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I mentioned last week that lovely intern Caitlin agreed to come back and recap the Design Star All Star Finale (even though she’s technically not our intern anymore), and she did not disappoint. Here’s her take on last night’s episode. Enjoy — Joslyn
By Caitlin Giddens
Dallas can officially call one of its own the first Design Star All Star. On last night’s finale, Leslie was crowned the winner of the all star title, $25,000, and a guest appearance on an HGTV show.
As you know, I’ve been rooting for a Dallasite to win since season seven of Design Star. My heart was set on Hilari, especially after she proved herself in last night’s challenge. She created an effortlessly chic and functional home inside a 20-foot by 8-foot shipping container. Hilari said the finale was “meticulously edited,” but she walked away like a true winner.
At the end of the challenge, Hilari’s space matched her personality: sophisticated but girly, delightfully surprising, and modestly smart. She created a midcentury modern space with perfectly selected furniture and accessories. Genevieve was not a fan of her salmon colored walls, saying it was disharmonious with Hilari’s other accent colors. But Vern and guest judge Carter Oosterhouse from Million Dollar Rooms loved the space, and appreciated Hilari’s new approach to the challenge.
As David Bromstad says in his behind the scenes video, “Hilari mastered the space plan and created a functional outdoor room with plants and wall partitions. Inside, she used petite furniture and a bookcase to divide the space. Hilari’s finished room looked livable and lovely, and I wished I could ship that container straight to my doorstep.”
Tom also created a stunning space, although it looked like his past rooms. I was impressed that he could instill such sophistication and taste inside such a small space, and I always enjoy Tom’s curated accessories and expert layering. But it didn’t look as inviting as Hilari’s space, and stayed within the dimensions of his previous work. Tom’s grand moments includes his built-in bookshelves, complete with exquisite accessories, and his hand drawn artwork. He is a truly talented designer, and boasts an impressive career. Genevieve said it best during the finale: “His look is luxe, his look is expensive, and who doesn’t want that?”
Leslie created some magical moments in her Cape Cod-inspired space, but I thought her moments were too brief compared to Hilari and Tom. The Murphy bed with chalkboard wall was an impeccable decision, and I enjoyed Leslie’s overall aesthetic. But her space finished looking cluttered and gimmicky, and I was surprised when Leslie was named the all star. She wasn’t my favorite, but at least one Dallas gal won the title.
Between Hilari and winner Leslie, Dallas has gained some serious design attention. The city is home to talented designers of all tastes, but Hilari is still my favorite. Check out Hilari’s business, Ufunkshen, to learn more about the designer’s recent work.