Room Re-do

January 1, 2004 by  
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S.W.A.T. Style

Recently, the Fox 26 Morning News intrigued Houstonians with their S.W.A.T. (Speed with Attitude and Taste) Style home makeovers. From Nov. 10-14, Fox 26 Morning News made over five Houston homes. Armed with $1,000 from both Lowes and Ikea, the support of SunTex Landscaping, the know-how and experience of Emmy award-winning lifestyle designer Gil D. Warrick and a newsroom of manual laborers, the S.W.A.T. Style team hit the streets and transformed Houston homes.

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With a severe time crunch of four hours, the only continuous local morning news broadcast entertained as they rearranged. Five lucky families were given the chance to redecorate a room and landscape their front lawn with the haute help of the S.W.A.T. team. With a brisk morning wake-up at 5 a.m., Houston viewers were able to take part in local makeovers.

“Everybody likes to see the before and the after, and everybody likes to see the transformation; and we thought, rather than show them, here’s what you can do, we decided to do a contest and then give our viewers the opportunity to not only see it but be a participant, to have it happen in their home,” says Aprille Meek, special projects managing editor of Fox 26.

From forgotten kids’ rooms to kid-friendly funk and out-of-service office nooks to superbly structured space, more than 300 Houston homeowners vied for the chance to make their dream homes a reality. The bite was such a successful one, Fox plans to do it all again in February.

If you are interested in participating in the next Fox 26 S.W.A.T. Style home makeover segment, write 50 words or less on why you want to redo your room and take a picture of the room and the front of your house. Then send these materials to: S.W.A.T. Style, KRIV-TV, 4261 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77027 or e-mail to


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