Monday, September 14, 2009

Design Star......Green With Envy?

Antonio Ballatore, a forty year old set designer from LA won HGTV's Design Star competition last night. His competition was twenty six year old Dan Vickery from Oregon. I've been reading comments on the HGTV website. Whewww...I felt like I had opened a can of worms! Most of his detractors criticized the green master bedroom in the house. But do any of you remember this bedroom?

This is the master bedroom in the HGTV 2009 Dream Home--green. That color that Genevieve called "almost offensive" in a good way when Antonio used it. Even the ceiling is green.

This is the master bedroom that Antonio created for real people who share their space with a small child. He did this, a kitchen, a family room and a child's room in four days with $50,000. Oh yeah, and he threw in a bathroom for free :) The color is not the exact same as the Dream Home bedroom, but they are definitely related. This room doesn't have as many of the beautiful white accents...but again, real people will live here. I think it looks more like Real least the ones I know :)

I've been reading comments that call the color "nauseating", "painful", and "insulting". "Terrible" was probably one of the nicer descriptions. Oddly enough, I bet these are the same people in love with that "fresh green" in the Dream Home. Okay, so he's not Vern Yip. Candace Olsen called him "Design Star meets the Sopranos". I fell in love with Antonio in the white room challenge when he offered to help Lonni. I like nice guys. I like nice talented guys. I'll be watching The Antonio Project next Sunday night. Yo Antonio! Congratulations!


  1. Thanks for posting this. I was watching and my brain shut down and I changed the channel and forgot to go back! I really liked him!
    Hugs, Lisa

  2. Hi Susan,

    Good to see a show that you enjoy.
    I wonder if maybe this show will come to NZ.
    I have watched some lovely English shows and always great to get different ideas and colours.


  3. I was happy with the turn out of Design Star this time too. I kinda thought at first he was the underdog, but he pulled it out! Thanks for coming over to visit my blog tonight - come back again anytime!

  4. I liked both Dan and Antonio. While I'd rather have Dan design a room for me personally, I can't wait to watch Antonio. I think he'll be entertaining! :)


  5. I didn't follow this season as closely as I did last season, but would have been happy with either one winning.

    What ever happened to the blonde girl who won last year? (I can't even remember her name.)

    I wish Antonio the best of luck, and hope he becomes as successful as David Bromstad - he's my favorite DS :)

  6. I'm SO with ya on this. We didn't miss an episode all season - and I gotta tell ya - I saw him winning the whole time. So real, so sincere, so genuine and humble. That Dan guy - SO glad he didn't win. He needed to BE humbled.

  7. I only saw the last 3 episodes but I am glad they didn't go with the same old thing. Someone a bit different is refreshing.

  8. Hi, Susan. I too am happy for Antonio and believe his out of the box design mentality will entice viewers. I am a designer/architect in Niagara Falls, NY, so I see the raw talent of this man. Hey, he has a LOT to learn, but you cannot learn the intuitiveness. You either have it or not. HGTV will polish him up. BTW, I have followed your comments on Color Outside the Lines. Artie is my neighbor. I came by your blog from a post by dorothygale on the HGTV site. Glad I did.

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