HGTV Design Star Viewer Mail re Torie Halbert

HGTV Design Star Viewer Mail re Torie Halbert

I received my first hate mail today, a milestone I consider something to celebrate. After all, if you’re blah enough not to ruffle any feathers anywhere, you’re just boring. In my opinion.
So, Chad in Houston–I assume Houston–is upset that I’ve been “dogging” Torie on HGTV’s Design Star. He said when I called her a “pageant girl,” that was “classless.”
Well geez. “Pageant girl” is one of the nicest things I’ve said in reference to Torie. To call me out for that comment…well, it really cracked me up!
I should go on record as saying that I have nothing against any of the Design Star contestants, including Torie. Unless they do something I think is jacked up. If I don’t like someone’s design on the show, that is my opinion. My opinion happens to be based on a design degree and twenty years of experience, but if that’s not valid enough for you, or if you happen to disagree, the Internets provide you with a boatload of other reading opportunities elsewhere.
In case some readers have not scrolled through the archives, I have freely admitted that I have tried out to be on Design Star and Top Design in the past. This does not make me jealous of people who made it onto the show…but it does mean I have higher expectations for the design level I see on the show than the average person might. I have always been demanding that way.
It is also possible for me to not like some of the work but not have anything against the designer on a personal level, but that is probably a new concept for Chad. Season 3 runner-up Matt Locke is a fan of my blog and a relatively new buddy, despite some negative comments I made about his work during the last season. We share a mutual respect, and that is something I appreciate.
In any case, I thought it was a weenie move to email me directly rather than comment on a particular post he took issue with. I welcome any and all comments, so long as the profanity is held to a minimum. After all, I do have many clients who aren’t big potty-mouths like I am.
As for my work, Chad thinks my work is “elementary and ugly.” I’ll let you be the judge.


  1. frogponder August 4, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    rats, I have yet to get hate mail!
    I looked at your site – really enjoyed seeing all the ways to incorporate. We have ours in a corner cupboard and works well but won't work with the new flat screen The Engineer is lusting after. The deal will be that I get to do whatever treatment, decorating, etc. to make it fit in and look nice.

  2. Krista August 5, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Congratulations! Our first hate mail was a comment…and it was one of our proudest moments. A virtual high-five for offending the Bible Belt masses. Well done, lady.

    (of Badder Homes and Gardens, where swearing is encouraged)

  3. Texas Maverick August 5, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Wow, congratulations on getting hate mail — it's a sure sign you've made it. Here's hoping you get lots more. Love the cat pic. Please keep the great finds coming from places like Craigslist b/c I never find them when I look by myself.

  4. Linda Merrill August 5, 2009 at 2:52 am

    I got my first hate mail on a Design Star related post too! It was two years ago and Scott Corridan decided that he didn't like that I had made comments about his website and wondered if the images were his own work or stock photography and that he needed to make the music optional. He didn't even have the guts to email me directly, he emailed a friend about me, and then blind cc'd me.

  5. Room Fu August 5, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Wow, that's funny, Linda. I had to Google Scott Corrigan just to remember who he was. He was a sad sack on the show too…

    Texas Maverick, I wonder where in Tx you are so I make sure to hit the right Craigslist city…

    Krista, high-five back to ya, for making me laugh my ass off every day.

    FP, thanks for the compliments!

  6. Karen B. August 5, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Note to self: Send Robin daily hate mail to remind her she's not boring.

    I just recommended you to a photographer in my mom's group, beeyotch!

    Yeah, I'm probably not going to be too good at this hatin' thing.

  7. buster August 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I never heard Jen say ONE negative thing about her cast mates. Did I miss something??? And these designs aren't real. Apples on the wall. Dogfood for carpet?? Come one! If you really want to judge these people's talent, you MUST view their real world design first.

  8. Room Fu August 6, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Dude. Where do I start?

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