It's a sad day for the Trading Spaces family, with the passing of one of their own.
Frank Bielec, one of the designers on TLC's hit series, Trading Spaces, died on May 15, at the age of 72. News outlets are reporting that the cause of death was a heart attack.
A sad day for the TLC family as we learn of the passing of beloved Trading Spaces designer Frank Bielec. We will miss and remember him fondly, his quirky style and wonderful sense of humor. We share our love and condolences with the entire Bielec family at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/D9cozQeDM2— TLC Network (@TLC) May 16, 2020
Trading Spaces had its heyday from 2000 to 2008, during the first eight seasons. Two households switched homes to redo a single room, with a budget of just $1,000 and a celebrity designer to help guide them.
Fans of the show will remember Frank's penchant for everything Americana. Conservative participants in the popular home decorating show really loved Frank's classic designs and farm-inspired touches. He particularly loved using hand-painted art pieces and themes like barns and chickens.
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The show's other stars and fans took to Twitter to offer their thoughts on his passing. Frank was the Santa-like designer that everyone loved on the fun design-based reality show.
Lovely Frank Bielec passed away today from complications following a heart attack. Funny, wise, nice, and talented, he always lent perspective and levity to every situation. Thanks you for always being kind to me. I will miss you dearly friend. #FrankBielec #RIP #TradingSpaces pic.twitter.com/tPWAxNqRYW— Vern Yip (@VernYipDesigns) May 16, 2020
|| f r a n k ||— Jason Valentin (@JStudiosdesign) May 17, 2020
Honoring @tlc’s most lovable TV personality and designer on Trading Spaces, we will miss you Frank Bielec. Rest In Peace...
.#jstudiosdesign #frankbielec #rip #tlc #wewillmissyou #greatman #tradingspaces #designer #television #designtv pic.twitter.com/Yw1LVTFuVC
Do you recall Frank's room makeover designs on Trading Spaces? What were some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!