A good interior design show is a lot like a cup of hot tea and a warm blanket on a cold day: the ultimate comfort.
With temperatures dropping and so many of us staying put for the holidays amid the latest COVID-19 surge, you can binge on design shows to draw inspiration for your own home and just escape for a while.
Whether you’re a Fixer Upper fan or Rehab Addict fanatic — or love home organizing tips — there’s a show for your. The good news is that many are free on demand or available right now through streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Below are some of my favorite shows to stream this fall or winter.
Ben and Erin Napier are #couplegoals. This sweet duo have an easy rapport that just flows in between the homes they renovate with a vintage vibe in their hometown of Laurel, Miss. The show’s 10-episode first season is streaming on Hulu.
Each episode starts with the Napiers showing someone new to Laurel several options for a home that needs renovations. They overhaul each house and then decorate it, always incorporating a mix of vintage and new decor.
Home Town is, in many ways, a love letter to not just the homes the Napiers create but to the power and community of small towns. And it oozes some awesome Southern charm such as when Erin, after discovering oak floors under some yucky carpeting, declares: “I am just pleased as punch.”
Speaking of #couplegoals, does it get any better than Chip and Joanna Gaines? The beloved duo who put farmhouse design on the map is gearing up to launch a new TV network next year. In the meantime, their original HGTV hit, Fixer Upper, is available on demand with some cable subscriptions. The entire series also is available on Hulu.
Chip, the goofball carpenter, and Joanna, the steady interior designer, said goodbye to Fixer Upper after five seasons in 2018. But earlier this year, the couple announced the show would return to their Magnolia Network in 2021. If you love farmhouse design and haven’t watched this super fun series, run — don’t walk — to binge as many episodes as you can.
For design fans who swoon over organization, Netflix’s Get Organized with the Home Edit is for you. It follows professional organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, both young moms living in Nashville, as they work with both celebrities and everyday folks to organize problem areas. Each show takes viewers step by step through each project.
And who doesn’t want to see inside actress Reese Witherspoon’s closet? (Witherspoon is an executive producer.)
Floral design climbs to crazy new heights in The Big Flower Fight, which debuted earlier this year on Netflix. The British show pits eight teams of floral designers — some of which are from the United States — and pushes them to create fashion, bugs, sea creatures, and giants all out of flowers and plants. The whimsical show has drawn comparisons to The Great British Bake Off.
For eight seasons of Rehab Addict, Curtis has brought back old homes to their former glory. The show, available on the HGTV Go app, follows Nicole Curtis as she restores homes in and around Detroit and in Minneapolis. All eight seasons also are available on demand with some cable subscriptions.
I’m not going to lie: I adore Flea Market Flip. And I’m not the only one since this popular show has been running for 14 seasons.
Hosted by Lara Spencer, each episode follows two competing teams as they buy items at an East Coast flea market, flip them, and then go head-to-head selling their reimagined pieces at another market. Whoever sells their items with the biggest profit margin wins $5,000.
It’s a treat to see not just what each team comes up with — you’ll see more coffee tables and bars than you could ever imagine — but also how they go about closing the deal with potential buyers.
What makes this home renovation show unique is not just where it’s set — Indianapolis — but that it features a mother and daughter duo buying and renovating old homes. Karen Laine and daughter Mina Starsiak Hawk have been renovating homes for more than a decade with their firm, Two Chicks and a Hammer. Each show ends with the finished home completely decorated, usually in an updated traditional aesthetic. Laine usually includes a DIY project in each episode.