"I think when Clive announced my name -- that I was the next Design Star -- I totally went into shock. There's all this confetti and your heart's popping out of your dress. It's crazy and I think I'm still in shock. You cannot describe it. The first day I showed up and they dropped me off I totally never thought I'd be in this position. It was a long, painful road to get here... But it feels great to be here."
Jen defeated Matt Locke, a 38-year-old from Los Angeles, CA, to take home HGTV Design Star's third-season title. For making it to the final two, both Jen and Matt received $5,000 and a seven-day Caribbean cruise.
"This show taught me to be a better designer, a better person," said Matt. "I have all these amazing friends -- lifetime friends -- so I sort of feel like I won already."
Jen's new HGTV series is currently slated to debut in January.
"I cannot thank America enough because I am only here because of America. That is so cool," said Jen.
"Being the winner means to me that I get a chance to inspire America and come up with a show that America will be like, 'Okay, we're glad we chose her.' I am excited for this new adventure."
(Photo credit HGTV)
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