Kayla Kitts

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Jul 27

Ask the Producer: Your Episode 3 Questions, Answered

Loren Ruch

Loren (far right) pictured with the Design Star host, judging panel and guest judges Cortney and Robert Novogratz.

We caught up with Loren Ruch, the show’s producer, to get answers to your most-asked questions from Design Star episode three. Get his behind-the-scenes take after the jump.

Do the designers have advance notice as to what the camera challenge will be, or do they have to come up with a concept on the fly?

The designers have absolutely no idea what the camera challenges are (or the design challenges for that matter) until Tanika shows up and tells them — it’s exactly as it appears on the show! Sometimes she’ll alert them about what David Bromstad may be looking for in the camera-challenge, but other times it’s a complete surprise to them until David shows up!

How different do the finished rooms look in person than they do on camera?

What a great question! Most of the time a room looks bigger on TV than in person, and color definitely “pops” more on television than when you are in the space! And, I can say with confidence that a bright room always looks better on camera than a muted one. From this episode, I thought that Kellie, Kevin and Leslie’s room turned out so fabulous because it had all of those components that look great in-person (smart space plans, good quality materials, etc.), and also on-camera (Leslie’s bright artwork, Kevin’s clever office, Kellie’s fun use of color, etc.).

Q. Karl’s backsplash looked so professional on the show; was it as great in-person?

You bet it was! It was the first time in Design Star history that one of our designers not only made his own mosaic tiles, but also finished the entire process including grouting! It was quite the feat, and the panel members were super-impressed!

What behind-the-scenes questions do you have for Loren? Ask in the comments below and he may just answer you next week.

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  1. Why are there no African American designers on this network? There are plenty in the US…so why can't there be just one! And for anyone who doesn't think it is important, how would you feel in a world where 90 % of those you see in positions of authority didn't look like you?

    Universalisim on July 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    • Did you not watch the Design Star competition the year that Kim Myles won and then had her own show?

      Freddie on July 31, 2011 at 10:44 pm
    • hello, Kim Myles… Myles of Style… REALLY???…. if they are a good stylist, they are a good stylist why should it matter what they look like… put a bag over everyone's head, disguise their voice (that way no one is upset if there are too many men or women)… just enjoy the designs they share with us…

      jdoggy on August 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm
    • We need more people of all kinds of races to be represented.
      A variety of ages would really be a shocker. A designer over the age of 40?
      According to the 2010 US census, 12.6% of Americans defined themselves as African-American. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_

      DStarB on August 2, 2011 at 5:06 am
  2. I like this show so much that I wish it was on more often and that we could watch interview shows of the contestants to learn how they came up with their design concepts and what all goes into making design concepts? Is there anything in the works to build upon something that is so good and so addictive as this program?

    David F on July 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm
  3. Why not make this competition even more challenging by re-designing small spaces for the city dwellers?!? I know that many people living in apartments 1500 sq ft or less would love to watch a show where they can mimic the same designs in their small home. Not everyone lives in the suburbs in a large house. Come to Chicago Design Star….I'll volunteer to be the first re-design!!

    T. Lewey on July 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm
    • Emily had something about this on her blog, in the post about applying to be on the show. It made sense, though it kind of sucks–it's hard to work the crew and production needs around small spaces surrounded by close neighbors.

      Personally, I'd love to see a show for renters, who can't change paint color or build anything, and generally have small spaces and small budgets. What can be done with furniture and accessories alone? How do you make easily removable wall treatments that are also up to snuff with fire codes? (I mean, yeah, hanging fabric is great, except where it's not allowed because of the fire hazard potential.) What can you do with an apartment which will leave it in a state that you'll get your deposit back when you leave?

      BuffaloBarbara on August 1, 2011 at 8:52 am
      • oddly enough, i really like the designer who works on the show "for rent"– I think her designs are consistently smart and inspiring. most of the show focuses on picking a space, and not enough on the design portion which is a shame because Jodi Gilmour comes up with some great stuff. I think I learn more about 'design for living' than any designer on the network (i do love love love emily henderson's eye though.)

        sayanchi on August 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm
  4. I have a question for you Loren…Do the judges get to see the same interaction between contestants, while they are attempting to work together on a project, that we see while watching them on TV?

    Freddie on July 31, 2011 at 10:50 pm
  5. Cathy Hobbs is not only arrogant, but defensive always. She is a real turnoff. If I had to look at her buggy eyes I would not watch the show. Very unappealing.

    debbie shafer on August 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm
  6. I know this is not the correct comment board, but I need to know how to ask a question of Sabrina Soto. Please help.

    Gail on August 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm
  7. What were the paint colors use in christina's dining room? Loved it!!!!!!

    Thanks :)

    Jill on August 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm
  8. I think that Tanika Ray detracts from the show, a lot. She is cool and removed and doesn't seem to like the contestents–just the opposite of the panel.

    S. Brown. on August 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm
  9. Do the judges get a preview of what went into the making of the rooms before they judge on them. Kathy is mean and nasty to everyone around her and the spouts off her "global prespective" jargon in front of the judges. She may win without them knowing her personality and I don't know one person who would watch her show.

    BarbaraC30 on August 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm
  10. Re:Tamika Ray–I agree. The contestants and the panel are all very interested in design.

    But Ms. Ray seems to be interested in posing, her hair and false smiles. I think the program needs another host–one who has had a history in design, at least.

    Tina Cousins on August 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm

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