Emily Henderson wins 'Design' series; gets own show

Design Star” winner Emily Henderson won more than a reality competition on Sunday, she won her own television series.

HGTV and exec producer Mark Burnett’s “Design Star,” which has averaged 2.3 million viewers this season, is kind of like “Top Chef” for interior decorators, only instead of a cash prize the grand prize winner is awarded his/her own cable show.

“It’s like someone handing you a new career,” Henderson says of the HGTV prize.

Henderson, who previously worked as a prop stylist on magazine shoots, isn’t the first “Design Star” to land his/her own HGTV series. Four of the skein’s previous winners have gone on to successful stints on the cable net, including David Bromstad, whose series “Color Splash” just wrapped its fourth season.

“Winning ‘Project Runway’ and ‘Top Chef’ opens doors and you get a lot of cash,” Henderson says, “But winning Design Star is a new life and job. I’m forever grateful.”

The 30 year-old Portland, Ore. native wouldn’t discuss the details of her new contract but said that her new series “Secrets From a Stylist,” will, among other things, offer decorating tips to homeowners.

“Before as a prop stylist all I did was sell other people’s products,” Henderson says. “Now I’m the product in a way, so I hope people like what they see!”

HGTV will air a one-hour special this Sunday where Henderson will redesign the home of “Glee” co-creator Ian Brennan.

“Secrets From a Stylist” is expected to launch on HGTV in early 2011.

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