Design Star Season 4: Where Are They Now?
Want to know what happened to season four contestants after the show? We caught up with some of your favorite designers and got the scoop.
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How has your life changed since Design Star?
The most surreal aspect is getting recognized almost a year later. The amount of press I received from being a part of the show was mind blowing and it helped to launch my series of lectures on color throughout California.
Did you participate in any events or get a specific job because of the show?
There were a couple events in which I was involved such as the Gingerbread Collective here in San Diego, which was a charity event for the homeless over the holidays, as well as a couple of giveaways on the local San Diego radio. I worked on projects in Arizona and Georgia to help design color palettes for expansive exterior commercial buildings as well as nightclubs in San Diego. I am speaking at the Landscape and Home Design show in San Diego and lectured at the Women's Expo both in Pasadena and Del Mar last fall.
Have you kept in touch with fellow contestants?
Jason Champion and I have kept in very close touch and worked on projects together since. Jason, Nate and I had a chance to play and catch up in Florida this last year as well, which was an absolute blast.
What was the most important lesson you learned from being on Design Star?
I learned the direction I have taken my career is the right choice for me. I love designing color palettes for clients and have a strong sense of design, as well as educating clients on green and reusable objects for their homes. I need to continue on that journey, so I brought on an interior design partner, Glen Gorham, to take care of the rest of the details when it comes to working with clients so they get the full package.
Which HGTV talent would you let have free rein in your house?
Jason Champion can have free rein in my home any day!
What's your home "secret shame"?
I live in a tiny bungalow in urban San Diego, so there is no room for anything. I have no choice but to store my Christian Lacroix and other heels on top of my kitchen cabinets and my Converse collection inside my kitchen pantry. There is always room for cereal somewhere in my cabinets.
What celebrity home would you most like to design?
Which three books would you take on a desert island?
Coco on Chanel (a film based on the book, The Nonconformist,) Bitter Is the New Black and Eat, Pray, Love
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