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Jun 11

Tobin’s Goodbye: “I’m a Designer to the Core”

HGTV Star Season 8 Episode 1

The designers were told to design a vignette representing their personal brands. Tobin’s signature design style is vintage industrial, but there wasn’t much (or any) vintage industrial to see. The judges liked the architectural wall slats in his vignette, but ultimately, the unfinished design sent him home.

Find out what Tobin has to say about being the first to go. Plus, hear the judges’ thoughts on their decision. And you know David has something to say about Tobin’s departure: “I thought that was a huge mistake.”

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Jun 10

Episode One Behind-the-Scenes Dish

HGTV Star Host David Bromstad

Ever wonder what the judges and mentor/host David Bromstad have to say once the cameras stop rolling? Check out our behind-the-scenes dish each Monday following the show to find out.

This week, David shares his insight on the competition’s strongest contenders, Brooks’ “wigged out” hair and his favorite designs from the first challenge.

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Jul 20

Vote For Your Fan Favorite

Design Star Fan Favorite

Crazy about Luca’s Pittsburgh style? A fan of Bex’s quirky Texas designs? There’s still time to vote for your favorite designer! Vote up to 10 times per day through Friday, July 27 at noon for your most-loved contestant. The winner will win their on show right here on

Who’s your favorite designer? Vote now »

Jul 18

Meet The Design Star All Stars Cast

Did you ever wish some of your favorite Design Star contestants from seasons past got a chance to come back and redeem themselves? Wish no more, and mark your calendars: Design Star All Stars is here. Starting July 31 at 9/8c, six of the most memorable designers from the show’s history books will dust off their reality TV skills and compete for a guest spot on an HGTV show and a cash prize.

David Bromstad hosts, and Vern Yip and Genevieve Gorder will return to the Design Panel along with a rotating guest judge. Read on to find out the rest of the familiar faces you’ll see on the show.

The Design Star All Stars Cast Is…

Jul 15

Design Star How-To: Create a Graphic Focal Wall With Trim

Hey, Design Star fans! It’s time for another how-to project inspired by the design elements featured on Design Star.  This time, we’re taking on Britany’s signature graphic wall. Remember this geometric pattern from the season premiere?

Britany's Design Star Geometric Focal Wall

She also recreated the look in her (winning!) yellow-inspired condo in this week’s episode.

Britany's Blue and White Graphic Wall

We asked contributor and Design Star producer Brian Patrick Flynn to recreate Britany’s graphic wall treatment and show you how to recreate it at home. Here’s his finished product:

Graphic Focal Wall How-to by Brian Patrick Flynn

See how he recreated Britany’s look, step-by-step:

Get the full how-to instructions for the graphic wall here, and learn how to create more projects seen on Design Star in our Design Star How-To Gallery.

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.

Jun 13

Meg on Episode 3: “This is Real…It Isn’t Pretend-Land”

Meg talks about her favorite (and least favorite) spaces, the great details no one talked about and why she’s jealous of this season’s cast.

Meg Caswell

Watch Meg’s Thoughts on Episode 3

Jun 4

Tour the Designers’ Living Space

Want to gawk at all the details inside the season seven designers’ 10,000-square-foot Hollywood home? You can see all the beautiful (and not so beautiful) spaces created by the contestants, for the contestants in our Design Star 7 Cast House Tour Gallery.

Danielle and Luca's Design Star Great Room

Tour the designers’ living space now, then tell me: What’s your favorite (or least favorite) accessory or detail in this year’s house?

Jun 1

Get More Design Star Dish on Pinterest (From HGTV + Contestants!)

We’re pretty smitten with Pinterest here at HGTV — and so are the Design Star contestants.  In addition to our everyday boards dedicated to inspiring design, entertaining tips and cool how-to projects, there’s a board specifically tailored to Design Star fanatics like us. Get the latest from the show delivered directly to your Pinterest feed…

HGTV's Design Star Pinterest Board

…along with commentary from some familiar faces. Recognize anybody?

Designers Comment on HGTV Pinterest Pins

Follow HGTV’s Design Star board for inside scoop on the competition — you never know who’ll join the conversation!

While you’re at it, you can follow me at HGTVLiz to see my favorite picks from Design Star, and the rest of the online design world.

Jun 1

Animal Heads in Design: Yes or No?

We’ve got a debate on our hands. On Tuesday night’s Design Star episode, the judges gushed over Rachel’s white moose head atop a black background. Here on the blog, y’all aren’t so sure.

Reader transient1 says: We have seen those heads turn up on one design show or another every season for the past half dozen years or so. In 2040 those will be the go-to props whenever a movie (or whatever video-type entertainment is available) is looking to create an early 21st century styled room.

And llxt added: The moosehead was a total do-over of A) David Bromstad himself and B) Antonio’s pink birds, which were much more unexpected. Definitely not something to win over.

But reader Gail sided with Vern and Genevive: I loved Rachel’s moose head…It was a sculpture…a real head would have been much larger!!!  So glad that Rachel won.

Taxidermy: Yes or No?

Is it a decorating do or a don't?

When I polled the Design Star cast on their design loves and pet peeves, feelings on taxidermy (real or faux) were mixed. And it’s definitely a ongoing motif in the design world as part of an overall nature-inspired trend — check out more examples of faux taxidermy over at our Design Happens blog.

What do you think? Take the poll and voice your opinion in the comments below. 

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