Hawaiian Hotel Suite From Design Star Challenge 7
For the final challenge, the two remaining contestants, Kim Myles and Todd Davis, are given an outdated ocean-front hotel suite on Waikiki Beach to demonstrate why they should be HGTV's new Design Star.
Create Your Own Art
Throughout the competition, no other contestant has demonstrated a definitive point of view more so than Todd. In typical "fifth-gear, full-throttle" mode, he highlights his strengths as a creative painter by showcasing sea creatures and ocean colors.
Change It Up
Todd makes a significant move by switching the function of each room in his suite. He moves the bed into the main living space next to the kitchen and the dining area to the bedroom next to the bathroom. This arrangement smartly takes advantage of the view from the bed, but, in turn, creates some awkward circumstances. Most guests would be uncomfortable eating directly outside the bathroom and would find it slightly awkward to have a full kitchen next to the bed. Additionally, moving the large-screen TV and custom-built cabinet into a location that partially blocks the view he fought so hard to showcase is inconsistent with his decision.
Stick to Your Plan
Without question, Todd takes chances and a great designer will take chances they believe in and have thought through. He has always had a bold perspective and been a risk taker, which should be rightfully commended. Unfortunately, Todd plays it safe in some ways by sticking with the existing dated carpet and drapes. What he's done brilliantly with his vibrant and dynamic point of view is turn out a fantasy retreat that will completely transport the hotel guests to their destination. There is no question that Todd has something valuable and unique to contribute to the world of interior design.
Embrace Your Surroundings
If Todd has been defined as the contestant with the most distinctive perspective, Kim has unquestionably grown the most throughout the competition. Embracing the multicultural background of Hawaii, Kim smartly employs elements that are unique and interesting to this part of the world. By showcasing Hawaiian handiwork in her bedding, artwork and decorative accessories, she transports the guest into an instant vacation reflective of their wonderful location. Additionally, Kim injects strategic amounts of Asian elements reflective of Hawaii's broad Asian population.
Choose Colors Carefully
Bold color choices such as a curry orange and turquoise blue are graphic and interesting, especially for TV purposes because they read beautifully on camera. But as color choices for a top-notch, oceanfront hotel suite, the guests may find it hard to unwind and relax. However, Kim cleverly removes the dated blue carpet and drapes, which allows more freedom with her paint choices.
Think Global, Shop Local
Most impressive is the fact that Kim is able to stay true to her urban-chic point of view by seamlessly blending local crafts with handiwork to produce a unique, upscale and distinctively modern Hawaiian retreat. There is no question she is an impressive design talent with an unparalleled ease in front of the camera.