Design Star Season 3: Where Are They Now?

Want to know what happened to season three contestants after the show? We caught up with some of your favorite designers and got the scoop.

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All About

How has your life changed since Design Star?
Not only was I lucky enough to win the show, but during one of the biggest moments of my life, I managed to get pregnant. Crazy! Winston Spencer Bertrand was born on February 20, 2009. He is a smiley, happy baby and has definitely broken us in as first-time parents. Who does he look like? I think he has my nose and smile and everything else is all Chris. Since winning, everyone I have met has been so lovely and supportive. However, I have become the "What happened to her?" of Design Star, but not for long. I will be on the air soon to remind you that it was definitely not a wasted vote. Being recognized since the show has been a lot of fun and given my family a lot of interesting stories. The best is when you stand in an elevator or any public space and you see someone start to stare at you, you know they're an HGTV viewer (that or you have something on your face). It's so funny because they're trying not to stare and then they finally ask, "Is it you?" I was even tracked down in a clothing store and told they knew it was me because of my laugh.

What opportunities have you had since appearing on Design Star?
Since winning, I filmed a one-hour special called Paint-Over! With Jennifer Bertrand and appeared on an episode of HGTV Showdown against the always fun Kim Myles and the lovely Matt Locke. It was so much fun to film, and I was really happy for Matt because I so know he wanted to beat me. Working with Todd was great and not once did he say, "First gear, full throttle!" Besides filming, I also appeared at the Mall of America to do a paint demo as well as doing countless newspaper, radio and blog interviews across the U.S. In case you're wondering, "That's great, but where is your show?" You'll be excited to hear it will air in September after the new season of Design Star finishes airing, so get excited because I know I am!

Have you kept in touch with fellow contestants?
Working full time and being pregnant kept me from staying in touch like I would have liked, but I've spoken with everyone, and it's been fun hearing what they're doing with life after Design Star. I would love to collaborate and have just been too pregnant and then too busy as a new mom to do so.

What was the most important design or life lesson you learned from being on Design Star?
I think the most important thing I learned was that this is definitely what I love to do. I love sharing my passion for design with viewers. It has inspired me to think of countless ways to inspire and instill confidence in viewers to create a home that is cooler than they ever thought they could have.