Ready, Set, Design: The First Challenge
Returning host and mentor David Bromstad kicked off season eight of HGTV Star by challenging the 10 new hopefuls to design a vignette representing their personal brands. Each designer must also create an original textile to use in the space.
Meet Abby Vasek
This native Texan and mom of two describes her style as \"saturated bohemian.\" For her first vignette, Abby created a room layered with colors and patterns.
Abby's Vignette: Inkblot-Inspired Wallpaper
Abby covered lines of inspirational text with oversized Rorschach inkblots to create a personal wallpaper for her vignette.
Abby's Vignette: Coordinating Fabric
Continuing with the same motif, Abby created a coordinating inkblot fabric. She also decided to cut out individual inkblots as pillow appliques.
Abby's Vignette: The Finished Space
During the judges' walk-through, Vern loved Abbi's eclectic, finished space. \"This is not my style at all, it's really messy, it's imperfect, and I loved it,\" he said. \"That's a unique point of view that you have, and you expressed it very successfully.\"
Abby's Vignette: Crystal Chandelier
The vintage crystal chandelier with its missing, dripping pieces was among Vern's favorite features of the space.
Abby's Vignette: Bold Pillows
Abby filled her space with bold, colorful patterns that show off her bubbly personality and fun design style.
Abby's Vignette: Vintage Accessories
Well-worn books fill an industrial-style coffee table.
Meet Anne Rue
Interior designer and mother of three Anne Rue's style can range from eclectic to edgy, but it's always outside the box. That's why she chose orange and red as her color palette for the first challenge: \"I'm bold, the wallpaper's bold...that's me, that's who I am,\" Anne says.
Anne's Vignette: Shopping for Accessories
Anne shops for accessories to finish her luxurious, bright bedroom suite.
Anne's Vignette: Hanging Her Headboard
Anne hangs a rustic wooden headboard atop her custom-designed wallpaper.
Anne's Vignette: The Finished Space
Bold accessories and a bedside desk finish Anne's space.
Anne's Vignette: Color Explosion
Vern appreciates the lines and patterns in Anne's space, but would prefer it to be slightly less saturated. \"I want the black-and-white version of this room, because the lines are actually very smart,\" Vern said.
Anne's Vignette: Missing Bedding
Anne's bedding didn't make it onto the furniture delivery truck, so she had to go with plan B: A plain duvet color covered with pillow forms and fabric scraps. \"The eye goes to naked white bedding, uncovered duvet covers and pillows,\" Vern says.
Meet Boris Eckey
A native of Hamburg, Germany, Boris's European background informs his luxurious yet comfortable design style. That's why he decided to create a sophisticated living room space for his design vignette.
Boris' Vignette: Custom Fabric
Boris created this fabric, which features a '70s-inspired pattern, to reupholster the cushions of two wingback chairs.
Boris' Vignette: Perfect Symmetry
Boris found two matching chandeliers to crown his symmetrical space, and they were judge Genevieve Gorder's favorite element. Judge Sabrina Soto loved the room's mix of patterns.
Boris' Vignette: Sloppy Seat Cushions
Sabrina's only critique: \"The seat cushion fabric should be more taut,\" she said.
Meet Brooks Atwood
This industrial design professor, trained architect and product designer is new to interior design, but approaches every design project with an inquisitive, experimental style.
Brooks' Vignette: The Design Plan
Brooks' vision for the first challenge? To meld \"Cool Hand Luke\" with Mick Jagger, using vintage items and custom pieces in a contemporary way.
Brooks' Vignette: Taxidermy Time
Brooks prepares to hang a ram's head on the wall of his design vignette.
Brooks' Vignette: The Finished Space
Pink wallpaper inspired by vintage camouflage is the backdrop for Brooks' design. \"I didn't come here to be average, pink is a risk. The panel is either going to eat up or they're going to hate it,\" Brooks says.
Brooks' Vignette: Handmade Lighting
Interesting details and an overall cohesive design made this room a judge favorite. \"You want to find out more about the pieces in this space,\" Vern says.
Brooks' Vignette: Vintage Accessories
Vintage brass, silver and glass accessories line the back wall shelf.
Meet Cris Mercado
A native of the Dominican Republic, Cris draws inspiration from her tropical surroundings to create a look she calls \"bold contemporary.\"
Cris' Vignette: Modern Silver Chair
Cris searched for a bold-colored chair to feature in her contemporary vignette, but eventually settled on this silver chaise and ottoman. \"I just kind of grabbed it and hoped for the best,\" Cris says.
Cris' Vignette: The Finished Space
\"My fabric design is very organic, it's very me. It's something I do a lot,\" Cris says. While the judges like Cris' patterns, they weren't impressed by the overall space. \"I can see the talent in the wallpaper, but I want more of that incredible color,\" Vern says.
Cris' Vignette: Tabletop Accessories
Bright accessories and flowers adorn this side table.
Meet Jeribai Tascoe
This project manager and father of two likes to create modern, edgy spaces that feature an element of fun.
Jeribai's Vignette: Personal Wallpaper
Jeribai used a graphic version of his initials to create matching wallpaper and fabric.
Jeribai's Vignette: The Finished Space
The judges were impressed with Jeribai's ability to turn his style into a brand. \"Branding is Jerabai's job, and you can see that,\" Genevieve says.
Jeribai's Vignette: Personal Brand
The judges loved the initial-based logo Jeribai used for everything from wallpaper to a custom clock. \"You could repeat that pattern not only in wallpaper but in everything to ground that brand,\" Sabrina says.
Jeribai's Vignette: Modern Accessories
Oversized mint green and brown accessories line the bright orange wall.
Jeribai's Vignette: Handmade Art
A last-minute decision to add a lime green squiggle to a plain black painting didn't help Jeribai win the judges' affection. The worst part? The drips of paint.
Meet Jessie Miller
This St. Louis native defines her style as \"urban regency.\" Her design was inspired by her favorite \"color\": leopard print!
Jessie's Vignette: Sketching It Out
Jessie wants to create a cozy den feeling in her design vignette.
Jessie's Vignette: The Finished Space
\"I'm elegant, luxurious and I also have a wild side,\" Jessie says. This space reflects her wild style, but the judges felt it was a little too over-the-top.
Jessie's Vignette: Pretty Peacocks
An oversized peacock adds interest and picks up on the colors featured in the vignette.
Jessie's Vignette: Wallpaper Panels
This wallpaper features the Pantone color of the year, Emerald Green, and resembles the trendy stone malachite.\"The emerald green is popping!\" Genevieve says.
Jessie's Vignette: Bar Cart
Jessie included a silver bar cart stocked with vintage glassware and decanters.
Meet Tiffany Brooks
This mother of one and owner of a residential interior design business favors contemporary spaces with an out-of-the-box twist.
Tiffany's Vignette: Office Space
Tiffany decides to create an office featuring classic pieces with a touch of funk.
Tiffany's Vignette: The Finished Space
The judges were impressed by Tiffany's taste level and the overall space. \"Tackling an office space and making it look sophisticated isn't easy, and she did a good job,\" David says.
Tiffany's Vignette: Custom Silhouette
Tiffany adds a custom silhouette to almost every space she does. It's perched atop her ikat-inspired custom wallpaper.
Tiffany's Vignette: Plush Seating
Upholstered ottomans topped with patterned fabric stand in for chairs in Tiffany's office space.
Tiffany's Vignette: Office Accessories
Paint brushes and notebooks stand ready for creativity atop the desk.
Meet Tobin Green
Tobin's design mantra? He constantly strives to evolve and step outside his comfort zone while creating his signature vintage industrial spaces.
Tobin's Vignette: Custom Wallpaper
ALso an artist, Tobin based his wallpaper on one of his own pieces.
Tobin's Vignette: The Finished Space
Tobin's finished space doesn't exactly evoke the industrial fusion style he was going for. \"This project represented about 90 percent of who I am...it feels more modern than I am,\" Tobin says.
Tobin's Vignette: Wall Slats
Tobin used fence posts to create the architectural wall slats.
Meet Tylor Devereaux
Tylor's warm, modern rooms are classic and simple, but this father of one is all about bending (and breaking) design rules to give each space a punch.
Tylor's Vignette: Midwest Modern
Tylor describes the style he's going for in his vignette as \"Midwest modern.\" Here, Tylor measures his globally-inspired textiles.
Tylor's Vignette: A Bit of Whimsy
Tylor hangs a fun finger-pointing hook against his custom wallpaper.
Tylor's Vignette: Eclectic Accessories
Tylor added a mix of modern and vintage accessories to the space.
The Judges' Deliberation
After walking through all the spaces, the judges call the best and worst designers into the elimination room.
Brooks' outside-the-box design and risk-taking color palette earned him his very first win.
The judges liked some of what they saw in Tobin's space, but the unfinished vignette wasn't enough to earn him a spot in next week's challenge. Nine designers left!