Bravotv.com: Was it hard to keep your win a secret?
It was so difficult. People were asking me and I was like, "Do not mess with me." I was like, "Do not trick me." It was hard to keep the secret. I devised my plan well. Last night at the live reveal nobody knew.
Bravotv.com: What did your friends and family say?
They were thrilled. My mother watched last night and we had a huge party at bar. She sat right there crying. It was fun. She's a major part of my life
Bravotv.com: What was your inspiration for your house?
The inspiration came from the idea of a young, hip couple that had a child. They were art collectors and they were edgy and it was drawing from the fact that they were provocateurs. Maybe with a lot of that I was channeling my life.
Bravotv.com: When you created the first room, did you have direction for the entire house or did you change your idea after that room?
I had the idea of this couple and the client and I don't think that first room translated. I don't think it represented at all. I think I dropped the ball on that one. It didn't speak to the rest of the house. I think there were elements of it that did and I think there was an edginess to it. In retrospect, I wish I had gone back and done something a little more Nathan. I don't feel that first room translated to the rest of the house.
Bravotv.com: Jonathan Adler had some criticism about your bed. Were you nervous that would hurt you in the end?
To be honest, I felt there was so much more to do in the house that I couldn't focus on a room that was already done. I had already put my energy and time but the other rooms were more important. Had I gone back and listened to their criticisms, other parts of the house would have failed.
Bravotv.com: The other room had that sarcophagus piece which the judges had some criticism of. You loved the piece. Would you go back and not use it if you could?
If the room was double the size. When I found the piece I thought it was brilliant and it would be such a statement but when I got it in there, after the heave-ho of every mover putting it in the space, I was like "Oh, sh*t."