Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Jul 6

Sneak Peek: Episode 7

Final Four Designers With Host David Bromstad

This week, the final four take on their first small space challenge: Create a colorful condo living room. The camera challenge stakes are higher, too, as each contestant must give a decorating tip in front of a live studio audience on CBS’s The Talk. But will the pressure be too much for some contestants? See a sneak peek of the action after the jump.

Watch exclusive scenes from episode seven:

Predictions: Who do you think will win this week, and who’s next to go home?

Posted at 12:13 pm

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  1. Glad for the finalists. I am hoping that the powers-to be in hgtv read this- You guys need to have a simple concept show where an ordinary space is improved with only paint and the addition of ONE FEATURE/FOCAL ITEM/POINT. Can you see it? The room is gutted out, painted, the feature piece is built and placed and then the owner's items are returned back into the room- with some editing and repositioning. THIS is REAL life. It would be good on cost and then sponsors could be included for the feature- ie a fireplace company if a fireplace/mantle/adjoining shelves was the addition. So logical!

    WillTryDSAgain on July 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm
  2. Here is another idea for a new show- room perk. The designer takes only $1000 to freshen-up the room, but in keeping/returning a portion of the original items back to the space. My point is that from other blogs read- viewers want to see real solutions they can use in their homes. AND that many viewers are tired of house hunters- which is low cost to produce- so that must be why we see it so many times. So why not have some more design shows that are not expensive to produce? This could be a concept show and past DS contestants could take a turn – so there would be no expensive contract for one personality. Different faces would mean the show would stay interesting and if the concept was presented as a "challenge:, then no one would expect a total new space- but a total fresh look.

    WillTryDSAgain on July 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm
    • Love this idea–I would watch it!

      guest on July 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm
    • Hi friend, Im glad you came up with this idea! Its a novel concept and much more feasible than what we were required to do! Thanks for watching!

      Hilari on July 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    • I really like your ideas. Room Perk and Focal Point concepts are more encompassing of challenges real people face and could possibly attempt to duplicate, (although fireplaces can run into low tens of thousands). Maybe the judges could choose the winning design or something. Or, maybe they could do similar/same rooms in a model home to keep comparisons as equal as possible. I'd watch it!

      Mangofish on July 9, 2012 at 6:40 am
    • love it…..great idea…so tired of House Hunters…….wish I could delete it….haha

      Linda Halfpop on July 9, 2012 at 11:56 am
  3. I think the judges need to give more respect to the contestants. Everyone has something in their design that is worthy of a complement. Just because they make some mistakes here and there doesn't mean you can treat them like they don't know what they're doing and talk to them like they're completely stupid. Really I think the judges need to realize that the contestants need to make some mistakes before they get better. If they are so condescending, the contestants may never get better. Design isn't perfect. Isn't this show about learning, so that the contestants can take their design to the next level?

    Erika on July 8, 2012 at 8:23 am
    • I completely agree with you about that!

      Indigo on July 8, 2012 at 8:32 am
  4. The winning kitchen did not have a practical backsplash either. While their kitchen had other problems, only Hilari and Stanley had a backsplash that could be considered functional.

    guest on July 8, 2012 at 8:55 am
  5. I am also one of the few who appreciated the kitchen designed by Hilari and Stanley! I think that if Stanley's detailing and about half of Hilari's styling were removed, this kitchen would be a color-loving minimalist's dream. We may be in the minority, but we are out here, and I for one would love a kitchen with bamboo floors, natural wood cabinets, red quartz countertops, and turquoise walls. I would even keep the white ceramic tortoise shells!

    guest on July 8, 2012 at 9:05 am
  6. hated the hands, creepy, too big, not fully functional…

    Patrce on July 8, 2012 at 11:55 am
  7. Please keep in mind how much footage is left on the cutting room floor! All of the finalists wish that our true design perspective was represented in this competition. Most of these people are awesome and extremely talented. This is a television show which only allows for a glimpse of the story and before they give you that glimpse they send it through a filter to program your mind and make you favor one individual over the other. This is not a true testiment to who these designeres really are as individuals or creative minds. No one shops at one store for an entire project or picks paint colors in 5 minutes.

    producer on July 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm
  8. I think Brittany is going to win and Mikel is going home..:)

    iluvme on July 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm
  9. I think Danielle AND Brittany deserve to win. Although Brittany messes up on camera unlike Danielle so I think Danielle is the ideal designstar!!…:)

    Guest on July 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    iloveyernyip on July 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    • what do you mean brittany can't do camera challenges? What show have you been watching? She KILLED last weeks camera challenge. Was far more relable and watchable than danielles. Danielles was stuffy and a bit phony. Brittany kills the camera challenges AND the design comepetiions EVERY episode. Have you ever seen brittany at the bottom?! NOPE. Danielle has been there more than once.

      JennyB on July 9, 2012 at 7:12 am
      • Brittany has had some trouble with her camera challenges, but her designs are awesome!! But, I will say this… "What "Design Star" (previous winners) hasn't been in the bottom. So, just because Brittany hasn't been in the bottom… doesn't mean she will automatically get her own show. Remember, the judges are always talking about (from week to week) their improvement and their growth. That's another key element to "winning" DS! :)

        KR Johnson on July 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

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