A Chic Urban Patio From Dan Faires and Crew

Sit back, relax and take a look at this winning HGTV Design Star outdoor space—it just might be music to your ears.

©2010, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Image courtesy of HGTV Design Star

©2010, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Image courtesy of HGTV Design Star

©2010, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Image courtesy of HGTV Design Star

©2010, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Image courtesy of HGTV Design Star

©2010, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Image courtesy of HGTV Design Star

©2010, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Image courtesy of HGTV Design Star

©2010, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Image courtesy of HGTV Design Star

©2010, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved/Image courtesy of HGTV Design Star

Dan and the Girls

The elimination of Tera Hampton in the fifth season of HGTV Design Star left the girls’ team short-sided. The girls – composed of design architect Nina Ferrer, prop stylist Emily Henderson, interior designer Stacey Cohen and Design on a Dime star Casey Noble – chose fan-favorite Dan Faires to join their crew and balance the odds.

A Musical Patio Challenge

Dan and the girls were challenged to turn this 200-square foot rooftop patio overlooking Manhattan into a lush outdoor room inspired by musical instruments of each designer's choosing. Dan was immediately drawn to the guitar while Emily loved the laid-back sound of the tuba. Rounding out the design-savvy ensemble was Casey with the bubbly xylophone, Nina choosing the classy French horn, and Stacey on the jazzy trumpet.

Dreary to Jazzy

In just a short time, the barren, New York rooftop was transformed into this lush outdoor room full of color and life, creating the perfect space to entertain guests or just get away from the city.

Picket Fence in the City

Wanting to create a greater sense of privacy while also emulating the trumpet keys, Stacey enlisted Dan to help her build a picket fence wall with vertical planters.

Laid-Back Escape

The team captured the relaxed vibes of Dan's guitar and Emily's tuba with low, causal outdoor furniture.

French Horn Flair

When Nina free-handed metallic swirls on her mural it was originally met with some resistance from the rest of the team. However, judges loved her horn-inspired mural and felt it perfectly captured the sophisticated instrument.

Rhythmic Planters

Knowing that greenery is hard to come across in a big city environment, the designers incorporated pots with easy-care plants.

Simply Succulent

Succulents and vines add year-round color to the urban outdoor room.

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