Hildi sets bedroom walls on fire during next week’s Trading Spaces episode.

Hildi sets bedroom walls on fire during next week’s Trading Spaces episode.
An upcoming episode of Trading Spaces features designer Hildi Santo-Tomas setting fire to the walls of a suburban Austin home as part of the room’s redesign. The design also involved covering the bed with fresh cow manure, an idea Hildi said she got from Kia, who’s taking a hiatus from the show after getting stuck to a wallpaper border. The homeowner working on the room expressed hope that her neighbor would like the burned walls, although she refused to help Hildi fill glasses with gasoline and shards of broken glass before placing them on the nightstands. “Aren’t they pretty? Just tell them to keep flames and sparks away,” Hildi told Paige during the interview. During the reveal the homeowners said, “Wow, I love it!” and “This is great! Oh, wow, look at the walls! Cool!” Later, posting on a message board, they expressed anger over the destruction, saying, “We signed the contract to get on TV, not to get our walls burned by that self-absorbed camera whore.” Vern and Doug had no comments on the room; they were busy being anal retentive and drama queeny in tight leather pants, respectively.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

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