Frank Fontana

Learn more about designer Frank Fontana of Design on a Dime.

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Interior designer and lifestyle expert Frank Fontana is the host and lead designer for the Chicago-based version of HGTV's top-rated design show Design on a Dime. He is also one of the few host/designers simultaneously appearing in two HGTV shows, as well as an array of network specials. In addition to taking the reins of Design on a Dime, he is also the lead designer of Takeover My Makeover, featured designer for the Change the World campaign and the Christmas special Decked for the Holidays.

Many recognize Fontana as the real life "Italian Stallion" of the lifestyle world and underdog winner of ABC's 2004 reality competition, The Great Domestic Showdown, where he launched his now booming television career.

In his mid-20s, Fontana, a student of real world design, started his own event design company, where he created themed parties and designed nightclub decor through out the country. After a strategic move to Los Angeles, he started producing major events and creating cutting-edge interiors for many of the entertainment industry elites, fortune 500 companies and Hollywood celebrities, including a few parties for Halle Berry, Dennis Quaid and Jeff Goldblum.

He is best known for combining his innovative vision with traditional home design basics, making him one of the most versatile designers to explode on the lifestyle scene today.

Fontana is also a featured columnist; his monthly column can be read in the Chicago Sun-Times' Friday edition. In addition, he is a contributing expert to publications and media outlets nationwide.

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