Hello HGTV fans! Thank you for stopping by for another season 5 recap of Good Bones. I’m Megan Fernandez, and I write a lot about homes for Indianapolis Monthly (including the August cover story). My design-loving colleagues Kristin Sims and Josh Cox are also here and notice the really important things.
This episode, “The Boho Bungalow”, completes a kind of trilogy here in Recapland. Two chicks went to my beloved neighborhood, Garfield Park, which is next to the usual stomping grounds of Bates-Hendricks, Old Southside, and Fountain Square. We’re the one with the beautiful 128 acre park and formal gardens, um. This season has already ventured into Josh’s former Old Northside neighborhood and Kristin’s Irvington. It is the way it should be.
One of the reasons I wanted to live in Garfield Park is because Big Car, a public arts and placemaking group in Indianapolis, opened a store here and started doing cool things in the neighborhood. One of these is the Artist and Public Life Residency, a project to renovate houses and make them affordable living space for creative people. Two Chicks have partnered with Big Car for this episode’s house, a two-bedroom, one-bath that will be available through the APLR program.
Mina, Steve, Baby Jack and Karen met in the park.
Josh: Could Karen be rolled up on a Karen style bike?
Kristin: It’s like an old Schwinn lowrider, but the banana seat has been replaced with an office chair. I loved that Jack had a little Indiana t-shirt himself.
Megan: Like his mother’s style. A few scenes later we go from frolicking in the park to demo day in the middle of winter, fresh snow and everything. Mina said through a scarf: “We will mess with the outer TBD.”
Josh: But inside they came across the basement of horror. The potential for mold in this basement made me cold. I was a little worried that they never picked up on the result of fixing this mess.
Megan: Could it have cost too much? I dont know. The team did a great job keeping costs down as this will be affordable housing. They didn’t want to tear down walls. But Karen persuaded herself into a project: take a wall to the gallery between the living and dining room and cover it with transparent polycarbonate, which creates a feeling of openness.
Kristin: My first thought was: No! Artists need space on the wall! But then the potential owner was a singer, not a painter. Still, I hated the idea.
Josh: This is how I feel about the backsplash tiles. You stressed me out.
Megan: Really? I love her! My favorite tiles of the season.
Josh: The finished product to borrow a quote from a favorite film: “She’s a full-fledged Monet. It’s like a painting, you see? From a distance it’s OK. But up close, it’s a big old mess. “
Josh: Ding Ding ding.
Kristin: I’m with Josh. I kind of like the hand-drawn look, but all in all it’s too much for me. I might have liked it better as an accent. And while we’re in the kitchen, was it an illusion, or was the refrigerator tilted?
Megan: You are the corner police. The other big project was the strain on the original hardwood floors in the bedroom.
Kristin: The floors ended up so much better than expected. Just the right amount of authentic need. I was glad they didn’t have to fake it.
Josh: The distressed floors were beautiful and formed a straight line from the deconstructed wall on the first floor to the floors on the second floor.
Megan: My favorite part of the ground project was the debate – don’t worry, how we got here – about whether Cory’s stripper name should be Cory Silver, Cory Gold, or Cory Copper.
Josh: Cory Silver would have played with the now defunct Horny Pony (The Unicorn Club), and Cory Gold would have performed in Vegas. So I choose one of them.
Kristin: I did not listen. I was still puzzled by Cory’s claim that his jeans were only $ 20.
Megan: He is pragmatic. Tad trolled him about his $ 200 jeans and Cory explained, like a good hoosier, that they were cheap and that he was just happy to take care of them. Hey, the guys found a hatchet in the wall during the demo.
Kristin: It was surprisingly spicy. Much better than the one I just bought from Harbor Freight!
Megan: So the polycarbonate wall didn’t happen. Karen decided to skip it but instead of adding drywall, she left the studs exposed to create a bookcase by adding horizontal pieces. And of course she also hung macrame.
Kristin: I’m so about macrame. Small things have big effects.
Megan: Yes, but when Karen put a macrame planter on her head, MJ indicated she would put that on to Coachella.
Josh: Someone’s got Netflix on the phone because I was fucking watching this, and she might marry some people with her new level of divinity!
Kristin: In the end, the room felt comfortable and not overcrowded, like in some episodes.
Josh: During the production, Mina said, “It’s a throw, you throw it.” Probably my favorite line from Mina all season. I really enjoyed the finished result in the master bedroom. Do we know who made the artwork in the dining room?
Megan: Isn’t this the paint splatter canvas the group made after Karen gave up the idea of splattering a floor?
Kristin: I noticed this cool piece too. We called them the Hoosier Pollocks in our house.
Megan: The young musician who walked around the house singing “Amazing Grace” in the bathroom ended up buying the house! It was only $ 120,000 and it should be very worthwhile if she can sell it in seven years, which is a minimum requirement to stay on the APLR program. Her name is Kiella Squires and she says the house has great acoustics. Congratulations Kiella!
Josh: I love this program and had no idea that such things exist for artists! What a great way to attract more talent downtown.
Megan: We also have to congratulate Mina, Steve and Jack. They shot IVI one more time and it looks promising! We know it works, but it’s still great to see how happy the news has made you! I haven’t found a good way of saying this anywhere else, but Karen and Mina posted our burning questions about this season on Facebook Live last week. See the video here.