Monday, August 31, 2009

Interior Design Stars? Are you out there?

I must vent. After watching last night's episode of Design Star, I am once again disappointed in the cast as well as the challenges and the claims of being talented interior designers. First of all, I thought this was a show about interior designers, not landscape designers. Why was it necessary to re-design a yard? And why another group challenge at this point in the game? No one from this episode stood out as a design star with any real talent or ability to comfortably host their own design show. Not to mention the embarrassing budget oversight this week! $11,000 for a white vinyl pergola? $5,000 over the total budget? Ouch. The only saving grave was when Clive offered up another $5,000 so that they could actually buy furniture for their clients to sit on in their backyard.

Week after week, I have been watching this show hoping to see something exciting or creative from the cast and every week I see nothing. I mean not only are the time restrictions ridiculous for these challenges, but often times the budget is too. When they do seem to have a big enough budget, the designers are not using it wisely in the least. And the judges? I love Candice Olson's work and I like Genevieve's show and Vern is great, but I am appalled by the things they praise on this show. I'm hoping that they are just trying to squeeze out a little bit of praise for these people from what little good is part of their designs and that they are not truly impressed with the designs. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way because I have been reading on other blogs pretty much the same things I've been mentioning here. I truly hope next season shows a much better choice of design star wannabes and a better mix of challenges without such crazy time restrictions so that these people can actually design something creative and inspiring. I honestly don't think I will watch the winner of Design Star's show this year because I can't stand any of them. Here's a before and after of the yard from this week's challenge. You be the judge.

So, what do you guys think? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. Yeah I asked the same thing -why do they have to design a backyard? Isn't this show about interior design?? The after really was not inspiring..rather plain and nothing special. Did you watch the last episode with the celebrity clients?

  2. I missed it! Did you think it was better or worse than the last episode?


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