by Lawrence Ferber
HGTV's David Bromstad has been adding color to our lives since 2006, when he won the first season of the network's Design Star competition show. His popular interior makeover program, Color Splash, begins its seventh season in July, 2011. Born in Cokato, Minnesota, Bromstad initially pursued an illustration career before applying to be a contestant on Design Star. His win led to the creation of Color Splash, which, after five seasons, moved from its base in San Francisco to his much-loved hometown of choice, Miami, where he currently lives with a boyfriend of almost seven years and their French bulldog, Dozer. Bromstad has also launched four color collections for non-toxic paint line, Mythic Paint. He briefly put down the brushes and tools to have a chat in the VIP Lounge.
What is your favorite place to go and find home treasures?
I have two, and they're both pretty funny. eBay. I have found so many great things on eBay. And also HomeGoods. I love HomeGoods. If you go at the right time you can find yourself a vintage Louis Vuitton piece of luggage that was worth 20 or 30 thousand dollars, and they sell it for $1,200. They get stuff like that all the time.
You can own any hotel room in the world, which would it be and why?
Of course I love Miami. I'll have to say The Setai's presidential suite. It's 10,000 square feet, $30,000 a night, and the pool up there overlooking the ocean is unbelievable. The design is really classy and classic and a little bit of Asian overtone— very contemporary.
If you were hired to make over an airline, which fashion designer would you bring along to create the outfits?
Oh, Dolce & Gabbana for sure. That's my only vice, the only label I actually like to own. Classic style with an edge. I have this D&G smoking jacket that looks super trendy, but I can tell it's going to last forever. It has these dots of silver all over, it's so cool. I love it.
Plot out a dream vacation itinerary for you and your boyfriend.
We meet ten or twelve of our closest friends here in Miami, get on our first-class flight, stop in LA for three to four days and hit the scene, stay at the Mondrian hotel, and then high-tail it over to Tahiti to relax. I'm a relaxer when on vacation, not let's-run-around-and-see-sights. Hang out on the beach, drink, have a nice dinner, and chill out.
What foreign destination has inspired you the most?
London for sure. I was there for a 12-hour layover on my way to Greece last year, and they gave us the six-hour walking tour, and I have never been inspired by a city so quickly. All the architecture and action, I was blown away by everything.
What is one travel resource you would love our readers to know about if they don't already?
I find a lot of my flights on bookingbuddy.com. It's a search engine that has all the other flight search engines combined into it (Expedia and whatever), and you click on each of the tabs and it'll bring up all the flights.
What hotel amenity do you look for first and value most?
A minibar! With Grey Goose and tonic. God, I sound like an alcoholic. Not a nice shower or bedroom, a minibar.
What colors and trends are hot
Definitely a resurgence of purples, magentas, and yellows. Turquoise is going to be a huge, hot color in home design. And greener grays instead of just gray-grays. I'm not a color forecaster, though. Color forecasters travel all over the world, see things most people don't see, and take the economy and what's going on in the world into account. That's why we see yellows and purples and pinks—those are uplifting, happy colors, and when we're in a state of war they bring in colors that bring joy or counteract the tumultuous world we're living in at the moment. I just take what color forecasters are saying and implement them for people, showing how to use trendy colors and make them long-lasting.
What are the most essential items in your suitcase?
My phone because it's also my iPod and has all the games I play when I fly. And home magazines. I subscribe to many European and Australian home magazines, and when I travel I have time to sift through and dog ear them and circle all the things I see coming into the Americas during the upcoming years.
What is your number one travel tip?
Fly first class! (laughs) I would say, be prepared. Always bring something to read and liquids to drink onto the flight because you don't know what you're going to get served, when, or how often. If you're in coach, they're going to come by once with a tiny little cup of water and that's not going to last you a four, five, or six-hour trip. If I'm flying coach I always bring food, water, drinks, and lots of stuff to do.