Design Star Season 6: Photo Highlights From Episode 1

For their first challenge, the designers make over a penthouse. Browse before-and-after photos of their designs. Plus, relive the episode's best moments.
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November 25, 2014

Designers Hit New York City

The 12 finalists for season six include professional interior designers, contractors, stylists and artists. For the first challenge, they must make over their living quarters, a three-story penthouse in New York City.

A New Season Begins

The new cast meets each other moments before their first challenge.

Before: Bonus Room

Kellie and Karl pair up to tackle the bonus room, a small space full of interesting angles, nooks and a weird space underneath the stairs.

After: Bonus Room

Rustic pieces, like the desk, are mixed in with streamlined furnishings, including a contemporary sectional and acrylic coffee table, for a mod yet relaxed look. Karl creates a focal wall by painting of mural of trees in tone-on-tone blues. The judges love the space and name it the winning design of challenge one, and Kevin takes home of prize of the first winning designer.

After: Bonus Room Nook

Kellie takes on the weird nook under the stairs. Since there's only one window in the space, she designs a stylish seating and reading area around it to encourage people to get to the natural light. Judge Vern Yip considers this is a phenomenal room, saying, "Just because you have a small space doesn't mean you can't do big design."

Designer Mentoring

Mentor David Bromstad uses his own experience from the first season of Design Star to advise current contestants, Karl and Kellie.

Cleaning Up

After a major paint mishap, Kellie cleans up the hardwood floors in the bonus room.

Before: Great Room

Leslie and Cathy team up to design the great room, where they'll need to create both a living and dining area.

After: Dining Room

The dining room table is almost this team's downfall, when their first choice, a rosewood table, doesn't fit into the building. At the last minute, Leslie purchases a contemporary wooden table that fits perfectly into the space.

After: Living Room

For their individual contributions to the room, Cathy creates a built-in bench that falls flat with the judges. Though the idea was smart, the execution of the pillows leave the bench extremely uncomfortable. Leslie chooses a gigantic coffee table made of old rubber tires, which Vern feel is "one of the most impressive things I've seen put into a room."

Precision Cuts

Since Bret is a construction manager, he wants to show off his skills by creating a custom graphic element for the wall.

Before: Bedroom One

Kevin and Bret pair off to design one of the bedrooms, which features large windows and a fireplace.

After: Bedroom One

Kevin suggests going bold by painting the space a bright tangerine; however, the judges think the color is overwhelming for a bedroom and doesn't create the relaxing environment one would want. Vern says the bedroom feels more like a kid's room rather than one for adults.

After: Bedroom One

One of Bret's contributions to the room is a graphic element that says, "Relax," above the fireplace, but the judges are not impressed with the unfinished artwork.

Smoothing the Edges

Bret works on his individual contribution to the bedroom design, a wooden element that says, "Relax."

Before: Bedroom Two

J and Doug design one of the bedrooms in the penthouse. The room has large windows they can take advantage of, but it's incredibly small, so they need smart space planning.

After: Bedroom Two

J and Doug have trouble making decisions together from the very beginning, and the result is a poorly executed room. J's headboards are sloppy, leaving judge Genevieve Gorder to say, "If you're not going to do it well, don't do it."

After: Graphic Focal Point

The one standout feature in the gray bedroom is Doug's feature wall. He uses a graphic black-and-white wallpaper to create the focal point and adds a large round mirror to expand the small space and reflect the view of the city. Candice loves the contrast of the patterned wallpaper and how the mirror adds depth to the room.

Before: Bedroom Three

Mark and Blanche decide to take on one of the empty bedrooms together.

After: Bedroom Three

Mark designs and builds custom headboards for the beds, even though mentor David Bromstad warns him about having enough time to complete the project. The judges love the idea of the built-ins because they add division and privacy to the space, but notice immediately that he ran out of time and the headboards are unfinished.

After: Decorative Wall Panels

For her individual contribution to the space, Blanche creates wall panels made from metallic wallpaper and simple white frames. Judge Candice Olson says the element could have been fantastic but was executed poorly, and ultimately Blanche is the first one sent home.

Hard at Work

Mark works on his individual design element for the space, a built-in headboard with elongated nightstand.

Before: Bedroom Four

Meg and Tyler team up to create one of the bedroom designs.

After: Bedroom Four

Meg and Tyler design a soft feminine space. They receive high praises from the judges for their use of fabric and the color palette of green and purple; however, they fall short on styling the bookshelves.

Designer Teamwork

After painting the walls lavender and the baseboards a deep purple, Meg and Tyler finalize the rest of their design plan.

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