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Top Design, Episode Nine, "House Challenge"

Top Design, Episode Nine, "House Challenge"

For last night's Top Design, which is the first of a two-part finale, the remaining contestants face a daunting challenge. Instead of a single room, Eddie (who celebrated his birthday on this episode), Ondine, Nathan, and Preston are responsible for styling an entire house in two days. For the first half of this finale episode, each designer is given one room for improvement in each house. The designers also have $20,000 per room to work with; the twist is that only three of the four designers will be coming back for the second half of the finale to finish their homes.

Nathan and Eddie both chose to work in the master bedrooms, while Preston chose a dining room, and Ondine one of the tiny bedrooms as an office space. I loved the backstory we got about each contestant, as well as the photos of their homes, in this episode. (Though, did anyone else notice that we didn't get to see any photos of Eddie's home?)

To see who won this challenge and who's out,

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I was disappointed with Eddie's use of latticework on the wall of his bedroom, which made his traditional bedroom look positively elderly. Ondine's abandonment of her curtains seemed like a cop out, and I wished that Nathan had pushed the envelope in his design; it just felt dull. On the other hand, I loved Preston's use of color and pattern, and his room was both soothing and easy on the eye (just like Preston).

Flipping Out personality Jeff Lewis guest judged the episode in Kelly Wearstler's place, and all of the judges were notably more difficult in quizzing the contestants for their design decisions. Overall, I wasn't too impressed with most of the designs; the designers didn't seem to do much more in this episode but arrange nice furniture on a generous budget. I missed the creativity of the previous episodes.

At judging, Preston, Ondine, and Nathan were sent on to finish their houses, and Eddie was sent home.

Did you think Eddie deserved to go home? Whose room was your favorite? Did you love the contestants' use of wallpaper this week? Tell me in the comments!


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Photos courtesy of Bravo

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Glamourgasm Glamourgasm 7 years
i loved eddie! im sad to see him go. i'm out for that nathan, though- total loser. jonathan adler is on my last nerve, but Jeff Lewis rocks my world.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 7 years
I LOVE that Jeff Lewis was on Top Design again. He is so awesome. I think he was right that you could pick out each room by what each designer was wearing, I thought the same exact thing! Anyway, I love Preston and he has been my pick from the get-go. I have to say that his room wasn't my favorite, but I really like how he used the grass cloth on the wall. And yes, the orange ottoman made the room a little stuffy, but the pop of color was perfect. I also liked how he mentioned that he liked to use each piece of furniture as if it was a piece of artwork. Ondine's room was my pick for the winner this week. I think it was clean, fun and relaxing. I would have liked if she could have done something with the drapery, but it really didn't take away from her design that much. As for Eddie, seriously he needs to get over himself! The lattice in the room made it look cheap, cheap, cheap! And the kind of random plant over by the window just looked awkward. Plus, I think all of the blues just did not work. I think the best thing in that room was the dresser. I think Nathan could have pulled off the entire room if he had had a different bed, it just did not work in the room. I like how he is so clever with details, nails by the bed... haha. The bathroom also looked really good. I loved Margaret's statement, "Pretty rooms are never memorable." Also, another reason I'm glad Eddie is gone, is for the rude and unnecessary comments he was making about Preston. Grow up you haughty jerk. His room last week was just weeeeeeeaaaaaaaak.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 7 years
I LOVE that Jeff Lewis was on Top Design again. He is so awesome. I think he was right that you could pick out each room by what each designer was wearing, I thought the same exact thing!Anyway, I love Preston and he has been my pick from the get-go. I have to say that his room wasn't my favorite, but I really like how he used the grass cloth on the wall. And yes, the orange ottoman made the room a little stuffy, but the pop of color was perfect. I also liked how he mentioned that he liked to use each piece of furniture as if it was a piece of artwork.Ondine's room was my pick for the winner this week. I think it was clean, fun and relaxing. I would have liked if she could have done something with the drapery, but it really didn't take away from her design that much.As for Eddie, seriously he needs to get over himself! The lattice in the room made it look cheap, cheap, cheap! And the kind of random plant over by the window just looked awkward. Plus, I think all of the blues just did not work. I think the best thing in that room was the dresser. I think Nathan could have pulled off the entire room if he had had a different bed, it just did not work in the room. I like how he is so clever with details, nails by the bed... haha. The bathroom also looked really good. I loved Margaret's statement, "Pretty rooms are never memorable." Also, another reason I'm glad Eddie is gone, is for the rude and unnecessary comments he was making about Preston. Grow up you haughty jerk. His room last week was just weeeeeeeaaaaaaaak.
EllaB EllaB 7 years
What is with Jonathan Adler's fixation with throw pillows? It seemed like that was on the only question he asked in everyone's room!
jennemmy jennemmy 7 years
I can't believe Eddie didn't go home sooner. I can't help but think his relationship to Martha Stewart played a part in long stay. He is a one trick pony who showed everything he had in the first few episodes. Yawn.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I stopped watching because I just can't handle Eddie. His mouth overpowers his design.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
I liked Preston's the best. I also think he is a good person and someone that I would love to have decorate my own place. He and his designs are just so sexy. Eddie has impeccable taste, but his arrogance is a huge problem. Ondine is blah and Nathan didn't step it up.
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