Design Star, Episode 7 And Chatting With Candice Olsen

Design Star, Episode 7 And Chatting With Candice Olsen

Rebecca Orlov
Aug 31, 2009

Budget drama and landscape design are the focus of this week's Design Star challenge as the remaining four contestants makeover a family's large backyard. Let's see how it went and what judge, Candice Olsen, had to say this morning when we spoke with her about working with shapes and tips for defining your design voice.

Here's one AFTER image.
The 10,000 square foot backyard was an unprecedented challenge on Design Star but gave the designers an opportunity to design using shapes and frames aside from furniture and decor. While the curvy pool, rectangular waterfall and overall plot of land had interesting shapes, the designer ignored these features and missed a real design opportunity working with shapes and scale. We asked Candice about how to utilize and work with the given shapes of a room when adding furniture and decor.
  • Candice's advice: Every project has the same principles - pattern, color, scale, etc. although every room is different (balance of windows? how much natural light?) And for most interiors, you typically start with a linear box. Work with the shape of this space by adding a balance of both linear and organic items.
And another AFTER image.
After the concrete was poured, the grass was laid down, the fence was put up and the greenery was planted, the furniture was ready be placed. While the clients has asked for a modern and zen vibe, most of the furniture seemed out of design place with each other and cohesive look wasn't delivered. During the judging, Candice mentioned picking a design voice and we asked her for the best tips for defining your design voice at home.
  • Candice's tips: A room should be a "visual novel of who you are". Pull imagery and ideas from magazines, catalogs, find restaurant decor and home clippings - examples of what you like as well as edit what you don't like.

How do you work with the shape of your space? And how have you defined your design voice for your home? Share your stories below and upload your home photos to the Apartment Therapy LA Flickr pool.

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