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This season of HGTV Star has been a whirlwind! We’re already down to the final three designers, Brooks, Tiffany and Jeribai, one of whom will have their own HGTV show after Sunday night’s showdown. For this week’s final challenge, the designers are headed to Palm Springs, Calif. where they’ll each make over a huge suite in a resort hotel in just three days. Each designer will have their former competitors to call on, plus the guidance and expertise of our favorite brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott.

HGTV Star Season 8 Finale

Brooks Atwood, Host David Bromstad, Tiffany Brooks and Jeribai Tascoe for HGTV Star

Tune in this Sunday, July 21 at 8/7c for the finale of HGTV Star. And check out HGTV’s exclusive competition blog, HGTVersus, for behind-the-scenes info, exclusive video clips and more!

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Summer’s here and you know what that means: it’s time for a brand-new season of HGTV Star! There’s a fresh, new name, 10 smiling faces to meet and a slew of challenges that will leave the judges with a tough (or not-so-tough) elimination each week. Tune into the premiere Sunday, June 9 at 8/7c as these designers each compete for a chance to win their own HGTV show. Looking for behind-the-scenes dish, full episodes and all things HGTV Star? We’ve got you covered.

HGTV Star Cast and David Bromstad

The 10 hopefuls of HGTV Star season 8, plus host and mentor David Bromstad.

HGTV Star Judges

The host and mentor of HGTV Star, David Bromstad, with judges Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip and Sabrina Soto.

Check out the HGTV Star Blog, HGTVersus. Throughout the season Liz Gray and I will be sharing post-episode recaps, behind-the-scenes photos, sneak peeks, contestant interviews, candid opinions from the judges and more. It’s the only place to get exclusive show info you can’t get anywhere else!

Get social. Follow along before, during and after the show with HGTV Star fans like yourself by using the #hgtvstar hashtag on Twitter.

Help your favorite designer get an HGTV.com show. Help one lucky HGTV Star contestant win an online show by casting your vote up to 10 times daily. By voting you can win prizes like a $25 One Kings Lane gift card or $25 gift cards from Visa or Mastercard.

Watch our online videos. Prepare for the new season by checking out our behind-the-scenes footage, meeting our online HGTV Star host, Dan Collopy, and catching a sneak peek of the premiere episode. Miss an episode? No DVR? That’s OK! We’ll have full episodes available right here every Monday.

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It’s that time of year again: Design Star season! Tune in tonight at 9/8c as 12 designers compete for one dreamy job: a gig hosting their own HGTV show. But you can do more than just watch — here are four ways to get social with HGTV during the premiere.

Design Star Season 7 Cast

Design Star Season 7 Cast + Mentor and Host David Bromstad

1: Chat Live With Design Star’s Producer. What’s it like to be stuck on set for two months straight? Where do the designers go after they’re eliminated? Join a live chat with producer Loren Ruch during the premiere to ask your biggest Design Star questions.  To join, head to this link on the HGTV Facebook page.

2. Use the Hashtag #DesignStar on Twitter. Tweeting along with the show? Join the conversation by tagging tweets with #DesignStar.

3: Follow HGTV’s Design Star Pinterest Board. Get the best, most pinnable Design Star content delivered straight to your feed!

4: Head Over to the Design Star Blog. Immediately after the show, check out the Design Star blog for a blow-by-blow recap of the episode by yours truly. Then join the conversation: Did the right person go home? What was ____ thinking?  Let’s talk!

Happy viewing!

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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 Clements Designs

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.)

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On Monday’s episode of Design Star, the three remaining hopefuls were challenged to create a functional home — complete with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living area — all in a “tiny house” of less than 100 square feet. (See the designers’ finished homes here.) That got the team here at HGTV.com thinking: What would it be like to live in a house smaller than some people’s closets? After all, it’s a growing trend. Lili wrote a post about the micro-house movement back in February.

Exterior of Jay Shafer's Home and KitchenThe kitchen and exterior of Jay Shafer’s tiny house.  Photos courtesy of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

We asked Jay Shafer, who’s been living in a tiny house since 1997. He’s also the owner of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which builds several styles of ultra small-scale prefab homes (including the Box Bungalows used on Design Star.)

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You know that I-apologize-if-I-fall-asleep-mid-sentence feeling you get from having pushed yourself too hard, then hit a wall? Well, how about hopping into a van with 11 other people at 4:45am in NYC to oversee four full room remodels 50 miles away in New Jersey, dealing with exhausted carpenters who are working out in the freezing rain until the sun goes down, then not stepping foot off the property until 9:15pm only to drive an hour back to Manhattan to do it all again the next day? Needless to say, episode three of HGTV Design Star was a tough one; however, since the owners of both homes loved their new spaces so much, it was totally worth it.

During the filming, my co-producer who is also one of my favorite human beings on earth, Alyssa Hastrich, and I stuck to the Callegaris house with Doug Hines, Mark Diaz, Leslie Ezelle, Kevin Grace and Kellie Clements. Between the full basement downstairs and wall cladding upstairs, it felt like a full house renovation. Luckily, we were able to stroll up the street to Christina Scano’s place to check on progress at the end of the day. With so much going on, we decided I’d take iPhone shots during the process to remember just exactly how much labor went into the enormous overhaul of all four spaces. Take a look at some of the in-process stuff you didn’t see on TV, then contemplate how small your one-wall paint project this weekend seems in comparison. Ha!

Leslie, Kevin and Kellie's Basement Before

BEFORE: Once Leslie, Kevin and Kellie got started painting the walls, all I could focus on was how much longer it would take them to do everything with the huge obstacles they’d have to work around: boxes of books and toys, the enormous treadmill, and then ripping up the 1980′s mauve carpet.

Kellie Leslie and Kevin

AFTER: If you’re planning to replace the floor in your own space and paint the walls, knocking out the paint first while the old floor is down is a wise idea. It allows you to spill and drip as needed with no worry since the floor will soon be ripped out completely. The trio got rather lucky with their lime green wall choice. Colors this saturated pretty much always require a tinted primer. Somehow, the puddy color of their walls kinda stepped it up and worked as one. Happy accident? I think so.

Mark and Doug's Living Room Before

BEFORE: Something I found super useful in episode three was the content of Doug’s camera challenge about removing wall-to-wall carpet. That was a fantastic tip. Did you know that cutting carpet into strips two-foot strips, then removing it piece-by-piece is the way to go? I sure as hell wish I would have known that four years ago when I, along with friends, carried a 12X14 roll of beige nastiness down a stairwell.

Mark and Doug

AFTER: Something not discussed on the show was how well Doug and Mark’s choice of flooring coordinated with the tones of the fireplace stone. Those same reddish-brown tones seen in the rustic masonry are picked up beautifully in the tones of the wood.

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Have you ever thought about what it’s like to actually build eleven 12X15 spaces, furnish them with transformable pieces which can be further enhanced decoratively with raw food and/or restaurant supply items, then break them all down in just a few days? I hadn’t before working the shoot for episode 2 of HGTV Design Star — the infamous White Box Challenge. But from the looks of anticipated exhaustion and lack of enthusiasm on my co-design producers, Sam and Shannon’s, faces, it was obviously not the most fun task.

Roughly two weeks before filming episode 2, the three of us had to conceptualize exactly how big each white box should be, choose pieces that could be repurposed for different room functions, assemble those pieces and paint them all white to ensure the designers all had level playing fields. When I say the three of us assembled all the furniture, I really mean Shannon and Sam, since I hopped on a plane for an HGTV event in Orlando only two hours into assembly. Saved by the bell? I’d say so.

White Box  Challenge Floorplan

White Box Challenge Elevated Floorplan

In addition to the white box build-outs, we also did a mock-shopping day where we thought of all the possible things designers might consider using from a restaurant supply store as decoration, then ensured that there was enough stock for the eleven designers to choose from. Now take a look at what goes into creating the White Box Challenge, then take time next season to think about the tired souls behind the scenes who were kicked off before the challenge even started.

White Box Challeng Waterbottle Chase

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Graffiti. I like it. I like it a lot. When the location for the White Box Challenge was locked in for episode two of HGTV Design Star, I was happier than a snippy Pomeranian during a FedEx delivery. Why? 5 Pointz, that’s why. Located in Long Island City, it’s often referred to as a New York “Graffiti Mecca” where spray paint artists from all over the world come to create urban works of art on the premises of a 200,000 sq. ft building.

Contestants Outside Building - Running into White Room

Its conception was always for a good purpose; 5 Pointz was created as a formal place for aerosol artists to showcase their talents instead of vandalizing public spaces. As the official location for season six’s White Box Challenge, it was the perfect juxtaposition to the stark white drywall rectangles the designers would have to bring to life. In the show, this threw the contestants for a loop. Here, they show up at this gritty, colorful setting, only to learn this is, in fact, the dreaded White Box Challenge.

Five Pointz Graffiti Art

Nestled between industrial buildings and elevated train tracks, 5 Pointz could easily have been a producer’s worst nightmare. Why? Deliveries from trucks with loud beeps mixed with constant stops and starts from train cars which shake the buildings is insanely disruptive after the director yells, “quiet on the set!” Miraculously, these city sounds proved to be a non issue. (Guess who once shot an entire makeover in a neighborhood nestled between a field of cows and a busy international airport? Yep, me. But I tend not to go into detail about mistakes I made at age 28, okay?)
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So I briefly moved from Atlanta to New York City after being asked to join the production team as a design producer for season six of HGTV Design Star. Totally awesome opening sentence, right? I know! FYI, just in case this new job seems totally random, I’ve been producing home makeover TV shows for about eight years, sometimes also hosting them, while working on private homes for clients on nights and weekends. In other words, this wasn’t my first time at the TV decorating rodeo. Was it my first time taking a subway to said metaphorical rodeo? Yes. The B and the D Line to be exact.

Columbus Circle

After some time up-close-and-personal working on the challenges and location scouts of HGTV’s hit show, I can tell you first-hand that it’s one of the fastest-paced, most challenging design shows on TV. So much that sleep is pretty much a luxury for producers, crew members and contestant designers. I’m not complaining. The entire experience was awesome. Let’s talk about episode one.

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Break out the nachos and ball park franks, the MLB All Star game is just hours away. Today’s the day when baseball’s best join together to prove whose league reigns supreme. We here at HGTV would like you to fill out the “players” on the ultimate all-star design team. We already have a starting line-up we know plays well together, judging and mentoring the current contestants on Design Star. We’re talking about Candice Olson, Vern Yip, Genevieve Gorder and David Bromstad. That leaves openings for five more players/designers to take to the field. Who should they be?

HGTV All Star Game

HGTV All Star Game

HGTV All Star Game

HGTV All Star Game

Time to round out the team. There’s five more slots. Would you pick another designer from HGTV? Would Jonathan Adler or Sister Parish make the team? Who would make a really great pinch hitter? Who would be a guaranteed home run? We want to know!

Tell us in the comments below.

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