Monday, August 23, 2010

Design Star Final Thoughts

Firstly, could they be any more dramatic? Large lights panning the building, the skyline, the sad movie music? Here we start to see that Survivor/Apprentice direction - and I have to tell you, it was a little hokey. I'm just sayin'!

Secondly, we're down to the final two. My favorite, Emily and Michael, who is wonderfully talented. It's bound to be a good finale - filled with inspiration, right?

The Challenge:

Film a segment of their proposed show while redesigning a basic 1-bedroom NYC apartment for $15,000.

The Teams:

Michael's Team: Michael, Courtland, Nina, Trent, Tara, Julie
Emily's Team: Emily, Dan, Casey, Stacy, Tom, Alex

The twist, one of the eliminated contestants has to serve as the "client" in the space.

Michael's "client": Nina
Emily's "client": first Dan then Tom. Did she get into my head or what? Tom and Emily - how could she not win?

The Rooms:

Michael's redo: Pretty good. With Nina as his Client, Michael created some interesting moments in the space. His presentation: Fabulous! He was clearly exhausted, but somehow he really turned it out for the camera and did a great job introducing his idea and the space. I feared for Emily for a minute. Until ...

We get this. Umm, GORGEOUS!? There's a wonderful quality to this space, and you can tell that her background as a stylist not only helps her create lovely spaces like these and the one from last week, but also helps stretch a budget to the max. Does this look like a $15,000 room? And you can't even see all of it. Then her presentation: pretty good. Honestly, I have to say that Michael did a better job on camera. So my knuckles are white, fingers crossed. I am saying a little prayer to the Design Gods ... "Please pick Emily, Please pick Emily ... " did they listen?

OF COURSE!!! And her new show, Secrets from a Stylist is going to be one of my favorites, I can just tell! If you haven't already found it - check out her blog here: (thanks tami)