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. Cathy Hobbs is an arrogant, tasteless designer who causes problems for everyone she works with. I am not watching the show any further if she remains unless the judges quit blaming everyone for not standing up to her instead of kicking her in the assNow maybe thats a good idea how about it Karl???.

    heather collins on August 11, 2011 at 10:37 am
  2. Stressed Out! Ihave a cat who has been using my basement contrete floor as a bathroom, the urine has soaked into the concrete. the smell is horriffic, I have two small boys and the smell in one of my sons bedrooms the smell is rising up he cant even sleep in it anymore. There was an eposide scott did on income property were he said there is on ony way to get that smell out of the concrete safely. Please help me! find that episode or the product he used . PLEASE!!!!!!LISA

    LISA on September 28, 2011 at 4:56 am
  3. I enjoy watching Genevieve Gorder and Sabrina Soto, I so need help designing a room, I bought the family home in 1998 and didn't want to leave it a shrine to my parents so I started gutting it, fast forward 12 years an d I am nowhere near done and cannot figure out how to set up the living room. I would love to be able to ask both these talented women, I know I could not afford their fees but would love to find out how to get help. I trust their opinions and judgement.

    Joan L on December 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm
  4. Why did you get rid of Hilari on DesignStar? The favoritism for Britney and Danielle was so very obvious. Hilari was phenomenal all the way around. It just doesn't make good sense. Well, guess I won't be watching Britney or Danielle's show. I simply can't support a program that's been rigged.

    icewe2 on July 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm
  5. For the voting: I think once someone has been eliminated their pic should go dark like it does on Food Network star and you can only vote for the ones who are left.

    joanne on July 20, 2012 at 4:51 am

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