Count down with me, friends — only 4 more days until the season seven premiere of Design Star! To get ready, I’m sharing 7 tips and confessions from each of the 12 contestants. Right now, it’s risk-loving artist and designer Kris Swift.
What’s something no one knows about you? A hidden skill or talent?
I love spinning records in my free time, and I can whistle pretty much anything you throw at me from classic bird-calls to Lady Gaga.
What color do you hate?
Colors are to be loved, are you kidding me…?! They all deserve a chance!
What is your biggest design regret?
My biggest design regret is probably my outdoor tree houses and indoor sheet forts that I had with my brother as a kid. They were kind of brilliant at the time, but had SO much potential.
You’re shopping a thrift store. How do you know which pieces have potential and which are duds?
Look closer. If you’ve got the right skill set, imagination, budget and time, every piece has potential even though obviously some will shine over others.
What is the most trouble you’ve gone through to get a piece for yourself or a client?
I have searched high and low for years for multiple clients looking for that one perrrrrrfect piece to finish off a space. When you finally locate it and are able to share it with the client it’s a truly truly magical moment.
My personal celebrities are creative visionaries. To have the opportunity to work with one or any of the following would be and honor and a dream come true. Luis Barragan and Diller Scofidio + Renfro for their sheer brilliance via architecture. Fabien Baron for his art direction and courage working between disciplines. Hella Jongerius for her treatment of materials and textiles. The Bouroullec Brothers for their ingenuity and originality. The list goes on and on, but these people constantly shine and inspire me.
What is the number one mistake most people make when trying to design their home?
The number one mistake people make when designing their home is not hiring a professional from the very beginning. The expertise, vision, creativity, dedication, and experience you will gain from working with professionals will not only blow your mind when you’re standing looking at the final product but will also save your time, energy and money in the long run.