"I never met a stripe I didn't like," she said with a laugh. "I like the 'barcode style' with a skinny stripe, a 2-inch, an 8-inch stripe.
"With the barcode stripes, there's less measuring, and you can introduce colors like acid green in small doses, with charcoal gray, dove gray."
"A zippy door color, the right light fixture, a special approach to the house or apartment numbers and a pair of container gardens provide the welcome statement you want," Cunningham said.
Cunningham is one of the most recognizable faces in design television. In 2001, she was on HGTV's "Designer's Challenge," and one year later she kicked off the first of 10 seasons as part of the HGTV "Design on a Dime" family. She has previously worked for the "Rachael Ray Show" as the resident design guru. Premiering this July on OWN, Cunningham will host the competition series "Super Saver Showdown."
In "Supersaver Showdown," Cunningham said it's like "couponers meets project runway meets design." She will be the host, mentor and judge, "a la Tim Gunn," she said with a laugh.
"People have 48 hours to throw the party for someone in need," she said. "It's amazing what people can do with $100 for 40 people. In a million years you won't believe what these people do ... They all are calling in favors from the church and neighbors for tables and chairs and all sorts of things, and while it doesn't cost much, it still feels fancy-pants.
"They make hot-dog-budget food into fancy," she said.
Cunningham will be the special guest of the Tamarack Foundation for its inaugural Ladies' Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. June 21 at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley.
She'll talk about design tips for the home or office, and a bit about what it's really like behind the cameras at HGTV, as well as answer questions one-on-one.
The price is $30 per person and includes a meal prepared by Tamarack's Greenbrier-trained chefs.
Event sponsors are Lewis Automotive, Tamarack Foundation and WV Living magazine. All proceeds from the event will benefit West Virginia artisans.
For reservations, contact the Tamarack Foundation by June 14 at 304-926-3770 or spr...@tamarackwv.com. The Tamarack Foundation partners with artisan-owned small businesses in all 55 counties to produce art and products for Tamarack and other markets. A recent economic impact study showed that in one year, the artists and artisans associated with the Foundation and Tamarack contributed $18.6 million to West Virginia's economy.
@bodsub1:East End Garden Showcase
@rag:The East End Garden Showcase of more than 30 urban gardens in the historic Charleston neighborhood district will be held through June 23 (gardens will be open from dawn to dusk).
Participating gardeners welcome visitors and ask that participants respect their property and gardening efforts. (Don't pick the flowers!)
Pick up a free tour brochure at Zegeer Hardware, Contemporary Galleries, Bluegrass Kitchen or any garden along the way (look for the blue yard signs). Brochures can be downloaded at www.CharlestonEastEnd.com.
Admission is free. The event is presented by Masters Law Firm LC.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.