As crafters, it’s natural to love HGTV (Home and Garden Television). However, entertainment can be more engaging when there’s a competition. HGTV’s Design Star puts designers through a series of challenges voting off one designer at a time until the final contestant remains winning their own HGTV show. If you’ve ever fantasized about hosting your own craft show, this series will help you see there’s a lot more work that goes into a television show than just mastering your craft.
For Season 6, Design Star has brought on the Season 1 winner David Bromstad to serve as the mentor. He particularly teaches the contestants how to present themselves on TV so they can learn to host their own show while they compete for that very prize. Sarah Eve Fulghum participated in a conference call with HGTV’s Design Star mentor and host of Color Splash, David Bromstad.
Sarah Eve Fulghum: “Hi David. Thanks for taking the time today.”
David Bromstad: “Oh my gosh, my pleasure.”
Sarah Eve Fulghum: “Oh no, the pleasure’s mine. I’d like to know, do you think the competition to find the design show host leads to a better end result, such as a stronger fan base when the winner’s show does premiere?”
David Bromstad: “I think it brings in a stronger sense of the camera challenges when, you know, now that I’m in there. Before, these contestants were just going for it not knowing what to do, and my role is now to guide them and tell them what to do and guide them and just be that mentor that they didn’t have in the past.”
Sarah Eve Fulghum: “Yes. Having a mentor makes all of the difference.”
David Bromstad: “It really does. It really does.”
Sarah Eve Fulghum: “Speaking of which, how did you become the mentor? Did HGTV call you up out of the blue or was this in the works for a while?”
David Bromstad: “Well, I don’t know how ‘in the works’ it was for a while, but I mean they’ve been talking about it for almost close to a year, so they’ve been talking about it, mulling it over, and of course, I am gung-ho on the whole process because I’m a Design Star junkie of course. That’s how I got my beginning. So I was more than honored to be a part of it.”
David Bromstad explained further his new role on Design Star, “ I am going to be doing the mentoring role, and I’m really focusing on really honing their skills as on-camera talent and doing camera challenges. I’m there to assist them, and I’ve been there. I’ve done it. I know how nerve wracking it is. I know what craziness is going through those brains and so what better person to mentor them than me.”
And what does he think about becoming the mentor? “I was thinking wow, this is pretty amazing. I’ve been watching Design Star since I won and just in awe of the talent that has come through there, and now to be a part of it is just, it feels right. It feels amazing, and I had so much fun. It’s a true honor. It really is. It was like everything’s just been full circle.”
What advice does David have for the contestants? True to David’s nature, he gives practical advice from the heart. “You know, I think the biggest advice is to not lose yourself in the competition, is just to stick with who you are and be that vibrant personality that brought you onto the show in the first place. And, you know, whether you’re great at camera challenges or horrible at it, you can always be taught to be great on camera, but you can’t be taught to have a great personality.”
And of course, what’s an interview with the star of HGTV’s Color Splash without a little home decorating advice? Here’s David Bromstad’s take on decorating in a rental.
“Well, I’m probably going to give horrible advice right now because I’m sure everyone out there is going to be like, what? But, I think in every lease, every rental agreement that I was in before I bought my place, it always says don’t paint, but I always did. It was the first thing I did before I even moved in just because that is one way that you can just put your stamp on it and make it feel cozy. And all they want to do is have it look nice and have it be painted white when you leave.
So, if you’re willing to paint it white when you leave, that’s just fine. So, I was always willing and you know what? Every time that I did paint it, the landlord would come in and would be like, “You’re not supposed to paint, but it looks really great.” And I’m like well do you want me to paint it back, and they’re like no.”
On the flip side, he says:
“And if you don’t want to take the time to paint, just bringing in personal effects and just hang things on the wall—hang pieces of art, hang mirrors, make sure that it looks lived in. My house, honestly, is all white. And it’s very comfortable and it’s very cozy, and I’ve done a lot of homes that are all white with all white walls. You can still make it look chic and still make it look amazing. Don’t let the white walls fool you.”
You can watch David Bromstad as the mentor on HGTV’s Design Star Monday nights at 9/8central or on HGTV.com.