September 13, 2009 08:20 PM by DA Southern
HGTV Design Star ends tonight with one of the most ambitions make-over’s to date as Antonio and Dan each tackle a complete home makeover to decide the winner of this season’sÂ HGTV Design Star. Admittedly, I am a huge Antonio fan as I think he has the chops to handle a show onÂ HGTV week after week. He is so totally different than the talent currently onÂ HGTV, which is why he is a natural to get his own show. It all comes down to who does the best at the task in the finale and if the judges deem Antonio’s totally different style a fit onÂ HGTV.
Host Clive Pearse greeted the two finalists and told them what was in store for them. Clive announced that they each had $50,000 budget, a team of carpenters and 4 days to finish a complete home makeover.
Antonio met the Starr family and Dan met the Goldberg family and each designer set about to determine the style of each of the families. Both houses were similar in styling and any improvements would be a blessing at this point.
Antonio was all about tearing out walls and it looked as Dan was all about a color pallet, although Dan was doing some wall work himself. Both kitchens were small and looked to be the bane of the design project for each of them and Antonio and Dan set their crews into action as they shopped at Sears.
Dan looked as if he had a bit more personal touches with pictures and other little touches but Antonio was doing some additional work by redoing a bathroom that was not in the original task set forth by Clive. A big risk for sure by Antonio, but it will either bite him in the butt or get him his own show on HGTV by the end of the show.
Dan had a pretty decent cabinet built to hide the TV over the fireplace and Antonio was not happy with his paint choices as he saw it up on the wall by the end of Day 3.
Day 4 – Final Day
Dan’s rooms were not as finished as Antonio’s seemed to be and Dan was having some issues with fitting the Washer and Dryer to fit in the space. Antonio had a funky cabinet that would either be a favorite of the judges or it will be hated, it was one of those kinds of pieces. Â Both designers finished with no real problems as far as projects being left undone.
Dan was first to profile his design. His design was clean and contemporary and flowed nicely. His hosting skills have improved immensely and the judges were in total agreement. Candice loved the personal touches and Genevieve was not as crazy about all of the purple in the house. Vern said that he was not usually a fan of covering a window but that it worked in this case. The Goldbergs loved the design and Dan was a big hit.
Antonio’s design was problematic in many ways from the judge’s standpoint and yet, he had some bold statements in his design overall. On top of that, his hosting style is so easy going and likeable. Candice was a huge fan of the way Antonio blended colors and it seemed that Vern was the one who complained the most about his space planning and what he did overall. Vern finally loved the space planning he did in the bedroom and the way he closed off the bathroom. The Starr family was ecstatic with the design and even Antonio was crying when he saw their reactions and judge, Candice Olson called it the best reveal ever.
Not only did the judges take into account the current design challenge but they had to consider all of the challenges for the season. It was clear that Antonio’s creativity was a main draw for the entire season and that Dan trends towards a more design-school ethic, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
In the end, Host Clive Pearse introduced the HGTV Chairman, Jim Samples, who announced that Antonio Ballatore was the next HGTV Design Star, confirming that I was right all along.
Photo credits: HGTV