Design Star returns to LA for a splashy season seven. Twelve gifted designers compete for the job of a lifetime: their own show on HGTV. In this season premiere, Host and Mentor David Bromstad reveals their first challenge: to team up and make over six empty rooms in the stunning mansion where they will be living. Prior to arriving, the Designers were told to send a decor item from home that represents their personal style. In an unexpected twist, they learn that they must each find a way to successfully incorporate that item into their shared space. With only three days to complete their rooms, the teams race to make creative decisions on the fly. Some teams work harmoniously, and others find it difficult to agree. On the final day, they face the Design Panel, Vern Yip and Genevieve Gorder, who are joined by this week's special guest, model and entrepreneur Daisy Fuentes. The Panel chooses a winner, and the least successful designer is eliminated.
Design Star rolls into LA's breathtaking Union Station for the iconic and always eagerly anticipated White Room Challenge. Host and Mentor David Bromstad explains that each of the eleven remaining designers will have two days to transform a plain white room into a true representation of their design point of view. Each designer is given the same white walls and white furniture pieces to work with. The final twist is that to make over their space, they may only utilize what they can buy at a home and garden center on a budget of $1000. On the final day, the designers' work is reviewed by the Design Panel, Vern Yip and Genevieve Gorder, joined by high-end home remodeler and rap artist Rob Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, host of "The Vanilla Ice Project" on DIY Network. At Evaluation, one designer is chosen as the winner of the White Room Challenge. The least successful designer is sent home, leaving ten to compete for the grand prize: their own series on HGTV.
Host David Bromstad introduces the 10 remaining designers to Kris Jenner, the "mom-ager" of the world-famous Kardashian family. The designers are tasked with transforming Kris' new company headquarters (formerly a chiropractor's office) into a modern, chic office suite that is representative of the Kardashians' style. The designers work in teams of two, with each team taking on one of five spaces in the suite. David also reveals a twist: this week there will be a double elimination. While a few pairs work well together, sparks fly among other teams, as the designers struggle to merge their different work methods and complete their rooms in just three days. Kris Jenner joins the Panel at Evaluation to decide who will be this week's winner, and which two designers must be sent home.
The eight remaining designers must work in pairs to make over adjacent indoor and outdoor spaces for real homeowners in two neighboring houses. Each designer must also show his/her TV skills in the Camera Challenge, giving the viewers an accessible design tip on how to bring the outdoors in, or the indoors out. With just three days to complete their transformations, and the added pressure of pleasing real clients, tensions run high among some of the designers. Joining Vern Yip and Genevieve Gorder on the Design Panel is Sabrina Soto, star of HGTV's The High/Low Project. At Evaluation, Sabrina announces the winner, and the Panel must choose one designer to be sent home. David Bromstad serves as host and mentor.
The competition kicks off as host and mentor David Bromstad gives the finalists their first challenge: to make over their new living space. After being paired and assigned an area, each designer must incorporate a personal home decor item that they feel truly represents their design point of view. During the design process, David will check in on each team's progress and offer advice along the way. Guest panelist, entrepreneur and TV personality, Daisy Fuentes, will join Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip to evaluate each finished space.
Upon entering Union Station, L.A.'s iconic art deco train station, the finalists discover it's time for the famous white room challenge. During the episode, each finalist must transform individual blank white rooms into customized spaces that showcase their vision and ingenuity. In addition, for the first time in the show's history, the challenge will take place in a public area, where passersby will be able to view the designers' progress. The finalists, who must display their creativity with materials found at a home and garden center, also must demonstrate how they repurpose an existing item and how viewers might adapt the concept at home. Pop icon turned real estate entrepreneur and remodeling expert Rob Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, will join Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip in selecting which finalist achieved the most inventive design.
Kris Kardashian Jenner, the "mom-ager" of the superstar family famous for reality television, fashion and style, recently purchased a 30-year-old chiropractor's office and wants to convert it into the new Jenner Communications headquarters. In this week's episode, the finalists must bring new life to an outdated reception area, kitchen, office and conference room, as well as install a showroom for products. In addition, each finalist must showcase his or her individual design style while giving the Kardashians a new space that is stylish without being stuffy. Kris will join judges Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip to decide which duo designed the most successful space.
In this indoor/outdoor challenge, the finalists work with two neighboring homeowners to redesign a family room that connects to an adjacent outdoor space. The competitors team up to transform one of the four areas and work with the home's other team to create a design that flows seamlessly between the indoor and outdoor spaces. Sabrina Soto, host of HGTV's The High Low Project, along with Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip, review the spaces and select a winner based on which team has the most beautiful space. For the on-camera hosting challenge, each finalist must demonstrate their ability to bring the outdoors in or the indoors out by giving a clever design tip under $100.
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of Hollywood, the finalists work with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to create several lounges for a star-studded party. Each lounge must be inspired by famous design styles of the past, such as Hollywood regency and art deco. For this week's on-camera challenge, the finalists' public-speaking skills are put to the test as each contestant will present their design concept to the party attendees. As one of the newest recipients of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation star and Emmy award-winning actress Marg Helgenberger joins Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip to see which lounge shines the brightest.
HGTV Magazine editor-in-chief Sara Peterson joins David to deliver this week's challenge: the finalists must create ultimate designer kitchens. With a unique Kohler sink to serve as inspiration, the challenge will take place in a studio. Along with Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip, HGTV's Kitchen Cousins John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino will determine whose kitchen is worthy to be featured in an upcoming issue of HGTV Magazine. In addition, each designer must deliver a tip related to home entertaining that would be fit for a spread in the magazine.
To demonstrate their colorful design skills, each finalist will be assigned a new condominium unit where they must create a living room design. The design must feature a bold color scheme that will appeal to prospective home buyers. Reigning HGTV Design Star winner Meg Caswell will join Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip to evaluate the spaces and select the best design. For the on-camera hosting challenge, the finalists will appear on CBS's nationally syndicated show, The Talk, to deliver color design tips alongside show hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood.
Creating innovative designs for unconventional spaces is a signature challenge for HGTV Design Star. This episode is all about yurts - a modern adaptation of the ancient round shelters used for centuries by Central Asian nomads - which feature no right angles or flat walls. With help from HGTV and DIY Network carpenters Chip Wade (HGTV's Elbow Room), Jeff Devlin (I Hate My Bath) and Joel West (Design on a Dime), the finalists must put their design ingenuity to the test to create a fantasy bedroom suite in the circular space. In addition to evaluating the inventive designs, judges Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip and guest judge, Mark Steines, host of Entertainment Tonight, also review the finalists' ability to interact with a co-host on-camera.
In the series finale, the last two finalists will create the pilot episode of a dream design show that they think will get them the HGTV Design Star crown. The show concept must showcase their personality, design point of view and overall skills. And, the remaining finalists must create an amazing room for real homeowners. Along with Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip, original HGTV Design Star winner David Bromstad will review the shows and award the best designer the grand prize - a contract for his or her own show on HGTV.
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