We arrived at a Hollywood prop shop where we were given $ to spend on renting props. This place was enormous... ridiculously enormous. We only had 45 minutes to shop (it said 2 hours, but technically it was 15 minutes to navigate the store, 45 minutes to actually shop, and 1 hour to check out.) On top of that, we were asked to stay in 3 groups because there were only 3 employees that were able to help us tag the items we wanted to rent. WHAAAAAT?!!? You know we all just wanted to run wild throughout that store and call dibs on things all on our own, but no no, not today. I was shopping with Danielle and Rachel, and good thing we all liked each other so we were good with sharing time shopping for each of our rooms. If Luca was still around, this would have been a tragic experience.
After a few more failed attempts at furniture stores to find anything super inspiring, I had arrived into full panic hysteria mode. Danielle, Rachel and I got into a hysterical laughing until we cry fit in the van at the end of day one. I wished they would have shown this, because it was ridiculous. We began to ask ourselves, "who signs up for this?!?! Here's a plywood and pipe structure, please design this immaculately in no time at all. Oh, and please give a presentation about it in front of hundreds of people afterwards. Thanks". Madness. Don't get me wrong, we were all happy to still be in the competition, but as designers, we know these are crazy time, money, and resource constraints we aren't used to, and none of us could have prepared for. In the words of Hilari... "this is so whack."
Outside the competition and at the house, the final seven of us had all become really close. Spending day after day with everyone where there is no tv, internet, music, or magazines, all we do in our time at the house is hang out with each other. We developed nicknames for everyone as well as picked up on everyone's unique and quirky personality traits. We called Kris "honey badger" for his impeccable impression of the popular YouTube video, Mikel was "Mary Poppins" because of his always positive personality and his HGTV bag stocked with snacks. There was "Manly Stanley" for the obvious, Hilari's slogan was "this is whack", and Rachel was known for saying "duuuuude." I was nicknamed "Hollywood", and known for my ever present "whaaaaaaaaaaat!?" comments. (Maybe you will notice these from here on out, trust me they were a good time.) Needless to say, none of us wanted to go home at this point, and it was going to be hard to say goodbye to anyone as well.
What I WAS excited about though, was that I had officially made it into the final 6 of Design Star! I could hardly believe it. My goal coming onto the show was to not be the first to go home, and then to strive to make it into the final 6. I had reached my first and second goal of the challenge, and now my third was to win it all! I was so happy that Rachel wasn't sent home this week. Her and I had become very close, and I know she was much more talented than the victorian space allowed her to show. I was still very sad to see Kris go, he is such a quirky and fun personality, and always made me laugh. I knew we were all going to miss him, but knew he was going on to do big things in the design world.
Danielle's gorgeous Art Deco Lounge- Tonight's WINNER!
Hilari's 80's Lounge- Single handedly made the 80's cool again
Mikel's Mid Century Contemporary Lounge- Full of his 'white on white' moments
Rachel's Victorian Lounge- I love Rachel, and we both didn't love this room.
Stanley's Futuristic Lounge- Along with his custom phallic coffee table
Kris's 70's Lounge- Eliminated this week... we will miss you Honey Badger!
Tune in next week for the infamous kitchen challenge, where the final 6 work in teams of 2 to transform a white box into a dream kitchen space. The Kitchen Cousins join us as the guest judges, and the winner will be published in an upcoming issue of HGTV Magazine.... HUGE prize for a designer. Also remember to vote online for your FAN FAVORITE of the show...( hint...ME. ) http://www.hgtv.com/design-star-fan-vote/package/index.html