Design Star All Stars: Photo Highlights From Episode 3
The Final Four
Leslie, Tom, Dan and Hilari are all strong contenders — who will make it to the finale? One more challenge will determine the final three.
The Facts of Design
Host David Bromstad presents this week's challenge: Pairs of designers must make over sets inspired by hit '80s sitcom The Facts of Life. Each group must reimagine what an all-girls boarding school TV set would look like today.
Guest Judge: Mindy Cohn
In The Facts of Life, Mindy Cohn played boarding school student Natalie. Today, she's a design enthusiast, actress and comedian. She's the guest judge on this week's panel alongside regulars Vern and Genevieve.
Team One: Leslie and Tom
Leslie and Tom team up. Their game plan: Keep the set traditional, but update to a lighter, brighter color palette and create a homey, lived-in look.
Too Many Accessories?
Leslie worries at first that Tom is stocking up on too many accent pieces, but she tries to avoid micromanaging the project.
Too many colors and patterns don't make for a beautiful camera shot. When Leslie and Tom meet with host and mentor David Bromstad, he recommends they tone down their accent walls.
Hamming It Up
Leslie dons roller skates for the camera challenge as a throwback to Mindy Kohn's character, Natalie.
Before: Stuck in the '70s
With paneling, dark woods and an outdated fireplace, this set needs some upgrades.
After: Elegant Update
The judges love Leslie and Tom's traditional update and agreed it looked like a high-end school environment, but with there were a few more pops of bold color. "It's stunning in person, but less impressive on camera," says judge Vern Yip.
After: One-of-A-Kind Globe Coffee Table
Before: Drab and Oudated Fireplace
After: Bright White Update
After: Tom's Fireside Reading Nook
After: Perfectly-Styled Bookcase
After: Wallpaper and Crown Molding
After: Texture and Pattern on the Floor
Before: Dated Paneling
After: Architectural Update
After: Worldly Accessories
After: Crew-Inspired Medallions
After: Leslie in the Finished Space
After: Tom Poses on His Set
Team Two: Hilari and Dan
This duo decides to pursue a more modern take on the boarding school look with lots of bright, bold colors and patterns. They decide to turn the paneling into a lime green accent wall.
Hilari is worried about the green paneling being too bold, so she suggests they create faux windows to break up the wall.
Dan arranges the books in vertical stacks to give every detail a modern look.
David hints that the lime green paneling might be too bright for TV, but Dan sticks to his design guns.
Before: Drab and Outdate Set
This living and dining room set definitely isn't camera-ready.
After: Bold and Modern
The judges love many details in Dan and Hilari's space — like the office nook and the updated fireplace — but they can't get past the green wall. "We've seen this tennis ball green from Dan before, in the season four kids' room challenge," remembers Genevieve.
After: Plush Chesterfield Sofa
After: Bold Seating Area
Before: Nothing Special
After: Modern and Traditional
After: Fiery Focal Point
After: Bookcase Storage
Before: '70s Paneling
After: Present-Day Dining
After: Contemporary Dining Table
After: Sideboard Storage
After: Extra Greenery
After: Space-Saving Homework Nook
After: Hilari in the Finished Space
The judges named Leslie and Tom's room the winning space this week. Dan's repeat offense — the bright green wall — and a ho-hum camera challenge was enough to send him home.