''Trading Spaces'' cleans up fraternity row. Designers Doug and Genevieve tackle beer bottles, vomit, and some knockout smells on TLC's hit show

By Lisa Costantini
Updated September 06, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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TLC’s home-decor hit ”Trading Spaces” is venturing into the heart of darkness: fraternity row! On Aug. 31, designer Doug Wilson and the sisters of UC Berkeley’s AO[pi] chapter made over the [delta]Y frat house. ”They didn’t even have shades,” marvels a sympathetic Genevieve Gorder, who worked with the boys to overhaul the sorority house. ”Mattresses were in front of the windows to block out the light.”

Wilson says he blew a third of his $1,000 budget on cleaning supplies: ”There was puke and rotten, stale beer. Everything went out the third-floor window, sofa and all.” Host Paige Davis says TV doesn’t do justice to the frat’s funk. ”This is when you need Smell-O-Vision,” she notes. ”The only thing not communicated was the stench.”

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