If you've been watching Design Star, you know that we're down to the last two contestants. Last week's episode was a great challenge, with Matt, Trish, and Jen designing rooms for their family members. I thought that Trish's room was a perfect space for her parents, and definitely took their needs into consideration. Even so, she was the latest designer to leave the show.
Trish was kind enough to chat with me about her experience on the show, and to fill me in on her future plans.
CasaSugar: What was your favorite challenge?
Trish: My favorite challenge was the Sara Evans Suite Challenge.
CasaSugar: Who was one of your favorite designers to work with?
Trish: Hands down Mikey V. Mikey is a great designer. I love his work ethic and his ability to get the job done. Mikey and I approach projects in the same manner. We instantly know what we want to do, make a plan, and quickly get it done.
To see what else Trish has to say, including her future design plans, read more.
CasaSugar: I loved the redesign of your parents’ home. It seemed perfect for them! Did you find that decorating for your clients’ expectations sometimes made it difficult to fulfill the judges’ criteria? What did you think was the most important part of the design, ultimately?
Trish: Thank you so much!! I found it very difficult to create a room that my parents would love and please the judges at the same time. I love creating modern-glam spaces, and I knew that this was something that the judges really wanted to see from me. I knew though that my parents would not have liked that type of design since they are very traditional. I knew that the right thing to do was to follow my heart and give my parents the room that they would truly love, even knowing that it would cause me to be eliminated. I would have liked to change the layout in the space, but I know too well how my parents use their room and the current layout really fits their needs. I tried different layouts, but it always compromised my dad and how he uses the room. I feel that installing the manufactured hardwood and encasing the fireplace really changed the look of the space. The most important part of the design, besides these two elements, was creating a room that my parents love. I think that as a designer, it's our job to inspire our clients with our designs. My parents love the room so much, they are continuing the design inspiration throughout the rest of their home.
CasaSugar: You are, as the judges have said, great on camera. Who else on the show (eliminated or not) did you think had a great camera/screen presence?
Trish: Thanks again! I would have to say that both Jen and Matt are very comfortable in front of the camera.
CasaSugar: If there was one design element from one of the challenges that you could go back and change, what would it be?
Trish: I try not to live my life in what ifs or should haves, but if I had the chance, I would make my room in the Oaklawn Challenge modern. I think it would have shown the judges just how versatile I am and that I can rock a mod room.
CasaSugar: Whose designs do you think were undervalued in the show?
Trish: I personally think that Mikey V wasn't give the credit for some of the amazing ideas he had during the challenges. I think that most people think that Mikey just builds, but he has an amazing eye for design.
CasaSugar: What are your future design plans?
Trish: My business partner Shannon and I have been very busy lately working with our existing clients and new clients here in Michigan. We have been expanding our design into the commercial area as well. I would love to explore the possibilities of doing something on TV. I would love to have a show with Mikey V one day. I envision a show where Mod Man meets Glam Girl.