Liz Gray

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Jul 22

HGTV Star Winner Tiffany Brooks on the Big Moment + Her New Show

Fresh off her HGTV Star win, I chatted with our newest host about the best and worst parts of the grueling competition, what it felt like to win and what you’ll see on her new show, Most Embarrassing Rooms in America, coming to HGTV this fall.

HGTV Star Tiffany Brooks

HGTV Star Season 8 Winner Tiffany Brooks

It’s been a crazy ride for you on HGTV Star! What was the most difficult thing about the competition?
The most difficult thing about the competition was the time. The viewers — and I was one of them — think “What’s wrong with this designer? Why didn’t they do this?” Time and resources play a huge role in the show. It’s like that unseen character.

What was your favorite moment on the set that we didn’t see on TV?
After they called time in the loft challenge and we were in the vans headed home, our story producers kept calling Brooks “Boris.” Brooks just sat there with this crazy look on his face, not answering any questions. Anne and Jeribai and I just feel into this pit of laughter. It went on for at least half an hour.

HGTV Star Designers Cheer

HGTV Star Contestants

How did you feel going into the finale?
At that point I was just like, I’ve made it this far. I still didn’t believe that it was possible for me to win. I was still able to dream and be responsible and not be nervous about anything. When I heard it was in Palm Springs, I was like, it’s a mini-vacation!

Photos: See Tiffany’s HGTV Star Journey From the Beginning

Did you leave your finale suite wishing you’d done something different, or were you happy with the design?
I loved it. I loved the art installation, I loved the fireplace. It was completely me.

Tiffany Brooks’ Finale Sitting Area

What was your first reaction to winning HGTV Star?
I kind of froze for a minute, and then started thinking,”Oh my God, they just said Tiffany. I have to respond, I have to do something.” So it was like my brain having a conversation with my body. I could not react quick enough. I was still stunned that they said my name.

Watch: Tiffany’s Winning Moment

And the moment happened so quickly — Vern was staring straight at us for like 5 minutes, and then all of the sudden out of nowhere, they said “Tiffany.” We started the Champagne toast, and the other contestants came over. They were screaming, they were crying, they were emotional over the fact that I had won. It really felt like these people were in my corner, and the win started to feel a little more real.

HGTV Star Tiffany Brooks

Tiffany Brooks’ Winning HGTV Star Moment

What was first thing you did when you got home after the show?
I slept. I of course said hi to my husband and gave my son the longest hug I could give him, but then I slept.

Tell us about your new show, Most Embarassing Rooms in America.
The new show is fabulous. You’re going to see some places that were truly hideous, and homeowners that were truly embarrassed. We got to fix that for them.

What was your favorite part of filming Most Embarrassing Rooms?
The show’s carpenter Jeff Devlin and I hit it off like we have known each other for years. The relationship that you’re going to see through the TV is real.

Jeff Devlin - Most Embarassing Rooms in America

Carpenter Jeff Devlin With HGTV Star Tiffany Brooks

Can you share some of your favorite makeovers from the show?
Hands-down, my two favorites are the midcentury modern living room makeover and the kitchen makeover, which is the premiere.

[For the kitchen makeover,] the “before” home was just amazing. It had roosters everywhere. I called it “Cock-a-Doodle-Don’t,” which might end up being the episode title.

HGTV Show Before: Country Kitchen Goes Modern

Before: Dated Country Kitchen

And the after was such a transformation!


After: Modern, Rustic Kitchen

Here’s the breakfast nook in the open kitchen and dining space…

Breakfast Nook From  Most Embarassing Rooms in America

Salvaged Wood Breakfast Nook

…and a clutter-hiding, distressed barn door camo-ing a closet.

Barn Door in Most Embarassing Rooms in America Makeover

A Sliding Barn Door Covers Hidden Storage

Like what you see?  Most Embarrassing Rooms in America premieres on Saturday, September 14 at 2pm/1c. See an encore of the premiere on Sunday, September 21 at 2 pm/1c.

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  1. Her rooms are beautiful and her designs are ingenious. Where, when, why, haven't I seen more of her on HGTV? Will she be on in 2014???

    Yvonne Anderson on January 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm
  2. I have seen one show from Tiffany Brooks and nothing more. When will her shows be presented?

    Gordon on January 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
  3. I am highly disappointed that I haven't seen Tiffany since her win. Where is she?

    SharonT on February 24, 2014 at 1:44 am
  4. I totally agree with all of these posts…when ARE we going to see Tiffany's show? It is very disappointing not to see her on the TV schedule. Frankly, I'm also wondering what happened to the rest of the HGTV design star shows and Candace Olsen, Sabrina Soto, Genevieve Gorder, etc. on the tv schedule.

    kk2010 on April 7, 2014 at 2:33 am
  5. I have been watching HGTV for a very long time. This is my comment…What has happened to Candace Olson, David Bromstead , the Design Star program and the Design Stars, Design on a dime, the makeovers, and all of the previous show that made watching your program so great?. Now all I see is buying a home, house international, my first place, renovations, property makeovers and sales……property.the show is no longer exciting , most of those designers who made the show what it is, are no longer being seen…WHY?….Colorsplash ( I forgot to mention) collecting old pieces and redoing them…Come on…Make the show as great as it used to be..It is very boring and uninteresting.

    Vivian L Burns on April 8, 2014 at 7:48 pm
  6. Ditto to all that!@!!!!

    yaya norwood on April 8, 2014 at 10:27 pm
  7. If this is the place where we can be heard, I'll add my voice to the complaints about the re-do of the network. HGTV used to be my go to network, but no longer. Where are the design shows and the gardening shows?

    I don't own property and am not interested in those who whine their way through making choices in the market. PLEASE, won't you reconsider your strategy and give us Design?

    Melinda Nelson on April 20, 2014 at 11:42 pm
  8. I also do not watch HGTV as much as I used to. I am a working class lady so I related to shows such as decorating cents and gardening by the yard. Frankly, there's nothing I watch on the network now but house hunters. I don't even enter the contest to win the design houses because I couldn't afford to live in them. Maybe you should start a sister network with design and gardening shows.

    Gail Smith on May 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm
    • I agree with you 100%. I use to love shows like Decorating Cents, Candice Olson shows, Sara's House, and other great decorating shows. Now there are none. Please please I wish to see even those old episodes as Marathon weekend or something. Not everyone is selling or buying.

      Reija on May 20, 2014 at 10:15 am
  9. i agree all the good shows are gone!!!! Not everyone can afford a kkkkkkk budget for a new home on an island! Bring back shows for the blue collar world

    im2sharp on June 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm
  10. is there going to be a Design Star Show 2014??????

    im2sharp on June 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm

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