All the drama and design of season seven came down to the final moment of truth: Britany and Danielle made their TV pilots and then stood in front of the panel for one final elimination. Wanna know what else happened? Read on.
Major spoiler alert: If you don’t want to know the winner, don’t keep reading. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!
I have to admit, I was feeling a little angst before this week’s episode. Why? I like both of the finalists. Britany’s geometric patterns and trendy rooms look amazing week after week, while Danielle brings a little more personality and some seriously great design taste. But alas, one has to be the winner…here’s what went down.
First up: Britany. Her pilot concept was Picture Perfect Spaces — using photography to create a personalized space. Because she’s a photographer! Okay, I can see being kind of interested in that. We got to see some familiar faces this week: the last four designers sent home came back to work as design assistants for Britany and Danielle. What up, Mikel? I’ve missed you!
Britany’s clients: the DaBell family and their adorable son, Luke. He’s so adorable, the parents let him have the entire dining room for his toys. Seriously, here’s what it looked like before:
So, understandably, they wanted a more adult space…fewer dump drunks, more dining chairs. Here’s what Britany’s finished dining room looked like:
The wallpaper and wainscoting create a high-end look that nods to Britany’s trademark graphic style. (However, I did wonder: What happened to all of Luke’s toys?) And she decorated the walls with her own photos of the family:
She brought the same muted gray, black, white and orange into the family’s living room. Here’s what it looked like before…
…and here it is after.
I am in love with this orange-and-black wing chair she nestled next to the fireplace:
Overall, Britany’s space was beautiful, but not very personal. Other than the framed photos, I didn’t get a sense of the family’s style from the space. And her pilot seemed the same: She was good on camera, but didn’t seem to really connect with the family.
Next, we have Danielle. Her pilot concept? Shop This Room, which will show viewers how to shop of one-of-a-kind pieces and build a curated home for the artsy Keller family. Hilari and Stanley worked as her design assistants. She seemed to do a better job directing her “assistants” and playing to their strengths — Hilari sourced furniture and accessories, while Stanley helped build homeowner Lois (an artist) a new-and-improved studio. Here’s the uber-traditional dining room before…
…and the funky and functional space after.
In the living room, the family’s bulky sofa hid the room’s original fireplace, and the all-white walls didn’t let the architectural details stand out.
I absolutely love the contrast Danielle created with the turquoise walls and white fireplace trim:
Overall, the space just has that curated feel. Danielle took the family’s existing pieces, like Lois’s artwork…
…and designed the room around them. Seriously, look how excited homeowners Allen and Lois Keller are at the reveal!
The panel was equally pleased with Danielle’s pilot — which was just plain fun to watch — and they loved her fun and funky design. It was enough to earn her the title of Design Star!
Congratulations, Danielle! Her new show, Shop This Room, premieres Sunday, August 4 at 8/7c.
Check back tomorrow for video reactions from Meg and David.
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