HGTV Design Star: Haunted Living

Boston

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The 8 designers take on a haunted mansion to design four identical living rooms in teams of 2, armed with only $5000, 26 hours and a few yard sale "treasures." Turns out the only thing the ghost had a problem with was D. Rock's organizational skills and Tracee's sconce which came flying off the wall during judging. Oops...


We reveal the loser after the break.

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All in all we feel people worked surprisingly well together but, in the end, the designs were underwhelming. The rooms were one-dimensional and felt largely empty. Matt and Michael hit the ground running with their glam/traditional concept and we loved that mirrored table but felt one empty black wall would have been plenty. The oddest pairing, Mikey and Stephanie, actually produced the most interesting design even though it lacked focus. They were the only ones to address the vast expanses of wall - breaking them up by adding painted "molding" accents. And that bench - gorgeous (thankfully Mikey kept her from painting it white).



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We're not sure what to say about Jennifer and Tracee's room except that it showed how badly they worked together and how little creativity Tracee has. Trish and D. Rock's cigar lounge looked dated with no modern twist and the one thing he spent all his time on - lowering the feel of the ceiling - went unnoticed and got him the boot for wasting time.



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Of course the judges saved Tracee for theatrics' sake but surely its only a matter of time before even they tire of her and this show can get back to design instead of drama... right? Do you think the right designer went home?


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