Dan Faires

Fab Finds: Lonesome Whistler

HGTV Design Star Season 5 Fan Favorite Dan Faires and his wife Dasha have launched a new online store called Lonesome Whistler.  Featuring lighting, wallpaper, and vintage goodies, the site adds a sophisticated twist to the rustic flavor of Dan's [...]

HGTV Design Star Season 5: Convo with Castoff Dan Faires

Earlier this morning, I chatted with Dan Faires, the most recent castoff from HGTV’s fifth season of Design Star, and got the lowdown from this season’s Mr. Nice.  There’s a little surprise for the ladies out there, too, although I’m [...]

HGTV’s Design Star Season 5, Episode 4: Flower Power

This week’s episode of HGTV’s Design Star takes us to New York City’s flower district for design inspiration.  Not a bad idea by any stretch, but with nary a client in sight over the past three episodes, we’re in the [...]

HGTV Design Star Season 5: Interview with Trent Hultgren

All of the bitterness I’ve felt after watching last night’s episode of HGTV’s Design Star evaporated after speaking with this week’s castoff, Trent Hultgren.  At the risk of getting all kumbaya on you, his heart and mind are in the [...]

HGTV’s Design Star Season 5: Patio Daddy-O

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 [...]

HGTV’s Design Star Season 5, Ep. 2: Fashion Foul

This season of The Apprentice continues, opening this episode at the living quarters, where the top 6 from last episode kick back with adult bevs, speculating about who they think the judges will send home.  Cue the shock and awe [...]

HGTV’s Design Star, Season 5: Julie Khuu Interview

It's never easy to be the first one sent home on a reality competition show, but HGTV Design Star Season 5 finalist Julie Khuu is taking her dismissal after the premiere episode in stride.  I spoke to the Santa Ana [...]

HGTV’s Design Star, Season 5: Premiere Episode!

Thanks to my originally-a-client-now-a-dear-friend Kathryn, I am able to watch last night’s premiere of HGTV’s Design Star Season 5 without fear of blown breakers. And gawd knows I wouldn’t serve myself anything as nice as the Prosecco Royales Kathryn mixes [...]

HGTV Design Star: Season 5 Cast Critique

HGTV announced its cast for the next season of Design Star, so it's time to break 'em all down, jump to wild and unfounded conclusions, and make predictions that have no chance in H-E-double-hockeysticks of coming true!  Last year I [...]