HGTV’s Design Star Season 6: Mark Diaz

HGTV’s Design Star Season 6: Mark Diaz

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Our Design Star Season 6 cast critique continues with Miami designer, Mark Diaz, and I’m getting more and more psyched about the upcoming season after checking out his portfolio!  I now have five finalists on my list of faves…you can see why:

Living room designed by Mark Diaz.

Living room designed by Mark Diaz.

OMG, looove the wallpaper and the faux dog.  That’s some high drama there, without having to be over-the-top crazy about it.  The room still looks sophisticated and chic.  Would love a rug, but that’s my only beef.

Styling by Mark Diaz.

Styling by Mark Diaz.

Fun!  Like the vintage stuff in modern surroundings.  Love all of the honeyed textural tones.

Dining room designed by Mark Diaz.

Dining room designed by Mark Diaz.

I like this striped backdrop anyway, but if the brown stripes are actually woodgrain, even better!  Love the color palette in this room and the casual, playful feeling.  Am thinking Mark is anti-rug in general…

Kitchen designed by Mark Diaz.

Kitchen designed by Mark Diaz.

Clean, sleek.  I love how the lines in the cabinetry just look like geometry instead of doors or drawer fronts.

Manicure station, designed by Mark Diaz.

Manicure station, designed by Mark Diaz.

Swank!  A tad on the goth side, but I like the mix of patterns.

Pedicure stations designed by Mark Diaz.

Pedicure stations designed by Mark Diaz.

This makes two Season 6 finalists who’ve featured a row of Ikea vintage-styled frames in their portfolio (Doug Hines used them in a restaurant dining room).  Gawd bless Ikea. This room is extravagant but fun. I imagine four X-Rays sitting in the chairs.

Salon display designed by Mark Diaz.

Salon display designed by Mark Diaz.

Love the wallpaper.

Treatment room designed by Mark Diaz.

Treatment room designed by Mark Diaz.

I feel relaxed just looking at this room.  That, and the anticipation of pampering.  Doesn’t this inspire you to book a facial?

Wine bar designed by Mark Diaz.

Wine bar designed by Mark Diaz.

Superchic.  Wondering what the big hole cut out of the column is.

Restaurant dining room designed by Mark Diaz.

Restaurant dining room designed by Mark Diaz.

The drama!  The pizazz!

Modern home designed by Mark Diaz.

Modern home designed by Mark Diaz.

You know how I love a good, boxy house!

Modern kitchen designed by Mark Diaz.

Modern kitchen designed by Mark Diaz.

Very sophisticated.  Slightly clinical.

Modern bathroom designed by Mark Diaz.

Modern bathroom designed by Mark Diaz.

Love.

Modern bathroom designed by Mark Diaz.

Modern bathroom designed by Mark Diaz.

Gorgeous.  Toilet’s a little contrived, though.

Pendant lights designed by Mark Diaz.

Pendant lights designed by Mark Diaz.

Inventive use of bicycle gears and Edison bulbs!

Chandelier designed by Mark Diaz.

Chandelier designed by Mark Diaz.

Another crazy light fixture!  This chandelier’s made out of brass knuckles–would you ever have guessed??  Love the idea of something associated with violence being turned into something that feels delicate and bubbly.

MARK DIAZ ON A BUMPER STICKER: Mark’s wheelhouse seems to be bold, dramatic design, which is exactly what you need in a television designer.  His portfolio rates right up there for me, so could we have a 5-way tie?  I’m anxious to see if he has on-camera charisma.

Coming soon: We’ll check out Chicago finalist Meg Caswell!

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