This week, the final eight designers compete for their first real client. The designers will pair up to turn four empty apartments into a young couple’s dream space, and the pair will choose the design that suits their style.
But as we saw last week, teams can mean trouble. Check out the sneak peek to see what I mean.
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Along with a whole new name, this season of HGTV Star is full of suprises. First off, there’s a brand new judge, HGTV favorite and host of The High/Low Project Sabrina Soto. You’ll also see the super-fun cast take on intense new hands-on challenges to earn the title of HGTV Star and their own show right here on HGTV. Click through to see a sneak peek of the season’s best moments.
HGTV Star Judges Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip and Sabrina Soto
Each week, I chat with Design Star All Stars producer Loren Ruch about the best behind-the-scenes moments from the show. Read on to go behind the scenes on the judges’ final decision. Plus, find out where you’ll see Leslie on HGTV!
How did you decide to use shipping containers for this week’s challenge?
Our executive producer mentioned to me that shipping containers were a hot new trend for second homes and even some primary residences around the country, so we thought “why not?!” We’ve already done glass houses, tiny houses and yurts, so it felt like a natural transition to try shipping containers!
From a guest on the blog: How did the judges’ come to the final decision for Design Star All Stars? Do they use a numerical rating system, a checklist, a compilation of before and after photos, what is the criteria they use to come up with the winning design(er)?
I wish it were that simple! It was a plain and simple long (and I mean looooong) and drawn out conversation comparing pros and cons, camera challenges and design challenges and the scope of work from the entire season. We also have a big notebook prepared for the panel featuring each designers photos of each challenge, and we show them the camera challenge from the current episode. This episode was not cut and dry at all, so it was a very heated conversation. Hilari had been such a dynamic and fun personality with great designs, Tom was such a class act with an upscale taste level, and Leslie was a bundle of energy with great designs to match — but ultimately I think that in the end, Leslie’s Murphy bed is what threw her over the top!
Design Star fan favorite and finale runner-up Britany Simon talks about how she feels about winning the viewers’ choice award. Plus, find out more about her new online show (and when to watch).
Each week, I chat with Design Star All Stars producer Loren Ruch about the best on-set moments and what you didn’t see on the show. Read on for his dish on The Facts of Life set makeovers!
How did you decide to use The Facts of Life sets as inspiration for this week’s episode?
I happen to be friends with Mindy Cohn (and have known her for about 15 years), and I am also an enormous fan of ‘80’s sitcoms – as are many of our viewers! On last year’s blog and message boards many people asked me if we’d ever consider doing a ‘set’, so I thought this would be our chance. What could be more fun than recreating my favorite show of all time, with a wonderful friend on set, and modernize it for a contemporary audience?!
What was it like for Mindy Cohn to revisit updated versions of the sets from her youth?
Everyone fell in LOVE with Mindy on the set! She told so many fun stories, and cracked us up the entire time she was there. She told us that she literally spent ‘ages 14-20’ on that set, so it was really fun to be with her on a trip down memory lane.
Any hints about the All Stars finale?
Sure…why not! If you thought yurts or tiny houses were fun, just wait until you see what our designers do with shipping containers! You just may want to buy one for yourself!
Have a question for Loren? Ask in the comments below.
The final four Design Star All Stars contestants go down memory lane on Tuesday at 9/8c as they make over sets inspired by the hit ’80s sitcom The Facts of Life. Who will make it to the finale and get one step closer to the $25,000 prize? See a sneak peek of this week’s action.
Each week, I chat with Design Star All Stars producer Loren Ruch about the best on-set moments and what you didn’t see on the show. This week: the most memorable behind-the-scenes dish from the Dancing With the Stars makeover. Plus, which room looked better on TV than in person.
Dancing With the Stars Dancers Jonathan Rogers and Anna Trebunskaya with Design Star Producer Loren Ruch
How did you find the Dancing With the Stars couple to feature on the show?
One of our Design Star producers actually worked on Dancing with the Stars, and asked us “Do you think that we’d want to makeover Jonathan and Anna’s house? I’ve been there and they don’t have a lot of furniture!” That’s all I needed to hear to say “Yes, PLEASE!” I just had a hunch that HGTV viewers would be the same people who watch DWTS, so I thought it would be a fun collaboration!
Learn why David disagreed with the judges’ favorite room, what he loved in both spaces and why the eliminated designer went home.
Take a break from the Olympics this weekend to tune in to the latest Design Star champ’s brand-new show, Shop This Room, airing Saturday, August 4 at 8 pm et/pt.
She’ll turn a basic beige kitchen into an airy, open and bright space after drawing inspiration from one-of-a-kind shopping finds. Get a sneak peek of what you’ll see on the Shop This Room premiere here.
You cast almost a million votes this season in the Design Star fan vote to help one contestant win their own show on HGTV.com. Voting is now closed, and you’ve chosen the winner: Season seven runner-up and Hollywood regency devotee Britany Simon! From her graphic wall in episode one to her glamorous, modern homeowner makeover in the finale, she wowed all season long.
Yuki, Danielle and Bex had their share of fans, but the votes weren’t enough to topple Britany’s lead:
Congratulations, Britany! Check back here for news about her brand new online show. Until then, look back at these how-tos inspired by Britany’s best designs:
What would you like to see in Britany’s online show? Voice your opinion in the comments below.