Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Jul 17

Episode 8 Recap: Yurt Last Chance

Judges and Host With Guest Judge Mark Steines

Get it…yurt last chance? Har, har. I couldn’t help but carry on all the yurt-related puns used in tonight’s show. Tonight, the final three designers took on a brand new challenge for Design Star: turn a yurt into a dream bedroom suite. (Find out more about yurts here.)

Entertainment Tonight host Mark Steines joined the panel to see which one of the designers shares his hosting skills. Like always, some of the hosting moments (and yurt suites) were dreamier than others — here’s what went down on this week’s episode.

Britany Simon in her finished yurt

Britany’s yurt was my favorite of the week. She worked with Design on a Dime carpenter Joel West to create a modern beach bungalow look in her yurt. She set out to do something different from her usual glam style, and she delivered — it was still bold and graphic, but in a new way.  Her camera challenges had a few awkward moments, but she’s getting better there, too.

Britany Simon - Yurt After

Her room’s main feature was a rotating bed with hidden storage along the back. I loved where her head was at, but think it might be kind of hard to get to said storage if you were really (okay, theoretically) living in this yurt.  My favorite part of the room: The draped teal fabric, all gathered around an ethereal, white pendant.

Britany After - Photo Detail

Britany’s a designer-slash-photographer, and, though she’s referenced her skills a lot this season, this was the first week we’ve seen her prints in a room. Vern wasn’t impressed, though — he said he “wanted them to be a little more abstract.” Ouch! As Emily Henderson would say, Britany, you’ve been Yipped.

Danielle Colding With Carpenter Chip Wade

Moving to the neighbor yurt, Danielle was paired up with Elbow Room host Chip Wade, and they created a “global contemporary” bedroom suite.

Danielle Colding's Finished Yurt

Danielle’s room seemed the most finished, with lots of artistic touches and cozy accessories, like these layered rugs:

Layered Rugs in the Yurt

Chip and Danielle collaborated on this contemporary bed with a reclaimed wood headboard. It sounded like a great concept, but the combination of the gray hue and super-wide bed posts just didn’t work with the rest of the room.

Oh, Hilari. You personality makes me smile…and so did your crazy times (all related to the antique bed) with carpenter Jeff Devlin of DIY’s I Hate My Bath.  The problem? Your camera challenges have so much personality, but they don’t have much substance.

Hilari Younger in Finished Space

Once the crazy interlocking panels were in place, this bed was the perfect centerpiece to Hilari’s Bali-themed yurt: The judges called it “a fantasy bed.”

Hilari Younger's Tropical Bed

What they didn’t like: The blank spaces on either side of the bed.

Bookcase Detail

The gold-leaf bookcase (which is amazing!) looked great, but didn’t create real storage space.  In the end, no one had a bad challenge, but Hilari’s tips were more style than substance, and the panel decided to send her home.

Now it’s down to two! Only one more week until we crown the newest HGTV Design Star…can’t wait!

Check back tomorrow for Meg and David’s reactions to tonight’s episode.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Did the right designer go home? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

Posted at 10:00 pm

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  1. no lo creo ella debia de estar en las 2 finalistas soy latina y creo que la unica que no debia estar era la blanca!

    iris tosado on July 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm
  2. Creo sinseramente que no salio por ser demasiado negra. She is gorgeous maybe she is to black !

    dayna on July 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm
  3. I simply cannot believe that Hilari got booted. Her room was so good. And she is so good on the camera. So funny! I wanted her to have her own show!!!

    Susan Guest on July 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    britneys fan on July 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm
  5. I thought Danielle's room was not good. I did not like all of the rugs lapping over each other. And it looked kind of empty to me. Britany's room of course was nice. I just wanted a funny person, something different on hgtv. Hilari hit the spot

    Susan Guest on July 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm
    • Right on.

      Design viewer on July 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm
  6. What a mistake! Hillary has been much more consistent in her level of design and camera work. Daniell is awful on camera. None of the camera challenges gave information. I think I have lost interest in the final

    Hillary fan on July 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    • I agree, I think it's time to get more judges.

      Design viewer on July 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm
  7. I disagreed completely with sending Hilari home. I thought her room was the best. YIKES!

    Amy on July 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm
  8. Really sad to see Hilari go. I can't believe she got booted. She is so likable and beautiful. She makes people feel at ease. I mean you could feel that through the TV! Her personality shines, she makes any room beautiful. I love her sense of color, graphic designs and texture. I don't know what the panel was thinking or looking for. Last year it was Meg. I'm still trying to figure that one out.

    Hilari Fan on July 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm
  9. Huge mistake tonight! Hilari would have been fantastic on HGTV, Danielle and Britney are hard to listen to, very fake and boring! BOOO I am done watching this season buh-bye.

    NicoleC on July 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm
  10. i couldnt stop looking at genevives green shoes..loved them. Where can i get them?

    anna on July 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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