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HGTV Design Star Final Two Design Glass Houses

September 02, 2006 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon

During a dreary weekend punctuated by torrential downpours in New York City’s Bryant Park, the final two HGTV Design Star candidates got their last chance to impress the show’s judges and television viewers.  In full view of spectators in the park, the talented finalists designed two 16′ x 12′ glass houses and demonstrated their on-camera hosting skills.  After surviving six rigorous design challenges and besting eight other competing designers, architects, decorators and artists, David Bromstad, 32, of Miami, Fla. and Alice Fakier, 31, of Temple, Texas took their last shot at the coveted prize – the chance to star in his or her own show on HGTV.  The pair’s final designs will be revealed during the HGTV Design Star episode airing on Sunday, September 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 

At the conclusion of the episode, viewers will have the opportunity to vote once daily on HGTV.com for their favorite designer finalist or they can send one daily text message via cell phone to HGTV1 or 44881. Viewers can text the letter “a” to vote for David or the letter “b” to vote for Alice.  The virtual polls to select the HGTV Design Star will open on Sunday, September 3 at 10 p.m. ET and will close at noon ET on Wednesday, September 6. After the viewer votes are tallied, one of the final two talented designers will catapult to fame as HGTV’s next design star during the final episode airing on Sunday, September 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Bromstad and Fakier were given 26 working hours to finish working on the room-sized glass structures.  With the clock ticking and host Clive Pearse checking in periodically, they sketched, shopped, designed, decorated and raced to complete the final challenge.   While show judges Martha McCully, the executive editor of In Style magazine and renowned designers Cynthia Rowley and Vern Yip stopped by to view the finalists’ progress and offer a perspective on the designs and on-camera performances, ultimately the winner will be selected by viewers across the country.   

“This final challenge not only stretches the designers’ abilities, it also tests their spontaneity and endurance,” said James Bolosh, Vice President, Original Programming, HGTV.  “Of course we knew that putting them in a public venue would amp up the drama, but we mostly wanted to see how they would handle the kind of stress that they might encounter out in the field, taping a show.  It can be a bit of pressure cooker on location and they needed to experience that in real time, in the real world.” 
HGTV Design Star premiered on Sunday, July 23 with an eclectic group of 10 finalists who represented various lifestyles and life stages, personalities and preferences, education and experience.  The group included a former beauty pageant finalist and mother of two from Utah, as well as three Harvard graduates.  Each week the competition in the highly-rated show became more intense as the finalists were pushed to their limits in devilishly clever design challenges.  For example, in one challenge, the finalists designed spaces using only items found in pet, beauty, camping or automotive stores; while in another challenge they designed using a single color – yellow, blue, red or green — as inspiration.  Bromstad and Fakier each won a weekly design challenge before getting the final shot at stardom.   

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43 Responses to “HGTV Design Star Final Two Design Glass Houses”

  1. rosaline Brown Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    I, am a advit HGTV watcher I rarely watch anything else. I have been watching the Design Star contest very closely. I think David should win because he showed creativity and all of design with the ability to think out of the box within a short period of time.

  2. Rosalne Brown Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    I think David should win

  3. Rachel V Stumpo Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    David is a true design Star

  4. Karen Teague Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 9:06 pm

    David has hit the mark week after week. I loved the room this week, he seemed to look at the whole picture and brought the structure into play when creating the room. He has a gift.

  5. Getta Prejean Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    David is definitely the new HGTV Design Star!

  6. Diane Temple Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 9:17 pm

    I think David clinched it with his last glass house design. He looks at his projects through the eyes of both an artist AND a designer. His rooms have been both complete and polished throughout. He won me over with his inovative Pet Store room.

  7. Diana Massey Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 9:20 pm

    I vote for David. His designs are truly very creative, and he consistently proved what a great
    designer he is. His passion for design shows in all his work.

  8. D.B. Walker Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 9:29 pm

    David has a unique gift for interior decorating. Every week he produces designs that completely transforms the space. The color pallet and textures he encorporates is remarkable. No doubt he has earned the right to be HGTV’s next design star!

  9. Nancy Hartline Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    I believe David should win because from the very beginning, he has showed just fantastic talent, that I would have him come to my home any time and decorate. His pet room was so good as well as his glass house on Sept 3,2006.

  10. wanda arellano Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    david should win

  11. wanda arellano Says:
    September 3rd, 2006 at 11:51 pm

    I think david should win

  12. Theresa Bell Says:
    September 4th, 2006 at 12:10 am

    David has been a very good designer
    thoughtout this whole competion so I would like to vote for him to win

  13. Erica & Aspen Muldrew Says:
    September 4th, 2006 at 1:08 am

    We think David should win because he
    is the better designer.

  14. Erica & Aspen Muldrew Says:
    September 4th, 2006 at 1:11 am

    We vote for David. He’s a great

  15. Diane Bierbower Says:
    September 4th, 2006 at 2:59 am

    I was truely pulling for Alice. David clearly was more organized with his design process. His vision was clear and he used textures,nature,colors. David won hands down by taking every aspect into consideration, the outside surrondings, his design scheme, and he nailed the commentary. Congrats to everyone. I have enjoyed the show and both David and Alice.

  16. Betty D. Sept. 04 2006 Says:
    September 4th, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    David and Alice are both very good, but my vote goes to Alice.

  17. Jo An Churchill Says:
    September 4th, 2006 at 6:25 pm

    Alice is a good designer, but David is gifted.
    It’s David, hands down.

  18. Delilah Rasberry Says:
    September 4th, 2006 at 10:20 pm

    David is our choice for the top designer. He has style and a wonderful personality. He makes excellent choices in color, furniture and all…I would hire him, and probably another million or two would also hire him.
    Alice was NOT my idea of a designer. I think it was a shame she could not find decent clothing to wear, this is a family time program. It would appear that plunging necklines are her ONLY style. We were offended at her inappropriate attire. Too bad the judges did not give her some much needed advice, they were fantastic..

  19. Lily Says:
    September 5th, 2006 at 2:20 am

    David is truly an inspired and talented designer and I would love to watch a show that he hosts because I feel his design aesthetics are impeccable. Not only are his ideas inventive and artistic – he can design and build his own furniture!! Rather than relying solely on store bought items he designed furniture pieces from the drawing board and builds them with his own two hands. He is an all around talent that can conceive, conceptualize, create and construct. My vote goes to David again and again.

  20. Peg Cross Says:
    September 5th, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    I vote for David. He is very gifted.

  21. Cynthia Flint Crawford Says:
    September 5th, 2006 at 11:53 pm

    David’s constantly original presentations and stand out talent get my overwhelming vote!
    Go David! Go David! Go David!

  22. Cynthia Flint Crawford Says:
    September 5th, 2006 at 11:54 pm

    David’s consistently original presentations and stand out talent get my overwhelming vote!
    Go David! Go David! Go David!

  23. Erma Dunaway Says:
    September 6th, 2006 at 6:14 pm

    I have one word to say for david,fantastic! I wish he could do my whole house.

  24. Dionne Says:
    September 6th, 2006 at 6:17 pm

    David, David, David, all the way, Alice doesn’t have a chance.

  25. Dottie Torgerson Says:
    September 6th, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    I think David should be the winner he is by far the best out of the ten!!! I as a designer myself am extremely impressed by his work, and think he deserves to be the next HGTV DESIGN STAR.
    Good Luck David.

  26. Jorge Says:
    September 6th, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    I vote for David to be the new HGTV Design Star, he has the talent for it.

  27. Jorge Says:
    September 6th, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    David, i think your designs are awesome
    Go Miami,Go Miami,Go Miami

  28. christine Says:
    September 6th, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    I think David’s designs are absolutly awsome. I would love to see him win this competition.I don’t think Alice has a chance next to David.

  29. Lori Says:
    September 7th, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    So glad to see that my favorite, David, is also many others. I was not able to get the vote buttons to pull up on my dark-age computer!

  30. Karen Says:
    September 7th, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    David DESIGNS and Inspires! Alice Decorates — something most of us can do on our own. BIG Difference! We’re hoping David is HGTV’s next Design Star.

  31. Dawn Marie Says:
    September 7th, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    David is incredible. His designs are so modern and breathtaking. When you go into a room, your mood should be picked up by the design. I think he does that, hands down. Alice has some creative spots,and she is a very kind person, but when it comes to talent, David has it. I know he is the next design star.

  32. mimi Says:
    September 7th, 2006 at 6:42 pm

    David, A good designer and plus he’s HOT!

  33. Vicki Says:
    September 7th, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    I’m really hoping David will win and I will be shocked if he doesn’t. He’s a great designer and has great presense…he’s alot of fun to watch. His work on Design Star consistently impressed me week after week. And have you seen his web page? His children’s rooms are fantastic! Total dream rooms for kids.

  34. LOU ANN LAMEAU Says:
    September 8th, 2006 at 4:57 pm


  35. Gary Says:
    September 8th, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    David is the clear winner of the whole competition. Incredible imagination, able to solve problems quickly and with incredible style.

  36. Ardie Jackson Says:
    September 9th, 2006 at 12:41 pm

    David and Alice are both breathtaking. Can we keep both? David is incredible – so my vote is DAVID. KEEP BOTH and let them work together?

  37. Karen Says:
    September 9th, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    The suspense is tantalizing! Can hardly wait until Sunday night. Still hoping it’s DAVID!

  38. Ann Says:
    September 9th, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    David reminds me of Devine Design designer Candice – who is fantastic. David sets a mood; his designs and his style are sophisticated yet comfortable. He could easily design a New York penthouse for the very rich and tasteful or for the average America home for average American tastes. David is also obviously a very remarkable person – affable (very), sincere, open and very presentable. I would love him to help me with a den of mine and with a beach house in Delaware. Good luck to this memorable person. I certainly will remember him and look forward to (I hope) his new program on HGTV.

  39. amour&johnny cotton Says:
    September 10th, 2006 at 8:08 pm


  40. Karen Says:
    September 10th, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    YES! David Won!
    Alice is gracious. She’s a lady!

  41. Betty Moore Says:
    September 10th, 2006 at 10:31 pm

    David gets my vote! I really like both David and Alice. Davids rooms are awesome! He is a very gifted and also a very sweet person. David designs and makes those images come alive.

  42. Mary Jo Allen Says:
    September 16th, 2006 at 6:59 pm

    David all the way!

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