It may be summertime, but the HGTV Star crew headed to Occidental College in Los Angeles for a seriously school-spirited design challenge. Two of the school’s Greek houses were in desperate need of TLC, and the designers were ready to replace those lawn chairs and beanbags with something slightly more — erm — aesthetically pleasing. The girls, Tiffany and Anne, made over a sorority living space, while the boys, Boris, Brooks and Jeribai, took on a fraternity community room. You would think having an extra designer would give the guys an advantage, but that just wasn’t the case. The girls reigned supreme this week with their use of red-orange accents mixed with cream and gray.
Hear the judges’ candid thoughts about each space (the words “funeral-like,” “black hole,” “depressing” and “tomato soup” were used). Plus, did the designers feel they truly executed their visions?
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For the first time in Star history, kitchens were completed and the clients were satisfied. “I’ve been on all eight seasons of this show, and I’ve never seen kitchens that complete before,” Vern said. As finished, functional and beautiful as the kitchen and dining spaces may appear to us, the judges still need to pick apart every detail to determine who failed and who succeeded in the challenge. It’s a competition and that’s why we love it!
Both kitchens failed at one thing — find out what. Plus, hear David and the judges’ take on the team that really hit the mark.
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The third challenge sent two designers home, leaving only six to compete for the winning title. This week, we saw a lot of miscommunication over color, time management and, of course, key accessories not showing up (The Great Curtain Debacle of 2013). Find out what David and the judges have to say about the winning apartment design, plus hear their expectations for the designers in the upcoming challenges.
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This week we saw our nine remaining designers work together (somewhat) to make over an industrial loft in downtown LA. Cris loves bold colors; Brooks veers towards industrial design; and Abby is bohemian chic all the way. Coming up the a cohesive palette and collaborative statement was certainly a challenge for the crew.
Find out what Vern, Genevieve and Sabrina have to say about the designs that worked and the designs that didn’t work. Also, hear David’s take on the second challenge. (The adjectives “horrible,” “hideous,” “awful” and “tragic” were used. Ouch!)
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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.”
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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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.
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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?
She also recreated the look in her (winning!) yellow-inspired condo in this week’s episode.
We asked HGTV.com 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:
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.
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.
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.