Monday, September 03, 2007

design star 2 : kim todd will

I thought Will's design was the most professional looking. I would watch a show with him as a host. He is a professional designer who has intereting ideas. He is also very warm and relates well to clients on a level that is not just superficial. As I said last week, I like his low-key manner. It would be nice for HGTV to think people can have a show without seeming like lunatic game show hosts.

There is no way I would watch a show hosted by Todd, unless it was to mock it. His manner is too immature and "dude-ly" to be taken seriously. He's like a cartoon. At least it was cold enough in Indiana so that he kept his shirt on. He really doesn't know anything about design and he doesn't seem interested in knowing anything about it. It is all ignorant showmanship. For his Indiana family : he had lots of carpentry ideas (that didn't pan out) but design-wise he mainly put furniture around the room circle (of course there were a few built-in items like a book shelves and a built-in box). I have to admit that the red and orange paint didn't turn out to be as overwhelming as I thought it would. But who wouldn't know that was a load-bearing beam?? His was the least ambitious and the least of the transformations. Todd just has a very limited range. What would have happened if he had ended up with Bridget? I don't think he could get into the mind-set of a 14 year old girl in a wheel chair. And what was the deal with those black satin pants he was wearing at the judging?

I'd be happy to see a show with Kim. Her space-planning does need help. She needed more furniture in that space. However she also had the most amount of work to do. She had to basically rebuild the space: floors, walls, etc. She didn't just paint but hand stained all of the walls. She created a built-in a bar which transformed the space by providing an additional area for living and conversation and connecting the kitchen to the living room. Plus she decorated the dining area and it wasn't part of the plan. It wasn't my style but it probably wasn't Kim's style either and that is the test of a good designer. It is hard to judge in some ways because Kim also didn't have a lot of choice since she was in such a rural area. However, the furniture layout in the end was a problem. I would have also used rugs and pillows to add more color.

One thing I would have done is create an entry area that had a linoleum floor and had a place to leave dirty shoes and coats. It was obviously a problem that you entered immediately on to the carpet! That said, Kim's was the most rewarding transformation to watch.

Kim is such a natural in front of the camera and she is such an appealing person. It seems like she is the obvious choice. I don't even care what they do for the final competition. I know I don't want to watch a show hosted by Todd. Although it would be awfully fun to mock.


cb said...

i thought Todd's red monstrosity was awful....too much red. it was like staring into an oven.

will's space was very lovely, but didn't have any traces of Bridget's personality - it looked almost too designed.

kim's had a few problems, but I think they were easily solved. she's great on camera; i'd watch her in a heartbeat.

Ms. Place said...

I just left my remarks with Linda on Surroundings and am amazed at the similarity of our responses.

First, I apologize for the trailer remark last night. It was meant to be sarcastic, but it probably came off as very snobbish. I think helping families in need is a wonderful thing, but Kim's assignment was the most difficult of the three by far. She also had the exterior environment to contend with (fewer choices for purchases, stores that were far away, and a yard that was more dirt and mud than anything.) In fact, Kim failed to keep that yard in mind when she picked the pale carpet. That floor begged to be tiled. Warmth could have been added with scattered rugs that would also have served as accent colors. I did not like Kim's design as much as you did, mostly because the furniture was arranged in a hodge podge fashion.

Todd's room was a bold statement, that's for sure. I liked some of his choices, but overall the room screamed "Cheap!" Did you noticed the quality of those toy boxes? Poor. (As was the platform for Wayne Newton's guest livingroom.) Give me a cheap piece of Ikea furniture over one of Todd's custom made creations any day!

I'll miss Will. He has a definite design aesthetic, but as the judges say, it is predictable. Still, his room was fresh and lovely. Little Bridget asked for something that looked grown up and she got it. Ok, so it was bland. Bridget can remove some of those terrible pieces of designer made art work and add her own touches later.

I vote for Sparkle Josh and Will. Oh, drat. They're not eligible!

I haven't a clue what Kim is all about, though she has a natural on-air presence; and I wouldn't watch Todd, though I thought he was hunky at first. He's proof that less is more. Have you noticed in the previews for next week's show that he's back to taking his shirt off again?


Linda Merrill said...

I agree Ms. Place, Todd started off good looking, but all the boyish behavior just makes him look immature. Plus, his carpentry work was shoddy looking. Kim would be a good host, but has no power of authority. Unless one of them pulls out some big surprise next week, I think it will be a real dull conclusion to a pretty dull season.

Ms. Place said...

I can't wait to read your take on the final designs. There's no question now: Kim should win. Her room design was sophisticated and grown up. Todd's resembled a little kid's version of a hotel room.

Design said...

Kim has to be the right choice, Todd has no idea and is not really interested, it has to be Kim.

Ola said...

i know that it was year ago;) but could you tell me who won? thank you
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