Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rate My Space but Be Gentle ...

At the urging of my friend Lucille, I posted my recently renovated kitchen on HGTV's "Rate My Space". I heard someone say "HGTV’s Rate My Space is the American Idol of home decor." That should have been my first clue as to what I was about to experience.

Like me, I bet you are saying to yourself "What in the world do a singing competition and decorating show have in common. By all accounts, the people who post comments on Rate My Space share the same unbridled passion and enthusiasm as the fans of American Idol.

I had never seen the Rate My Space show or web site prior to uploading my photos. Either I was completely naive or just simply so excited to share my dream kitchen with other people who enjoyed design as much as I do, that I was ill prepared for the onslaught of comments. Of course the compliments felt great but I had no idea that the critisims would sting so much. When one Rate My Space reader took five paragraphs to tell me that he/she felt the kitchen I painstakingly designed after a two years of flipping through magazines lacks warmth and fails the basics of design 101, ouch! I quickly learned to enjoy the good with the bad and found that even the design world has a Simon Cowell or two.

You can view and Rate "our space" under kitchens and it's titled Pinnacle of Design at

About the show
Designer Angelo Surmelis Helps Homeowners Make the Grade 
with Help From's Virtual Community
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(Business Wire)--
This summer, HGTV will premiere its first primetime program based
on the phenomenally successful online feature HGTV's Rate My Space.
Inspired by's most popular online interactive feature and
hosted by designer Angelo Surmelis, the new series will preview on
Sunday, June 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT immediately following HGTV Design
Star, and will premiere in its weekly time slot on Thursday, June 12
at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In addition, Angelo will dish about the rooms posted
on the "Rate My Space" Web site and offer advice the help homeowners
improve their room design - during his weekly 2-minute online videos
called "Spacecasts" on

Since its launch in 2007, millions of online users have discovered
that's "Rate My Space" Web page is a unique place to post
photos of their room designs and possibly earn a coveted five-star
room rating from their online peers. Now, viewers can tap into this phenomenon with Rate My Space and watch as designer
Angelo Surmelis helps lucky homeowners improve their low-rated room

To help homeowners achieve their desired look and a higher rating for
their space, Angelo invites them to select their three favorite room
photos from the Rate My Space site. Next, he and his design team will
identify the styles, objects and finishes that captured the interest
of the homeowner and use those elements as inspiration for the new
space. Along the way, Angelo will provide viewers with plenty of style
tips and design ideas. In the end, pictures of the new room are
re-posted on the Rate My Space site ( and
everyone hopes the room will earn five stars.

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