Meet Brice Cooper, who leads the Chicago-based design team on HGTV's Design on a Dime.
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Brice Cooper was headed for a career in design at an early age. His mother, a costume designer, gave him an eye for detail. His father, a carpenter, taught him how to build. But Brice's unique, off-the-cuff approach to design is all his own. To him, design is all about bringing personality and comfort to a room. He thinks a person's environment should reflect who they are. He's part designer, part artist and part carpenter. When he was 17, his fine art skills earned him acceptance into the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago but he decided to take a more entrepreneurial path, starting his own company, Kustom Craft Papers Inc., to create one-of-a-kind handcrafted wall coverings instead.
His career has led him to a variety of projects including restoring his family's Victorian home, painting murals for children's rooms, restaurants and offices, and crafting one-of-a-kind waterfalls. In 2004, his talents were showcased as a host on Fox's Design Invasion, where he shot a season redesigning homes across the country. As host and lead designer on Design on a Dime, Brice wants to show people that a $1,000 budget doesn't necessarily have to look that way. The devil, he says, is in the details. When he's not filming, he can be found in the garage restoring vintage motorcycles and automobiles or just hanging out at the racetrack.