How to Hire Your Favorite HGTV Star for Interior Design Projects

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It’s safe to say that over the course of many hours spent watching HGTV shows, we’ve all probably shared the same thought: “I wish ______ could design my home!” As it turns out, they probably can! Before they’re given a program on the TV network and beamed into your house via the silver screen, many HGTV stars start out as regular small business owners, offering their design services to everyday clients. And even after they’ve found TV fame, many continue to work on private projects away from the cameras.

Curious how to book an HGTV design personality for your own project? Here are three options that vary in budget and scale, depending on your needs.

If You Want to Commission a Full Project

We’ll come right out and say it—if you’re looking to hire an HGTV designer to do a big project for you, it won’t be cheap. You’re paying not only for the designer’s services, but also for their high-value brand. But say you do have a big budget, where do you begin? It’s really as simple as googling the designer’s studio, finding a contact email or phone number, and asking if they’re taking new clients.

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Favorite chairs and sofas often are a reflection of one’s personality

Few things are more sacred than your designated seat in the living room. It seems every time my family gathers, we go to our unofficial (but also very official) assigned seats in our shared living spaces.



a living room filled with furniture and a bed: This oversized piece is made to optimize family time with plenty of room to snuggle with loved ones and also plenty of room to spread out if someone is feeling a bit moody.


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This oversized piece is made to optimize family time with plenty of room to snuggle with loved ones and also plenty of room to spread out if someone is feeling a bit moody.

My favorite perch features an easy swivel to allow for full-room surveillance and a firm cushion for ultimate support that allows me a nice bounce to launch after catching my 4-year-old inevitably getting into mischief on one of my spins around the room.

My husband, on the other hand, prefers a well-broken-in sofa you can sink into for a long nap or for the viewing of a long game (sometimes he achieves both at the same time).

Our son tends to be drawn to the ottoman, of all places, and has transformed it into the trampoline of his dreams (which, for the record, I do not officially recommend).

The more I got to thinking about this, the more I realized our chairs are much more than

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Designers Name Their Favorite Houses Ever Featured in AD

The fabric panels in the living room with their roll-up portions on the French doors kill me! He muted out the architectural details he didn’t like. By custom-making the majority of the apartment’s furniture and layering in a few antique pieces from different eras, he made a space with a really timeless feeling. Billy Gaylord is quoted in the story, saying, “I didn’t want anything definable. My apartment could be 1930 or 2001.” 

It’s 2021, and this could truly be a photo of a current space. Billy, you exceeded your own expectations!

William Gaylord’s Knob Hill, San Francisco, apartment in a 1972 issue of the magazine charmed designer Sally Breer. 

Charles Ashley

Nick Olsen

I was 12 years old when I first saw Anna Sui’s SoHo apartment in the pages of AD, as part of a “Fashion Designers at Home” special issue, which I adored. Anna’s lush, 1960s-inspired clothes had already made their imprint on me via fashion television and House of Style, but how she lived was a revelation.

A study in tomato red and black, the apartment’s vibe was what I’d now call educated bordello, with vigorous nods to Diana Vreeland and Madeleine Castaing. Anna even kept

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A Wallpaper Backsplash Is Our New Favorite Kitchen Look

Ah, the kitchen: The so-called “heart of the home” is often the family hub, a functional space that requires supreme utility. But, as the best designers know, there are many ways to deftly marry function and beauty. Nowhere does this idea ring more true than in the new Palm Beach showroom of kitchen designer Jim Dove. Here, Dove brings decorative elements like metal shelving, upholstered seating, and styled bookshelves right into the kitchen.



a room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table: Master kitchen designer Jim Dove brings decorative elements like metal shelving, upholstered seating, and wallpaper right into the kitchen.


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Master kitchen designer Jim Dove brings decorative elements like metal shelving, upholstered seating, and wallpaper right into the kitchen.

Our favorite design moment? Dove’s use of handpainted De Gournay wallpaper as a backsplash. Yes, you read that right: Dove used the L’Eden pattern from the beloved wallpaper purveyor on on the wall behind a stove in his showroom, continuing it right down to the range top. The key? To cover the paper in a layer of glass to protect it from splatter and grease.



a stove top oven sitting inside of a kitchen: De Gournay’s L’Eden wallpaper behind a L’Atelier Paris stove.


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De Gournay’s L’Eden wallpaper behind a L’Atelier Paris stove.

“Why propose a DeGournay wallpaper for a kitchen? Firstly, because it’s fabulous, and because, with the proper installation, it’s possible,” says the designer. Dove uses museum glass, which

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