Television: Love Those Curtains!

On TLC's hit Trading Spaces, neighbors make over each other's homes and cry or smile at the results

America, there is a war going on in your living room. A war between neighbors. A war between cultures. A war, above all, between your boring overstuffed couch and the crisp, clean lines of modern design.

Last December, Shannon Pitts became one of the casualties. Pitts, 31, of Portland, Ore., signed up to go on TLC's home-makeover show Trading Spaces, on which pairs of neighbors assisted by an often domineering decorator get two days and $1,000 to redo a room in each other's houses. Pitts volunteered her paneled family room, complete with mounted deer heads, envisioning it transformed into a spruced-up...

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