Design Star All Stars: Photo Highlights From Episode 4

In the season finale of Design Star All Stars, the final three turn tiny shipping containers into functional homes.
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November 25, 2014

The Final Three

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.

Traditional Tom

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.

Sectional Living

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.

Girly Modern

Hilari chooses a bright coral wall hue to complement her room's modern furnishings.

Spirit-Lifting Surprise

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.

Congratulations, Leslie!

"All the blood, sweat and tears that I've put into this's worth it to have my dream come true," Leslie says. "This experience has been life changing."

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