Ellen's Design Challenge Is Back! Go Behind the Scenes

Season two of Ellen's Design Challenge is bigger, better, and even more furniture-y. Go behind the scenes with Ellen, the judges, the carpenters and the designers.

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Ellen + Her Cast

Ellen poses with the final contestants of Ellen's Design Challenge season two. 

One More, With Attitude

These eight (sassy!) contestants impressed Ellen and the judges enough to make it past this year's casting special. 

The Judges

Judges Christiane Lemieux and Cliff Fong return for season two. Each week, they'll be joined by an expert guest judge — and often, Ellen herself!

Ready to be Inspired

When Ellen stops by the set to check out the designers' latest pieces, she does it in high style. 

Past Her Bedtime?

Ellen sits on a totally minimalist bed as she chats with the contestants. 

Designers + Carpenters

Each of the final eight contestants is paired with an HGTV or DIY carpenter to help bring their designs to life. 

Karl + Miles

Carpenter Karl Champley (last season's winning carpenter!) and industrial designer Miles Endo are paired up. 

Matt + Vivian

Modern furniture maker Vivian Beer poses with her carpenter, HGTV and DIY host Matt Blashaw. 

Steve + Melissa

Steve Zimpel, a carpenter from HGTV's series The Outdoor Room, will work with modern industrial furniture designer Melissa Moir.

Ali + Kyle

Carpenter Ali Azhar, as seen on HGTV's Design on a Dime, will work with fourth-generation woodworker Kyle Huntoon. 

Matt + Bradley

HGTV and DIY host and carpenter Matt Muenster will create the designs of modern furniture designer Bradley Bowers. 

Jeff + Alexis

Jeff Devlin, host of DIY Network's I Hate My Bath, will collaborate with Alexis Moran, a furniture designer with a modern edge. 

Chip + Sef

Carpenter and host of HGTV's Elbow Room, Chip Wade is paired with Sef Pinney, a furniture designer who is inspired by Danish and Asian-style pieces. 

Brooks + McKenzie

Ellen's Design Challenge alum Brooks Utley will help contestant McKenzie Gibson, known for her avant-garde furniture pieces, realize her designs.