HGTV Design Star season 7 runner-up Britany Simon who is famous for the gorgeous glam spaces she designs, joined me recently to discuss her new web series premiering on HGTV.com this year and offer tips for viewers on how to create a stunning space on a budget!
Candace Rose: As the runner up on Design Star (Season 7), can you tell us about your experience on the show?
Britany Simon: I had an amazing time. Being selected as 1 of the 12 finalists to compete on the show was a dream come true. To make it all the way to the end as part of the final 2 was unreal. I loved the entire experience of the design competition to the production of the whole show. It was all so fun, and definitely confirmed for me that this is what I am meant to do.
Candace Rose: You were recently voted as the series “Fan Favorite” designer! Can you tell us about that experience and what it means to you?
Britany Simon: It is a great feeling to be voted fan favorite, and know that viewers enjoyed watching me and most of all… were inspired by my designs. At the end of the day, its all about the viewers, and to know that I was their favorite, is an amazing feeling. I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to continue to do what I love, and share that with the viewers on hgtv.com.
Candace Rose: As someone who has followed your boards on Pinterest, (love your design inspiration!) can you tell us about your new online design series on HGTV.com?
I am obsessed with Pinterest too, it is a fabulous place to get inspired, and organize all the great ideas! For my hgtv.com series, we are going to be focusing on holiday decorating. It is a popular search item for people on hgtv.com so we thought it would be fun to give some new fun twists to decorating for the holidays. I am filming those early next month, and they will be live on hgtv.com in the fall!
Candace Rose: As an expert in creating modern, glam spaces; do you have any advice for viewers who are interested in creating similar spaces on a budget?
Britany Simon: Its all about the details! Hardware to me is the jewelry of a space… take an ordinary furniture piece and glam it up with great hardware… it’s a great inexpensive way to jazz up what you already have. Also mixing and matching patterns with throw pillows and a fabulous rug will add immediate style to your space.
Candace Rose: You’re famous for your use of high contrast and bold colors; what advice do you have for viewers who love this look but are afraid to take the plunge?
Britany Simon: Taking simple, inexpensive items like a flower arrangement, or new throw pillows with punches of color are a great non-committal way of trying out those bolder tones. Once you give the color’s a chance and you live with them for a little bit, you can decide to move forward with painting the walls in that color tone, or adding in a chair or two with the hue.
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Britany Simon: I want to encourage everyone to have fun with design… try out new styles, new colors, new patterns. Step out of your comfort zone, and play with it! I promise you that you will be happy with the results.
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Britany Simon: Keep up with my life after design star and what I’m up to now on my blog at www.britanysimon.blogspot.com.