Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Design Star, Episode 2

I am in love with HGTV. Seriously. I have been watching it ever since high school and knew that was what I wanted to do. I wanted to design. This channel was a major motivating force in what I wanted to do "when I grew up." I have always wanted to have my own show on HGTV. Which is completely unrealistic for me because I am not a good in front of the camera person and am very quiet natured.

When season one came out of Design Star I couldn't watch it because of my schedule, and had no DVR at the time, so I was only able to see like, the very last episode! Very sad for me because it looked like such a great show. I saw a few episodes of season two and was able to catch the end again, but still I was wanting to watch the entire thing sooo badly!

This season I am so excited to be able to watch every single episode. Because we now have that magic box that records shows. And I can watch them whenever I want. This is seriously amazing stuff people, I am no longer slave to the TV when it comes to shows like this. I can just set it up to record and watch it when I know I will have plenty of time. Like after all my kids are finally in bed at 9pm. On Wednesday! Or even Friday at 3am! No, I am never up that late...

So last night (yes, MONDAY!) I watched the second episode. I was pretty surprised that they threw out a group challenge like that so early on, and that it was the dreaded kitchen. Remember everyone, TILE is a four letter word when doing a kitchen project in a short time frame like that.

Then I was equally shocked at who they sent home. I know that Amy was not a good project manager but I really did feel that Tashica wasn't living up to her potential either and had failed two weeks in a row. Yeah, Amy was breaking down, but that was a lot of presure to throw onto someone that early in the competition.

I also felt like Amy and Nathan knew they weren't project leaders. They did their best, but you know when your personality isn't the crazy strong type and they did seem aware of it. I was a little taken aback when the judges pointed out the "real" leaders at the end. It seemed a little catty but at the same time I did get their point. Step up people, we aren't just handing this show thing out!

My last point on the show is that I was really not liking how Antonio was handling Nathan's descisions. I realize that he was doing 99% of the construction work and that would have ticked me off too. But when you are part of a team you need to act like a team player, even if you are getting the shaft. He should have waited until the end of the challenge to call Nathan out on everything, off camera and back at the house. It should have been more, "Hey, I know you were the project leader and all, but I really felt like you just gave me all the handyman projects and didn't let me input on the design at all. And I didn't appreciate it. Next time remembert to include all your team members, K?"

Now onto the kitchen designs. This is afterall a design blog.

Warm Modernism Kitchen:
Was a horrible failure. The entire time I wa watching the show I thought it was going to be the design that won. But when I saw how unfinished they left it (and poorly constructed, poor Dan being the only one with construction experience) I knew they weren't getting anywhere with the judges. I couldn't believe that Tashica who was in charge of the accessories didn't think to get them right out once the counters had been cleaned off. CRAZY! All it looked like was a cold, dark space with sterile counters. The original vision was so good and the execution was so bad.

Moroccan-Italian Fusion Kitchen:
Was so great and beautiful. The backspalsh and the cabinets made that kitchen! I was so happy to see Torie take complete charge of the backsplash and really make it her project and finish that beautifully. Jen has been a major dissapointment for me, a color expert should know how to apply color sparingly and she really did go way overboard in her selections. And the accessories were not tieing into the Moroccan-Italian theme at all. Was that a Buddha I saw on the window sill? There were too many knick-knacks and not enough substance. But they did finish and the homeowner was totally blown away, which is exactly the reponse you want when working on a design show.

Overall I can't wait to watch next week when they do the individual challenge!

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