Stephanie CookHow has your life changed since Design Star?
After designing with the tight budgets and deadlines, it motivated me to share what I had learned and to make sure that anyone anywhere could hire an interior designer. So I developed Design Online, where I can design a space via the Internet. It cuts down on costs because there is no travel or running around to vendors. I also offer a similar service called the One Day Makeover for people who want a more intimate process but are pressed for time and, of course, the design consultation for those do-it-yourselfers who just need a push in the right direction.
What opportunities have you had since appearing on Design Star?
I have teamed up with Make-A-Wish Foundation. My Company Plural Inc., www.pluralid.com, is on its second room makeover and has donated over 150 hours so far. I feel very thankful for all my success in life and this is my way to give back to the community.
I also have had the wonderful opportunity of filming a pilot for a new show called The Loft Style. The show features unique and expensive lofts throughout the world. I will introduce you to the fascinating owners and tell you about the fabulous characteristics of the space.
As for the future I am looking forward to a successful, long-lasting career in the design world. I have always wanted to do commercial design and I recently started working on a restaurant in San Diego and a hotel in LA. I am also venturing into the retail world with hand-painted pillows, furniture, draperies and accessories. Available soon off my blog and website!
Have you kept in touch with fellow contestants?
I have seen everyone but D. Paul, Jennifer and Scottie, but talk to D. Paul and Jennifer often. Michael, Matt, Tracee and I went to Las Vegas for the furniture mart a few months ago. That was a blast; we caused all types of trouble. Matt lives pretty close so I have seen him the most. He prepared some vegetables with this dressing called Galeos World's Best Miso, and they were the best thing I have ever tasted. I can finally eat veggies without dry heaving. Thanks Matty! Although, the weight still isn't coming off. Boo!
I feel like I made lifelong friends and am thankful for HGTV introducing me. I look forward to all of our journeys.
What was the most important design or life lesson you learned from being on Design Star?
To not eat more than five corndogs in one day — no just kidding. Probably my strength, when I thought I had pushed myself too far, I realized I was really living. Design Star's intensity prepared me for anything that comes my way.
Get more info on Stephanie at www.pluralid.com and www.pluralid.blogspot.com.