Antonio Ballatore won HGTV's Design Star Season 4 for his extremely original concepts and bold choices with color and design. Inside his kitchen he pays homage to the win of his first challenge by painting the wall all the way up (19 feet!) in hot pink. Of course, the focal point of this wall is the infamous pink bird. Antonio is not afraid to create statement pieces and he believes there are significant ways to express who you are through the stories in your home. The presence of the pink bird evokes memories about the launch of his career and how winning HGTV's Design Star was achieved. He is quite adamant about not following trends or any "rules" about designing your interior space. At one point during the season he even stated "I'd rather be thrown off the show than paint this room beige".
Another important element that Antonio insists on bringing into his clients homes (and his own) is function and fun! So while you have a hot pink wall hanging above a very masculine industrial kitchen, he is equipped with a dining room table and seating for at least 10 people. While many people would opt to install a granite and lacquer sleek modern kitchen, Antonio built the cabinetry out of reclaimed wood and left all the piping and beams exposed. These are all basic decisions that come quite naturally to him, which is why he landed himself his own show, The Antonio Treatment.
Antonio's wall paint: Portola Paint's LIPSTICK PINK
Image: Bethany Nauert