Design Star Season 6: Photo Highlights From Episode 6
This Week's Test: 24-Hour Wedding
This week, the designers work as a group to plan a wedding reception for a lucky (and brave) couple. When's the wedding? Tomorrow!
Guest Judge: Dina Manzo
A Jersey housewife, event planner and host of HGTV's new show, Dina's Party, Dina Manzo joins Genevieve and Vern on the judging panel this week.
Meet The Bride and Groom
Val and Cynthia meet with the design team to tell them their wishes. Cynthia requests a Victorian theme with bright colors and distinctive flowers. The groom's only request: A '60s-inspired bar for his buddies.
Before: An Empty Loft
The venue for the wedding is a plain white loft. It will need lots of color and interest to make the decorations stand out, so the designers decide to go with an overall Victorian theme.
This Wedding Is No Honeymoon
Problems erupt from the start when the designers can't agree on a plan. "We spent 20 minutes bickering over who had more credentials in terms of planning a wedding...ridiculous," says Kellie.
Karl Goes Shopping
Floral neophyte Karl searches for inspiration for the groom's lounge arrangements.
A Pop of Color
Kellie and Meg pick an orange fabric to create a draped pop of color that will help define the dance floor.
Dressing The Tabletops
Cathy, who repeatedly says that her wedding was featured in "three national magazines," takes over the table linens, table settings and the bride and groom's sweetheart table. "I think this could be my breakout moment," Cathy says.
The Sweetest Wedding Cake
Kellie and Meg select the wedding cake, which will tie in with the wedding's Victorian theme.
Karl Installs The Dance Floor's "Wow Moment"
"I always like there to be one element in every space I do where people stop and say, 'Wow, I never would have thought of that,'" says Kellie. She conceptualized the orange ceiling decor.
For this week's camera challenge, the designers must do a 30-second "stand-up" showcasing a design tip. "I think I'm one of the few people that understands what a stand up is," says Cathy. Despite her broadcast experience, her performance doesn't impress David or the judges.
Kellie and Kevin Take a Break
Kellie and Kevin brush up on their tango in the midst of the hectic challenge.
Leslie's Camera Challenge
Leslie falters this week, spending her whole 30 seconds on a scattered intro. "You've got to reign in that crazy when you're talking about the tips that we want to give the viewer," says Dina.
Kevin Installs Retro Lighting
Kevin takes a risk by choosing '60s furnishings that may clash with the rest of reception. "This could be a bad thing, but I have to stick to my guns. I have to do it," he says of the groom's lounge.
Kellie on Camera
Kellie starts strong, but fumbles the end of her 30-second tip. "Your timing is what you need to work on, because your content is wonderful. I see you improving every week," says Genevieve.
Mark's Groom's Lounge Installation
The groom is a skater, so Mark decides to use wooden board tops to create a focal point in the groom's lounge.
Meg Tackles The Flower Arrangements
"I've never done flowers before, but I feel confident in my design eye that I'll be able to pull it off," she says.
The Big Reveal
Tanika brings the newly-married bride and groom into the space for a sneak-preview before their guests arrive.
After: Victorian Elegance
The designers transformed the space into a Victorian-inspired reception hall with modern touches, like these Louis Ghost Chairs.
Surveying the Space
Leslie dresses the sign-in table, which is the first thing the judges and guests see when they arrive. "It just looks so sad... it really misses the mark," Vern says.
The Sign-In Table Disappoints
"I want to see more purposeful accessorizing. This latern looks purposeful, but the rest of the accessories just look littered on the landscape," says Vern.
Cathy's Drab Table Linens
Guest judge Dina Manzo is underwhelmed by Cathy's table linens. "When you hear Victorian, that means lush, it means romantic...all we got was fabric," she says.
Meg's Vibrant Flowers
The judges think Meg could have done more with the flowers. "The scale is off. There's not enough mass to go with the height. It almost seems like they ran out of flowers," Dina says.
A Hint of Romance
Votive candles in crystal-encrusted holders add glamour to the tabletops.
Dinner is Served
Printed menus with filigree details make the wedding feel more upscale.
A Bit of Shine
Metalic chargers and gold-edged plates create a luxurious look.
After: Dramatic Dance Floor
"I love the fact that there's a splash of color that helps designate the space," says Vern on the bold orange ceiling feature.
Mark chose all the lighting in the reception hall, including this glamorous chandelier.
Mark also spotlighted the cake, making it stand out in the center of the dance floor. "Nine time out of ten, when you walk into a room you love and looks great, it's because of the lighting," says Vern.
Victorian-Inspired Wedding Cake
The wedding cake features the bride's favorite colors, pink and orange, and a Victorian-style damask print.
Cathy's Sweetheart Table
The judges don't fall in love with Cathy's sweetheart table. "It feels naked. There should be layers grounding these chargers and plates. Instead they're floating on cheap mirrored fabric," says Genevieve.
Not-So-Sweet Sweetheart Table
"This is the bride and groom. This is what everyone's looking at. This to me is not wow," says Dina.
Last-Minute Flower Arrangements
Meg added these flowers at the last minute when she sees Cathy isn't creating an arrangement for the sweetheart table. "Her flowers aren't my responsibility, but if the bride's flowers are not finished, that's sad," says Meg. Still, Genevieve isn't impressed: "The flower arrangements are just sad," she says.
After: Glitz and Glamour at the Bar
A light-up bar and three eye-catching gilded mirrors combine to create a striking balance of old and new at the bar.
After: Bar Seating Area
Stark, modern white furniture in classic Victorian shapes makes this space reflect the design aesthetic of both the bride and the groom.
After: The Groom's Lounge
Kevin took a risk in the groom's lounge, but it paid off. "Kevin showed up at the wedding. He made great decisions with the furniture and accessories," Genevieve says.
Rat Pack-Inspired Chairs
These '60s-style chairs add a touch of the groom's favorite era to this space.
An assortment of colors and heights makes these light fixtures a functional focal point in the groom's lounge.
Plush pillows in feminine hues bring a bit of the Victorian theme into this space.
Mark's Skateboard Wall
The judges love Mark's skateboard art. "The fact that you took something (the groom) loved and did something creative with it...that was genius," says Dina.
The Groom's Cake
A playful cake in the groom's lounge reminds guests of Val's love of sports.
Karl's Flowers Gone Wrong
"I detest that flower arrangement. It's hideous," says Vern. "As a designer, there's a taste level you need to maintain," scolds Dina. "It was a missed artistic opportunity."
The Happy Couple
Despite minor design flaws, the couple is thrilled with the reception. "Thank you so much for taking our dream and making it come true," says the bride, Cynthia.
This Week's Winner: Mark
Mark's genius lighting and bold skateboard art earn him a win.
Cathy, It's Time to Go
Cathy's bland tablescapes and heartless sweetheart table made the judges say, "We will not be producing your show." See what she has to say about going home. Hint: She's not happy.
David's Take on Episode 6
See mentor David Bromstad's behind-the-scenes take on all of this episode's action.