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Top Design, Finale: "House Challenge"

Top Design, Finale: "House Challenge"

At long last, we're down to the final three contestants on Top Design: Ondine, Nathan, and Preston. I actually really like each of these contestants, and would be happy to see any of them win the grand prize of $100,000 to expand their design business, as well as a feature in Elle Decor. (Though of course I have my favorite, as I'm sure you do.) For the second half of the finale, the three contestants must finish decorating the rest of their townhouses, which they started decorating in Episode Nine.

The contestants start off the finale on a shopping spree sure to make any Casa reader green with envy, hopping from wallpaper shops to antique stores to warehouses stocked with gorgeous furniture. When the contestants meet up with India, they get a surprise: Natalie, Eddie, and Andrea are back to help the designers on their homes. Uh-oh: Eddie's matched up with Preston, and we all know from previous episodes that Eddie completely hates Preston. Poor Preston.

Ondine's concept for her home is retro glam, while Preston's back with his concept of traditional modern (which Eddie seems to hate, incidentally). Nathan's concept is a little more conceptual (at one point he describes his hall wallpaper as "Golden Girls disco"). Eddie's still up to his douchey antics; he shirks his duties and, at one point, leaves his phone on the stairs when Preston is trying to give him instructions. The designers all seem really stressed out by the time line, and the many projects which seem to be nowhere near completed.

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After a grueling two days of work, stress, and worry, the contestants' rooms all look beautiful. I loved Nathan's self-painted dining room art, as well as his office's collection of eclectic, tightly grouped framed art and photos. Preston's monochromatic molding in the guest room was wonderful, though I wish he had shown a little more personality in his styling. And Ondine's little girl's bedroom, with its circus-bright yellow-striped walls, was bright, fun, and perfectly designed.

In the end though, there can only be one winner, and that winner is . . . Nathan! I have to say, I wasn't expecting them to go with the eclectic, wildly creative Nathan, but I'm so pleased that he won. He showed the most individuality of all of the designers, and I'm glad that he was rewarded for his imaginative designs. (Oh, and now that it's all over, I can tell you that he's been my favorite for the past several episodes.) Congrats, Nathan!


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sarah-t-a sarah-t-a 8 years
Omg Nathan deserved it so much!!! My second choice would deff me Eddie!!! I hated Preston though. And don't ask me how Ondine made it to the final 3.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
There was chicken wire showing for goodness sake!! Not something I would want hanging above my dining table!! Overall I liked Ondine's the best, although I wasn't a fan of her living room (the weakest room in all 3 houses I thought) but I LOVED Nathan's study. That wallpaper with that artwork was amazing. I thought the artwork in Nathan's living room was too small - the wrong scale entirely for the walls and furniture. That room looked completely unfinished to me. In short, half the time I have NO idea what the judges are talking about (I _hated_ Nathan's entrance room) and just have to assume that either 1) I have no sense of style or 2) something is lost through the tv screen.
Home Home 8 years
Littlekaren, I agree about the fixture. It was a cool concept, but with the time Nathan had, the execution was a little lacking. Maybe it would've looked better if he'd had more time . . . ?
littlekaren littlekaren 8 years
BTW, I kinda hated the paper plate light fixture.
littlekaren littlekaren 8 years
I liked Preston. I like the pouty sheepish way about him. He always turned out great stuff, if you ask me. (Course, I only watched intermittently!)
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I like him, he is amazing and eclectic. Happy times! Preston needs to lighten up.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
As long as it wasn't Eddie! I thought they all did a good job on the final challenge.
foxie foxie 8 years
I thought Preston won?? I wasn't really paying attention though... =/
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
Eddie is my fav, but out of the final three...I love Nathan and was so happy to see him win!
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