I switch over to Bravo to catch "Flipping Out" then back to HGTV to watch "Color Splash." Even though some of the shows have similar premises - transforming one lucky homeowner's space into something spectacular, the designers and styles are all so different. Take for instance Candice Olsen vs. Antonio Ballatore (girly and chic vs. rugged and cool). The temperament and personalities of television designers vary greatly. I won't call out the divas, but they know who they are.
Antonio Ballatore/The Antonio Project: Antonio was the season four winner of HGTV's Design Star and now has his own show, The Antonio Project. I am a big fan of his signature hot pink birds and also love his design of Mario Lopez's home gym.
Jeff Lewis/Flipping Out: Jeff Lewis is the type of person you hate to love. Recently, he has had to scale back his honest opinions when he transitioned from house flipper to interior designer with a clientele. His designs definitely have a consistency - contemporary, rich woods, and overall neutral colors. His biggest strength is making the space feel like a home.
Candice Olsen/Divine Design: It seems like Divine Design has been around forever! Candice Olsen designs always come with glitz and glamour.
Kathryn Ireland/Million Dollar Decorators: I love Kathryn for her fun personality and approach to design. Nothing is too precious and the design centers around creating a home. Her style is modern and bohemian, which is also reflected in her textile line.
Emily Henderson/Secrets From a Stylist: Emily's style could be summed up as vintage bohemian and she is really good at switching up the style to fit her client's objectives. She loves shopping flea markets and can pull together a space on any budget.
David Bromstad/Color Splash: After I get over the fact that David is incredibly good looking, I really admire his creativity. David started his career in the creative industry as an artist and after winning HGTV's Design Star, he now transforms interiors using bright paint colors and original art.
Cortney and Robert Novogratz/Home by Novogratz (formerly 9 By Design): HGTV picked up where Bravo left off and snatched up Cortney and Robert to host their own show on HGTV. The couple proves that anything is possible, even caring for seven children while managing large scale design projects. Their designs are innovative and change dramatically from one to the next. I can't wait for the premiere of their new show this Saturday, July 16th on HGTV!
I realize there are even more talented television designers than I listed above, but these are just a few of my favorites. Who's yours?
Images: HGTV, Bravo, CB2