Modern Style for Classic Rooms

In Design Star 3, for their second challenge, the eight remaining designers tackled four identical living rooms in a historic Nashville mansion. With 26 hours and a $5,000 budget, they had to make their space stand out.

Don't Play It Safe

With the exception of D. Paul’s majorly mangled bow, which could have been a wonderful addition to the fireplace surround, this room’s only other major blunder is that it fails to demonstrate any design inventiveness by playing it too safe. Since this is a competition for the next great, undiscovered designer, the judges are looking for something inventive and creative that demonstrates you have a firm grasp of design knowledge and can introduce high-quality design information through these challenges. An unexpected color pairing with the traditional furniture chosen or mixing in less traditional furniture with this classic paint color would have given the room much-needed visual interest.

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