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Jul 29

Brother Vs. Brother: Inside Episode Two

Brother Vs. Brother: Team Drew Fireplace

Team Drew’s fireplace after the remodel.

When you think of adding value to a home, painting a fireplace surround avocado green is not the first thing that comes to mind. Brett, from Team Drew, made some risky design decisions this week. First, he applied guacamole to the fireplace. Then, he replaced the outdated dining room wallpaper with a striped design that gives you vertigo as soon as you walk into the room. Brett says, “I’ve never made any remodeling mistakes. I’ve had zero mistakes.” Hmm…

Find out what Jonathan, Drew and his teammates have to say about Brett’s design decisions, plus hear why Drew kept him on board.

Watch: Drew Bets on Brett

Posted at 9:51 am

Jul 23

Brother Vs. Brother: Inside Episode One

Brother Vs Brother Francis Toumbakaris

Shannon and Francis during the first challenge

Francis … where do I start with this ball of energy? If you recall, he’s a Greek [former] dancer turned contractor/designer living in New York City. He created quite a stir with his teammates after choosing a neon green paint color for the walls in the kitchen. Yup. So, after the first episode we learned a few things about Francis:

  • He likes to add a signature touch to every space, even in the form of highlighter-toned hues.
  • He wears suspenders like nobody’s business.
  • He has a flair for the dramatic.
  • He will break out in dance moves at any time.
Brother Vs Brother Francis Toumbakaris

Team Jonathan at the first elimination

And my favorite Francis quote yet: “The camera lens is my biggest lover.” Did you miss that one? It’s in the behind-the-scenes video below, where Francis also showcases some of his professional dance moves.

This is going to be a fun season to watch, especially if this guy sticks around for a while. Check out “unfiltered Francis” and hear what Jonathan, Drew and his teammates have to say about his extra-large personality.

Go Inside the First Episode

Posted at 3:53 pm

Jul 17

The Final Three: See Their HGTV Star Journey

HGTV Star Season 8 Finale

As we impatiently count down the days until the final challenge, our finalists, Brooks, Tiffany and Jeribai, recount their HGTV Star journey. What did they think walking into the first challenge? How does it feel being a contender for the Star title? Find out! But first, here are some pre-finale words from our finalists:

Brooks: “I came here to prove that you could successfully think outside the box and challenge the norms in design, and I think I successfully did that.”

Tiffany: “What I need to do to pull off this final challenge is to keep doing what I have been doing but to add a bit more seasoning to it.”

Jeribai: ”I’ve been trusting my gut this whole competition and it’s been paying off.”

See Their Journey to the Finale

Posted at 10:00 am

Jul 16

Vern Vs. Dan: Who Wears a Better Necktie?

HGTV Star Vern Yip and Dan Collopy

Our behind-the-scenes correspondent and online host, Dan Collopy, has been necktie-ing it up all season long. Vern could sense he had some competition in the fashion department, so to spice things up he declared a necktie challenge: Vern Vs. Dan. Watch the fists come out as patterns and solids collide. Then, cast your vote in the poll below. Who wears a better necktie, Dan or Vern?

Let the Competition Begin!

Posted at 2:40 pm

Jul 15

Episode Six Behind-the-Scenes Dish

HGTV Star Behind-the-Scenes Dish Episode 6

We have school buses! Could it be any weirder?” Probably not, David. And the best part? The designers were given the ultimate creative freedom to do whatever they wanted. Hence the unique time traveler’s space lounge by Brooks and the Alice in Wonderland-themed bus by Tiffany. You would think this quirky challenge would be a breeze for some, but even Brooks admitted the limitless options were a bit overwhelming.

Hear David and the judges’ very candid views on last night’s bus designs and live audience camera challenges. (Even David admits he struggled with his camera challenge during season one.)

Go Behind the Scenes

Posted at 10:57 am

Jul 11

It’s the Final Countdown (Almost!)

HGTV Star Episode 6

HGTV Star’s final four: Anne, Brooks, Tiffany and Jeribai

In just one short month we’ve gone from 10 talented hopefuls to our final four fighting for the title of HGTV Star. Oh, how time flies in Star world. You’ve already caught a sneak peek of this week’s school bus showdown, but we have a special behind-the-scenes video straight from David, Vern, Sabrina and Genevieve you’ll definitely want to see. Now that we’re close to the end, the judge’s share their thoughts on the remaining designers, Anne, Brooks, Tiffany and Jeribai. Plus, find out what they expect from the final challenges.

Sabrina says, “They’ve made it this far because they are listening, changing and evolving, but I want them to be true to their heart and just design away.”


Posted at 4:54 pm

Jul 8

Episode Five Behind-the-Scenes Dish

HGTV Star Episode Five Behind-the-Scenes Video

It may be summertime, but the HGTV Star crew headed to Occidental College in Los Angeles for a seriously school-spirited design challenge. Two of the school’s Greek houses were in desperate need of TLC, and the designers were ready to replace those lawn chairs and beanbags with something slightly more — erm — aesthetically pleasing. The girls, Tiffany and Anne, made over a sorority living space, while the boys, Boris, Brooks and Jeribai, took on a fraternity community room. You would think having an extra designer would give the guys an advantage, but that just wasn’t the case. The girls reigned supreme this week with their use of red-orange accents mixed with cream and gray.

Hear the judges’ candid thoughts about each space (the words “funeral-like,” “black hole,” “depressing” and “tomato soup” were used). Plus, did the designers feel they truly executed their visions?

Go Behind the Scenes

Posted at 12:00 pm

Jul 1

Episode Four Behind-the-Scenes Dish

HGTV Star Episode Four Behind-the-Scenes Video

For the first time in Star history, kitchens were completed and the clients were satisfied. “I’ve been on all eight seasons of this show, and I’ve never seen kitchens that complete before,” Vern said. As finished, functional and beautiful as the kitchen and dining spaces may appear to us, the judges still need to pick apart every detail to determine who failed and who succeeded in the challenge. It’s a competition and that’s why we love it!

Both kitchens failed at one thing — find out what. Plus, hear David and the judges’ take on the team that really hit the mark.

Go Behind the Scenes

Posted at 9:28 am

Jun 24

Episode Three Behind-the-Scenes Dish

HGTV Star Episode 3 Behind the Scenes

The third challenge sent two designers home, leaving only six to compete for the winning title. This week, we saw a lot of miscommunication over color, time management and, of course, key accessories not showing up (The Great Curtain Debacle of 2013). Find out what David and the judges have to say about the winning apartment design, plus hear their expectations for the designers in the upcoming challenges.

Go Behind the Scenes

Posted at 9:48 am

Jun 17

Episode Two Behind-the-Scenes Dish

HGTV Star Episode Two Behind-the-Scenes Video

This week we saw our nine remaining designers work together (somewhat) to make over an industrial loft in downtown LA. Cris loves bold colors; Brooks veers towards industrial design; and Abby is bohemian chic all the way. Coming up the a cohesive palette and collaborative statement was certainly a challenge for the crew.

Find out what Vern, Genevieve and Sabrina have to say about the designs that worked and the designs that didn’t work. Also, hear David’s take on the second challenge. (The adjectives “horrible,” “hideous,” “awful” and “tragic” were used. Ouch!)

Go Behind the Scenes

Posted at 8:36 am


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