Continuation of HGTV Design Star Season 5 Episode 5 Recap: “Fire Station Designs”
Judge Candice Olsen made it back in time for deliberation. After careful consideration, the judges chose the blue team to be victorious with their functional and cozy space. They also chose Casey as winner of the individual challenge for her abstract fireman art that really made the room pop. With a win under his belt, we were so proud of Alex for being the shining star of his team this week helping wherever he could. Rest your hand Michael; your team had your back ;)
For our choice of the bottom two, we think the judges should call Nina and Courtland. We have a strong feeling that Nina will get slack for her [yet again] artistic display that we have seen every week. However, we must say that her piece was functional and extremely creative with a wonderful meaning behind it. To be fair, her choice of furniture for the space should be what puts her in the bottom two. Courtland should join Nina as his contribution visually pulled the room down with a contrasting, dated feel.
“We feel like you turned in a big, fat zero,” Vern reveals as the judges lay into the red team and their unanimous disappointment of their space. With such a physical and emotional demanding job of being a firefighter, the judges really wanted the designers to create a space that was so well planned, that it would showcase their gratitude. Judge Candice Olsen added that the red team’s design contributed to the chaos that was already in the existing space. Ouch. Not one contestant escaped the judges’ wrath. Tom was criticized for his choice of ceiling color as black is commonly associated with death and despair. They did however praise him for removing the dropped ceiling to add some height to the space. Stacey was thanked for her personalization of the space though it was a bit sub par.
(The Bottom Two)
Nina and Courtland found themselves in this week’s bottom two. Genevieve quickly laid into Courtland for his poor choice of using 70’s inspired paneling (in style and color choice) for his space. She quickly reminded him that wood panels are in fact one of the first things that designers remove when renovating an interior. His poor choice of stain was also discussed as it did anything but coordinate with Tim’s ceiling. Interesting enough, Candice brought up a great point that the panels mocked charred wood (like in a fire), a definite no no.
In watching the deliberation, we had to take a moment to point out Courtland’s insincerity. When the judges disagree with his design choices, he is so quick to apologize and make amends. Yet (in a team setting), he is one of the first ones to make unnecessary and snappy comments. If Nina has received slack from viewers about her behavior, it is only fitting if we point out Courtland.
The judges found Nina’s corkboard display to be yet another artistic expression (hey we actually liked it). “All I saw was cardboard put up like a bad 8th grade craft project,” adds Genevieve. During last week’s challenge (“Flower Power”), Vern warned Nina that her work was starting to become a bit redundant. We definitely agree with the judges that she needs to find other ways to express her talent. To prove that she is not a one trick pony, Nina acknowledged her decision to choose the furniture. Opening another can of worms, Vern reminded her of the importance of creating a spatial plan and lack of proportion and scale in her space.
As Nina has a few wins under her belt, will she be saved from elimination this week?
Unfortunately, Nina’s hosting presentation seemed very rehearsed and impersonable. She spoke extremely fast which prohibited the viewers to take in the details of what she discussed. Speaking of discussion, it was kept to a minimum as she only spoke about her individual ideas vs. the group’s overall concept as a whole.
Courtland’s video on the other hand was very engaging. He was personable, funny, and used everyday banter to make the viewer feel at home. He also did a great job of speaking about the space as a whole revealing the team’s original objectives and how they were executed throughout the space. He also spoke about the importance of recognizing the selfless work of firefighters which was a nice touch.
In the end, 2/3 judges thought that it was Nina’s time to go home. Though she was by far one of the most talented contestants on the show, her personality and abilities of working in a team setting were a bit lacking. Now that she is gone from the competition, we wonder if people will let up a little on their criticism.
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Be sure to keep up on all of our Design Star reviews:
- HGTV Design Star Season 5 Episode 4
- HGTV Design Star Season 5 Episode 3
- HGTV Design Star Season 5 Episode 2
- HGTV Design Star Season 5 Episode 1
- HGTV Design Star Exclusive: Interview with Contestant Julie Khuu
- HGTV Design Star Exclusive: Nina Ferrer, “Mean Girl, or Misunderstood?”
- HGTV Design Star: Thoughts on Season 5? Where Are Past Contestants Now?
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