CMU interior design grad competes on 'HGTV Star'

Credits CMU faculty for his inspiration and success
Tylor Devereaux
Tylor Devereaux, a 1993 CMU interior design graduate, will get his debut on national television this weekend on HGTV’s new show “HGTV Star.”
 
Devereaux will be featured as he competes with nine other design experts for a chance to have his own HGTV design show. The show pits designers against each other in home renovation and room design challenges.
 
Viewers can watch the fast-paced competition, and pick up some great decorating tips, starting Sunday, June 9, when the seven-episode series premieres at 8 p.m. on the popular home and garden network.
 
Devereaux, 42, owns Tylor Devereaux Interior Design in Grand Rapids and is a 20-year veteran of the design world. He’s designed sprawling homes, penthouse condos, restaurants and hotels. He’s known for sophisticated, modern rooms with energy and warmth.
 
His love of the field was ignited by his CMU professors, and he uses what they taught him every day.
 
Professors like Jeanneane Wood-Nartker who taught him the basics of fabrics and finishes, space planning, and balance. Cathy Ganoe encouraged his creative juices.
 
“She always liked funky things that were different,” Devereaux says. “She’d say, ‘It’s easy to do what everyone else is doing. Think outside the box.’”
 
The two invite him to campus every year to judge seniors’ design projects.
 
Devereaux says 15-hour days and seven-day work weeks were the norm and that producers maintained a top secret environment, so secret he told everyone he was heading to a five-week design job in Costa Rica.
 
“It was grueling,” he says of the fast-paced, stressful scene.  “But then I’d realize, ‘Oh, my gosh. I’m in Hollywood!’”
 
He can’t reveal details of the show, or how he fared, but says viewers won’t be disappointed.
 
“You’ll see a lot of action and adventure,” he says. “And there were times when I hadn't eaten anything for eight hours and my blood sugar was low, so I got a bit cranky. You’ll see just about every emotion that Tylor Devereaux can put out there.”