HGTV's Design Star: Shabby Chic Hotel Suite

HGTV's Design Star: Shabby Chic Hotel Suite

This week's challenge had the remaining six designers working in 2 teams of 3 to redesign two suites in the famous Opryland Hotel using country music star Sarah Evans' style as inspiration. Also, we finally got to see the contestants' real hosting abilities...

Armed with $15,000 and 26 hours of work time, the teams met with Sarah individually to discuss her style and desires for the Opryland suites. She requested feminine, southern, shabby chic comfort and expressed her specific love for antique doors. There was (refreshingly) little drama this episode and a whole lot of shopping.

Jennifer led one team, faux-finish paintbrush in hand, with Matt taking a back seat and Stephanie in charge of shopping (frantically). Trish led the other team and managed to wrangle Tracee into cooperating while Mikey kept everyone on the POA (or POV? Can we just say that we love that he's a cop?).

We know shabby chic usually involves light green paint but why did both teams have to use the exact same paint color of Sarah Evans' living room? We agree that Team Trish did a better job creating a complete, "finished" space but we were partial to Team Jennifer's bedroom with that luscious bedding, calm colors and the lovely framed wall headboard uniting the two beds into one space - very a la Matt. Also, Team Trish's dining bench mixed with chairs was much more successful than Jennifer's mixed chairs. We like mixed style chairs but those four were heavy and too disparate, didn't mix well.

Possibly Tracee's first positive contribution to the competition

Ultimately, Sarah Evans chose Team Trish's suite. If only Stephanie's couch had fit through the doors... always remember to measure ALL the doors that the furniture will have to fit through. Maybe it wasn't because of the couch but Stephanie went home and we agree with the decision. She was a great supporting designer but didn't deserve her own show. More images of the rooms here

What did you think of the hosting trials? Who do you think could handle a show of their own?

The results are in! We'll be interviewing Matt here on AT in the coming weeks. Please comment with questions you would be interested in having Matt answer!

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