Design Star, Episode 8

Design Star is down to just 3 contestants and this week's episode featured celebrity makeovers and a chance to finally see some real designed spaces. A surprise elimination when one of the best rooms had the designer kicked off the show. Check out more after the jump.

The photo gallery above features the three rooms in their 'before' stage and then the three rooms in their 'after' designs. Antonio, Loni and Dan madeover Kathy Griffin's office, Tiffani Thiessen's guest room and Jason Priestley's nursery and, finally, the designers pulled off full rooms and full design themes.

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Antonio | Kathy Griffin's Office:
Antonio had no real design direction from Kathy except that she would "go off" if she didn't like it. He built custom desk space and added color and texture in the room. Surprisingly, Antonio failed to add accents in the proper scale to make the room feel balanced. For example, he used a tiny rug in a comfy seating area that called for a larger anchor.

  • Apartment Therapy tip: Really consider scale and the layout of your space, especially small spaces. Use lighting and accents to highlight pieces and add weight to different parts of the room.

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Loni | Tiffani Thiessen's Guest Room:
Unlike Antonio's lack of given direction, Loni was asked to create an eco-friendly, contemporary space for the guest room. She decided to mix old and new items and used accents like a reclaimed wood headboard and custom printed grass cloth wallpaper (from shop, Astek Inc.) to add texture and dimension to the space. The room really breathed and felt balanced, comfortable and sophisticated.

  • Apartment Therapy tip: Wallpaper is a great accent in a small space, especially for the entire bathroom. If you want to keep it simple and affordable, use a little bit of wallpaper to line your bookcase or shelves.

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Dan | Jason Priestley's Nursery:
The Priestley's wanted a Cape Cod/nautical look for the nursery and Dan infused just enough of this theme into the space. One of the best things he did was to use the interesting height of the room to place handmade sculptures and hand painted artwork on the walls to add color and accents.

  • Apartment Therapy tip: Consider the height level of your rooms and use it if you've got it. Going vertical is one of the best ways to expand a small space. Also add or swap around your artwork to add color pops and new looks to your home.

In the end, Loni was eliminated. I was surprised since her room really stood out as a great mix of client wants and designer ideas. What do you think of the celebrity rooms?

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