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Design Star

Ask nearly anyone about the biggest night in television, and they’d probably say, “The Emmys, of course.” Ask Kim Myles, and she’d probably say something quite different. While The 59th Annual Emmy Awards aired, Kim learned, after a six-week competition and a national vote, that she was HGTV’s newest Design Star. She walked away with a brand-new Mercury Mariner and the coveted prize of her own design show. Kim proved week after week to be a triple-threat – she has a natural eye for design, the camera loves her, and she’s not afraid of power tools! Propelled by her passion and a desire to win, Kim knocked out her competition one by one, until no one stood between her, a set of car keys and a contract with HGTV.

From the first two challenges of the season, the thirty-four year old hairstylist from Queens showed she had just the right blend of artistic chops and likeable sass to hold her own among a cadre of talented interior designers. Her first solo project, in which the contestants had to design a chic room using only items from a dollar store, earned kudos from eagle-eyed judge and HGTV favorite, Vern Yip. He praised her room, entitled “Sumptuous Simplicity,” for the ingenious use of paper plate-gingko leaves to create a faux wallpaper effect.

In the sixth challenge of the season, Kim found herself on a plane to West Virginia to design an earthy, rustic living area for a deserving family. Not only did she completely transform their room into a warm, inviting space, she demonstrated a natural ability to draw the viewer in with her informative-but-affable hosting style. Kim brought a fresh perspective to the screen. There’s nothing pretentious or snooty about Kim’s work – she’s as down-to-earth as her color choices.

For the finale of Design Star 2, Kim pulled out all the stops - and the dated carpet - for her “Tropical Punch” hotel suite. A color scheme of vibrant blue and warm brown set the tone for Kim’s suite that was decadent enough for the most seasoned traveler, yet friendly enough for a family of four. Kim laid a bold coat of polyurethane over the raw concrete floors that remained after she took the judges' advice and removed the wall-to-wall. In any other setting, these floors might have looked too industrial for a hotel suite, but Kim’s palette and a few wisely-chosen area rugs left them looking homey and natural. Kim’s on-screen performance was as cozy as her room, and the judges loved her.

There’s no question that Kim Myles will be as successful as the original Design Star, David Bromstad. Like David, Kim makes viewers feel like they’ve known her for years. (Kim, old buddy, how’ve you been? Come on in, have a cup of tea and set a spell. While you’re here, you wouldn’t mind taking a look at the master bedroom would you? I just don’t know what to do with it.)

Congratulations, Kim, on a well-deserved win. You are, indeed, a design star.

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