Design Star (+ anything else!) Open Thread

August 28, 2006

Design Star will be on shortly, if you’re tuning in and care to dish about the episode when it’s over, comment away!


  • Reply decor8 August 28, 2006 at 1:30 am

    I think Mark, Tym’s carpenter, is so daft! I can’t wait to watch more to see how things go. Seems like Tym is getting tired of his lackluster bored to death get me outta here approach to Tym’s project.

    I am surprised EVERYONE selected a neutrals for the walls – all in the BEIGE family! Eek!

  • Reply jenny August 28, 2006 at 6:39 pm

    I still think that I could be a better designer than these contestants. None of them have particularly clever ideas. David was commended for dividing the space by the judges, but the homeowner had said that she wanted the spaces to not be separated. Tym’s room was dull and appeared unfinished. Alice’s room had a weird furniture layout. I suppose I favor Alice for the win, mostly from a dislike of David and his shirtlessness. (didn’t Alice seem awkward in the judging?)

  • Reply Erin T August 28, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    My thoughts on last night:
    Tym was smart to let his carpenter go. I thought his space was disappointing though. I agree with the judges that the design felt kind of masculine and somehow incomplete. The space wasn’t exactly ugly, but I didn’t feel like it matched the tenant. I wish he had given her something a little more fun and a little more feminine! She was so lovely and gracious though during the reveal.
    In the room Alice did, the furniture felt so BIG. It looked like it was kind of a narrow space, and I get that it was supposed to be a room for a man, but it felt a bit crowded to me. My favorite thing she used in there were the cigar boxes – I think she could have gone a bit further and done a whole design based on cigar boxes. Not kitschy, but rich warm colors (chocolate, warm gold, olive, red accents) and more masculine details like nail head trim. That paint color she used did nothing for me. The family seemed to like the room though.
    David had such an odd space to start with – very long and almost no natural light. Like Jenny said (above) the homeowners really wanted it to look like one space and his felt like two spaces, even though it was open. I think he could have made the adult area less serious. I was under the assumption this was a basement rec room and not necessarily the area the adults would use for formal entertaining. It might have even been fun to rock that mountain wall mural – use “stone” and “log” pillows for the kids play area and make the adult area like a fire pit – modular furniture that can be rearranged for watching movies or watching a roaring fire. A bit kitschy perhaps but it could be fun in a basement.

  • Reply DM Jaime August 28, 2006 at 8:02 pm

    This show is flying by. What were there, like 6 episodes?? I’m kinda bored with all this rush-to-get-it-done-makeovers. It doesn’t seem like some things should be done in such a hurry. It gets on my nerves.

  • Reply Erin T August 28, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    dm jaime, I know exactly what you mean about rushing to get things done. If I had $10,000 to redo a room in my house it would look fabulous! On last night’s challenge, I think they had 27 hours of work time. It’s not impossible, but it is very hard, to get great things done in such a short time. My couch isn’t a custom piece, but after ordering it I still had to wait a week for it to arrive. If I had wanted a different fabric I would have had to wait up to 12 weeks. Tym had to run around just trying to find somewhere that would deliver his mattress that day. Some things just shouldn’t be rushed.

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