Cast Blog: #TOPDESIGN

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Refuge From The Sun

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Party!!!

Nathan: Having The Top Design!

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Simple Truths About Top Design

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A Nightmare To Decide

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Naaaaattttthhhhhhaaaaaan!!

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The Eddie Ross Show Was Cancelled

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From Drab To Fab!

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That Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

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Episode Ten: Finale Part 2

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Episode Nine: Finale Part 1

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See Ya Later ...

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Suck It Up!

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I Didn't Make Andrea Cry

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Rules Of Decorating

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Episode Eight: Light It Up

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Episode Seven: Room Of The Future

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Eddie And Preston: City Of Contrasts

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Doom And Gloom ...

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Future Shock

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The More Things Change ...

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We Love Wisit!

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Switch-a-roo

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One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure

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Wiiiiiiiiiissssssssssssssssssiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!!

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Episode Six: Eco-offices

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Oh, My Achin' Muscles!

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Triple Threat

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Get Your Running Shoes On

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Triathlete's Foot

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Episode Five: Triathlon Of Decorating

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Bachelors, Briefs, And The Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

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Survival Of The Fittest

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Dude, Where's My Design?

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Bachelor Party

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Jennifer: Shut Down

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Bye Ker-bear (aka Big Daddy). We Will Miss You!!

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Windows That Wow

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Pigs In Lipstick

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Episode Three: Window Display

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Big Daddy Doesn't Know Best

Refuge From The Sun

Kelly Wearstler says: 'stand up for what you believe.'

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Tahiti, Miami, St. Tropez; all destinations that evoke a pulse-pounding mirage of sun, fun, & glamour. While it was great going barefoot and seeing everyone outside, unfortunately, this week's three cabanas suffered from a crunching time-constraint and a little too much of one main ingredient: sunshine. Today, people seek refuge from the sun, a primary function of the cabana. As the owner of a collection of parasols that are always ready & available to shield my skin, I couldn't understand why Team Tahiti blew off the roof, so to speak. This, in spite of their fantasy design, rendered the cabana unfit for occupancy, as far as I was concerned.
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However, Team Miami's color scheme was a bit iconoclastic for our tastes, and the daring architecture & blah furnishings of Team St. Tropez's cabana had a discordant dialogue at best. So, ultimately, it was Team Tahiti's roofless cabana that made the grade as this week's Top Design. I prefer cabanas clean, contemporary, and ready & waiting for the day's occupants. Today's seasoned travelers expect every modern convenience: personal refrigerators, flat screen TVs, internet hookups, and the open space to spread out and spend an entire day escaping in glorious semi-privacy.
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Some of the designers risked being sent home because they did not make their creative voices heard during the design process. No matter how difficult the situation, as a designer, your creativity is your main calling card and not standing behind it makes no sense. Look what happened with Heather in Round I; stand up for what you believe or regret it later. In a boring building. Or an ugly room. Or a cabana with no roof. As a hotel designer, I've designed a lot of cabanas. To me they're about flexibility, refuge from the sun, and sanctuary. And a design.