My Farewell, thanks for watching

We knew this day had to come sooner or later. Although it may be the last time you see me on HGTV, it’s just the beginning of something greater.  I want everyone to know how much it means to me the outpour of love and support that I have been blessed with time and time again in this journey.

To my family, you have watched in good and bad in struggle and triumph your love has kept me going to only strive for the best.  If I could only begin to repay you for the sacrifices you have made to make me better. From the first time I painted my room and when I had to mow the yard there was always some sort of design behind it, it has always been a passion to make our surroundings more comfortable, thanks for supporting my dreams.

To my Jim, Thanks! With out you really none of this could have been possible, believing in me to believe in myself.  Your love has shown me so many things I though could never happen, you have been my rock and foundation through out this entire ride and I only can look forward to the great years we have ahead. You started this monster making me audition – ha-ha

My best friend Carrie, if anyone knows you do. Even thought we are not blood we are family. You have always believed I would be on TV one day and have never once seconded guessed that. You have stuck by my side all my life and I could not imagine you not being there. Well its true when we say, “we are going to Hollywood” I love you.

To my friends, it’s been awesome to share this with each and every one of you. You all know what our relationships mean to me and our times we have together past and future, I can only hope that I can be as good of a friend to you all as you have been to me.

To my fellow cast mates, our lives are forever tangled if you like it or not, LOL.  We all know what we did and what pressure it was, I love you all and it made it all worth it to meet 10 very creative people I would have never meet other wise. See you soon.

To HGTV and 495, this was an amazing experience and I enjoyed every minute of it and would do it again. Thanks for taking the leap of faith that I could do this show. Next time let me get a little more sleep I think I could produce more. I look forward to your next call.

To my “Fans” that’s weird to say. You either loved me or you either hated me but you still watched. Thanks for the support on either and I promise I will be back.

Last but not least, Candice, Vern and Genevieve I know you wanted to see more from me and I would have loved to hear nicer from you. Either way it was an honor to be in front of you and even be considered somewhat of a peer. Candice call me when you are ready for the cream puff to co-host, Vern we still got a lot to talk about on shopping “for shoes”. Dear Genevieve, please please please please please tell my mom you do like me.

Thank you all for the great memories made for a lifetime.

Jason Champion, HGTV Design Star Season 4 Finalist

Recap of Episode 5 "The Military Base"

Welcome to the Recap of Episode 5 “The Military Base”

This week, after the garage challenge and a double elimination, we all felt better. We were over that hump and it was pretty smooth sailing. With what cast members were left, there was very stiff competition, but it was a fun group.

That morning we all woke up, met in the kitchen, and found another note from Clive that said, “Meet me at Applebee’s to get your next assignment, which will be for a deserving family.” Well, we all had our assumptions!

Off we went, and at this point we can all ride in the same van. We were absolutely exhausted and most of us slept on the way there (outside of the occasional joke by the crew slamming on the brakes to wake us up-funny boys). This challenge was actually not going to be in LA, so yea we actually had a night out with room service…

We arrived at Applebee’s and we ran in to see the infamous paint cans, of course. Clive told us to get behind our choice of can to determine teams. Six cans, six designers. We lifted our lids ” Lonni has a camera inside hers it was funny” and there were three gold stars and three silver stars. You can see from this photo –


Lonni, Nathan and myself were against Torie, Dan and Antonio. We were then given our challenge to work with a deserving family in the Military.

We had a chance to meet our clients over lunch and get some ideas of what they wanted and needed. Our clients were a young couple with small children. They themselves were huge gamers, and for those who don’t know that term (nor did I), its video games. So the space needed to be clean simple and with a lot of storage to house the over 1,000 movies and games.

After our lunch we were taken to the base where we checked out our new space to remake. On our van ride over we started to brainstorm, Nathan stepped up and said he wanted to build a custom built entertainment center, Lonni said she wanted to do some sort of chevron pattern on a wall, and I wanted to do the shopping.

After coming up with a plan we were ready for action. It was a living/dining combination that was in big time need of function. Carpet needed to be ripped out, walls needed a fresh coat of paint, sofas needed to be replaced, and storage needed to be added. After assessing the “shock and awe” we split up what needed to be done.

After the last challenge, Lonni and I been told that we did not take the lead, I waited to see if anyone was going to do it. Well, no one did so I assumed the role-Captain and Chief. This did not go over well, but my thought was that if I am the next to go at least I can say I stepped up and went out with a bang.

Nathan made his list and off to the hardware store he went “4 hours, this is not bad we all had to shop under the same time restraints, it just took for ever loading, travel and finding what you needed”. He had to get the items he needed and things for Lonni to make her wall. In the meantime Lonni and I started to score the carpet and take it out section by section. Gross! (Sorry but it was pretty bad.)

On a side note, no military housing has AC. What is up with that? We were sweating like pigs. By the time Nathan got back we had the carpet out and walls ready to be primed. No good-Nathan was not able to find the veneer that Lonni had asked for and it threw her to plan B; she always had a plan B. It may not have shown sometimes, but she did – Love ya Lonni J

Day one, I go off shopping to find the beige, L-Shaped sectional that was a sleeper. FYI- you had to buy what was on the floor at the furniture stores “ No Ordering.” Make it work. The day was done and we were feeling pretty good about what we had done. I think at this point my team wanted to stage a strike to step up to be head me.

Either way the next day I was out finishing shopping and trying to find the wood Lonni needed to start her project, I did finally find it, but it was way too late, she had started to pencil off and paint.

Nathan was in the back yard working on his project and kept pulling Lonni away to help cut the lumber needed. I was still out shopping; I went to eight stores in seven hours. When I arrived back I called the team to help me unload. Well, they didn’t like what I picked, but again “No Ordering” Beige L-Shaped Sectional sleeper-GOT IT.

It was funny all the neighbors were sitting in their driveways watching us and taking picture; we were entertainment to them. That night we had a group dinner in the back yard-Mexican.  It never was shown, beer, chips and salsa. Sleep!

Moving along, the next day Lonni’s chevron pattern is taking shape but Nathan’s entertainment center is not working out. He is having to change up his design to fit into what time we has left. We end up the day strong and my team still hates me, ha-ha. We get along, just not on this challenge. We were done, even though the wall, nor the entertainment center turned out, the room came together even with the furniture choices.

On the van ride back we were all wiped out and slept the entire ride. Dan was spread out on the van back seat, Lonni and I basically had our heads in each other’s laps.

Elimination, again very painful, but as the show has progressed we have become ok with the standing and being killed by the judges. Each team was called up front to explain what has happened and you can see team Antonio had issues over tan paint, I have to side with him on this one, we were on a tan military base.

Our team was then called down for our design lesson! I, of course, step up and say I was the leader and again my team is not happy, but oh well. I made it my best effort, and in the end it’s all about the clients anyway! The reveal (as they call it to the homeowners) was wonderful.

after military

We gave them everything they wanted in the space and they were very happy. With that reaction, all the stress and hard work that went behind it went out the window and the emotion of happiness came over me, I could not hold it back. You see what happened, and I said I would not cry on camera.

So, the bottom 2 again, Nathan and I.  I got in trouble for the furniture and Nathan got bashed because his of time management. The axe dropped and it was Nathan. Nathan I will see you soon. You are very talented designer and you have just begun to make your mark; I can only hope to catch you.

Stay tuned for next week and see who goes home next.



Challenge 5 The Base makeover


Team are divided by picking paint cans, gold stars and silver stars

Tashica Morgan Room Fu exit interview

Tashica Morgan Room Fu exit interview

Tashica, see you soon. Eliminate was not handled well, just remember you are still bigger than Vern.

PS Im Rick!

Episode 4 "The Garage" first ever for Design Star

Welcome to the recap of Episode four: a first ever for HGTV Design Star-“The Garage”

So what did you think? First ever garage challenge with double elimination? I have to say this was the most fun challenge up to this point. The day started out early with Clive in the driveway honking the horn on the vans.

As you can see I was the first up, and I asked if they had gotten anyone else up. It always seemed to be me first; was there something behind that? Once we got outside, the hammer dropped as always, Clive announced how teams were going to be formed: “Step in front of the van you want.” If you noticed Antonio and I made the gesture that this was our van. [Read more…]