Design Star

I have a strict schedule. A TV-watching schedule, that is. And Sunday is HGTV's Design Star. Here's the recap:

They were asked to design luxurious (key word) apartments for Donald Trump Jr.'s newapartment building in New Jersey. They said it had great views of New York! I was excited, because honestly, I love the finer things in life. Upscale, pristine, classy.

Well, I have to say this challenge left me less-than-thrilled. Out of many things I think went terribly wrong, the worst offender of all mistakes was this "Blueberry" bathroom.

This is Tom. Tom has such a gentle heart, and Tom thought that painting this small bathroom entirely dark blue was a great idea. It would have been better if he hadn't have painted the ceiling as well, but that turned blue, too! Vern Yipp, one of the judges on Design Star, made the best point of all when he noted a bathroom (or any room for that matter) shouldn't be painted a dark dark color if there is not one inkling of natural light. I mean, really! The other thing that got me was Tom repeatedly saying he was going for a "spa-like" feeling. I get the blue choice, but DARK blue? Not so sure that achieves the spa look.

My Grandma Belinda (with Designs by Belinda), e-mailed me today to get my scoop on the show last night. She made a very good point in saying how the Trump's are all about luxury! A rich, warm grey or carmel tone would have fared much better in this space! And it would have coordinated with the existing countertops.

So, bottom line: don't paint small spaces with no natural light a dark color. And moreover, don't paint the ceiling the same color! Genevieve Gorder was right when she said, "It was a hot mess". Agreed.

So, here are some of my favorite bathrooms that I keep in a file entitled "Inspiration Rooms" on my laptop. You should start one, too!

Who doesn't love a little zebra print?!

I'm IN LOVE with the lighting fixture. Now THIS says "spa".

These two are both simple. The one on the left is definitely more modern (seen in the shape of tub). Both are lovely and serene, though.

Make sure to catch Design Star, next Sunday at 10pm!

Love and blueberry bathrooms,


  1. michaela! i love you blog site! i really like the zebra frame it that one bathroom so cute! the cutest thing about your blog is how you sign it, Love and..... i love it! cant wait to read more

  2. Love the bathroom on the right...that's just about the color of paint in our "new" bedroom! Peaceful...I'm all about peaceful these days:)

  3. Found you through your dad on Twitter! Ain't social media grand?

    So funny about the blueberry bathroom. Cool blog!

    I'm co-owner of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture in Colorado, but I'm originally from Washington... grew up in the Skagit Valley area. Miss the green!

  4. @ Beth: Yes I love your new bedroom! That color you chose is one of my favorites! Can't wait to do a painting for your room (:

    @ Heidi: Gotta love social media!! Wow that's so great that you grew up in Washington. Sure is green there! I'm loving interior design at Seattle Pacific University. But I'm also enjoying summer back home in California!

    Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I will follow you on twitter (:

  5. Man, I haven't been watching Design Star at all this season. I'm gonna start pronto.


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