Congratulations to Patricia of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania! Patricia is our winner of the $50 Pier One Giveaway! Her favorite Pier One items are the Peacock Mosaic Bath Accessories. Stay tuned for more giveaway opportunities in the future!
We had the great opportunity to recently interview HGTV’s Design Star winner, Danielle Colding! I’d been following Design Star season seven ever since it began and was on pins and needles at the end to see who was going to take home the title. Ultimately, Danielle’s name was called and ever since, her whole life has changed! Read to find out how this former professional modern dancer ended up with her own show and a Design Star title to boot!
Q: How did you get started in Interior Design? Did a specific situation spark your interest?
A: There wasn’t a specific situation that sparked me going down the interior design career path. But, when I look back home design is always something that’s been a part of my life. I grew up doing home repairs and changing rooms around with my mother on a regular basis…. And we loved to shop! When I decided to move on from my career in dance, I kept coming back to design as something I would love to do every single day. When I was contemplating a new career, I focused on choosing something I was passionate about, something that constantly changed (I hate to be bored), and something that forced me to grow and learn new things regularly. The chance to travel and shop all the time didn’t hurt either!
Q:How long have you been a designer and what is your personal design style?
A:I have been a working designer for eight years… gulp! My personal style is pretty eclectic with a definite bent towards the classic and elegant. In general, I love modern and traditional furnishings with clean lines and elegant detailing, accented by global and contemporary accessories and art. For me, it’s all about layering and mixing it up. I have always resisted defining my style in one catch phrase because I have been exposed to so many different styles that I love and always want my designs to evolve and respond to the project at hand with new eyes.
Q: How did you go about getting on the show?
A: I was encouraged by friends to try out for the show. They insisted that I could do well but to tell you the truth I wasn’t so sure. I never thought of myself as a public figure and didn’t know how I’d fair in front of the camera. During the audition process my mother was in the hospital at the end stages of her fight with cancer, so in many ways I simply felt I had nothing to lose. I went to the open call and it escalated from there. It just felt like everything lined up perfectly for me to have this experience on Design Star. And I’ve never looked back.
Q: What were the best and most difficult parts about being on the show?
A: The best part of being on the show was being in a very creative environment. All we did was design 24/7. The other great part of the experience was being with the other designers. I was shocked by what a supportive environment it was and how we all helped each other out. And, we laughed non-stop which really helped keep us sane. The hardest part was the sheer intensity of being in a competition AND making a TV show at the same time. It was non-stop. We did not have any time off and had to just keep producing and being creative. There were times that we just wanted a day to sleep or veg… but in the TV world that just wasn’t possible.
Q: How did you feel when they called your name as the winner of HGTV’s Design Star?
A: I still pinch myself thinking about that moment. It was truly a dream- confetti fell from the sky, a studio of people smiling at me with expectation, and a rush of emotions from shock and awe to gratitude and sadness. It was absolutely incredible. I had thought through both possible outcomes but really was not prepared for the experience of winning. It’s just not something you can fathom until it happens.
Q: How has your life changed after winning HGTV’s Design Star?
A: The funny part was that initially my life didn’t change very much. After Design Star ended, I couldn’t tell anyone anything about my experience or the outcome. It was a strange let down because I had this amazing secret that I had to keep completely to myself. Once I finally started shooting Shop this Room, the real change came about. My life became different because my career became different. I went from being a full time designer to being a TV personality who happens to shoot a design show. And unlike being a working designer, it’s not all about the design. It’s about shooting a show that is interesting and entertaining and brings something new to the table. From that perspective, it’s a whole new world. And…. I can finally talk about my experience! Woo hoo!
Q: You’ve started filming your new show, Shop This Room- what can we expect from the show in the future?
A: I am so excited about Shop This Room. It is a reflection of my design approach and who I am as a person and a designer. The show focuses on my life as a New York interior designer and my approach to designing highly personalized spaces. It’s about finding inspirational items- that speak to the home owners in some way- and designing spaces around them. The viewer gets an inside view into where I like to shop, my design process of developing a design plan, and the artists and craftsmen I work with on a regular basis. And we have a blast shooting- I have such a great team. Design should be fun and we try to bring that to the show as much as possible.
Q: What is your favorite space you’ve designed so far?
A: Whoa that’s a hard one. There is one on my show I absolutely love but cant talk about that just yet…. You’ll have to be patient and watch all five episodes!
I would have to say my favorite space I’ve designed is a home I have been working on for about one and a half years. It’s a gorgeous colonial house in Westchester and it just feels like the design has evolved over a lifetime. The thing that’s great is that every room is different and tells its own story. My client is one who is amazing to work with. She is thrilled by beautiful things and has a passion for art. We push each other to make the house as incredible as it can be. I simply love it!
Q: In your opinion what element should a room have to give it a designer look?
A: What I love to do in every space is focus on the decorative accessories. I love creating small vignettes by pairing decorative accessories with practical items. Creating moments in a room where interesting things are paired together with a focus on scale and textural interest achieves a designer look. Bookshelves and console tables are places to go wild!
Q: Our blog is called Material Girls so of course we have to ask you what is your material of choice?
A: That’s a great question. All the materials I’m drawn to in my work are natural elements. Its so hard to pick a favorite since I’m an equal opportunity material lover. But to answer, finally, I will say Belgian linen- I love it! Printed, plain, glazed… I don’t care. It is elegant and relaxed at the same time- the feeling I love to create in my work.
Q: What trends do you see coming to the forefront of design in the upcoming seasons?
A: The trend that I see and love is the willingness for people to take risks with the spaces they inhabit. Design has become such a part of our lives I think people realize that an overly designed, matchy matchy space is not desired. Instead being a collector of beautiful things over a lifetime is the goal. I like that this quirky approach to design is catching on and people are inspired to make their homes reflect who they are.
Good luck Danielle on your future endeavors! Us Material Girls (and boys) will keep a look out for your upcoming HGTV show, Shop This Room!
Congratulations to Jennifer B. in Dallas for winning our Quality Bath giveaway for a luxurious towel warmer!
She plans on warming up her traditional brown and white bathroom by placing her amazing new towel warmer next to her shower! This towel warmer is sure to keep her warm when stepping on her cold travertine floors… ENJOY Jennifer
Everyone don’t forget to enter our next giveaway- stay tuned for more info!
Don’t forget to enter to win Quality Bath’s towel warmer giveaway! This luxurious, unique item is something every bathroom should have… Let’s just hope it’s yours! You have until 12:00am Sunday, July 1st (ET) to enter by clicking HERE. Good luck MG readers!
Congratulations to Whitney from Saginaw, TX! She is the lucky winner of this beautiful rug from Decorative Carpets! This rug retails at $1078 and will be a stunning accent piece in Whitney’s home!
Whitney told us that she and her husband are in the process of building a new house right now, and their style is a mix of traditional and modern. She also mentioned that her go-to color is gray because it is soft and fresh and makes a room look more modern, we couldn’t agree more! Her new Decorative Carpets rug is the perfect blend of classic and modern, and we think it will fit perfectly in her new home. We hope you love it Whitney, congrats again!
Thank you to all of our readers who participated in this giveaway! Stay tuned for the next fabulous giveaway coming soon!
This month’s giveaway winner will receive a rug from Decorative Carpets, a family-owned business that has specialized in providing high quality flooring for the world’s most prestigious commercial and residential interiors since 1955. With headquarters in West Hollywood and a manufacturing facility in Bangkok, Thailand, all of Decorative Carpets’ products adhere to the highest of standards and can be found in every corner of the globe!
One lucky MG reader will win a 3’x5′ hand spun rug inspired by late 19th century Mongolia, made from hand carded Himalayan natural wool. With a retail price of $1078, this rug will make for a stunning accent piece in any room!
The giveaway starts today and will end on Tuesday, May 1st with a winner announced on May 2nd. Enter today!
Good luck to you all!
Congratulations to MG reader Aliza from Lakewood, New Jersey! Aliza has won both the “Dr. Mary Side Sleeper” and “Jetsetter” pillows from the wonderful folks at The Pillow Bar!
Developed by noted sports chiropractor Dr. Mary Collings, the luxurious “Dr. Mary Side Sleeper” is designed to relieve shoulder and neck tension, and the “Jetsetter” pillow is perfect for comfort on the go.
Aliza told MG that she’ll catch some zzz’s with her new pillows in her favorite room of her new home- the master bedroom! The sleek pillows- recently featured in the Wall Street Journal- will fit perfectly in her white and grey bedroom, which mixes traditional elegance with hotel contemporary. Enjoy, Aliza!
We are excited to announce that our latest giveaway with our friends at The Pillow Bar! One lucky MG reader will have the chance to win a luxurious “Dr. Mary Side Sleeper” AND a “Jetsetter” pillow! Go HERE to enter now, and tell all of your friends!
The “Dr. Mary Side Sleeper” is the Pillow Bar’s best-selling pillow and valued at $325!! It was developed by Dr. Mary Collings, a noted sports chiropractor, and relieves tension in the shoulders and neck. Just think, you will finally be able to catch some z’s after the busy holidays are over! Plus, the Pillow Bar is throwing in an additional “Jetsetter” pillow that is perfect for travel or at home and retails for $135! This lucky winner is going to have some seriously sweet dreams!
Take a look at their other great products as well! -
Even your pooch can have a peaceful night’s sleep with the Lucky Dog Pillow!
Who doesn’t love a great night’s sleep? Now you all have the chance to win two amazing pillows for great sleep at home or on the road! Enter HERE for your chance to win. The giveaway will end Tuesday, January 17th at 12 p.m. (ET). The winner will be announced here on Material Girls on Wednesday, January 18th! Good luck to you all!
The Made Goods giveaway has officially ended, and the winner is Monica from New York! Monica is the lucky winner of the fabulous Rocco box set. Congrats and enjoy your new accessory!
In keeping with our monthly giveaways, we are thrilled to announce that November’s giveaway is with our friends over at MADE GOODS!!
MADE GOODS is known for their beautiful accessories, mirrors, accent furniture, lighting and much more. Their products have been featured in magazines such as Elle Decor, Lonny Mag and on TONS of blogs.
Now one lucky MG reader has the chance to win a gorgeous brass “Rocco” box set from their collection!! All you have to do is enter HERE.
The Rocco brass chain box set is valued at $500!! Hurry and enter, you really don’t want to miss out on this one!
You may have seen our past blog posts on them, but take another look at some of their other fab products! We just can’t get enough-
The Tressa Gold table
The Eskor table lamp
Syd sea urchin accessories
The Osten Gold side table
The Coco Tray
And last but not least, the Agnes Mirror.
Definitely visit their website to see their amazing products if you haven’t already and if you are looking to buy, try your local Mecox Gardens store.
This giveaway will end December 4th at 12 p.m. (ET) and the winner will be announced December 5th! Go here to enter. Good luck to you all!