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 People...as 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!