The metallic headboards in the guest bedroom of the HGTV Design Star cast house are custom-made from pattern-printed hides, batting and blocks of wood. A rattan serving tray is prepped for an afternoon in bed with a book and cup of tea.
Taking advantage of the prefabricated construction method, "HGTV Star" contestant Brooks Atwood designed an environmentally optimized building shell for various levels of light penetration and ventilation through each room of the house. All of the materials used for the Caivano house are reclaimed, upcycled, recycled or sustainable.
A dining room and living room share a beautiful open plan design. An antique-inspired lantern above the dining table houses three white candles, while the star of the living room is the charming rustic coffee table over a red area rug.
This organized home office is conveniently located in a kitchen nook, which gives the adults of the house a central place to pay bills and take care of business, as seen on HGTV's Design Star. "Nobody's dream is to have their kids' stuff strewn all over the kitchen," judge Vern Yip says. "Just because it's supposed to look lived-in doesn't mean it has to look messy."
"Compositionally, I think this kitchen works very well," says designer Genevieve Gorder about this HGTV Design Star kitchen makeover. "The layout is open and inclusive to everyone and everything in the house, which is ideal for families and entertaining. I love the idea of Moorish accents running throughout the space and that there seems to be enough storage that was installed correctly in every corner of the kitchen." But she adds: "Where I think they missed — and missed hard — with this particular design was in the very concept. When I look at this space I'm confused with a folkie valance, a latticework design of Moorish descent on the bar and an almost Victorian/turn-of-the-century pressed-tin backsplash. Overall, I think the space lacks focus; it feels weighted down by too much color and busied by clashing patterns."