Antonio Ballatore

The New Year’s Resolutions of Your Fave Designers & Bloggers

Another new year is six days away, can you believe it? I'm actually looking forward to '13 because unlike most people, I consider thirteen to be my lucky number. I actually turned thirteen on Friday the 13th and lived to [...]

Design Star Season 7: Luca Paganico

Ahh, the many personalities of HGTV Design Star Season 7 finalist Luca Paganico...don't let that boring-as-hell Mr. Rogers cast photo above fool you. He could be one of HGTV's Kitchen Cousins: Or a Zen prepster model turned anchorman: He [...]

Interviews with Celebrity Designers!

It's been a LONG time since I've interviewed any of the famous folks in the design world, but now that Williams-Sonoma has asked me to start doing interviews for Designer Marketplace, I'll be doing a lot more of that going [...]

HGTV’s Design Star Season 6: The Finale

In some inexplicable twist of fate, Meg Caswell came onto the scene this season of Design Star and produced: A horrible room for the White Box Challenge: One of the most unattractive headboards in Design Star history (second [...]

HGTV’s Design Star Season 6: White Room Challenge!

Last night’s episode of HGTV’s Design Star featured the iconic white room challenge.  Although this challenge can get a tad tired at times, I love that it presents all of the finalists with an even playing field and the fact [...]

HGTV’s Design Star Season 5 Episode 9: Sunrooms That Aren’t Sunrooms

This week’s episode of Design Star features individual challenges!  And the viewers are pleased!  For the most part.  I’m not sure why we need to put the designers in sweatboxes—someone must be handing out free sunrooms down in Chinatown. (I [...]

HGTV Design Star Season 5: Interview with Castoff Nina Ferrer

I wish I could say that interviewing this week’s Design Star castoff Nina Ferrer was a revelation, but it wasn’t.  Every narcissistic, ego-maniacal impression I had of her turned out—in my experience—to be well-founded.  Unlike other normal human beings, Nina [...]

HGTV’s Design Star Season 5, Ep. 2: Fashion Foul

This season of The Apprentice continues, opening this episode at the living quarters, where the top 6 from last episode kick back with adult bevs, speculating about who they think the judges will send home.  Cue the shock and awe [...]

HGTV Design Star Castoff Interviews

It's finally official--I'll be interviewing Season 5 contestants of HGTV's Design Star after they're booted from the show each week!  If you can't wait for the season to start, you can satisfy your Design Star jones by reading up on [...]

HGTV Design Star: Season 5 Cast Critique

HGTV announced its cast for the next season of Design Star, so it's time to break 'em all down, jump to wild and unfounded conclusions, and make predictions that have no chance in H-E-double-hockeysticks of coming true!  Last year I [...]