A friend of mine said last week how excited she was to see the contestants on this week’s Design Star would be doing kitchens because she loves when the designers have to work for real clients.
The Season 7 kitchen challenge was another white box. As the episode opens, the designers are shuttled off to some kind of studio or warehouse with three boxes, each with three walls.
Each has in it a couple Kohler boxes with sinks and faucets. One kitchen had a modern stainless sink, another a black apron sink and the third had two country-style, painted ceramic sinks.
David tells the designers they will work in pairs, have two days to finish the rooms and the winning space will be featured in HGTV Magazine.
Before I go any further, I should tell you what inspired me about this episode, as I’ve tried to do each week. The truth is, there wasn’t much.
I was reminded how much I like to spaces that appear “collected,” meaning the pieces feel like they’ve been added over time. Also, I love some of the lighting choices, particularly when they are unexpected.
OK. So much for that. Back to the recap.
Because Danielle won last week’s challenge, she gets to pick the teams and then pair them up with the sinks. That may be the most interesting part of the entire episode, although we get nearly no insight into what Danielle was thinking as she makes her decisions.
She chooses to make Britany her own partner because she’s a photographer, which Danielle thinks will be good for the magazine challenge. I would’ve picked Britany just because she’s been doing well in the last few episodes.
They pick the stainless steel sink.
Danielle puts Stanley and Hilari on the same team and gives them the black apron sink. This is a pretty funny pairing. Stanley is a contractor who considers himself an artist. Hilari likes all things gold and flashy.
“Our design styles just don’t work together,” Hilari says in the understatement of the episode.
That leaves Mikel and Rachel to work together using the country sinks. This pairing seems OK, except that Rachel – who started incredibly strong with two consecutive wins – has been sinking fast and has seemed increasingly frustrated.
The guest judges are John and Anthony who star on the HGTV show Kitchen Cousins.