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Jun 25

Cris’ Goodbye: “I Should Have Followed My Instinct”

HGTV Star Cris Mercado

After the first challenge, Cris was on the chopping block but made it to round two. Then, in the second challenge, we saw her come out on top with the best repurposed item of the bunch (a camera-turned-floor lamp). But when the apartment challenge came around and she was paired with Tylor … again … she wasn’t exactly thrilled. Tylor marches to the beat of his own drum and Cris didn’t stand up for herself when it came to choosing color palettes, leaving them with a hospital-green room that sent them both packing.

See what Cris has to say about her HGTV Star journey and the elimination. Plus, find out what David and the judges think about Cris going home so soon.

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Jun 18

Jessie’s Goodbye: “It’s Only Going to Make Me Stronger”

HGTV Star Episode Two Jessie Miller

For the second challenge, the designers teamed up to take on the redesign of an already gorgeous industrial loft. Boris, Jessie and Abby were tasked with the largest chunk of space: the kitchen, dining room and foyer area. Each designer claimed a room which seemed logical at first but quickly became overwhelming.

Jessie decided to jump on the loft’s mostly-furnished kitchen to showcase her styling skills to the judges. Unfortunately, her styling decisions led to her elimination. “I think she just showed us her weak side,” Vern says.

See what Jessie has to say about going home, plus hear the judges’ take on their decision.

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Jun 13

Caption This: Episode Two

This week, the nine remaining designers are tasked with transforming an industrial warehouse loft in downtown LA into a beautiful, functional, one-of-a-kind home, including four distinct areas (living, eating, sleeping and working). And this time, it’s a team challenge. What’s going on in this picture between Boris, Abby and Jessie? Are tensions already flaring before the designing begins? Or, is Abby showcasing her telepathy skills? Write your best caption in the comments below.

Caption This HGTV Star Photo: Episode Two

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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 8

Meet the Designer: Abby Vasek

HGTV Star Abby Vasek

With only one day left until the season 8 premiere, we’re introducing you to all 10 designers/contestants on this year’s HGTV Star.

Abby Vasek decided at an early age to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become an interior designer. This freelance designer and mother of twin boys describes her style as “clean bohemian” and loves incorporating animal prints and bold colors into her designs.

If you had $100 to refresh your decor in any way, what would you do?

If I have a small budget, then I’m going to paint those walls; I’m going to bring in some inexpensive plants from the outdoors; and I always squeeze out something for fabric. Fabric-wise, it’s all about drapes for me. They add softness, pattern and texture to any space, and you can do it on a budget.

Whats the number one mistake people make when designing their home?

I think the number one problem people suffer from is having too much clutter in their life and not getting rid of anything, so their spaces are no longer even functional.

What color do you dislike the most?

I cannot stand pastel colors. I want colors to have a punch!

Abby Vasek's Design Portfolio

One of Abby’s Relics Home floor displays

More about Abby: Read her HGTV Star bio, browse her design portfolio and vote her your fan favorite.

Don’t forget to tune in on Sunday, June 9 at 8/7c for the premiere of HGTV Star!

Posted at 2:00 pm

Jun 8

Meet the Designer: Anne Rue

HGTV Star Anne Rue

With only one day left (!!) until the season 8 premiere, we’re introducing you to all 10 designers/contestants on this year’s HGTV Star.

Meet Anne Rue, a mother of three and owner of a high-end interior design business. Whether in her home’s ever-changing design scheme or her rotating bright hair color choices, Anne isn’t afraid to take risks.

 You originally studied fashion design. How did you make it into the interior design world?

Whether you’re talking about fashion or interior design, it’s color, it’s scale, it’s visualizations, so I kind of realized that I could marry the two. Some people can open their mouth and sing. I can’t do that. I’m completely tone deaf. But I can look at a room, and I can space plan it like that. I can visualize how it’s going to be finished before anything starts. The inspirational moment is like a drug, it’s like a high, it’s like “Wow, this really came into my head just like that. It’s a gift. It makes you feel so good, it really does.”

Are you an obsessive housekeeper, or do your client’s spaces get top priority?

My home is very organized, I’m extremely type A, so I like things to be exactly where they’re supposed to be. And it’s one of those things like, you have to be extremely organized to get the kids picked up on time, get them to basketball, get dinner ready, get to the grocery store, whatever needs to be done. Plus, I run my own business, so it’s mayhem all the time.

Who are your design idols?

Coco Chanel and Dorothy Draper are my two idols. They’re strong women, they’re classy women, they made a statement to do their art and be themselves, and they were hugely successful at it.

Anne Rue's HGTV Star Design Portfolio

A luxurious bedroom from Anne Rue’s design portfolio

More about Anne: Read her HGTV Star biobrowse her design portfolio and vote her your fan favorite.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow, Sunday, June 9 at 8/7c for the premiere of HGTV Star!

Posted at 10:00 am

Jun 7

Meet the Designer: Brooks Atwood

HGTV Star Brooks Atwood

With just two days left until the season 8 premiere, we’re introducing you to all 10 designers/contestants on this year’s HGTV Star.

Next up, it’s time to meet Brooks Atwood, a product designer, architect and industrial design professor. Brooks likes to push the envelope with his cutting-edge, modern style that he classifies as futuristic and avant-garde.

How did you get started in the design business?

Growing up my dad always had me help him with things as summer projects, like build a shed or replacing the roof.  I loved the idea of construction. My dad’s an engineer, but he’s also built some houses. So, it was kind of a mixture of design and engineering.  But, I wanted my dad to let me do things that were just a little bit more interesting…like a tool shed that’s crooked. I just knew right away that I liked to take apart stuff and build it back, but in a new way.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can juggle. That wasn’t very impressive to the girls in high school, so I didn’t have too many girlfriends. But I can also do some magic tricks. That’s actually how I met my wife…I met her at a friends birthday party and was doing magic tricks throughout the night, and she said, alright, he’s okay.  So, my dorky magic tricks actually worked!

With your background, you’re kind of coming at this competition from a different angle than most of the other contestants.

Yeah I’m surprised I got chosen, just cause my style is way different, and I’m like, the opposite of everyone else they’ve ever had on the show. I’m an architect, technically by training, and then I’m doing product design and industrial design and I’m an industrial design professor.

I’ve never done any of this before. I don’t do interiors, I don’t decorate, or style or anything, I do more space and product design. So this is just freaky awesome and….I’m just going to take it to the next level.

Brooks Atwood's Design Portfolio

A unique penthouse design from Brooks Atwood’s design portfolio

More about Brooks: Read his HGTV Star bio, browse his design portfolio and vote him your fan favorite.

Don’t forget to tune in on Sunday, June 9 at 8/7c for the premiere of HGTV Star!

Posted at 2:00 pm

Jun 7

Meet the Designer: Boris Eckey

HGTV Star Boris Eckey

With only two days left until the season 8 premiere, we’re introducing you to all 10 designers/contestants on this year’s HGTV Star.

Say hi to Boris Eckey. A native of Germany, Boris was introduced into the industry by his interior designer mother and architect father. After 15 years as a successful designer, Boris creates everything from large hotels to small residential spots. We asked Boris to vote “Yes” or “No” for controversial and trendy design topics.

It’s a design lightning round! Yes or No…

Pets on the bed: Yes!

Neon: Um, no.

All-white interiors: Yes.

Wall decals: No.

Chalkboard paint: Depends on the space. Yes.

Owls and birds in decor: I guess. Yeah, sure. Are we talking design here? Are we talking going to the zoo? Are we talking nightly disturbances of owls in your trees? I don’t know.

Denim: Yes!

Granite: Eh, no. Over. Done. Builder’s home from the 80′s and 90′s.

Decorative skulls: Over it. No.

Chevron:  Yeah. I can appreciate a good chevron.

Taxidermy: Um, if it’s used properly. I don’t mind taxidermy as long as I don’t feel like I’m walking into Pet Cemetery 3.

Lucite furniture:  If done properly, yes.

Fake flowers: No!

Ceiling fans: Noooo.

Pot racks: Eh, if you have a very large kitchen with a very high ceiling, then I think a pot rack can add to the charm of, let’s say, an Italian rustic vibe, but other than that no. I don’t like clutter. No clutter!

Karate-chopped pillows: No, not really.

Seasonal flags: It’s very American. I can enjoy a flag, sure. I think it depends on the type of home. If you have a Cape Cod, fly your flag! If you have a French chateau, don’t do it.

Faux finishes: Over. No.

Open shelving or glass-door cabinets: Sure. Yes.

Midcentury furniture: LOVE. Yes.

Boris Eckey's Design Portfolio

One of Boris’ Tuscan-inspired dining room designs

More about Boris: Read his HGTV Star biobrowse his design portfolio and vote him your fan favorite.

Posted at 10:00 am

Jun 6

Meet the Designer: Cris Mercado

HGTV Star Cris Mercado

With only days left until the season 8 premiere, we’re introducing you to all 10 designers/contestants on this year’s HGTV Star.

Meet Cris Mercado, an interior designer, architectural assistant and draftswoman raised in the Dominican Republic. She considers her style “bold contemporary” and includes vibrant hues into her designs whenever she can.

What’s the number one mistake people make when designing their home?

One thing that happens a lot is when you go out to get your furniture and you don’t measure the space. When you get back home, you notice that the sofa you got doesn’t fit in the space or you didn’t even measure the doorway to see if it’s even going to go in. So, I think most people sometimes forget that measuring is really important, because you want to have balance, you want to have the appropriate scale and you don’t want things to feel too crowded or space it out too much that you feel like there’s nothing there. I think that’s very important. It’s the first thing I do when I hit a room; I have to measure everything.

What color do you dislike the most?

Khaki. Even though it’s neutral and you can work with it for everything, it just reminds me of my uniform back in middle school: the khaki pants with the blue shirt. I don’t dislike it, I just try to stay away from it.

If you had $100 to refresh your decor in any way, what would you do?

To spice it up, something very easy in the living room, some throw pillows, a lot of color. That changes the mood completely. A fresh coat of paint, too. If you feel like you’re bored at home, just take a wall and paint it. Add an accent wall. That makes a huge difference.

HGTV Star Cris Mercado Designs

One of Cris’ contemporary bedroom designs

More about Cris: Read her HGTV Star biobrowse her design portfolio and vote her your fan favorite.

Posted at 2:00 pm

Jun 6

Meet the Designer: Jeribai Tascoe

HGTV Star Jeribai Tascoe

With only days left until the season 8 premiere, we’re introducing you to all 10 designers/contestants on this year’s HGTV Star.

California native Jeribai Tascoe has worked in everything from interior design to product design to graphic design. He’s currently a product manager for a software company and a freelance designer who recently began purchasing and redesigning old homes.

What’s your greatest design influence?

I would say my greatest design influence is just life and traveling. Early on in my career, I was drawing and hand-sketching a lot of graffiti and street art. I loved seeing tags on trains and walls. I had a sketchbook where I would draw with pens, pencils and paint, and I would do these sick mini murals for kids. They would put them in their lockers or binders, so it all started from a tagging sort of thing. I’ve always loved using colors, so that’s really where I drew a lot of early inspiration.

Tell us about your own home. Do you find it difficult to design your own space?

I just moved before I came to the show. Our prior house was wonderful, a four-bedroom, three-bath. It was a nice size home. We completely remodeled the whole thing. I did a master bedroom suite from the ground up. We totally styled that, and that’s the reason I made it on the show. Now, the current home we live in is only five years old. It’s nice but it’s still kind of builder-grade. We’re still slowly, incrementally going through each room. Before I left I did the laundry room. My wife and I really got into stripes. She’s like “I love stripes! Let’s do stripes!” But design in our home is definitely collaborative, because we have a similar taste. When it comes to common spaces, we just negotiate on colors. We like to repurpose things, too.

How important is it to repurpose, and what satisfaction can people at home get from transforming pieces on their own?

I personally love to be hands-on with my projects. I’d rather do that than go to the store and buy something, because to me, it’s part of that creativity and it’s in my fibers. I personally get amazing satisfaction out of taking an old piece and repurposing it. People at home, once they do it, they’ll have the bug.

Jeribai Tascoe's Design Portfolio

One of Jeribai’s contemporary bedroom designs featuring repurposed pieces

More about Jeribai: Read his HGTV Star biobrowse his design portfolio and vote him your fan favorite.

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