HGTV’s Design Star Season 6: Meg Caswell

HGTV’s Design Star Season 6: Meg Caswell

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In anticipation of tomorrow night’s Design Star Season 6 premiere, we’re checking out all of the finalists.  The next designtestant on our list is Chicago gal, Meg Caswell.  Initially thinking she’d be a lawyer, Meg went back to school after getting her criminology degree to go for a BFA in interior architecture.  The lesson there, kids, is never settle! Let’s check out her portfolio and see if she made the right move or if she should have stuck with Plan A…

Octagonal dining room designed by Meg Caswell.

Octagonal dining room designed by Meg Caswell.

Gorgeous. Superlove the chairs.  The doors on the cabinets are pretty and I love the navy walls.  Very crisp and fresh.

Dining space designed by Meg Caswell.

Dining space designed by Meg Caswell.

Love me some wishbone chairs.  The info said this client is really into minimalist style, and that’s fine…but how I yearn for some green apples in that sad, white bowl on the table.

Traditional living room designed by Meg Caswell.

Traditional living room designed by Meg Caswell.

The mirror’s pretty, but the rest of the space looks forlorn and bland.  The shelves need some serious styling help.

Dining room designed by Meg Caswell.

Dining room designed by Meg Caswell.

Love the juxtaposition of the Navy chairs, the rustic table, the fancy armchairs at the end and the ethnic rug.  It all works really well together and doesn’t feel over-designed.

Living room designed by Meg Caswell.

Living room designed by Meg Caswell.

Love the sofa, love the pillows, love the shiny, sculptural art on the wall…so why am I getting the ’80’s Boca Raton vibe?  Maybe it’s the wall color and the thing in the corner that’s throwing me off.

Living room designed by Meg Caswell.

Living room designed by Meg Caswell.

Totally digging all of the orange and the rug is cool with it…but that’s where it ends for me.  Modern + vintage = great.  100% vintage = dated.

Elevator foyer designed by Meg Caswell.

Elevator foyer designed by Meg Caswell.

The distressed harlequin mirror is an interesting idea, but the retirees who undoubtedly live here are sure to break a hip on that shiny floor.

Powder room designed by Meg Caswell.

Powder room designed by Meg Caswell.

I’m thinking this powder room smells like Rose Milk.

Living room designed by Meg Caswell.

Living room designed by Meg Caswell.

Love the sofa, love the pillows.

Modern nursery designed by Meg Caswell.

Modern nursery designed by Meg Caswell.

Lust-worthy!

Kitchen designed by Meg Caswell.

Kitchen designed by Meg Caswell.

Love how the dark walnut is thrown around this otherwise all-white kitchen.  J’adore the pantry doors to the right and the pendants over the island.  In fact, I have a client who needs them.

Living room designed by Meg Caswell.

Living room designed by Meg Caswell.

I think this is from the same room room as the frumpy white bookshelf living room.  The view’s decidedly better from here.

Seating area designed by Meg Caswell.

Seating area designed by Meg Caswell.

Very odd accessory choices.  Branches in a barrel and a crystal ball?  The room in the distance feels more compelling.

Living room designed by Meg Caswell.

Living room designed by Meg Caswell.

Oh, gawd.  Frump city.

MEG CASWELL ON A BUMPER STICKER: Meg’s portfolio has both big hits and huge misses, which spells trouble for her in a competitive environment.  According to her HGTV bio, Meg calls herself “determined, direct, and a high-energy competitor,” and we all know what that means in reality TV language, don’t we? She’s probably the bitch of the bunch.  I predict she’ll crash and burn by mid-season.

Coming soon: We’ll wrap up this season’s cast critique with South Orange, NJ finalist Tyler Wisler!

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