7 Things You Might Not Know About David Bromstad

Did you know he worked at Disney?

Related To:

If you watch one episode of David Bromstad’s Lottery Dream Home or scroll for even just 30 seconds on his Instagram, a few things become immediately clear: He’s “crazy about color,” he loves Disney, and he’s—suffice it to say—obsessed with tattoos. While these surface revelations are enough to make even a first-time HGTV viewer fall head over heels for David, we thought that diving deeper into the Design Star’s life and persona would be the icing on the cake. With that in mind, ahead you’ll discover seven tidbits that will make you swoon over David and his design style even more.

He was the very first Design Star winner.

Notice how we called him a Design Star in the intro? That’s because, in case you didn’t know, he was HGTV’s debut Design Star winner. After taking the grand prize in the show’s very first season, David went on to make a real name for himself on HGTV and within the home design sphere as a whole.

Since then, he’s had three of his own shows and starred in others.

Since his Design Star success, David has hosted three shows: Beach Flip, Color Splash, and, most recently, My Lottery Dream Home. But that’s not all. The 47-year-old designer has also appeared on Design at Your Door and is a design competitor in the upcoming second season of Rock the Block. To watch him breathe life into a new home with his RTB partner, Tiffany Brooks, tune into HGTV on Mondays at 9 p.m. E.T. or stream it on discovery+.

He was a Disney illustrator.

Remember how we mentioned that he loves Disney? Well, there’s a reason. Believe it or not, before David made it big on Design Star, he was actually a Disney illustrator. He knew he wanted to work for Disney at a young age and so, after high school, he enrolled at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, which is known for helping artists land jobs at Disney.

He grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

David was born on Aug. 17, 1973. In case the ‘70s or ‘80s are before your time, know that scratch-n-sniff stickers were all the rage. As such, he got a tattoo of one of his favorite ones.

“The ‘poppin good’ scratch and sniff sticker brings me back to my childhood and my [family’s] love for popcorn,” he revealed in the caption of the photo of his new tatt.

He’s covered in tattoos.

Speaking of tattoos, David has a bunch. What started as a hint of chest and shoulder ink, as well as a forearm sleeve, quickly turned into dozens of tattoos across his chest, biceps, triceps, back, abdomen, thighs and calves. In addition to his Poppin’ Good tattoo, David has an array of Mickey Mouse tattoos, a Minnie Mouse tattoo, Cinderella’s castle, the word “Fantasy” beneath it, the word “Artist” across his hand, “Limited Edition” on his chest, a rainbow “Family” on his abdomen, a dabbing unicorn and more. And he has no inkling to slow down with his ink obsession. Which ultimately means: We can’t wait to see what he gets next!

He loves tracksuits.

David isn’t one to shy away from head-to-toe monochrome ensembles. Because of this, he appreciates stylish (and cozy!) tracksuit. So much so, in fact, that he wore one for his Rock the Block debut.

He encourages others to be their truest selves.

One scroll through David’s Instagram and you’ll find relics of the many Pride parades he’s been to, as well as homages to his Pride family. He’s so fervently involved that, in addition to his rainbow “Family” tattoo, he also has a rainbow “Love” tattoo.

“My tattoo addiction is shining bright with a rainbow of delicious colors,” he wrote in the caption of his new “Love” tattoo. “It symbolizes so much for me. The gay flag, my love for color, my first tv series, color splash, freedom and it’s just plain happy. I encourage u all to embrace the core of who u are. I just happen to to be wacky colorful artistic weirdo and I love it. So much more to come!”

Next Up

David Bromstad Knows About More Than Home Decor—These Outfits Prove It

His design talents extend to his incredible personal style.

7 Things You Might Not Know About Christina Hall

Learn more about Christina Hall — host of HGTV's Christina on the Coast and Christina in the Country.

8 Things You Might Not Know About Ben Napier

For starters, he's taller than you might think.

8 Things You Might Not Know About Tiffany Brooks

For one thing, she started a career in design after losing a bet.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Lara Spencer

She hosted a few famous TV shows before coming to HGTV.

9 Things You Might Not Know About Alison Victoria

The designer has been a part of six different shows, but that's just the beginning.

10 of David Bromstad's Most Notable Tattoos

The designer is seriously inked. Learn the meaning behind some of his biggest and brightest pieces.

7 Facts to Know About Michel Smith Boyd, Host of 'Luxe For Less'

The host of HGTV's newest series, Luxe For Less, has a plan to bring fab designs to homeowners with every type of budget. Find out everything you need to know about Michel Smith Boyd ahead.


Home Town

9am | 8c

Home Town

10am | 9c

Home Town

11am | 10c

Home Town

12pm | 11c

Home Town

1pm | 12c

Home Town

2pm | 1c

Flip or Flop

3:30pm | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30pm | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30pm | 4:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Flip or Flop

6pm | 5c

Flip or Flop

6:30pm | 5:30c

Flip or Flop

7:30pm | 6:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

1am | 12c
What's Hot

Home Town

Season Premiere! Dec. 4 at 8|7c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.

Luxury Home Giveaways

HGTV Urban Oasis

A bold remodel in Portland, Maine.

HGTV Dream Home

A grand coastal escape located in Newport, Rhode Island.

HGTV Smart Home

A sophisticated home blending design with today’s top tech in Naples, FL.