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?
Besides being recognized and having fans of the show come up and talk with me, I would say with three kids and running my own business, my life hasn’t varied too much from before the show. My design business is flourishing and we are now working on more commercial projects, which I love. One of the commercial projects that we recently completed was in Tennessee of all places. My life has continued (with more sleep!) as a football and lacrosse mom and dedicated business owner. I will say the memories of the show and its experience are with me everyday and because of that it always makes me want to look for new and exciting things to do and get involved with.

What opportunities have you had since appearing on Design Star?
I have done a few appearances here in Detroit and one out in LA. I was asked to participate in a Q&A column in the opening issue of Style Line, a new magazine in the Metro Detroit Area. I also hosted a holiday decorating segment for our local TV station and have been approached to work out some concepts with that local station for a cable design show.

Have you kept in touch with fellow contestants?
I have kept in touch with most everyone on the show, more so with Matt, Michael and Mikey. On occasion, D-rock and I chat and I text and talk with Jen. Mikey and I are constantly on the phone with each other, talking and texting all day long. We have this amazing friendship, one that I am most grateful for. I never thought that by being a part of Design Star, I would walk away with a friendship as close as ours. I have traveled down to Florida to visit with him on several occasions and in February he came here to Michigan to surprise me for my birthday. It was the best! I'm planning a trip down to see him at the end of June for his birthday as well. I also went out to LA twice to visit with Mattie (as I call him), who is just amazing. We sit and talk for hours, which is fabulous. Mattie's like chicken soup for the soul!

I have talked about doing projects together with Mikey and Mattie. I recently wrote a script for a new TV design show, and we are in the process of trying to pitch the concept for production. Mikey is always trying to get me to move down to Florida to work with him on different projects. I have to say, I’ve been very tempted! We make a great team.

What was the most important design or life lesson you learned from being on Design Star?
I am very thankful that I was given the opportunity to be a part of Design Star and feel blessed to have been chosen out of more than 10,000 applicants. For me, that really solidified the fact that I am on the right path following my passion for design. It also gave me the opportunity to discover the hidden talent I have for hosting, allowing a new passion to form. I feel being a part of Design Star really made me aware of my creative nature and has given me more of a drive to share that with others.

I’ve always considered myself a strong and determined individual. Being on Design Star taught me that I could push myself to limits I didn’t think possible and that I could take on more then I thought I could handle. I’ve learned a lot about myself and how I design. I'm always thinking outside the box now, trying to inject that unexpected element. For all this, I am grateful.

Get more info on Trish at www.interiorsbyfinishingtouches.com.

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