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.
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.
One of Boris’ Tuscan-inspired dining room designs
More about Boris: Read his HGTV Star bio, browse his design portfolio and vote him your fan favorite.