Felicia Bushman

Felicia Bushman's final thoughts on Nathan's big win!

on Nov 11, 2008

Still sleepy from last night's finale party ... little late here in getting my blog in, sorry, but the producers threw a finale party here in LA. We were graced with the presence of several of the contestants -- Preston, Andrea, Kerry, Teresa, Wisit, and Robert all made it! I immediately started to think back about what I may have written about each of them that might not have been so nice ... yikes! I tend to just write what I think after watching the show and I don't really go back to think through what I am saying, so I'm sorry for any harsh remarks ... As for the finale, I loved seeing the designers work on an entire house. This is where the real work begins. It's one thing to design a room or a vignette, but a whole house, now that's another story. A house has to be cohesive and well thought out. Do they have kids, in-laws, animals? Do they entertain or work in their home? So many things to consider... It's not about what we as designers want as much as it is about our clients and their needs. We have to check our ego at the door! Which leads me to Eddie...

Did he really have to come back?? Actually, I'm glad he did because you all got to see the real deal when it came to dealing with Eddie. He is not so nice. What a negative force he was behind Preston. I felt badly for Preston but regardless of Eddie's bad behavior Preston managed to pull together a beautifully finished project. I was very surprised to see that Preston didn't even notice -- he was oblivious to it all or perhaps he just told himself "ignorance is bliss?" I'm not sure but this was of concern to me because a designer needs to be AWARE. Preston really is in his own world and while he does have great style, he really isn't paying attention to anyone but himself. You saw the judges ask him who his client was and he hadn't even thought it through. He was just going about his business creating a beautiful space. Yes, very, very pretty and definitely photo worthy but not very well thought out as far as who he was designing for and their needs. If there were more of a story behind the reasoning, it may have played that extra bit more that was needed to edge out the others...