All posts in "The Challenges"

Jul 7

Episode 5 Recap: It’s All Greek to Me

Tonight, the final five went back to school — Occidental College, to be exact — to make over two rooms for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha sorority.

HGTV Star Cast with Occidental College Students

Like most college living spaces, these two rooms were in need of serious help.  David split the final five into two teams — girls vs. boys — to work their design magic on the beanbag-clad Greek houses.  Here’s what went down (and who went home.)

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Jul 19

Relive the Best Season Seven Moments

Best Moments From Season 7

We’ve come a long way, baby. From Yuki’s episode one collage to Hilari’s camera challenge disaster in the yurt episode, we’ve seen lots of design (good + bad), plenty of laughter and a few tears.

Watch our collection of this season’s most memorable moments after the jump.

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Jun 6

Design Star How-To: Paint a Chevron-Patterned Dresser

Design Star fans always ask: “How did so-and-so make that backsplash?” and  “How can I make my walls look like that guy’s room from the show?” This year, we listened! Remember Rachel’s super-trendy chevron-painted dressers?

Rachel Kate's Winning White Room Challenge Space

Rachel's Winning White Room Challenge Space

Design Star design producer and contributor Brian Patrick Flynn shows you everything you need to know to prep, paint and finish a chevron-patterned dresser at home. Looks great in purple, pink and white, no?

Brian Patrick Flynn's Chevron-Patterned Dresser

Ready to learn how? Watch the video to get his tips after the jump.

See How to Get Rachel’s Look at Home

Jul 18

Candice’s Recap: Episode 2

I may be busy shooting Candice Tells All, but I’m still keeping a close eye on Design Star! This week, extraordinary designer Thom Filicia came by to lend his style expertise to one of my all-time favorites: the White Box Challenge. It killed me not to be there. This time, the designers were each given an identical room and asked to transform it using only restaurant supplies. They were told specifically not to create functional spaces. This challenge is a great opportunity for the designers to really express themselves by thinking unconventionally (which can prove to be difficult for even some of the best designers).

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Sep 6

Challenge 8: Celebrity Homes

The final three face off as they decorate a home office for Kathy Griffin, a guest bedroom for Tiffani Thiessen and a nursery for Jason Priestley.


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Sep 4

Preview of Challenge 8: Celebrity Homes

The final three designers divide up to create stunning new spaces for a few of our favorite celebrities: Tiffani Thiessen, Kathy Griffin and Jason Priestley.


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Aug 30

Challenge 7: The Longest Yard

The final four tackled another Design Star first: transforming a barren backyard into a modern oasis.


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Aug 28

Preview of Challenge 7: The Longest Yard

It’s another Design Star first: the final four designers must team up to make over a backyard.


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Aug 23

Challenge 6: Kids' Rooms

With only 20 hours and $5,000, the five remaining Design Stars transformed kids’ rooms and showed off their hosting skills for the first time.

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Aug 21

Preview of Challenge 6: Kids' Rooms

We’re down to the final five, and they are facing their toughest clients yet: kids!


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