While we’re loath to ever disparage a day off, the consensus around the office is that a midweek holiday is a bit of a bummer. We’re feeling sluggish, sun worn, and mildly hungover. It’s not a good scene. So we’re giving you a Design Star twofer today… Actually our intrepid intern (thank God for intrepid interns), the lovely Caitlin, is giving you the Design Star action. I’m just staring at my computer and nursing a headache from one to many beverages involving gin.
First up, Caitlin sits down with Dallas’ very own Design Star extraordinaire, Hilari Younger. Stay tuned for Caitlin’s recap of Tuesday’s episode later today.
By Caitlin Giddens
For Hilari Younger, all that glitters is gold: her taste as an interior stylist, her perspective on Design Star, and, most importantly, her heart.
I met the Design Star contestant for coffee at Bridge Bistro in the design district. As I suspected when I saw her joke with fellow contestant Mikel and design the perfect 80s-inspired room, we immediately became friends. I didn’t ask if she won season seven of Design Star. Because after just a few minutes, I decided who I thought the design star was.
“Who you see on the show, I’m that person in real life,” Hilari said. “There are no gimmicks. There’s more to me, but I’m that same person every day.”
(A shot from Hilari’s portfolio via HGTV)
Although she had never seen the show, Hilari auditioned for Design Star after moving to Dallas from Washington, D.C. In Dallas, she worked as a self-employed designer and new mother to Haili while her husband attended SMU Law School on scholarship. “Dallas was a hard nook to crack into as a designer,” Hilari said. “I felt like going over Dallas was the best way to get in.” (more…)