Inez immediately jumped in and adapted herself as one of the best team players on Team Jonathan. “My personal strategy for this house is to help everyone out,” she said during the first challenge. “I work well with Mark, so our goal is to just move from room to room and complete tasks together.” It wasn’t until the third challenge that Inez claimed a space of her own, but at this point you could sense Jonathan’s doubt. “She would not stick her neck out and she would not show me what her design style is,” Jonathan says. “Her inability to just get in and claim a job … that was why she left.”
Inez says, “I would start something, someone else would come in, I would move on to the next room that really needed to be tackled, so that was my downfall.”
Watch Inez’s post-elimination interview, plus hear what Jonathan has to say about sending Inez home.
Inez’s Exit Interview
At the beginning of the third challenge, Drew announced that this renovation was not only going to be four days long but that one member from each team would be eliminated after two days. Jaws dropped.
The competition got tough and tensions rose. Team Drew (specifically Christy) had some serious budgetary problems. Brett’s kitchen needed brand-new appliances, but Christy really needed a stackable washer/dryer unit in the laundry room. Monica couldn’t/wouldn’t budge with the budget, leaving Christy at a laundry room standstill.
Drew’s day two check-in was a little awkward. Most of the other rooms were at least painted or … something, but the laundry room was a blank slate. “Drew was on my side about the stackables. That’s what really killed me is that I was like, ‘But my design was perfect!’ But ultimately, he wasn’t seeing the design come together, so that was incredibly frustrating,” Christy says.
Watch Christy’s post-elimination interview, plus hear what Drew has to say about his decision.
Christy’s Exit Interview
This week, the competition gets fierce. Team Jonathan and Team Drew have each lost a challenge, making it four against four. The teams think they’re going into a normal challenge, but Drew throws a curve ball. “You’ll have four days to renovate these houses. Over the first two days, Jonathan and I are going to be looking extra close at everything you do and once those two days are up, one member will be cut … from both teams,” he says. Then, after those teammates are cut, the renovations must be finished by the remaining three.
I enjoy being a team player, but these people need to make sure they’re standing out and showcasing their skills. Or else.
Watch the Episode 3 Sneak Peek
Tylor skipped the evaluation room after the first two challenges and felt a bit neglected. (We’re not sure how he missed talking to the judges after the VW hood incident, though.) But, third time’s the charm after the “neutral” apartment design that reminded Vern of his last visit to the hospital. Or, David’s reaction: “It looked kind of like bad corporate housing, and I’ve been in some bad corporate housing.”
When asked about his elimination, Tylor says: “To be more of a leader would have been a better idea, but I didn’t want to be the older guy that bosses the young girl around. I probably should have, but I didn’t and I paid the price.” Uhm.
Hear Tylor’s take on his exit and the judges’ opinion of his (and Cris’) final design.
After the first challenge, Cris was on the chopping block but made it to round two. Then, in the second challenge, we saw her come out on top with the best repurposed item of the bunch (a camera-turned-floor lamp). But when the apartment challenge came around and she was paired with Tylor … again … she wasn’t exactly thrilled. Tylor marches to the beat of his own drum and Cris didn’t stand up for herself when it came to choosing color palettes, leaving them with a hospital-green room that sent them both packing.
See what Cris has to say about her HGTV Star journey and the elimination. Plus, find out what David and the judges think about Cris going home so soon.
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
This week’s challenge forces the designers to team up yet again to turn four empty apartments into a couple’s ideal living space. Some teams work together like PB and J, and others just can’t quite get it together. So, what’s your take on this picture of Anne and David? Anne looks pretty confident and pleased about something. I picture an inspirational design pep talk going down, what about you? Write your best caption in the comments below.
Another week of Design Star, another fabulous how-to project. (Did you see last week’s step-by-step instructions for Rachel’s White Room challenge chevron dressers?) There’s been a lot of chatter here on the blog about Britany’s stunning 3-D mirror installation in Kris Kardashian Jenner’s redesigned conference room. And judge Vern Yip was all about it on the show, too: “The mirrored wall is really smart…It took a very inexpensive material and made it look luxe,” he said. Want one of your own? Here’s how to do it.
The 3-D mirror from the conference room designed by Britany Simon and Mikel Welch.
Designer Brian Patrick Flynn recreated a smaller-scale, framed version of this focal point with squares of basic mirror, plywood and trim. Best of all: Though it looks high-end, the materials are inexpensive and you can create it in an afternoon.
Add a glamorous mirrored focal point to your home.
See the How-To Video + Get Step-By-Step Instructions
Each week, I chat with Design Star‘s producer Loren Ruch about your most-asked questions from this week’s episode. This week: How do they decide when to send two designers home? Plus, the most memorable moments from the set of episode three.
Vern Yip, Producer Loren Ruch, Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian Jenner, Genevieve Gorder
How do you decide when to send two designers home? Is it a spur-of-the-moment decision episode by episode or is it planned ahead of time?
Over the years, it has happened both ways. Sometimes we go into a challenge with the intention of making it a double elimination because it’s a large-scale project that needs to have more stakes – this was the case for this week’s Kardashian episode. Other times the Design Panel is so unimpressed by the overall execution of more than one designer that they decide to do a double elimination on the fly – this happened two years ago with our Trump episode when they sent home both Stacy and Tom.
Since Kris and her daughters have their own reality shows, were there multiple camera crews on the set?
Fun question! Even though the Kardashians have their own reality shows, they never brought a single camera to any of our Design Star shoots. The Kardashians did feature the office makeover in an episode of their show, but that was after we had finished shooting Design Star.
Read More + Ask Loren Your Questions From Ep 3
Host David Bromstad dishes on why this was one of the “most exciting challenges ever,” the out-of-control fighting and which rooms he’d design differently.
David: It’s Not the Design Star Way