Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Man Shops Globe

So I am officially hooked on a new reality show. And thank goodness because there was a gaping hole in my schedule, what with Project Runway and Amazing Race being over now. Champagne problems, huh?

The show, Man Shops Globe, is on The Sundance Channel on Wednesday nights but I caught it on a Sunday night at 4:30 in the morning because I had insomnia from too much Mother's Day love. Regardless of when you catch it, it is awesome viewing all the way around.

Each episode follows Keith Johnson as he makes his way through select countries across the globe in search of amazing finds. Johnson, who is charged with giving Anthropologie stores (one of my faves. Holla!) their eclectic flair, is always searching – mostly with friends – for the most intriguing decorative objects, furniture, and textiles he can get his hands on. He enlists, along the way, the help of local experts and artists who springboard much of his inspiration. Each episode is centered around a specific location, beginning with Paris where Johnson heads to flea markets and antique stores (where he notes there is frantic competition for many of the best finds and, of course, finds that price becomes an issue), in order to get his hands on large-scale furniture for existing Anthropologie stores. Can you believe?

The whole time I'm watching I'm thinking, Damn! I don't remember my guidance counsellor steering me towards this career choice. Oh. Well.