Dan Vickery

HGTV's Design Star, Season 4: OMG, the Finale!

Here it is, the final episode of Design Star and it’s Antonio Ballatore vs. Dan Vickery for the title.  The challenge?  Making over a whole house, which, for the purposes of this episode, "whole house" = kitchen + living room [...]

HGTV's Design Star: Lonni Paul Interview!

If I've learned anything by conducting these interviews with Design Star finalists and judges, it's that a whole other side of their personalities are revealed when you have the privilege of speaking with the actual person and not viewing an [...]

HGTV's Design Star: Season 4, Episode 8: Celebrities' Homes

FINALLY.  The episode I’ve been waiting for—a three-way tie in my head when it comes down to the end.  This is what I live for when it comes to a design competition show.  I want to feel torn!  I want [...]

HGTV's Design Star: Torie Halbert Interview

I had a chance to catch up with Torie Halbert, the latest designer to be eliminated from HGTV’s Design Star. Torie was embarrassed of her Texas accent until she heard my twang. Then she didn’t feel so bad. [...]

HGTV's Design Star, Season 4 Episode 7: The Outdoor Challenge

Last night on Landscaper’s Challenge…er, I mean, Design Star… I was already over this episode before it even started. As a general rule, interior designers just don’t know enough about plants to put a cohesive landscaping plan together, and I [...]

Design Star Season 4: Interview with Jason Champion!

“Hey, girl, hey!”  So begins every conversation with Jason Champion, the latest designer to get the boot from HGTV’s Design Star.  I have eagerly awaited this interview, because I got the distinct impression that he was the type of guy [...]

Design Star Season 4, Episode 6: Kids' Rooms!

This week’s episode of Design Star finds the designers going head-to-head in individual challenges making over kids’ bedrooms (in this case, “kids” are defined as seventeen and under), and this is also the first time we're able to see them [...]

HGTV Design Star: Season 4, Episode 5: Military Makeovers

In this hump-season episode of HGTV's Design Star, the six remaining designers are challenged with making over living spaces for two of our nation's military families living in drab Navy housing. There's a little piece of my heart in this [...]

HGTV Design Star's Tashica Morgan Interview

My dread meter was a tad on the high side today, in anticipation of talking to eliminated Design Star contestant Tashica Morgan. While it might appear that I'm a confrontational person, I was not looking forward to the possibility of [...]