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Top Design, Episode Five: "Triathlon of Decorating"

Top Design, Episode Five: "Triathlon of Decorating"


Finally! After four episodes of group projects, in this latest episode of Top Design, the designers get to decorate individually. In this challenge, the designers must show off their creative vision, styling ability, and versatility as a decorator. Their first challenge was to transform chairs, in two hours, into something unique and design forward, using paint, stain, and textiles. I loved the over-the-top, Betsey-Johnson-inspired chair that Ondine styled. And Wisit's subdued, batik-look fabric on his chair (which he painted by hand!) was impressive as well. Nathan won the first leg of the triathlon (guess his smokelete training paid off) for his iconic, gessoed, glamorous chair.

To find out who was the overall winner, and who went home, read more.

In the second leg of the triathlete, the designers were challenged to create a table setting that was tasteful, unique, and expressed their design sense. My favorite table settings were Eddie's (his flower arrangement was incredible) and Nathan's unconventional, deconstructed seaside table. Oh, and the judges made Wisit sing opera!

Finally, in the third leg of the challenge, the designers were asked to create a nature-inspired room. And while the winner will get the opportunity to be published in Elle Decor, the designers were limited to shopping in only a garden center. My favorites in this leg of the challenge were Ondine's way-bright '60s pop room and Eddie's Hudson River-inspired garden (loved the use of sod), though in all honesty, none of the designs were very impressive. Natalie won for her trellised garden room.

In the end, Nathan was declared the overall winner, and Teresa went home. Do you think Teresa deserved to go home? What stood out for you in this week's episode?

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Photos courtesy of Bravo

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