HGTV’s Design Star Season 5 Finale: Emily Henderson FTW!

HGTV’s Design Star Season 5 Finale: Emily Henderson FTW!

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I know we got ourselves a brand-spankin’ new Design Star last night–a finish that made me want to celebrate with champagne too–but y’all, all I can think about today is

MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN MY BABY’S IN KINDERGARTEN

Today’s her first day and I can’t focus on JACK.  This will be short and sweet, so I can get back to worrying about whether or not my dumplin’ has made a friend yet or if she’s already earned a demotion on the behavioral apple tree…or geebus, how will she make it through the day without snacks?

I’m so excited about Emily Henderson’s win and am superpsyched to see Secrets From a Stylist on the 29th.  I will be waiting with bated breath and can’t wait to see what she does with the Glee man’s pad, even though I’m the only one on the planet who hasn’t watched Glee–not even a single episode.  I may not give a crap about some musical schwack on TV but I do want to see Ian Brennan’s house all Emily’d up.  Like, tomorrow.

First things first.

Did you see what she did for Tom Vecchione last night?  A very tasteful, rich, beautiful, sophisticated, international BLUEBERRY ROOM.

Emily's living room design, inspired by Tom's wardrobe.

Emily's living room design, inspired by Tom's wardrobe.

I loved it.  It looks expensive, it looks luxe…but it’s not flashy.  This living room would have been great for the sixth challenge (Trump Plaza).

In the bedroom, it’s all about this canvas Emily picked up at Penine Hart that wouldn’t have wow’d me at all in the store, but look how brilliant it looks framed and hung!

Emily's bedroom design, inspired by Tom's wardrobe.

Emily's bedroom design, inspired by Tom's wardrobe.

Both rooms look personal and reflect Tom to a T, without becoming a caricature of him.

Surprisingly, I like opponent Michael Moeller’s show better than I like the rooms he designs for Ms. Bohemian Chic, although there are some interesting ideas in there (shadowboxes repurposed from tables, desk repurposed from box shelves).  I just don’t care for the pink, and am not interested in seeing the squiggles make a comeback.

Michael's living room design for Design Star's Season 5 finale.

Michael's living room design for Design Star's Season 5 finale.

The bedroom Michael designed.

The bedroom Michael designed.

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This apartment says “bohemian chic” about as much as Courtland Bascon’s white room challenge…in fact, the headboards are nearly identical.

Courtland Bascons white room challenge offering, in which he was slammed for not creating a space that was bohemian chic.

Courtland Bascon's white room challenge offering, in which he was slammed for not creating a space that was "bohemian chic."

Funny.

I liked Michael’s energy throughout his show segment, but just can’t get past his tone of contempt.  I would never walk into a client’s home and tell them, “Too bad your place looks so tragic,”  or assume that all clients are “slobs.”

I love this challenge–love that they’re borrowing a page from Next Food Network Star and creating mini-pilots for the finale.  It really works.  In the end, Emily’s awarded a show and Michael has a target for his verbal ire for the next six months (or more).

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Stay tuned for interviews with both Emily and Michael, coming soon!

8 Comments

  1. Shelly August 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I’m with ya on the show & also the school! After a day & a half, my little guy asked me if ” maybe could I skip Kindergarten today?’ – oh, dear… Can’t wait to see Emily’s special & thought the finale was good.

    Hang in there, Mama! I’m sure she’ll have a blast!!

  2. Eric August 23, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I too thought Michael’s show came off well and liked his hosting better than his design. Brave of him to chose Nina for his client. And SMART of Emily to shift gears away from Dan to Tom. I also thought doing pilots for the last challenge is a great idea. Gives you a little taste of how it might all come together. Hopefully the next season is better and dispenses of so many ridiculous team challenges. Congrats to Emily! Looking forward to seeing her show. (and still digging the Antonio project, btw).

  3. Robin August 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

    LOL, Shelly! Wish we could meet for coffee and commiserate!

  4. Krista Hogg August 23, 2010 at 11:00 am

    My thoughts/questions about the finale:

    1. What was with the icy vibe while they were waiting for the winner to be announced? Was it just nerves, or did they legitimately dislike each other at that point?

    2. Vern’s comment about Emily where he basically asked why she wasn’t the best from the very beginning? Something about “why didn’t we see this sooner?” He couldn’t come up with anything else to at least make us think that Michael had a chance? Weak critique. Crit-weak, even.

    3. Tom has extremely weird ears. And I still hate Nina.

  5. Shelly August 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Me, too, Robin! And btw, I’ve never seen Glee either!

  6. Jo-sef August 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Good observation, Robin. I totally forgot that Courtland’s room for Nina and Michael’s room for Nina was almost the exact same!

    Oh yeah, I totally loooved how Genevive hit the nail on the head by saying that Michael’s (personality) didn’t seem genuine! That’s exactly why I’ve been on Team Emily!

    (P.S.-Good luck with the 1st day of school! Awe, too sweet!)

  7. Eric August 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Krista, Emily should have told Vern “Maybe if we hadn’t had all these stupid group challenges you would’ve seen what I could do from the get go!”

  8. Karen August 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Woo-hooooooooo!

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