Thursday, May 31, 2012


Check out the fabulous David Bromstad on his take of our Design Star Episode One...Guess who's room was HIS favorite?!?!?...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Wow, what a night! To watch myself on tv for the very first time is surreal to say the least.  I have been anticipating the premiere for Design Star for what feels like years now.   I remember our very first day on the show and how excited I was to finally get to meet my 'competitor's for the first time. All of the designers really are incredible people, and I still couldn't believe that I was a part of this talented bunch.

My initial reaction to watching the first episode was 'wow, its crazy how much doesn't actually make it onto the show!'.  Mainly I was hoping they would also share my personal story being a wife for almost 3 years now, and that my Mother passed away from gastric cancer almost two years ago, and that is what drove me to try out for the show.  Knowing that life is short and to follow my dreams.  But... make to the challenge... luckily I was paired with Mikel for this first episode and we were in charge of designing and decorating bedroom 1 in our house.  Not only do we have to design the space, we have to design it incorporating our 'personal' items that were selected to represent our design styles.  I was so excited to be paired with Mikel, since we had become fast friends over the first couple days of being in LA.  We worked together very harmoniously compared to a lot of the other groups.  I remember being tucked away in our little bedroom working while hearing many screaming matches & arguments coming from the living room & the den.  Yes its reality tv, but its HGTV, and they don't push the drama on us... all you have to do is force designers to work as a team with a partner they don't get to choose, and give them a time constraint and a budget to manage and see what kind of magic you get.  Although Mikel & I worked well together, we had plenty of 'oh no' moments that didn't make the show.  Some to name a few... we realized on the last day we didn't actually purchase any comforter inserts for our duvet covers and were given the wrong drapery panels at checkout but somehow negotiated a local store to drop off what we needed COD (thank goodness). Then, with 5 minutes remaining in the challenge we were hanging our last drapery rod we realized the rod wasn't fitting inside the socket.  I decided to poke out the rubber insert with scissors and unknowingly stabbed myself and proceeded to bleed almost all over our white draperies.   A lot of the arguments & big drama didn't actually make the first episode, which is probably best for everyone...don't need to come out with the first episode guns blazing!

 Mikel Welch & Britany Simon HGTV Design Star Season 7 Episode 1

I have watched every single episode of all the past seasons of Design Star, but it truly doesn't prepare you for the competition when your actually in it.  Somehow the producers have designed the challenges in such a way that initially you feel confident with your budget and time frame, but somewhere along the way in the end you are always rushing to finish and scraping together every penny you have left.  Those clever producers really know what they are doing.  The most exciting part for me in the first challenge was meeting the panel of judges for the first time.  I have been such a fan of HGTV for so long and admired Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip for their talent and uber success in this business.  As an interior designer, I strive to be as successful as both of them one day.   After our challenge was completed and we saw them for the first time, I felt like I needed to pinch myself, and still couldn't believe I was standing right in front of David, Vern and Genevieve only a few feet in front of me.  But I couldn't help but wonder... "where's Candice Olsen?!?".  Candice has always been my favorite designer from the network, but it appears she has some big things happening right now and it doesn't look like she will be a judge for our season of Design Star. Bummer.

Walking into evaluation for the first time was the most nerve racking moment for me.  As a designer we aren't used to having someone critique our work let alone possibly send us home for it.  I do wish however they would have showed my favorite comment from the evaluation... Vern started the evaluation with me by saying... "Britany, that wall you designed wasn't good... it was GREAT"!!  My heart sank, and then rejoiced knowing that he appreciated my big bold wall move. I left the evaluation 'safe', but happy that I was still able to impress the judges and live another week!  Stay tuned for next week for the infamous 'white box challenge' with guest judge Vanilla Ice.   Also remember you can vote 10 times daily for me as your Fan Favorite at

 Our Bedroom BEFORE

 Britany Simon & Mikel Welch Bedroom 1 HGTV Design Star Episode 1 AFTER

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


It's officially here!!! HGTV Design Star begins tonight at 9/8c.  I am BEYOND excited mixed with a  bit of nerves about watching tonight.  I have always been a serious fan of the show and I can promise you, that this season is going to be the best one yet! 

Here's the best part... check my blog after every episode to get the inside story on what really happened, or what they didn't show, info on our guest judges... and the scoop on what I was really thinking...    I hope your tuning in!!!! 

Saturday, May 26, 2012


Often times there is a misconception in design that for a space to feel sexy, it must feel overly feminine.  I'd like to set the record straight on that old school theory...  For me, some of the sexiest spaces have a good mix of both masculine & feminine elements.  Some of my favorites happen to have more of what I call a 'masculine glamour' vibe.  There has to be a balance of feminine lines and masculine pieces to strike the right 'balance' and 'mood'. These are some of my favorite masculine sexy spaces...  

1. Nuevo Estilo, 2-7. Pinterest, 8. Jordan Cappella, 9-11. Pinterest

Thursday, May 24, 2012


OMG, I can hardly believe Design Star starts next week (Tuesday, May 29th to be exact).  Because of that, this week has been crazy with media getting everyone excited about watching.  As far as media goes, I am pleased to announce I will be on the June cover of So Scottsdale magazine, as well as an interview inside talking about life, design & design star.  Also today I did my first TV appearance for the show on Arizona Midday Channel 12 where I gave some easy and budget friendly tips for revamping your home & of course... talked about design star.

I am all set to interview tomorrow on Sonoran Living on channel 15 at 9am as part of their DIY week... and for those of you who know me, or those who don't... I love me some do-it-yourself projects.  I also noticed that the OG of Design Star, David Bromstad was on Sonoran Living this week.  I watched his segment just because I love watching him, but also because I wanted to see what kind of tips he was giving and was pleasantly surprised when their conversation turned to ME!  It is the weirdest thing having people who I am used to watching on television even say my name.  David had some really sweet things to say about me, and made me feel like the coolest kid in town.  I definitely walked with a little more pep in my step after I watched it.  You can check that out here...

Also on Saturday morning I will be on  Good Morning Arizona Channel 3... my segment will be on at 7:20am.  No tips or tricks on this one... just a good ole fashioned interview.  I hope you all check it out!  I will be posting the segments for your viewing pleasure on my blog just in case you missed any of them.

Friday, May 11, 2012


I told you a little about my journey to HGTV Design Star in the last post.  After my drive to Las Vegas for the original casting call & call back, I was asked to make a 5 minute video about myself & my design background.  I wanted to share that video with you to give you a little more insight on the process.  Wow, I look back and watch this video and think how 'green' I was on film.  (Besides this absolutely crazy face I seem to have on the link) It was scary to do my very first EVER interview in front of the camera for such a BIG opportunity. It is a little bit rough for me to watch, but I know I have come a long way as far as comfort level in front of the camera.  (and most importantly, toned down those "crazy hands" while I talk).  But... regardless.... here it is... for all to see! 

Friday, May 4, 2012


I am SO excited to share with you all that I have been selected as a finalist on the hit series HGTV Design Star!! This is a HUGE honor and I feel so blessed to be a part of the competition.  For all that know me, they know how much I love HGTV in general, but I especially love Design Star and have watched every episode of all the past 6 seasons.  Every time I'd watch, I'd sit on the edge of my seat thinking "oh my god I need to be on there doing that!".  So while watching the last season a casting notice for season 7 popped up... I looked up the information and there happened to be a casting call that Sunday in Las Vegas.  So Matt and I thought, why not!?!... and decided to take the 4.5 hour drive to Vegas to spend the weekend and check out the Design Star casting call.  The rest is history!...

Yep, theres a little promo action for you.  Thanks to my fabulous friend Juliana Gonzalez who is an amazing graphic designer to make this up for me.  (Her work can be found at )

For those of you who aren't familiar with the show... Design Star is a competition with 12 designers from all over the country who are put through crazy design challenges as well as camera/hosting challenges, with only one winner that will will their own show on the HGTV network!  Its a pretty big deal, I often refer to it as the American Idol for Interior Designers...people seem to understand it better that way.  Anyways... the show was a crazy, amazing, intense experience & I loved every minute of it.  I can't wait for the show to air May 29th to share my experience with you all.

Here's the best, most important part... YOU viewers & fans at home get to vote online for your FAN FAVORITE.  The voting starts May 1st and ends July 27th... The winner of the 'fan favorite' spot win's their own web series on!  Pretty big deal! So it would be A LOT to be if you could take the time and check out the website and vote for me as your fan favorite (only if I am indeed your favorite, of course...).  You can vote up to 10x a day, from every computer/phone/ipad/etc... you get the idea.  There you can also check out all the designers bio's and portfolios of their work.

Here's a little sneak peek of the season... 


Stay tuned... I will be updating everyone on my journey on Design Star... and tune in May 29th, you aren't going to want to miss this season!