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Kelly Edwards on Decorating Jesse Palmer's Pad for ABC's 'Holiday of Stars'

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Nov 28th 2009 10:00AM
Kelly EdwardsEven successful sports stars need an assist sometimes.

On the upcoming special 'Holiday of Stars' (Sun., Dec. 6, at 5PM on ABC), celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds share their holiday ideas and traditions. Kelly Edwards, home decorating expert for AOL Living and co-host and design coordinator for HGTV's 'Design on a Dime,' was brought on board to huddle with former Giants and 49ers quarterback Jesse Palmer (now a sportscaster for ESPN) to spruce up his New York apartment.

It was the perfect assignment for Edwards, whose style is all about giving the appearance of being high-end while being both value-conscious and sensitive to the personal taste of the home dweller.

Read our Q&A with Edwards after the jump.Kelly EdwardsEven successful sports stars need an assist sometimes.

On the upcoming special 'Holiday of Stars' (Sun., Dec. 6, at 5PM on ABC), celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds share their holiday ideas and traditions. Kelly Edwards, home decorating expert for AOL Living and co-host and design coordinator for HGTV's 'Design on a Dime,' was brought on board to huddle with former Giants and 49ers quarterback Jesse Palmer (now a sportscaster for ESPN) to spruce up his New York apartment.

It was the perfect assignment for Edwards, whose style is all about giving the appearance of being high-end while being both value-conscious and sensitive to the personal taste of the home dweller.

What did his apartment look like before you worked your magic?
It was just a concrete box consisting of a sofa and two chairs and a coffee table and an armoir. I got to do what I wanted -- within parameters. Jesse likes a classic look but he also wanted a sort of traditional thing together with a modern thing. We had $1,500 to play with, so we didn't have an extravagant amount to spend, but we had enough to give the apartment holiday spirit. We gave it extra elements -- a new coffee table; and we bought a fireplace, which is kind of fun. And there is also a new rug and some window treatments.

How much prep time did you two have before filming? And how much did you know about his apartment before you got there?
I live in L.A., Jesse lives in New York, he's extremely busy and so am I. So, actually, we never did physically speak to each other before going on camera and figuring out exactly what we would be doing. I did send over a list of questions to someone who was our liaison -- to ask what he liked, what he wanted. We just couldn't connect directly. Honestly, what people will see is really taking place five minutes before we meet and then it's all we did to transform his place.

Are there scenes we won't see?
Yes. The whole segment is four minutes, after all. I wanted Jesse running down an aisle and I'd throw him a pass, but literally we didn't have the time to make it happen. It was more important to meet each other anyway, and for me to figure out his design style and go off and design for him.

Jesse PalmerHow long did your process take, start to finish?
In TV magic it took one day. But TV magic kind of fudges reality a little bit, right? Oh, I should tell you: I did see a picture of his space beforehand, so I did have an idea of what it looked like. The thing about photographs, though, is sometimes they're misleading: In person, his space looked a little smaller than I thought I was. With the furniture arrangement and colors I had in mind, I did spend time researching at Home Goods, which is an awesome store that let us go in and really case the joint, so we could decide what we thought we wanted and what we didn't want.

Then you bought lots of stuff and the crew lugged it...
What crew? I had an SUV piled full of stuff! I had my design assistant, David, stay at Jesse's apartment so when I got there, he and I could carry everything in. Trust me, we didn't have anybody else.

People always envision hordes of oompa-loompas helping designers out ...
That's funny. You know, I do speaking events, and one my main questions when I was on 'Design on a Dime' was "Do you do everything yourself?" Seriously, there isn't anyone behind the scenes. If someone's shooting, someone else is painting.

Do you ever get stumped for design ideas?
Design magazines are my go-to for everything. No designer wants to copy another designer, but just to see what's out there -- maybe something in a design magazine sparks something in you. I have an Ikea bookshelf devoted to them. Basically, I read those and I read blogs.

Can anyone have an eye for color?
Color is relative, like art -- one person likes it, one person doesn't. Color depends also on lots of factors, like light: what looks good during the day doesn't look good at night, so it's trial and error. Designers have go-to colors they know, though, yes. I paint pieces of foam core to test, because you can never tell what something looks like on a wall from little swatches. Foam core two feet by three feet is large enough that as the light changes, the color changes.

How do you prevent go-to ideas from becoming predictable and stale?

Doing what you know can be very comfortable. When you get clients who are for what you're not for, you learn how to take yourself in different directions.

Kelly Edwards' Decorating Tips on AOL Living

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