This week’s episode of HGTV’s Design Star involves designing an urban outdoor space. The designers are brought to the rooftop deck of the Trump International Hotel so that we can be reminded ad nauseam of the production company’s connection to The Apprentice. Music is supposed to be the designers’ inspiration this time around, and it’s a good thing, too. They’re certainly not going to be inspired by the rooftop deck of the Trump International. It looks about as dead and uninviting as a geriatric ward at Bellevue.
CHALLENGE: Design a 200 square foot patio space–nearly the size of my former West Village apartment–using music as inspiration. Each designer will select an instrument to be their individual inspiration, but the overall patio design needs to be harmonious.
TEAMS & INSPIRATION: Courtland Bascon (cello), Tom Vecchione (saxophone), Michael Moeller (trombone) Alex Sanchez (conga drums), and Trent Hultgren (keyboard) versus Emily Henderson (tuba), Casey Noble (xylophone), Nina Ferrer (French horn), Stacey Cohen (trumpet), and Dan Faires (acoustic guitar).
To even out the teams, the women get to annex a guy of their choosing. Emily says they choose Dan for his construction skills and his ALL CAPS brand of NICE ENERGY! Implication? Because Nina’s NOT NICE!