"This week, the designers find inspiration in flowers. The nine remaining designers are challenged to create a studio space inspired by their team's bouquet. Each designer selects one flower and uses it as individual inspiration in the team's overall space. As the studio space blossoms, one designer has difficulty catching his breath, while another struggles to find inspiration altogether. A massive mistake threatens one team, while the other struggles with a dominant personality. In the end, the judges surprise everyone with an unexpected decision and one designer is eliminated from the competition while eight survive to see another day of design." (HGTV.com)
Well, thank you for asking HGTV. First, could Tom be any more handsome and the epitome of what a fabulously successful designer should look like? Reason #67 why I could never be on this show. I would forever look like the rumpled and dumpy assistant to the designers and I'm fairly sure that's not quite the look that they're hoping for in a "Design Star". Anyhoo...back to the show...I think Tom successfully was able to incorporate his flower into the space. Although it's really obvious and could have been deemed as too obtuse, I love how that floor lamp is so reminiscent of a droopy tulip. And I love me some droopy tulips!
Tom was also the mastermind behind this bookshelf...at least I thought he was. Now that I'm writing this and researching it a bit, it seems that Michael is getting the credit for it. I'm confused. Because they were dealing with a studio apartment, this was an interesting way to separate the sleeping and living areas. I give him props for actually conceptualizing the whole piece and not just going out and buying one...although, that's exactly what I would have done in his shoes. Power tools and I haven't exactly become the best of friends yet.
Being in the bottom two this episode should really be Alex's last concern. If I were him, I would be absolutely freaking out wondering, based on his work so far, why anyone would want to hire me! He seems to struggle to come up with even an interesting contribution to the design, much less showing us why he deserves his own show. Nice as pie and I love his personality...but so young and either very inexperienced or just out of his league. His art piece seen below did very little to remind me of his flower and because of the simple nature of it it needed to be executed perfectly...so, it's a shame that it's wonky and crooked. My favorite aspect is how the gray shade of the lamp seems to be a part of the piece and grounds it a bit while the lamp base almost disappears.
Hell to the no, I don't agree! The calla lily...a warm flower? Warm? (Quizzical look on my face.) Um, I actually think it's a very cold looking flower. Modern and chic, yes. Warm? No. Frankly I don't even remember what Courtland called his portion of the design. Had he said that that black triangular chair represented his flower that would have made more sense...but if memory serves correctly, he didn't. I know he did alot of the construction work...but we all know how far that gets you in a DESIGN show.
Ok...so, as I said, Michael is given the credit for the shelves and if that's true, kudos to him. You can see the pic above of the bookshelves.
On to the girl's and Dan. This was my favorite of the two designs. To me, this was the hands-down winner but the judges disagreed and said they couldn't pick a group winner. Lame. They were robbed and Dan, being part of the group that worked on this space shouldn't have even been eligible for elimination. Poor guy.
Yes, I get it...I believe the color wash was done only on the bedroom area that you can see in the background. I would have liked to have seen sheers flanking the back of the bed on the entire wall which really would have helped with the romantic feel...or even by using a great Donghia floral for panels...maybe too literal considering the challenge I suppose. Overall, I liked it and the use of the sheer fabric separating the sleeping and living areas feels sweet and special.
I have mixed feeling on this one. I actually like the idea of the carnation being a beginning. When you're young and broke...or just broke...carnations in tightly formed arrangements are a great answer for the pocket book. And, when you're starting out, most of us can't afford a home office even though we're often forced to take work home with us. So, I like the idea of the desk and I'm always a fan of this furniture arrangement...the desk behind the sofa in lieu of just a sofa table. Way more functional but serves the same purpose. I also like the selection of the white chair...a take-off on a Louis Ghost Chair. So, overall, nice. Still not amazing, though. I just don't get this season.
Could she be any prettier in an easy, breezy kind of way?
As you know, I'm a fan of Emily. So what if it's because she commented on one of my blog posts. Yeah, I'm really that easy. But, I've come to like her as a designer as well. I like her style and I can see watching her show. I will say that the idea that she simply just spread some pillows around and called it a day seems preposterous to me. I have a feeling she had her hand in alot more than just that.
Again, I think this team should have won which would have left Dan out of even possibly being on the chopping block...but he was and I get why. When will people learn to look out for themselves? He spent so much time working on other people's ideas that it left him with the most ridiculous wall arrangement I've ever seen. Ok. Not EVER. But, close. Come on...really? Such a sweet guy and I bet he had alot more in him than this.