Donna Moss, at age 50, was an HGTV Design Star winner. I guess that honor entitled her to a show of her own. Hence, Donna Decorates Dallas. I was a little puzzled why they selected a title so reminiscent of the infamous porn movie, Debbie Does Dallas. After watching two episodes of the program I realize that their only other natural choice would have been Pimp My Home.
What offends me most about this show is that it portrays Texans as flamboyant and tasteless. I would describe Donna's style as Religion Meets Bordello...either put a cross on it or add fringe, fur and feathers. If you are into bling, you may not be offended by this "designer's" eclectic methods of decorating, but that aside, she seems to have no sense of scale. I'll admit that it is a difficult task to fill the cavernous spaces of the Dallas Mc Mansions, but if that's where your clientele live, it is your obligation to figure out a way to make it look right. Her main skill seems to be convincing insecure women that their house does not "reflect their personality." Of course, real estate agents would be the first to tell you that these taste specific houses are the most difficult to sell.
Here are some of Donna's decorating ideas:
1. faux painting (so last decade)
2. covering the frame of a cheval mirror with fake diamonds and costume jewelry (this was for a 3-year-old)
3. using earrings glued over tufted chair buttons to give it "bling"
4. incorporating pages from the Bible on the face of a nightstand (Isn't that sacrilegious?)
5. a pair of large angel wings on either side of a window to "draw your eye upward"
6. two stuffed peacocks stuck on perches in the wall.
At the end of each show, we get a close-up of Donna's surgically enhanced face saying, "They seemed to like it." I have watched many a Candice Olsen re-models on HGTV and at no time was there any doubt in my mind that her clients were overwhelmingly pleased...to the point of tears. The only tears shed on this show will be when Donna's clients get their bill.
"Hey, Mom. What were you thinking? Stilettos on a ladder at your age ?" Yep, that's mom in the leopard chair.