more, she drops this on the world and holy hell, the transformation is nothing short of breathtaking! Just take a look.
A sea of blues, some glamour, black and brass accents, a little 70's inspiration... this apartment is so good, I really can't even figure out which part of it I love the most. That hallway, the banquette, that living room!!!!! With the help of designer John Bossard, Carole has completely transformed her home and I am getting so much inspiration from this incredible makeover! Right now I'm coming up with ideas for a formal living room and office for my friend Meg (for the home featured here) and this is exact direction I want to go!
We get back on Monday, and I'm not quite sure if my current summer viewing habits will be able to subsist back in my "real life" but if reality TV can bring me more spaces like this... well, let's just say it would be a shame to ever give it up again. Like, never ever. ;) Xx