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Change is bad. Why else would so many participants in TLC's home-decor show, Trading Spaces, end up in tears? Or, as was the case for the bubbly redheaded designer, Laurie Smith, in a wrestling grip?

Yet, for five years, since Trading Spaces' debut on TLC, couples have been swapping houses with their friends and giving carte blanche to the show's designers to redo a room in 48 hours on a miniscule $1,000 budget. Now, Trading Spaces is looking for willing Memphis-area homeowners. Filming is scheduled to begin in January, but the application deadline is Friday, November 11th. To apply, e-mail Sara Finne at sfinne@banyan.com. Be sure to mention what city you're applying for.

Also on Friday, that troublemaker, Smith, will be at Oxford's Square Books signing copies of her new book, Discovering Home with Laurie Smith, a decorating how-to with step-by-step instructions based on Smith's recent renovation of her home in Jackson, Mississippi. Given that she lives close by, Smith could very well be one of the Memphis show designers.

Laurie Smith booksigning, 5 p.m., Friday, November 11th, at Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, oxford, mississippi (662-236-2262)

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