Remodeling show seeks Miss. homes

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, December 14, 2005

If switching homes with your neighbor and spending two days ofintense remodeling sounds like fun, then the newest “TradingSpaces” episode may be in your near future.

The cable channel TLC’s hit series “Trading Spaces” is lookingfor two sets of neighbors in south Mississippi to swap homes fortwo days to redesign one room in each other’s house. Trading Spacesunderstands that many people in this area are at the point ofrebuilding after Hurricane Katrina and are ready to decorate andthey want to help.

“Trading Spaces” plans to film in the Mississippi area inmid-January. Interested applicants should e-mail the show’sproducer Sara Finne at sfinne@banyan.com for an application. Thedeadline is Dec. 20.

Teams are comprised of two people and the homes must be within a10 minute drive of each other.

“Trading Spaces,” produced by Banyan Productions, provides twoneighbors with the budget, a professional designer, a carpenter and48 hours to redo a room of their choice. There is one catch -neighbors have to switch houses and they have no say in how theirown room will look.

Before the work begins, neighbors write down how they would liketo redo their friend’s rooms. The designers then receive thesecomments along with pictures and room measurements.

As soon as they switch house keys, the teams roll up theirsleeves and get to work.

After two days of grueling work, the rooms are totallytransformed. Each team returns to their own home to see what’sbecome of their room.