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Posted: April 12th, 2012 in Nicole Curtis by LALATE

Nicole Curtis, Rehab Addict, Shares Minnehaha Vision

LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Nicole Curtis on season one of Rehab Addict shared the dramatic transformation of her home she called the Minnehaha Project. Now, as Curtis promotes her second season of Rehab Addict (DYI), she is set to meet with locals to explain her vision behind this and all her projects.

Since LALATE first covered Curtis’ debut in the breakout DYI series in February 2011, many fans have wondered how many seasons DYI would give Curtis. Now in her second season, Curtis is expanding her renovation conquests, doing remodels for clients.

But some things never change. “Oh my gawd, why did they cover that up” and “I just want brick” have become almost coined expressions in Curtis’ delightful reaction to renovations. She also has her unique responses when she finds out previous owners cover-up historic design elements, inside and out.

In January of last year, DYI said of, then, premiering Rehab Addict that “Curtis … takes old homes that have seen better days and orchestrates a full transformation.” They also told news that Curtis “discovers historic houses once the pride of the neighborhood but have fallen on hard times. Pushing her rough on’ tough crew, arguing with her family, wrangling with city officials and dealing with the usual litany of old house headaches, it’s not always pretty. By the time the dust clears, a house that was ready for the wrecking ball is now restored to its former glory.”

Whether its Curtis’ Bobcat driving skills that could put Jason Cameron to shame, or her ability to fend off a pesky cat trying to prevent her stain from drying, Curtis is a programming delight.

But Nicole still doesn’t want to become a major TV star. She tells viewers moments ago “Don’t you want to be a big star? (insert shake of head)” She declines, stating that the press “would have a field day with me -no thanks:)”

Unlike other reality stars that off pushing their perfume lines, Curtis takes time with fans. On Friday April 20, Curtis will meet with fans locally in Birmingham, Michigan. For more, click HERE. But for fans nationally, a new episode of Rehab Addict, season two, airs tonight on DYI.

Nicole Curtis Finds Megahit with Minnehaha Project

Posted: February 20th, 2011 in Nicole Curtis by LALATE

Nicole Curtis Finds Megahit in Minnehaha Project

LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Nicole Curtis (photo above), when she’s not doing to the Minnehaha Project for DIY’s Rehab Addict, is giving advice to TV fans. Now Curtis has slowly driven her backhoe into becoming one of the true breakout reality TV stars of 2011.

Curtis is dubbed the “Rehab Addict” by DIY. But now fans including LALATE have become addictive to her show that airs often twice per day.

In a news statement issued in January, DIY called Curtis a “sweet-talking, hammer-swinging whirlwind.” While Curtis is not so much a whirlwind, she does impart an usual mixture of non-nonsense entertainment devoid of the idle personality gimmicks that dominate shows like Flipping Out and the Vanilla Ice Project.

The show’s episode structure is based upon a per-room theme. This week, Curtis showcase how she transformed a massive master bedroom at the Minnehaha Project to even carry over seventy shoes. But therein rests the reality of this program. Cameras capture Curtis, solo, late at night, inside a fireplace, hand staining a fireplace mantle. Gone are the TV production schedules, inserted are construction deadlines and constraints of raising a son at home.

How does one depict a reality TV star driving a backhoe?

It’s not with a full hair and makeup crew, Curtis explains to news. Curtis explains she even had to clash with production over insuring that she is depicted consistent with her true personality and appearance.

“Just to put a stop to all the questions I get about the hair and makeup in Episodes 2 and 3, somebody higher up than me thought I looked a bit scary on camera. So, they brought in a makeup artist.” Curtis fumed recently to fans on Facebook. “I was not a happy camper to say the least. I rolled with it for 2 days-they reviewed the footage and decided I was right. From then on, I look the way I look. …. I certainly do not pack lip gloss and mascara to tear apart houses.”

And while everyone from Kim Kardashian to Paris Hilton have been accused of faking reality TV, Curtis’ show is as real as it gets. Yet, Curtis admits to fans that she still has to defend herself against some skeptics. Unlike the stars of Flipping Out, Curtis won’t be hitting the red carpet for an awards show anytime soon. “I am not an actor. I didn’t get crowned “restoration expert” just for the sake of the show. Honestly, my life is a h-ll of lot crazier than what is in the show. I don’t believe that once you have done one house it gets easier.”

In the end, Curtis calls it a “passion to do right and pay homage to the talented craftsmen that built them”. Fans, including LALATE, call Curtis one of the best things to happen to reality TV in a very long time.

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