Create a Chic Living Space
The first challenge the designers face is to redesign two bedrooms, a dining room, a living room and a sunroom in their Nashville lake house — with 31 work hours and a budget of $15,000.
Follow Through on Your Ideas
This room, more so than any other room in this week’s challenge, demonstrates how difficult designing in a team can be, as well as how important it is to develop a strong idea and follow it through with great execution. Turning this cold sunroom void of personality into a cozy and casual hangout space is a superb idea, and while there are glimpses of good design, the overall idea is never fully realized. Dark brown paint weighs down the space that is full of bright and beautiful windows, and acid-green accent paint in the bar area clashes with the dark green felt on the pool table.
Give a Space Purpose
Bland and boring before, this sunroom is given purpose through the addition of a pool table and a seating arrangement. Cold tile floors are warmed up with neutral rugs, and windows are softened with light and airy sheer curtains. However, the curtains fail to be a total winner due to their abbreviated length. They stop the eye at window level versus taking it all the way to the crown molding to elongate the vertical plane.
Make a Single Bold Statement
After three seasons of Design Star challenges where contestants are asked to make over their living quarters, this bedroom solution is by far the best design solution I’ve seen. Original and thoughtful, Matt’s design provides roommates the functional luxury of privacy and the aesthetic luxury of having a singular, clean-lined component to house all of their beds. When faced with a small room, the best solution is often to make a singular, bold statement, instead of littering the landscape with a series of smaller items. This team has certainly demonstrated a clear understanding of this.
Complete Your Designs
Matt and Mikey V. demonstrate that they can execute an ambitious idea, and execution is a main component of a successful Design Star. A restful pale blue and chocolate palette makes this room pleasing to sleep in, and key amounts of accessories and organic elements showcase a talent for selecting the right thing and knowing when to stop. This room is an impressive feat.
Start With a Great Space Plan
From the over abundance of tie-dye, window treatments and lighting to the poorly laid-out space plan, this room lacks a cohesive design direction to make it a comfortable and pleasant bedroom. Space planning is a key place to start when working with this many beds in one space, so it’s a bit disappointing to see a solution where two adult contestants are expected to sleep toe-to-toe. In addition, the chocolate brown and peachy-pink fabrics, combined with orange and brown tie-dye, add to the overwhelming sense there is no innovative design direction taking place.
Learn to Edit
An overabundance of creative ideas, many of which do not work well together in a single space, is why this dining room is not a complete success. A dramatic wall color, innovative artwork and some genuine design savvy create a foundation set for a real display of design talent. Sticking with a white and deep blue palette, complimented by natural wood tones and warm golden hues, would have been a dramatic transformation of this already architecturally rich room. The problem arises when all the elements fail to come together in one space. It’s important to allow the eye to clearly identify focal points, and to know when to say when, since it's as essential as being daring and innovative in your approach.
Try Something Different
Stephanie and Jennifer are not afraid of trying different things, from the organically formed white dining table and natural wood stools to the insertion of a mannequin form. Unfortunately, all of the positive things done in this room are weighed down by too much accessorizing, leading the dining space to look like a room for family of gnomes and woodland fairies rather than an elegant and innovative place to eat.
A Style to Suit You
This beautiful living room had good bones to begin with, including high ceilings, a detailed fireplace, classic moldings, hardwood floors and French doors. Many people think a classic room demands the most classic of furnishings and accessories, but Tracee, D. Paul, Trish and Michael create an updated traditional room that blends modern, clean-lined elements. The deep blue paint color dramatically sets the tone for this living room, which manages to be both elegant and comfortable. Since rooms no longer need to be one singular style, classic architecture can easily blend with a zebra rug, silver-leafed bookcase backdrops and modern accessories, such as a block lamp and modern artwork.
Be Smart With Accessories
Unlike the dining room, the living room has a cohesive design vision that is nearly perfectly edited. One mistake Tracee, D. Paul, Trish and Michael make is selectively filling each of the glass shelves with a singular accessory that has no purpose other than filler. If you are going to be super selective and minimal in displaying elements, ensure those elements are statement pieces or incredibly relevant to the space. Unnecessary filler ends up making a room look less like a home and more like a model home.