Well, we're down to it. The Final Two - Matt Lorenz and Carisa Perez-Fuentes. Tomorrow night is the tenth and final episode of this first (will there be more?) season of Top Design.
Starting with twelve designers, ranging in age from 23 to 48, student to seasoned professional, we have witnessed all the usual drama, crankiness, fun times and eye rolling that are part and parcel of reality television.
We've alse watched 44 different spaces come to life - or not. I've written in other posts and in comments on my fellow bloggers sites, that the designers were hobbled in their ability to really create a space. We can talk about the real world time crunches we face as designers all we want, but really, when do we create rooms for mystery clients or for presumed adults who - surprise - are really 10 year olds! And when do we have to do it all with 30 minutes of design time, 1 hour of shopping and 2-3 days of building? Hobbled, they were.
As a designer, I went into this series wanting to be the critical, but loving, support of the contestants who were willing to lay themselves bare for a hyper-critical public. I also wanted to be the voice of reason to the viewing public - the person who can look past style preferences and personality preferences to the actual work. It's my way of showing respect to the designers - because no matter what we may see on tv - they are all talented and hard-working.
I went back and looked through all the rooms leading up to the final. Here are my ten favorite spaces. And why.
#6 - Elle Decor Cover Challenge - Carisa Perez-Fuentes - for her ability to mix colors and patterns, and her creativity in re-creating the much more expensive Elle Decor inspiration cover, and for a room that would be fun to host a party in!
#3 - Mystery Client Challenge - Carisa Perez-Fuentes and Erik Kolacz - for their "whole room" vision, strong color palette and beautiful back wall built-in, all without knowing each other well.
#2 - Luxury Hotel Challenge - Carisa Perez-Fuentes - for her bold use of color and pattern, artistic references, back wall draping and architectural elements.
Good luck to Carisa and Matt! I'm really looking forward to your beautiful spaces in episode 10!
I found this to be an interesting exercise in what has appealed to me. I believe that my preference is for color, function and elegance in interiors. Putting these preferences into context, here are photos of my living room and bedroom. And, since I've been dishing it out, I can take it as well. So, comment away!
it's not a job I can do myself and I have other more important projects to tackle first!
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