Hopefully many of you tuned in to watch the finale of HGTV’s Design Star, just in case you missed it, I am thrilled to announce that Antonio Ballatore is the next Design Star!
Let me remind you that the purpose of the show is to find a charismatic, engaging and viewer loving host. The host need not be a fabulous, skilled, experienced interior designer, in fact, credentials as an interior designer aren’t even a prerequisite for being a contestant on the show. Nonetheless, a host is what the judges; Candice Olson, Vern Yip & Genevieve Gorder were after and a great host is what they found! Antonio looks good on camera, is creative and is also a little rough around the edges but, it’s these things and more that make him memorable.
In short, for the final challenge Antonio and Dan had to revamp an entire home. Both challengers exhibited leadership skills and were able to pull off two very different, but attractive spaces. Dan’s space was enticing, but disappointingly expected. Dark kitchen cabinets paired with travertine floors-a great combination but a style that is splattered over every shelter magazine out there. Although, I must say, the teen room was a lovely one, that any young lady would be thrilled with – the custom bed, shows great thought and attention to detail with additional storage and its pull out desk. Antonio’s space had a few quirks and the scale of some things didn’t seem to flow. However, he took risks with his apple green walls and antique T.V. cabinet creation. All in all, Antonio’s home won for originality and creativity.
Below is a look at the route that Antonio took to becomming the next Design Star. Starting with Week #1 The Living Room Challenge, perhaps my favourite of all. The pink birds are so unique….love, love, love it!
Week #2 The kitchen. Not a winner in my books.
Week #3Whitebox Challenge. Playful, painted perspective.
Week #4 The Garage. Comfortable, yet catalogue inspired.
Week #5 The Army House. A significant improvement, functional and attractive.
Week #6 Child’s bedroom. Engaging, unique decor and decals.
Week #7 The Backyard. Personal retreat without leaving home.
Week #8 Celebrity Home Office. Tailored to the client, practical, fresh color combination.
Week #9 Finale. What do you think?
Antonio’s Design Star portfolio demonstrates growth, bold risks and bespoke design. His rugged style and leather jackets will be a fresh injection on HGTV and hopefully Antonio will see great success with his new show and always.