“This room has some really beautiful moments: the bold, striped fireplace commands attention; the combo of zebra, white leather, mirror and crystal set against a moody black backdrop is pure Hollywood glam; simple, two-tone damask patterns add a sense of tradition and comfort that tempers the sharp lines of the very modern wall and floor patterns,” says designer Candice Olson. “However, I think this is a case of both too much and too little. Too many patterns — stripes, checks, zebra and damask — all scream for attention. Undertaking such an ambitious painted floor with very little time prevented Design Star contestants NataLee and Tashica from really finishing this room, and it shows on so many levels, from the shredded bedding to the perplexing mirror/aquarium placement in the fireplace. I would have simply let the striped fireplace graphic be the star; painted the floor white to contrast the black and yellow walls and brought in a large zebra-patterned carpet for interest in the center of the room. This duo's predictable perimeter bed placement reminds me a bit of summer camp — a little more swanky, mind you. I would like to have seen a few beds dressed as sexy daybeds positioned in the center with cocktail tables beside and a spectacular chandelier above, very LA-luxe (in much less time).”
"Although each room has a very defined character, colors and patterns — even wood and metallic finishes — unify the space so it reads as one cohesive apartment," explains HGTV Design Star judge Candice Olson.
The homeowners wanted a simple, uncomplicated space to help them relax at the end of their busy day, so designers went with a minimalist design to complete the homeowner's wishes. A simple bed frame adds height to the room, a pair of elegant chairs bask in the glow of the afternoon sun. For storage, a single dresser is present, while a sophisticated work of art adds personality to the space.
In the home's master bedroom, designers kept the space sleek and clean. Instead of bring in dressers and nightstands for storage, closets provide that space so no additional furniture is needed, keeping the room's design from being bulky and feeling cluttered.
"The wall divider with a built-in curve serves wonderfully well as both sculpture and room divider," says HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip. "The ingenious employment of fabric over stretchers showcases how to easily create a one-of-a-kind headboard of impressive magnitude, and the complete control of a fuchsia and gray color palette is a perfect solution for a small space that demands an injection of something bold."
"In the bedroom, things are a bit clunky with the bed, the large art and the draping of solid fabric at the head of the bed all reading as the same solid visual weight," says HGTV Design Star judge Candice Olson. "An eclectic, gallery grouping of wall art would have brought some lightness and relief and allowed Emily to flex her stylist muscle once again."
This snapshot of a corner area shows how moldings under the window, the fabric panel behind the bed, and pleated shades add texture and form to this bedroom. The sleek, mirrored night stand and the silver lamp are counterpoints to the design.
The guest bedroom is all about unique texture. A comfortable, velvet daybed finds a home to the side of the room adding softness to the space while geometric prints give the room a funky feel, and a leather desk and chair give the room a work station. Finally, a cool, woven rug covers a stained carpet, completing the guest room's transformation in this rental apartment.
An antique, Oriental dresser in eye-popping blue provided the inspiration and color palette for this traditional Florida bedroom. Custom bedding is by Wildcat Territory, and the drapery fabric is by Schumacher.
In the spare bedroom, the homeowners wanted to go bold, so designers anchored the space with a red accent wall to bring warm color into the space. Then, they brought in red bed linens and a matching, multicolor, geometric rug and throw pillows to complete the design. To keep the space bright, plenty of natural light streams into the room from the large windows to the side of the space.
Crisp white is the best choice for making a small room feel larger. Here, white pairs with gold on the ceiling to brighten a small bedroom in a bold way. Gold accents are scattered throughout the space to tie in the polka dots.