In any elimination show, nothing’s more important than the first impression each contestant makes. Who will be the dark horse? The sweetheart? The villain? As the Design Star editor, I size up our contestants the same way, since I’ll be spending (at least virtually) lots of time with them.
Right off the bat, there was something appealing about Kellie’s warm, comfortable style and easy personality. Many of you fell for her too — she led all season in the Design Star fan vote and ended up winning the grand prize, her own show right here on HGTV.com (more on that later!).
Kellie’s bright designs just scream fun, but they’re functional, too, like the built-in window seat and storage niche from the designers’ Brooklyn penthouse. (The view isn’t bad, either.)
As an avid DIYer, I love how she unexpectedly upcylces cheap materials: cabbages become candle holders; rag rugs become seat covers. She’s artsy, too: She paints custom abstract paintings and transformed her grandmother’s chair, above, into a bright, funky accent piece.
And as many of you said all season long, she’s as sweet as pie. Check out this thank you video, dedicated to her Design Star fans:
You’ll see more from Kellie soon — check back soon for details about her HGTV.com show!
What would you like to see in Kellie’s online show? Tell us in the comments below.