Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Jun 21

Ask the Producer: Episode 4

Each week, I chat with Design Star producer Loren Ruch for being-the-scenes dish and set secrets from Design Star. This week: How the crew found the episode four homeowners and why Miera and Danielle’s carpenter didn’t stop them from doing the infamous built-in.

Design Star Producer Loren Ruch With David Bromstad, Vern Yip, Sabrina Soto and Genevieve Gorder

Did you scout the location and find homeowners for this challenge, or did they apply to be on the show? How does that process usually work?
That’s an interesting question because we find our homeowners in a variety of ways.  In this particular challenge, we had our locations team (which is the same team that clears stores throughout LA for our designers to shop at) look into homes and homeowners that were within a ten mile radius of where the designers were living.  They also needed to find people who happened to live across the street from each other!  It was no easy task – they literally had to spend weeks trying to find the perfect families, because we wanted to make sure that the homes were of comparable size and layout and that they both had an indoor and outdoor area in need of a makeover.  In the end the Nitzkins and the Masts turned out to be perfect!

It looked so fun to have Sabrina Soto on set! What was the best moment from this week’s challenge?
Anyone who has ever met Sabrina knows that she’s a good time girl!  We were laughing from the minute we started working until long after the cameras went off.  The most fun moment of the week happened after our evaluation was over, actually.  Genevieve had friends visiting from out of town and decided to have a soiree with her friends plus Sabrina, David, and myself (Vern was babysitting that night or he would have been there too), and it was so nice to just hang out, have a drink and enjoy each other’s company.  We had been working non-stop for about three straight weeks at this point without a day off, so it was a well-needed night out with a lot of laughs!

Were there any elements or spaces that looked better in person than on TV?
A few.  Personally I thought that Stanley and Britany’s chevron fence was pretty darn cool in person.  It looked good on TV, but it looked GREAT up close and personal.  Also, Kris’s succulent planters were really, really cool in person.  Sabrina literally wanted to steal one from set. Just kidding, but she did fall in love with them.

It seemed like Miera and Danielle’s carpenter almost knew it would be difficult to finish the built-in. Do the carpenters ever have the chance to say “no, this can’t be done” or do they just do the best they can with the time they have?
Fantastic question.  We make it very clear to our designers that the carpenters are there to “assist” them but they cannot have “creative” input into the design itself.  Cija, the carpenter, was in the right to say “I don’t think we’ll have enough time to do what you’re asking,” because that’s just an honest response, but she couldn’t tell them what she wanted them to look like or how to make them prettier.  Those sorts of details needed to come directly from Miera or Danielle.

Have a question for Loren? Ask away in the comments below.

Posted at 11:23 am

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  1. Miera and Danielle left unfinished projects, once the judging is complete do the designers get a chance to go back and complete the projects, or are the homeowners responsible for completing anything left undone?

    Bri on June 21, 2012 at 11:10 am
    • This has been asked in past seasons. The designers do not go back and finish. Last year Meg had bought items for her landing that weren't used and they were not left for the homeowners but this year I did notice some pictures in Miera and Danielle's room during the walkthrough so maybe the homeowners will be able to hang them later. Got some of this info from homeowners that posted on the message board last year, plus several of last years contestents did blog that really added a lot of information.

      One season they did a kitchen that wasn' finished and a team was sent to fix some things that were not safe but they did not finish the room. Hope this helps!

      Corvette Lady on June 23, 2012 at 10:23 am
  2. I came to watch episode 4, 2012 on because I could not see the show when it aired. For some reason half way through that recording the video goes bad and the sound is fine. Hope it gets fixed before the next episode is shown.

    Norman on June 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm
  3. The episode isn't working!!! =(

    shelby on June 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm
  4. I would love to see something themed way out of the box like Doctor who and Steampunk

    Aunt Z on June 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm
  5. Can you PLEASE tell me the paint color used in the living room, the sage green color? It is beautiful and is just the color I am looking for in my remodel project happening!

    Thank you!

    Jenna on June 22, 2012 at 7:10 am
    • I used the "chip it" feature from Sherwin Williams and found out that they color is SW 0017 Calico. Hope this helps :)

      Lindsay on June 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm
      • Awesome! Thanks Lindsay!

        Jenna on June 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm
        • Thanks! I love it too, and decided on sage green for my bedroom and can't seem to find just the right shade. That looks perfect though!

          Lin on June 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm
          • Hi Jenna, Lin and Lindsay,
            The paint color is Sycamore Stand by Dunn Edwards.

            Liz_HGTV on July 5, 2012 at 7:35 am
  6. I am disappointed with the current show on Design Team. They argue with each other and seem so self absorbed. There isn't one on there currently that should win or one I would be seeing to do their own show. Maybe you should just can the remaining shows and start fresh this fall. No one is relating to the viewers and the quality is not there this time around. Please put the show out of it's misery and start over this fall.Maybe in the fall you can decorate a homeless shelter and give back. Have a great summer David..Christine Chiasson

    gopeach1 on June 22, 2012 at 11:32 am
  7. Do the contestants get to hear the comments the hosts make during walk throughs?

    Bonnie on June 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm
  8. I also would love to know the name and brand of the paint color that Mical used for the living room from the last episode. It was genius!

    Charlene on June 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  9. Where did Hillary and Michael get the rug for the living room??? My wife wants it! Help!!!

    Dennis on June 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm
  10. Is there a "how to" spot for Design Star ? I would like detailed information about the mirror Mikel made with recycled? weathered wood for this last episode . Vern commented on it and it was featured in a comparison advertisement but no details were given other than he took a inexpensive mirror he purchased and added the wood around the frame. Sure would like source and size of wood pieces and exactly how he attached them.

    Sandra on June 23, 2012 at 9:44 am

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