Hildi says she “was given a gift.”

Hildi says she “was given a gift.”
Trading Spaces designer Hilda Santo-Tomas, renowned for her obliviousness and uncanny ability to permanently attach hundreds of ugly things to walls, says she exposes people to her brilliance because it was given to her at birth. Seriously. “The reason I do this show is I was given a gift when I was born,” she tells The Arizona Republic. That gift, surprisingly enough, was not crap smeared on her walls. “My gift is creativity. I’m not afraid to try anything.” Justifying her past designs, she presents some false dichotomies: “Putting flowers on the wall: Is that design or is it gardening? Putting baseball cards on a wall: Is that design or collecting?” Hildi Santo-Tomas: Lunatic or sadist?

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.