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Top Design, Episode Eight: "Light It Up"

Top Design, Episode Eight: "Light It Up"

Three men (Preston, Eddie, and Nathan) and two women (Ondine and Andrea) remain on Top Design. Right off the bat, we are treated to more homesickness from Andrea (in case you forgot, which it is literally impossible to do if you watch the show regularly, she's Ricky Schroder's wife). As the episode begins, Andrea receives flowers and a love poem from her hubz, which she says makes her even more homesick. Many of you have been anti-Andrea, but I was actually starting to warm up to her. However, this display of adorableness has made me change my mind yet again. (And was it just me, or did Ondine seem a little sarcastic when she said she was thrilled to have met her?)

But on to the design challenge! Things started with a switcheroo, as the designers were asked to complete a pop design challenge before moving on to the main challenge. Using Jonathan Adler accessories, the designers styled the same sets of beige sofas. Eddie won immunity for the challenge (I did love his fern and floral table arrangement). Still, he continues to be a cheeky and, dare I say, rude, dude.

To see who won, and who had to leave,

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This week, the designers were challenged to create a room around one focal point: Swarovski crystal lighting. The fixtures were absolutely stunning, and the designers had $22,000 to spend on their rooms. I was in love with Nathan's super-funky rich girl's bedroom — I admired his bold use of the wooden horse and the Keith Haring-esque pop art colors and designs on the wall.

And yay! Jonathan Adler's hubby Simon Doonan was the guest judge for this episode. Though, sadly, this meant that we were denied the opportunity to observe more of Kelly Wearstler's wacky style. Luckily, Nathan helped us out with his bling-bling silver leather jacket, which he wore at judging.

The judges hated Eddie's use of his Swarovski chandelier, which they said looked cheap, but they loved Nathan's room, as well as Preston's, and Preston's sleek living room was declared the winner of the challenge. Before they could declare a loser, though, Andrea offered to leave, since she was homesick for her kids and husband. Did they let her go? Absolutely.

What struck you about this episode? Were you more annoyed by Eddie's attitude, or his obsession with Martha Stewart? Do you get the impression that Preston is a sweet shy nerd who's being ostracized by the cool kids? Tell me in the comments.


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Photos courtesy of Bravo

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veside veside 7 years
In terms of skills, Nathan is by far the most sophisticated designer left--does this mean he will win? who knows? In terms of entertainment value, Eddie is a hoot. And I don't find him to be thaaaat mean...he is a cheeky fairy. That's what they do. He called Adler an elf!! But his room was trite. Preston does hotels, all the time. Ondine's room was almost as bad as Eddie's in my opinion, tho' I think she is the most conceptual of the designers in there (loved what she did in the Green challenge). I agree with comments above about Andrea playing the "poor, little me" card a little too much...if you join this competition, don't whine about missing your family. And it put Ondine in a *terrible* position as Andrea was "deciding" at the final cut...Andrea didn't seem at all to empathize with Ondine's position (!). Quite selfish, I thought. I agree with above that they all seem to get along reasonably well--it's a nice change. This is a good show, and a good talent pool--am enjoying immensely.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 7 years
I loved Nathans room so so much it is my new inspiration for MY room!! Preston is HOT and decorates a killer room but its ALWAYS a hotel room!!! Andrea well what can I say but the fact that she did go farther than she should have. I don't want to be mean to her but for me her sticking thru the show would have shown me and her family that she was putting them first.In real life (not having a celebrity husband)you have to make sacrifices to get ahead for you and your family so I did/do think she sucks a lil because of that. Eddie just needs to shut the hell up about him and his love affair of all Martha.
hanako66 hanako66 7 years
I actually really loved Eddie's room and find him to be quite hilarious....I would have not put him in the bottom. I think that Nathan has a really cool style as well and would like to see it between the two of them in the finale. I think that Preston's rooms are beautiful, but not interesting or lived in enough for my tastes. Overall, my aesthetic is most similar to Eddie's...but I do appreciate Nathan's point of view.
chicobo chicobo 7 years
andrea drove me nuts. why ask ondine what she should do? is ondine going to volunteer to LEAVE when she worked her butt off too? i had to change the channel at that point. it was too ridiculous. loved that green chandelier though...but loved nathan's room more than preston's. nathan took more of a risk and should be rewarded. re: eddie's comments last week about preston's hotel scheme week after week; did anyone notice preston mentioned HOTEL again when describing his inspiration? um.
amers230 amers230 7 years
i actually liked andrea, but i'm kind of disappointed she chose to leave the show. she had to have known she would miss her family and really, don't they only shoot these shows over two or three weeks? whatever. i do think she's gotten kind of a bad rap over her husband being rick shroeder. i haven't seen the first few shows but in the interviews with her, she's being ASKED about it, i doubt she's just bringing it up herself. how awkward for ondine though, i felt so bad for her in front of the judges. i think eddie is hilariously cocky lol, love the constant martha name dropping haha. his room was nice, just didn't fit the chandelier and was a bit old. and i was actually thinking it was kind of refreshing how all the contestants seemed to get along pretty well. sure there's a little bit of bad mouthing behind people's backs but compared to other reality shows they all seem really helpful and friendly. they were all jumping in to help each other finish other rooms in this last episode! love it.
cowgirlredd cowgirlredd 7 years
did it bother anyone else that andrea made the comment to the judges that she put her career on hold for her family and that was why she originally wanted to do the show, but then she changed her mind and couldn't wait to go home b/c she was a mother first? i understand missing your family and wanting to take care of them, but that's something that comes with picking up your career path again after you've started your family. you ARE going to miss them and it WILL be hard, but if it really is your dream, you learn how to deal with it. her family seemed both like a convenient excuse to get out when the going got tough, and an excuse for putting her dream on hold and therefore not being as skilled as the others. don't blame your family for stalling your career. SHE chose her family over her career - sometimes its hard, but there are negative things that come with our choices and adults/professionals realize that and find a way to deal. they don't just cry and give up b/c one path is easier than the other. family and career both involve sacrifices that aren't fun. it's just part of it.
boredatwork boredatwork 7 years
Eddie was in rare form for this challenge. Normally I think his little remarks are fairly on point if you take away the rudeness, but this time he was just plain mean and lazy. I really want Nathan to win it all. I love how he thinks about a space and puts crazy things together, but makes it so purposeful. Preston is just so neat and tidy and if he describes another one of his spaces as "yadda yadda hotel" I'm gonna scream! Show me something else!! I haven't really hated on Andrea, I guess I sympathized with her but her back and forth at the end with the judges got a little old. I wanted to smack some confidence in her.
Peggasus Peggasus 7 years
I want to slap the snot out of Eddie. His wall was atrocious, his attitude worse. He's making me miss Wisit. Ondine's room was a mess. I actually liked Andrea's even though her greens totally DID NOT match her chadelier (sp?), which was gorgeous. Nathan for the win!
EllaB EllaB 7 years
Yay Preston! He and Nathan are definitely my favorites. Nathan's wall was a little weird for me, but I loved how eclectic his room was. As for Preston, I thought the sunburst mirror looked out of place, but I WANT those orange chairs. Bye Andrea! I actually liked a lot of her stuff, and thought she was way better than Ondine, but her crying about being there was annoying. You're totally right. It's like high school. Eddie keeps cutting down on poor, shy Preston just because he can. Boo.
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