HGTV Star Season 8: Photo Highlights From Episode 3

This week’s challenge gave the remaining eight HGTV Star hopefuls the chance to work with their first real clients. The catch? Each randomly-paired duo was asked to create a space designed around the same couple.
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The Final Eight

The remaining eight designers met host David Bromstad outside a newly-built apartment complex to learn more about this week's challenge.

Meet the Clients

This week's challenge gave the remaining eight designers the chance to work with their first real clients. Here, David introduces the couple, Kacey and Rossi, to their design team.

Random Teammates

The designers paired up by drawing names from a basket. Each team will interview the clients, then create a dream apartment living and dining space based on the couple's style.

Team One: Anne and Jeribai

After learning that Kacey and Rossi like vineyards, Tuscan style, clean lines and country music, the team hatched a design plan. "They're looking for something to bridge the gap between rustic and modern," Anne said.

Team One: Jeribai's Stripes

Each team had access to a professional painter, but Jeribai opted to create the apartment's wall stripes on his own. But, would the rest of the design suffer as a result? Anne wasn't so sure.

Team One: A Blank Slate

Each team's apartment contained the same open floor plan.

Team One: Finished Living Room

After misplacing their drapes at the last minute, Anne and Jeribai took down the curtain rods and went without.

Team One: Industrial-Chic Coffee Table

Anne and Jeribai added this sleek, modern coffee table to their transitional living room.

Team One: The Pre-Makeover Dining Space

Each group of designers also had to create a dining space in the open concept apartments.

Team One: Finished Dining Room

Jeribai's hand-painted stripes extend from the living room to the dining area, connecting the two spaces. Judge Vern Yip said the precisely-painted stripes were the best he'd ever seen.

Team One: Farm-Style Dining Table

This large-scale farm table in Anne and Jeribai's space gives the clients ample room to host a large dinner party.

Team One: Rustic Details

Benches made from rough-hewn recycled lumber lend the space the rustic vibe the clients craved.

Team One: Jeribai's Musical Wall Art

Jeribai payed homage to client Kacey's love of country music with a handmade wooden art piece shaped like a guitar. The judges loved the handmade touch, though they wished the piece was larger in scale.

Team One: Anne's Barbed Wire Art

Reviews were mixed on this barbed wire art piece Anne selected for the apartment's entryway. Half of the judging panel thought it was a health hazard, while others felt it gave edgy texture.

Team One: The Judges' Verdict

Despite their missing curtains, Anne and Jeribai's space was among the judges' favorites. They're both safe and will move on to the next challenge.

Team Two: Brooks and Tiffany

After discovering that the clients share a love of entertaining and that he rides a motorcycle and is into vintage style, Tiffany and Brooks hatch their design plan.

Team Two: Asymmetrical Stripes

Brooks shows David Bromstad his unique wall graphic idea: An asymmetrical take on classic horizontal stripes.

Team Two: The Finished Living Room

Tiffany and Brooks incorporated rustic and vintage pieces to create a neutral, eclectic living room.

Team Two: Colorful Accents

Tiffany selected these orange side chairs to give the mostly-neutral room a bright focal point.

Team Two: Chesterfield Sofa

Brooks selected this black, tufted leather sofa to satisfy Rossi's love of vintage pieces and motorcycle style. Tiffany's accessories and art gallery wall keeps the space from reading too masculine.

Team Two: Carved Console Table

Both clients expressed a love of rustic pieces, so Tiffany and Brooks delivered rustic style in the form of this hand-carved media console.

Team Two: Finished Dining Room

Tiffany and Brooks created a more formal dining space featuring a crystal chandelier and upholstered dining chairs. A rustic dining table ties the living and dining spaces together.

Team Two: Dining Table Accessories

Brooks gathered this collection of vases and vessels to decorate the dining table, but both Sabrina and Vern found it over-accessorized. "It’s better to have one great item than a bunch of items that are fighting with each other," Vern said.

Team Two: The Judges' Verdict

Tiffany and Brooks creative collection of furnishings and vintage-meets-rustic theme paid off: Their space was the judges' top pick in the evaluation room!

Team Three: Tylor and Cris

Tylor and Cris paired up a second time during the week three challenge. After a quick consultation with the clients, they opt to create a space full of natural elements.

Team Three: Consult With David

Tylor and Cris discuss their strategy with David, including their paint color choice: a pale green. Tylor was all-in on the hue selection, but Cris wasn't sure. "I hope this doesn't come back to bite me in the end," Cris said.

Team Three: Finished Living Room

While Tylor thought the wall color evoked nature, Vern thought it brought to mind a hospital room. "People look sick in a hospital for a reason. It’s not just the sickness, it’s because they’re surrounded by this awful, awful color palette that you have in this room," Vern said. Ouch!

Team Three: Nature-Inspired Accessories

The rustic coffee table is topped with a wooden tray and watery blue and green accessories.

Team Three: Faux Chair Rail

Tylor's camera challenge tip? Create a faux chair rail with painter's tape. The judges weren't wowed by this lackluster addition.

Team Three: Eclectic Dining Room

A mix of chairs creates a collected feeling in the apartment's dining area.

Team Three: Cris' Artwork

Cris created this original artwork, which features a favorite quote. "I hate to say it, but Cris’ art is the sore thumb of this room," Tylor said.

Team Three: Dining Room Bar

One of the apartment's few bright spots was the dining room bar area designed by Cris. "I like that they have a functional piece of furniture against the wall," Vern said.

Team Three: The Judges' Verdict

The few positive moments weren't enough to save Tylor and Cris this week. In this week's double-elimination, both team members were sent home. Goodbye, Tylor and Cris!

Team Four: Abby and Boris

After a quick interview with the clients, Boris and Abby decide to create a warm, traditional room based on the couple's love of Tuscany.

Team Four: The Finished Living Room

While Abby and Boris added the drapes to "create a sense of grandeur," the judges weren't impressed. Another design flop: Boris' faux crown molding.

Team Four: Cottage-Style Console

The team used a distressed cottage-style console to house accessories and media essentials.

Team Four: Global Accessories

"There's definitely a global feel coming from the accessorizing, but the room as a whole feels overly traditional," Genevieve said.

Team Four: The Dining Room

The team paired a sculptural dining table with formal upholstered chairs.

Team Four: Succulent Style

Abby styled a ladder-style bookcase with vintage accessories and plants like these trendy succulents. The bookcase was one of the judges' favorite design moments.

Boris and Abby: The Judges' Verdict

Vern, Genevieve and Sabrina saw enough design potential in both Abby and Boris to keep them around for another week.