Liz Gray

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May 29

7 Questions With: Yuki Northington

Yuki Northington
It’s time for the final installment of 7 Questions With The Season 7 Designers. Today we have Yuki Northington, a designer and mother of four who loves bright colors and eclectic pieces.  (She’s also the Design Star fan vote frontrunner!) Read on for Yuki’s design confessions.

How particular are you about your home?
We recently moved, so at this point I have to try to be patient and change things in stages, when I would like it all done NOW. That said, I also have 4 kids, 3 very bad dogs and a cat. I am particular about what goes up on the walls — I prefer nothing to the wrong thing, while my husband would rather have me just “hang up our stuff”!

What is the one spot in the home that is the messiest or least designed?
I’d have to say the kitchen. It sees the most activity, yet needs the most design work! I want to change the ceiling, lighting, cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, hardware and window treatments!

Lightning round! Yes or No…
Jaccuzi tubs: No to hot tubs (Eww!); Jaccuzi tubs for a bath – YES!
Polished gold: Yes, when mixed with silver.
Dogs on the bed: No! (Again: gross.)
Wire hangers: Yes, better on a wire hanger than the floor.
Taxidermy: No! I can barely eat meat as it is.

What’s something no one knows about you? A hidden skill or talent?
I was the first female mascot for the University of Missouri (Truman the Tiger). Also, I can paint with encaustic wax (beeswax).

Celebrity crush? Dave Matthews, no question about it.

What color do you hate? Fleshy beige

Is there something that you do in every space you design?
I try to add at least one unexpected, “wow” factor — something humorous, personal or just plain amazing!

More about Yuki: Read her bio, browse her design portfolio and vote her your Design Star fan favorite.

Posted at 8:00 am

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  1. Yuki,
    If you could say anything to the judges to defend your style choices, what would you say?

    Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm
  2. Yuki,
    The Gulf Coast knows you have talent and incredible taste. Just remember some people don't understand the concept of Purple and Green, Laissez les bon temps roule! From what I saw, Stanley didn't embrace the "team" concept and work with you, instead he worked against you. But that's okay honey, you are still our Number 1 Design Star!

    Southern girl on June 1, 2012 at 9:26 am

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