Hey, all! I’m counting down to the Design Star premiere on Tuesday, May 29 by featuring seven fun facts and confessions from each of the season seven designers. First up: Our resident hat fanatic and eclectic designer extraordinaire, Bex Hale.
What color do you hate?
Hate is a strong word. I can’t say I hate anything, especially a color…but I do strongly dislike “Pepto” pink. I once had a pink bathroom with a pink potty and pink tiles that made me a little ill. I cringe to think that color will come back someday…everything does.
You’re shopping a thrift store. How do you know which pieces have potential and which are duds?
I’m a crow; reflective surfaces catch my eye like mirrored furniture, chrome lamps and blown glass light fixtures. I look for items that have an interesting shape and clean lines that can easily be painted or refinished. Personally, I’m always on the hunt for kitsch – the tackier the better. If it’s so horrendous that I can’t stop laughing, I buy it. Funny, ugly gifts are my specialty.
How particular are you about your home? What is the one spot in the home that is the messiest or least designed?
The most organized space in my home is my closet. It’s a color-coded matrix. Every hat, every shoe has a home, and you need a security clearance to enter. Organized, yes, but messy is a different story. My place is either immaculate or a wreck. I’m an all-or-nothing girl.
What is the most trouble you’ve gone through to get a piece for yourself or a client?
I’ve traveled to South Central Mexico to find hand-painted tile and antique doors for clients. I recently traveled to Morocco where I bought rugs for a special client who appreciates authentic, hand-crafted pieces. Traveling for clients is a total fantasy. Don’t tell them, but I’d do it for free!
If you got to add one thing to the White House, it would be… a water slide.
What’s something no one knows about you? A hidden skill or talent?
I’m a kid magnet. If there is a baby or toddler within 100 yards, they will find me.
Lightning round! Yes or no…
Barcelona chairs: Yes
Dogs on the bed: Yes, but only if they make it when they get up.
Wire hangers: For marshmallow-roasting only
Taxidermy: I live in West Texas, sooooo….