HGTV Design Star: Ace Hardware, Fuscia, Cottonballs, Rnd 4

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  1. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

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    Tis the season for competition reality TV! Early poll set--which will be more of the Ultimate Talent Competition Trainwreck: this, FN, or SYTYCD.

    Looking at the fashion shenanigans alone, I have HIGH HOPES for some epically bad four walls this season.

    Let the mixed print wars begin!
     
  2. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Pink Bitch

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    Who got auf'ed? I missed the ending. Or the frightening orange wall scared me out of the room. One or the other.
     
  3. emason

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    I've already forgotten her name; the one who had the stupid tea lights stapled to the walls and the badly executed wallpaper in the frames IIRC.
     
  4. Matryeshka

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    I'm shocked--Design Star might be going for the unthinkable...legitimacy. They actually had the worst two as the bottom two, and kicked off the youngest, most attractive, most boring contestant.

    There doesn't seem as yet to be a villain a la Penny.

    My world is askew. If they kick off the right person and focus on design rather than good TV, I don't know if I can watch. I'll give it a few more chances, but if someone doesn't throw some cottonballs, I might have to give this season up.
     
  5. emason

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    I thought Ms. I Used to be in TV and have 3 Emmys might be the villain candidate.
     
  6. Fergus

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    Au revoir, Blanche!

    The second she put those fakakta tealights on the wall, I knew she was toast.
     
  7. Rob

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    And that wallpaper art with the bubbles and rips -- yikes.
     
  8. Matryeshka

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    BUMP! I love the white box challenge, and I like that they're doing it early so you can see the designers' individual styles. Much better than that stupid team concept they had last season.

    Though I'm not OK with cheese ball abuse. That's just WRONG. :(
     
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  9. Fergus

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    ^ LOVED Mark's Air Force mural! :swoon:

    I've been begging my better-half for ages to let me do a really bold and dramatic mural on our apt's big wall (which we affectionately call "The Bulkhead" :lol: ). Everytime he comes home after one his late nights, he worries about what I paint mischief I've been up to!

    I liked Cathy's idea of the spice mosiac...but I'm sort of not loving Cathy herself. :shuffle:

    I thought Bret would have done something with the bomb motif, other than just tracing them on the wall. Maybe he could have filled them in with some kind of camoflage pattern or maybe even a metallic paint?

    Cheese Puff gal with the Lucky Strikes voice? Ugh. Shmearing the coffee didn't help! :lol:
     
  10. LadyGray

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    Ahem! FIVE Emmys thankyouverymuch :drama:

    ;) :p :saint:
     
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  11. emason

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    So sorry! That shows you how much credence I give to an Emmy win.
     
  12. reckless

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    I think Cathy is getting the villain edit. Not only is she being portrayed as arrogant because of her Emmys, but she's also <gasp> somewhat conservative in her designs. I always like the white-box challenge, but I also find it a bit unfair that a designer has to "go crazy" to win. I don't think there is necessarily anything wrong with a designer that creates a functional room out of unusual supples if that is who the designer is. And, frankly, I think a lot of viewers would get more out of Cathy showing them how to make a pseudo-mosaic coffee table using broken plates than they would out of a giant wall mural that most of us don't have the skill to do. (And I personally loved the mural and the boldness of the room.)

    I also think it's a bit unfair to Cathy to label her as arrogant, when she only mentioned her Emmys during a confessional. I'm sure she was asked about her experience in front of the camera and responded. I actually like that it was presented up-front since the alternative would be to pretend she was some random designer who was surprisingly natural in front of a camera and then have people accuse her of being a ringer.

    What surprises me is that Ms. Former Dallas Cowboy chearleader is not getting the villain edit.
     
  13. skatesindreams

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    I didn't find Cathy's room boring or conservative, either.
    Duplicating Keith Haring wasn't "creative".
    I admired Haring greatly; but, copying him makes me question what Doug's design style is.
     
  14. Matryeshka

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    I actually think it would be a more difficult challenge to create a functional room out of non-traditional items than to just go crazy. Seeing a crazy room doesn't really give me a sense of what I can do in my own home--I'm sure as hell not going to be turning a futon into a plane with bowls for representational wings anytime soon. The camera challenge was at odds with the design challenge--you can't tell the designers, go insane, make a non-functional room...and then tell the designers they have to give a practical tip.

    My two favorite rooms didn't make it to the top--the guy that did the lighting fixture out of plastic to-go boxes and the girl that dipped her feet in the paint and walked across. I found that room so intriguing--occasionally, I go to a writer's group and we do these odd little writing activities. I would love to bring a picture of that room as a ten-minute create-the-story exercise.
     
  15. Fergus

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    *BUMP!*

    Ooooh, Uncle Fester vs. Claire Huxtable! :watch:

    I'm surprised Miss Lucky Strikes pulled it off so well, but she did! Well deserved win. :)

    I'll miss the little hipster dude. :(
     
  16. Allen

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    I loved the room that Karl, Mark, and Meg did. I wouldn't mind having something like that in my own house.

    I'll miss Brett too. I think he's really cute, but he never did any interesting design at all.
     
  17. Matryeshka

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    I knew Brett was a goner. He maybe should have been a goner last week--I'd rather have bad than boring.

    I didn't think any of the rooms were that bad. The losing room I think on a lot of other challenges would have been middle-of-the-back, though I agree it was the worst room in that challenge. My main problem with the room is that it was too modern in feel; people don't stay at a country inn on the beach because they want new and beige. I feel like the headboard could have worked if tweaked and in a different atmosphere. Totally agreed with the winner; that whole room was fantastic, and Meg's was particularly :eek: Loved the patterned headboard. I don't normally like stuff like that, but it was perfect.

    I think HGTV must need an actual designer to do an actual show, so they went for people with talent. I've noticed there's not the usual bag of self-taught morons, hairdressers, expressionist artists, etc. I noticed they went back to the second-place finisher to Kim the Stylist and gave him a show. Unlike FN (who I think just runs FN Star because the competition gets ratings and have no intention of churning out a new show :lol:), I think FN might be taking this a bit more seriously than normal. Genevieve is almost tolerable, and her highlights are excellent.
     
  18. smurfy

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    Luv it! Definitely Claire physically, but not as nice and motherly. Cathy is unbearable. All the other teams seem to get along pretty well, and then Cathy and poor Uncle Fester. He could be annoying, but he means well, and not as arrogant as Cathy. I was bummed she did not get the boot.

    I do enjoy every week with the on air challenge Cathy is given advice, and seems similar to the others and she has 5 emmys!

    interesting with Meg, she really annoyed me a few weeks ago, but the judges (I think it was Genieve in particular) was still nice to her then.

    Karl and his painting or tile - so cool. But will they reference the winner Jen and her one-note painting.

    I am glad they ditched last years format. So far much better challenges this year. getting a better fell for the individuals.
     
  19. rfisher

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    I can't believe he thought he could paint over a varnished floor and it would work. Uncle Fester screwed that room's floor. I hope HGTV paid to have it stripped and refinished. I'd have sent him home just for being stupid.
     
  20. Rob

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    Candice's episode summary said the bad thing about it was that it scrapes off easily and the good thing about it is that it scrapes off easily so it is easy to fix.
     
  21. smurfy

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    I am pretty sure I read somewhere that they do go back and fix/finish stuff for this show. I read it in an earlier season, maybe on TWOP. Otherwise I would wonder why people let this happen. Any repairs/fixes could cost more than what you get for free.

    I do enjoy this show, but one thing that bothers me, along from other shows that are timed. It is like the editors are more interested in showing the time part and have a cliffhanger before the commercial. I want to see the design process more.
     
  22. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    Not sure about DS, as they're getting pros with fairly decent budgets. I know that Trading Spaces had to correct a lot of things and that a couple of homeowners got substantial sums to fix things that were out of code or downright dangerous. Remember the hay?
     
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    I loved it when the owners were WTF???? on trading spaces. Some of them didn't hide their dismay very well.
     
  24. Tesla

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    I missed the hay but I remember the hundreds of flowers stapled to the bathroom walls. I heard somewhere that that was a lot to fix.
     
  25. milanessa

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    I only saw 10 or so Trading Spaces episodes but do remember those plastic flowers. :lol:

    I do remember them advertising a special compilation of the show where they broadcast the reactions of folk who really hated the makeover and made no bones about it. I never did see that but would love to.
     
  26. Fergus

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    Hilde and Doug from Trading Spaces wouldn't be allowed within 100ft. of my apartment.

    Vern can come over anytime he likes. :)
     
  27. Matryeshka

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    The one with hay was even worse than let on--the homeowner had a toddler, and upon entering the room immediately started to pick off and eat the wall. The woman was allergic to hay and some other thingy that Hilde had managed to put EVERYWHERE. The homeowners had provided the producers a list of things she could not be around (though why if you have strange allergies you'd go on that show I have not a clue). Off-camera, supposedly, the friends tried to tell Hilde and the crew this won't work, to which Hilde replied, it's special hay. :rolleyes:

    My favorite though was this woman who had a SERIOUS aversion to orange. So what did her designer do? Paint everything ORANGE. Has there ever been a time when orange was a popular paint color? Don't most people not like orange, at least for their walls? So they brought the woman into her new ORANGE room--and it was really orange on TV, I can't imagine how horrid it was in person--and she attacked, literally, her friend screaming "why did you do this to me?"

    I've read that moments after the crew left, those hastily built shelfs, usually by the hot male carpenter, fell apart, destroying thousands of dollars worth of equipment. Most of the time, HGTV did not pay for damages because they sign a waiver, but I know the hay woman got somewhere in the neighborhood of 20K, and they had to send in professional cleaning crews. Doug was also bad about going into other rooms and taking stuff to "repurpose" and ruined quite a few of grandma's antiques or other things that at least had sentimental value. The producers' response was: if you don't want the designers touching it, then move it from your house.

    I read the tell-all book written by one very pissed-off homeowner. I think for a while there was a website. There was one with Doug where he put up a giant gorilla in the bedroom, and the homeowners were so :eek: they ended up selling the house!
     
  28. Rob

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    I'd be a designer's worst nightmare. Things I do not like:

    1. Dark walls or accent walls
    2. Orange or bright yellow walls or decorations
    3. Random colorsplash abstract art work that matches the couch - my art has to mean something to me whether it be the message or a memory of a trip where I got it
    4. Random Pier 1 accessories that mean nothing to me
    5. Brass (fixtures, knobs, animal statues, none of it)
    6. Wicker
    7. Shabby Chic whitewashed stuff
    8. Accessories all over the coffee table
    9. Heavy curtains
    10. Ornate things that need constant dusting
    11. Painted wood (trim ok, furniture not)
    12. wall to wall carpeting or rugs on top of rugs (dust collector thing again)
    12. Wallpaper
     
  29. skatesindreams

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    I remember one homeowner on "Trading Spaces" who apparently lived in a very high-end community.
    She found fault with everything the neighbors and designers did - so much so that I wondered why she agreed to appear.

    She was almost threatening.
    Does anyone else remember her?

    Lesson: If you can't enter into the spirit of the program; or are averse to change - you shouldn't do it,
     
  30. Fergus

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    *BUMP!*

    :watch:

    There are some funky kitchens in that studio. :yikes: