Challenge 3: "Wild Card" Design

In Design Star Challenge 3, the contestants are challenged by demonstrating "outside-the-box" thinking by showcasing their creative talents and style by re-imagining nontraditional home decor items in inventive and new ways.

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The problem with this room primarily falls into the three arenas of space planning, editing and color use — areas where we have seen Donna falter before. The angled sofa works against the provided space, creating additional visual clutter by forcing the remaining items into a smaller area while rendering the area behind the sofa useless. The wall design of alternating blue and silver squares also detracts from the bold simplicity of what automotive parts can be.

Finally, the overabundance of decorative items floating around the room adds to the existing chaos, creating total visual overload. Removing a few items, picking one color for the walls or a less-busy pattern, and creating more visual space through the sofa and coffee table placement would have led to a more successful scheme. Temple/Automotive-Supply Store
Bold, simple, elegant and inventive are all words to describe this room. In this challenge, Temple shows us great design is something someone without any formal training is capable of if you are passionate about it and have natural talent. Adding shiny metal plates to the front of the sofa arms creates visual weight and lends detail to an otherwise plain piece of upholstery.