Season 5

HGTV Design Star Season 5: Interview with Castoff Nina Ferrer

I wish I could say that interviewing this week’s Design Star castoff Nina Ferrer was a revelation, but it wasn’t.  Every narcissistic, ego-maniacal impression I had of her turned out—in my experience—to be well-founded.  Unlike other normal human beings, Nina [...]

HGTV’s Design Star Season 5 Episode 5: Firemen’s Bawl

THE CHALLENGE: Design a common space for real firefighters in a real firehouse.  Each designer must incorporate one signature element into the team design.  But first, step into this flame-retardant outfit and let us torch you for television! [...]

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’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: Tera Hampton Interview

Central Texas fans of Design Star had another reason to watch Season 5 of HGTV’s hit reality competition series—rooting for hometown girl, Tera Hampton.  Unfortunately, she only had the opportunity to appear on two episodes, getting the boot at the [...]

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, Pt. 2

Yesterday I covered the first half of the lineup for the upcoming season of HGTV's Design Star and today we'll plow through the remaining six contestants. MICHAEL MOELLER, 30 New York City Michael Moeller says he grew up the star [...]