Ellen DeGeneres to Launch HGTV Home-Design Show

04/22/2014 at 03:30 PM ET

Ellen DeGeneres New HGTV Home-Design Show
Joe Laedtke

The world of interior decorating is about to get a whole lot funnier: Ellen DeGeneres is launching her own design show on HGTV next year.

The show, called Ellen’s Design Challenge, sounds a bit like Top Chef, only with furniture instead of food.

Six contestants will work with expert carpenters to sketch, design and build various pieces of furniture within a 24-hour period. The winner, who will be determined by a panel of judges, will take home a cash prize.

Degeneres, who has a notorious love of art and design, discussed the show with her own Ellen-esque spin: “I’m so excited about this show because I love finding really special pieces of furniture,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “One time I found a beautiful one-of-a-kind armoire that spoke to me in a way I’d never experienced. It turned out there was a drifter living inside of it, but that’s a story for another time.”

We can’t help but wonder: Will one of the challenges involve creating a sectional couch that’s big enough for a group selfie?

—Lexi Dwyer

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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jj927 on

Cool! I’ll watch it, she’s got great style and she’s a lot of fun.

Anonymous on

Love her!

Sophia on

I also love design – love hunting for inexpensive furniture I can redo, and love HGTV. Ellen has fabulous style in her dressing and her houses. Really looking forward to this one!

susan on

Sign me up! She’s hilarious.

Natalie on

Ellen and Portia have amazing taste in homes and home decorating. This seems like a good fit.

Blanche Barnum on

I want to be one of the contestants on the show!!

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