The Antonio Treatment

It’s no secret that HGTV has a huge star on their hands.

Antonio Ballatore.

His first project, after winning Design Star was to remodel his very own home.  By the end of the project, Antonio had accomplished 2 big things. Firstly, he proved why he deserved the title Design Star and secondly he established a loyal fan base. The Antonio Project was just a teaser, that successfuly left viewers wanting more and constantly asking when his new show would premiere.

The wait is finally over. Tonight, The Antonio Treatment finally premiered. Fans got their fill with 2 new episodes back to back.  Antonio along with his team; Hooper-the wingman, Timbo- lead project manager, Greg- carpenter & Billy-carpenter, all of whom are led by Chewie –also a budding celebrity make up this handsome cast. They are like none you’ve seen before on HGTV, these guys are, well, as Mario Lopez said; they roll in like Blink 182. Jokes aside, these guys are great to watch and they do their job really well.

Starting off with the bar set high, Antonio did his part to bring awareness to Universal Design. In the first episode Sign for Design a family -sign language interpreter married to hearing impaired cartoonist share their small, cluttered space that functions as both an office and a living room. Antonio’s task was to space plan to the max creating a stimulating and functional space, that turned out to be more than the family could have ever imagined. His attention to detail and careful consideration of the user, made the space extra special. By incorporating elements such as the assistive devices, the video phone and the one of a kind ceiling treatment, Antonio created a practical and warm living space.

The second episode that aired tonight, featured Mario Lopez. This fitness buff and former Bayside High School jock sought help for his lackluster home gym. This episode was full of surprises; from the cannoli ban to the sparring match. However the best surprise came after the reveal, when boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard made an appearance. Design wise, Antonio and his team delivered an inspiring home gym and a surprise office gym for Mario. Original, tailored touches such as the flyer wallpaper and the patriotic light boxes helped to make this space feel similar to a professional boxing gym.

For his premiere, Antonio came out swinging and seemingly established himself as the new masculine face of design, on HGTV. His ability to listen to the client, his interpretation of literal requests and his innovation, all illustrate a true design sensibility.

For more of The Antonio Treatment check your local HGTV listings.

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  1. DEB

    I cheered for Antonio when he was on “Design Star”, and was thrilled for him, when he one. I’ve watched his design shows – and I love them. His ‘down-to-earth’ attitude, mixed with wit – along with his artistic talent and eye for design – are wonderful. I WISH HIM CONTINUED SUCCESS! (Oh…I didn’t get to see how CHEWY made out, being sick..any updates?). THANKS

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