Jersey Cousins Host New TV Show

Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, best known as hosts of HGTV’s and DIY Network’s “Kitchen Cousins,” “Cousins on Call” and “Cousins Undercover,” have a new show premiering on HGTV on July 1 called “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens.”

The New Jersey natives, who run Jersey City’s Brunelleschi Construction, grew up in the construction business and have business-related degrees, but they somehow keep finding themselves back in the kitchen.

“Kitchens are the heart of the home,” says Carrino. “We design them in 90 percent of the renovations that we do.” Colaneri added, “The kitchen is the most complicated and functional room in the house.”

In “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens,” the cousins visit dilapidated kitchens around the country and spruce them up in a variety of creative ways. Bright orange or yellow panels might replace dull cabinetry, or perhaps rather than white tiles, the cousins might use stainless steel or colorful crushed glass.

“Right now a lot of texture is on trend,” says Carrino. “There are also a lot of earth tones and saturated hues.” Colaneri states, “In a kitchen, you can layer so much, such as floor, cabinets, appliances. Lighting is one of the biggest key elements, even the lightbulbs.”

This season of America’s Most Desperate Kitchens was filmed in Sacramento, Nashville and Austin, although in future seasons the show will move around the country. Homeowners applied to the show by submitting short videos, but winners did not know they had been selected until the cousins knocked on their doors. The owners moved out for four days, returning only for the big reveal.

“America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” will premiere on July 1 at 8:00pm on HGTV. Check your local listings for more information.

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