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Design Star Dish {with Becky Harris}

Here’s our weekly Design Star Dish with Becky Harris from Hatch. The stage is yours, Beckster! - Holly

Well, I just finished watching this week’s Design Star on HGTV. It was really boring. You know how on Project Runway they have amazing creative challenges, like making in outfit from materials bought at the grocery store or in a nursery? The interior design shows just don’t seem to have very creative ideas for challenges. It seems like the contestants spend more time stripping wallpaper, painting, and racing the clock than they do actually designing and problem solving. The end results never seem very well thought out or polished. Maybe that’s why they race through them during the reveals. I literally have to pause my DVR to really see the rooms.

This week the contestants were put into teams of two, which made for more interesting dynamics and created the potential for results with more of a point of view. Do you think any of the teams accomplished that? What did you think of the rooms? Has your opinion changed about any of the contestants, or are your first impressions proving to be pretty accurate? Do you think anyone in particular appears to be a front runner? Did you agree with the judges on who was sent home? How much do you think the inspiration pieces influenced the designs?

Again, WARNING: There will be no spoiler alerts in these intros, but there will be in the comments section, so if you haven’t seen it yet and you don’t want to know what happened, do not click into the comments section until you have caught up on your viewing.

Now dish away…

Posted in reality tv on June 23, 2008

Design Star Dish {with Becky Harris}

Here’s our weekly Design Star Dish with Becky Harris from Hatch. The stage is yours, Beckster! - Holly

Last night’s episode of Design Star on HGTV was called “Home Sweet Lake Home.” I’m calling it “Home Sweet Snake Home.” The lake water looks snake-y, and so do some of the cast members! The drama has commenced! My favorite design on this episode was Cynthia Rowley’s outfit. As for the contestants, I’m seeing the influence of too many television home show D.I.Y. “art projects” all over the place. These usually involve sticks, leaves, and frames.

So what did you all think? Did you have a favorite room? A least favorite? How are your opinions of the contestants changing? Do you think the judges sent the right person “off air?” Please dish away!

WARNING: There will be no spoilers in these intro posts, but there will be in the comments section, so if you haven’t caught the episode yet, don’t read the comments section!

(image from becky harris)

Posted in reality tv on June 16, 2008

Design Star Dish {with Becky Harris}

Welcome to the Design Star Dish with Becky Harris, the mouth from the south as I like to call her, a sometimes cheeky and always energetic blog friend of mine based down in Atlanta. Her witty words regularly entertain me over at Hatch where she blogs for Design Public. I’ve invited Becky to drop in weekly on Mondays to dish about HGTV’s Design Star season 3 with us, so without further ado… Here’s Becky!

Alright Everyone! Design Star Season 3 premiered on HGTV last night and it’s time to dish! It had a dash of the American Idol early episode painful tryout theme this year, don’t you think? They seem to be targeting people with proven design backgrounds, and keeping the hosting potential in mind from the start – an improvement in my eyes, but the design requirement would have disqualified hairdresser Kim, last year’s winner. What do you think of these changes in terms of the variety and quality of contestants? Does it make the show too exclusive?

There will be no spoiler alerts in these intros, but there will be in the comments section, so if you haven’t seen it yet and you don’t want to know what happened, don’t click into the comments section until you have caught up on your viewing. I will say, my favorite comment of the night was something like “I’m a cop. I can come to your house, arrest you, and then decorate it.” We’ll be coming up with nicknames for all of the contestants, and if that guy makes it, I hereby deem him to be “Ponch” from now on. Feel free to discuss potential nicknames – they are much easier to remember than their real names, and only the winner’s name really matters in the end. Remembering the rest of the names is kind of a waste of brain space, you know, in the Einstein not knowing his own phone number kind of way.

Now dish away…can’t wait to hear from you! – Becky

Posted in reality tv on June 09, 2008

Top Design Welcomes India Hicks

Vanessa wrote in to share that she heard India Hicks will host the next season of Bravo’s Top Design and Todd Oldham will continue in his role as mentor (minus the host part). Of course our dear Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler and Margaret Russell will still serve as judges. Kelly must stay, we need her advice and her clothes to check out each week. It will be fun to see what India is like (does she have a fabulous British accent, I wonder?) and what she will wear too. I have no clue either way since I’ve only seen her in photos throughout the years.


Here’s a little bit about India that you may not have known that I find quite interesting, “Host India Hicks is the daughter of famed interior decorator David Hicks and Lady Pamela Hicks. Born in London, England, she was named in honor of her grandfather, Lord Mountbatten of Burma the last Viceroy to India. Her godfather, HRH Prince Charles, chose Hicks to be a bridesmaid in his wedding to the late Lady Diana Spencer in 1990.” – Bravo TV.

What do you think of adding India to the mix to replace Todd as host?

(image from bravo tv)

Posted in reality tv on April 21, 2008

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