This week’s episode of Design Star finds the designers going head-to-head in individual challenges making over kids’ bedrooms (in this case, “kids” are defined as seventeen and under), and this is also the first time we’re able to see them trying their hand at TV hosting.
My opinion is completely incongruous with the judges’. Again.
My pick for the best room is Dan’s transformation for Helena, an 11-year old self-described environmentalist:
Where the judges hated Dan’s color palette, I thought it was spot-on for an 11-yr old girl and didn’t think it came across as gratuitously garish. His room had the most cohesive design and the most finished designer look out of the bunch. I loved the TV surround with a passion (too bad they didn’t shoot pics of that for me to share), and although I didn’t love the pink rectangle as a headboard so much, I thought the ironwork above that was pretty. Vern’s comment that it was something that should be discarded really missed the whole environmental angle (and it’s not exactly a novel idea to use garden ironwork indoors, Vern). Dan definitely came across like he was on poppers during the first part of his hosting bit (dating myself with that reference) but he normalled out once Helena came into the room and he was able to interact with her on-camera. I will cut any nervous designer some slack on the presentation side of the challenge because I would probably have a hard time not vomiting myself. With experience, anyone can become comfortable on camera…but it would be harder to make someone a good designer if they didn’t already have that ability. So I give greater credence to the room and less to the hosting part. But I’m not the one hiring TV designers. Oops, after publishing this post, I noticed Dan left out window treatments. Eleven year old girls need their privacy! For shame!
Antonio’s room is my second favorite, created for 5-year old Connor: