The top three candidates must complete one more challenge to earn the title of the first Design Star All Star, plus a prize of $25,000 and an appearance on an HGTV show. Their task? Create a functional home inside a 20-foot by 8-foot shipping container.
Guest Judge: Carter Oosterhouse
The host of HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms joins host David Bromstad and regulars Vern Yip and Genevieve Gorder on this week's design panel.
Tom plans his signature look — high-end, curated accessories and layered neutrals — for his itsy-bitsy shipping container.
A Visit From a Friend
Tom's best friend, Tom, makes a surprise visit to the set to lift his pal's spirits.
Tom divides the shipping container into three distinct areas — a dining and reading space with built-in bookshelves, a living area and a sleeping space.
Before: Tom's Bare Shipping Container
This brand-new shipping container was ready for Tom's signature style.
After: Statement Entryway
The judges agree that the architectural bench on Tom's patio shows a high taste level, but Vern wishes it increased the home's living space a bit more.
Before: Tiny Box
It's hard to imagine anyone living inside this mini mobile home.
After: Curated Style
The judges love his mix of textures and patterns. "His look is luxe, his look is expensive, and who doesn't want that?" says Genevieve.
Before: Bright and White
After: Stylish and Functional Living Area
After: Built-In Bookshelves
After: Curated Accessories
After: Dual-Purpose Entryway
After: Tom's Original Artwork
After: Tom in His Finished Space
Leslie's Kid-Friendly Container
Leslie has a leg up on the competition: She's actually decorated a shipping container before as a children's bunk at her Cape Cod beach house. She decides to recreate the kid-friendly, beachy style in this challenge.
Touches of Sophistication
During season six of Design Star, Leslie was sent home for a too-juvenille take on a two-year-old boy's room. She adds touches of sophistication to avoid the same mistake twice. She also works with her carpenter to design a space-saving murphy bed.
Parents' Pep Talk
Leslie's parents make a surprise visit to the set to cheer her on and help her achieve her Design Star dream.
Before: Red and Ready
Leslie's red shipping container, before the challenge.
After: Simple Seating
A simple-but-functional seating area greets the judges as they enter Leslie's space.
Before: Blank Slate
This container's white interior was begging for style and function.
After: Cape Cod-Inspired Getaway
The judges love the family-friendly — but still stylish — functionality of Leslie's shipping container. Her smart solutions, like the chalkboard-backed murphy bed, make use of every inch of space.
Before: Waiting for Style
After: Beachy Style, Delivered
After: Murphy Bed and Chalkboard Wall
After: A Fold-Up Place to Sleep
After: By-the-Door Storage Hooks
After: Multi-Purpose Storage Hutch
After: Nautical Mirrors
After: Rope-Embellished Hanging Bench
After: Rustic Wall Art
After: Kid-Friendly Sofa and Bright Pillows
After: Leslie in the Finished Space
Hilari's Midcentury Style
Hilari decides to think outside of her glamorous comfort zone; her shipping container's furnishings are inspired by sleek-and-small midcentury lines.
Hilari chooses a bright coral wall hue to complement her room's modern furnishings.
Hilari's daughter and husband make a surprise visit to the set to give the designer a final push.
Before: Blank Slate
A bare patio and yellow exterior wait to be styled.
After: Added Living Space
Lots of plants and wall partitions create privacy and nearly double the living space of this itsy-bitsy home.
After: Bistro Table
Before: Fresh Off the Truck
This new container needed Hilari's signature style.
After: Midcentury Glamour
Hilari created a space full of low-slung midcentury pieces, with her signature glitz and glamour mixed in. "She's giving us something that is still her style, but really stepping outside of her box," Vern says. However, Genevieve says that the pink tone is "reading too fleshy."
Before: Blank Slate
After: Low-Slung Living Room
Before: Triple-Purpose Room Divider, Bookshelf and Nighstand
After: Glitzy Accessories
After: Private Bed Nook
After: Hanging Planters
After: Low-Profile Sofa
After: Retro Gold Coffee Table
After: Textural Pendant Lighting
The Moment of Truth
One trip to the Elimination Studio is all that's between these three designers and their dream of winning Design Star All Stars.
The Final Deliberation
With three strong contenders, the panel took the designers' entire body of work, overall improvement and camera presence into account. And the winner is...
The First All Star Winner
Leslie! Her rock-solid camera challenges and strong design skills made her the judges' pick for the very first Design Star All Star.
"All the blood, sweat and tears that I've put into this thing...it's worth it to have my dream come true," Leslie says. "This experience has been life changing."