The popular HGTV series “Design Star” will be returning for a sensational seventh season in just a few weeks. Former contestants have moved on to successful endeavors, including spots on other HGTV television series.
HGTV “Design Star”
The moment fans have been waiting for is right around the corner. HGTV “Design Star” will be back for an exciting seventh season on May 29 at 9 p.m. ET. The one-hour series features 12 creative finalists offering incredible designs. The judging panel includes renowned HGTV interior designers Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip as well as celebrity guests.
The finalists on HGTV “Design Star” include professional interior designers, talented artists, competitive stylists and hard-working contractors. They all must get through innovative design challenges and show off their ingenuity to impress the judges until one wins the ultimate prize – their own HGTV show.
HGTV “Design Star” judge Genevieve Gorder graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She traveled around the world to do freelance design work in locations such as Barcelona and Amsterdam then worked in NYC at the award-winning Duffy Design studio.
Now Gorder is one of American's favorite designers and the star of her own HGTV series, “Dear Genevieve.” Her work has been featured in major publications and writes a monthly design column for Parents Magazine.
Gorder has appeared on shows such as “Today,” “Oprah,” “CNN” and “The View.” According to HGTV, Gorder believes “designing a room comes down to finding out what gives you joy, and I'm there to help make yours visible.”
Besides her media work, Gorder has her own design company gg studios and a line of bedding for QVC. She is now working with her team to create a line of rugs and décor for bathrooms, bedroom and table tops. A Minneapolis native, Gorder lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.
HGTV “Design Star” judge Vern Yip has his own design company in Atlanta, Vern Yip Designs. He graduated from The University of Virginia then earned a Master of Science degree in management and master's degree in architecture from The Georgia Institute of Technology. His world travels influence his prestigious designs including childhood getaways to Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Vern Yip is the designer for the annual HGTV Urban Oasis home, which will be in magnificent Miami this year. Yip has an array of awards including the 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year and the 2003 Distinguished Southerner Award from Southern Living magazine.
Yip has appeared on popular television shows such as “Oprah,” “Today,” “Live! With Regis and Kelly,” “CNN” and “The Early Show,” and publications including The New York Times, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly. He is also involved in an variety of nonprofit efforts including UNICEF and The Ulman Cancer Fund where he started the Vern Yip Memorial Scholarship in honor of his mom.
Contestants from HGTV “Design Star”
One of the most famous contestants from “Design Star” is David Bromstad, the winner of season one. He is also the finalists' mentor in the new season of HGTV “Design Star.” Bromstad said, he “blends styles that incorporate realism and fantasy.”
Bromstad started his design career as a student at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida. Innovative and creative, Bromstad works on many platforms including interior design, custom art and building furniture.
He appeared in the new HGTV series “White Room Challenge,” on Tuesday night. Bromstad also appears in “HGTV'd,” with a different HGTV star traveling across the country in an 18-wheeler to surprise fans with amazing room designs.
Donna Moss is a former HGTV “Design Star” finalist from season one and hosts the series “Donna Decorates Dallas.” As a travel professional, she brings international flair to her designs. Moss works with her two daughters and a team of artisans to create unusual home interiors.
In her Dallas hometown, Moss operates the designer boutique “That's Haute” and is known as the queen of bling. She has won many awards and was featured in several magazines.
Kim Myles, another former HGTV “Design Star,” appears in her own show, “Myles of Style.” For over a decade she lived in NYC but her suburban childhood inspired her to get involved with interior design. She said growing up in the suburbs gave her an “aversion to sameness.”
Myles was a hairdresser who started in hats, clothing and jewelry with no formal design education. She uses city surroundings to inspire her designs that have self-described global urban elegance.
Todd Davis of “HGTV Showdown” was a runner up from season two of HGTV “Design Stars.” He owns a design business and has a degree in landscape architecture from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design from California Polytechnic University. As a surfer and athlete, Davis' risk-taking attitude is revealed in his adventurous designs.
HGTV's Facebook page reports “Design Star” will be back on May 29 at 9 p.m. ET for seventh season. In the meantime, HGTV offers “Design Star” products from season 6 on their website for fans to bring these fabulous styles to their homes. Below is a video of “Design Star” David Bromstad talking HGTV's “Color Splash: Miami” and how to add colors to home interior designs.
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