Matt and Shari are proud to have their third show, "Around the House with Matt and Shari" airing on public television. They will admit that public television is a tougher road since sponsorship is needed to fund the production of the series. However, they have produced two full seasons and are in the "selling" process for season three. "Around the House" is a combination studio and location based production. Matt and Shari have thmed their shows and provide at least four different projects to support that theme in each episode. They have taped in several locations and have brought in a variety of guests to give the show some depth and added interest. Their current and previous sponsors have been wonderful to work with and have offred product and projects to make the show even better. To check out where we are currently airing, go to our Current TV Listings page in the "Around the House" section of our site.
Some have said that Matt and Shari helped build Home and Garden Network. It’s true, they were the very first show to air on HGTV when they switched on December 31st, 1994. The show Shari and Matt developed, room by room, is the longest running decorating show in history, at nearly 14 years. Shown in 90 million homes across the country and internationally, is it any wonder that Matt and Shari hour long specials were some of HGTV’s highest rated programs.
Specials, or one hour long shows highlighting a particular topic, are one of Matt and Shari’s specialties! Over the past 14 years, they have developed, written, created projects for and performed over a dozen specials. They range in content from holidays to seasonal material and projects to visits to special places like The Biltmore and Williamsburg!
Room by room:
After 3 years in development and 14 years running, room by room deserves a little explanation. Conceived by Shari around 1989, the full show idea didn’t become reality until she met Matt at a Sherwin Williams sales meeting in 1991. They did work together on the show concept for nearly 3 years before HGTV even existed. It did become a live show for a while and you can read about it below, called The Look of Home. Once HGTV saw the pilot for room by room, they were convinced it earned a place on their network and it ran as the very first show on day one of HGTV, December 31st, 1994.
Room by room was the first show of its type in television history. No other decorating program started with a real situation in a real person’s home. No one had ever taken a viewer through the steps of a decorating project, showing the details along the way and then ending with a finished room. This concept, repeated every week, allowed the viewer to learn the process and begin to apply it to their own home.
The results were phenomenal. Fans of all ages came swarming to room by room and to HGTV. Fan mail was overwhelming, requests for personal appearances were non stop, and Matt and Shari were embedded in the hearts and minds of people all over the country.
All it took was the desire to teach people that they could change their surroundings and at the same time transform their lives. There is nothing more powerful than personal pride, and that is a guaranteed bi-product of interior design.
Room by room started it all, and mattandshari.com is keeping it going!
The Look of Home:
Bless Sherwin Williams and one key person, Scott King, for allowing Shari and Matt to pursue this unique form of advertising. Though the real show concept was that of room by room, Matt and Shari’s first show was called The Look of Home.
The Look of Home was a studio based, live, hour long program that aired once a week on Wednesday evenings. It was broadcast on a public access channel in Cleveland, Ohio and it was where the two discovered their TV personas. Shari was all interior design, and Matt got it done! This relationship has held fast and has taken them to far away places both geographically and spiritually.
The Look of Home aired in 1992 for about two seasons but Matt and Shari were determined to have their original concept. It took two years to find HGTV and make their dreams come true!
It's been a wild ride for the past 20 years, but Matt and Shari wouldn't have it any other way!