Bravotv.com: What was your reaction when you found out about the fallout shelter?
My initial reaction to the "fallout shelter" project was, "Oh, that's depressing," followed by a little bewilderment after finding out who I was partnered with, and how we would create shared space that would truly reflect our individual character, yet work together. Let's be honest: If you were trapped in a confined space for the rest of your life, you would probably want to make it as personal as you could, yes?
Bravotv.com: It seemed that you and Jennifer never quite worked well -- were you worried from the beginning?
Honestly, yes. I am a very disciplined and thoughtful designer, so when Jennifer just started picking random things and gave no thought to a concept or how we could collaborate on the design ideas, it was clear that she was just throwing stuff together. But, we tried to make the best of it.
Bravotv.com: If you could have designed the whole room yourself, what would you have done?
Like I explained to the judges when they first came in, I would create a personal space that reflected my favorite things -- place, color, textures, artwork, furniture, photos -- all the personal effects that are important to me. I also would want a dynamic space -- so the "artwork" on the wall was something that I could continually change ... it's not like I could run down to the art store and buy some supplies. With the resources at hand, that is what I tried represent with the second challenge.