Cast Blog: #TOPDESIGN

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Sleeping And Eating And Working, Oh My!

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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

Sleeping And Eating And Working, Oh My!

Kelly Wearstler elaborates on the 'garage sailing' process.

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I get shivers when I remember some of the college & post-college pads I designed and made my own. I remember finding a rug at a vintage store and using it as a wall hanging. The rug's graphics were amazing, plus I lived in a basement so it really helped with acoustics. I love taking what you find and re-imagining it into something altogether new... ...which brings us to a central point regarding this week's episode: It's not always where you buy, it's what you buy.
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Shopping usually involves knowing you're going to Rodeo Drive for hats & handbags, to Storyopolis for children's books, or to the nearest Whole Foods for organic food. When you go garage saling or shopping at a flea market, the opposite is true. Everything you could possibly find will be a surprise. kellys_104_02_320x240.jpg

Andrea was horrified at the prospect of garage saling, but I think by the end of the episode we had a convert on our hands. Stripping the designers of all pretense and sending them out into the wild clue(less) yonder to garage sale looked like it turned out to be a lot of fun for most of the designers. I loved some of the pieces that were recreated this week, and felt a lot of joy was expressed during this week's challenge. Shopping for surprises can be a fun & successful path to great design.
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I enjoyed this week's client / designer meetings. Without an official program detailing job requirements, twenty minutes is not a lot of time to accurately grasp what a person is about. What questions would you ask? Carisa's wonderful use of color really wowed the judges & she ended up winning this week's Top Design. I think we all smiled when we first saw her space. I wish I could say the same for Felicia, who surprised us and ended up going home due to a nice wall covering but little else that worked. Granny's afghan thrown (up) on the bed certainly didn't help. Sorry Felicia!