Curbly’s Top Design Fan Club, The Finale: Loft Design

by DIY Maven

Last night's Top Design wrap-up had to be one of the most anticlimactic finales in the history of reality t.v. Much like a visit to the dentist, I was glad when it was over.

(The next 4 pics are of Matt's loft.)

Curbly’s Top Design Fan Club, The Finale: Loft Design

The Task

The two remaining contestants were asked to design–for themselves, acting as their own client–a 1700 square foot loft in downtown L.A. They had 2 months to plan the design, which they did at their respective homes, and 5 days to...

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Curbly’s Top Design Fan Club, Week 9: Living Room Swank

by DIY Maven

Carisa's Room

Last night's episode of TD proved the cream rises to the top. Too bad it was curdled. And orange.

The Task

The three remaining designers drew on past Elle Decor magazine covers for inspiration to create a posh living room. Not Elle-like was their budget: 7500 bucks. This bit of news provoked wailing and gnashing of teeth among the contestants. Could they possibly produce a fabulous room on such a paltry sum??

The Drama

Carisa, a.k.a. Ms...

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Curbly’s Top Design Fan Club, Week 8: Bedroom Suite

by DIY Maven

Carisa's Room

Last night’s episode of TD proved that it should have begun with just four contestants. Okay, maybe it wouldn’t have been much of a competition, but it would have been a much better television show.

The Task

The remaining designers were asked to create a suite for a fictional boutique hotel based upon one of four elements. Goil drew fire, Andrea earth, Matt water and Carisa air. With their budget, which, again, was more than many people make in a...

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Curbly’s Top Design Fan Club, Week 7: Chef’s Dining Room

by DIY Maven

Andrea's Room

Bravo T.V.’s Top Design seemed to turn a corner last night. It was actually good. Although, I have a feeling the turnaround has come too late, having lost their audience in the mire of crap shoveled up for our viewing pleasure earlier on in the series. Oh well.

The Task

The five remaining designers were asked to create a chef’s table for the new restaurant of a mystery chef/judge. They were told the chef preferred mid-20th century modern, arts &amp...

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Curbly TD Rant Club Week #5: Garage Make-Over

by DIY Maven

Last night’s episode of Bravo’s Top Design was a turning point for me. Somewhere in the middle, I realized I was obliged to watch it, but not because of these Curbly posts. No, it was more like being compelled to watch a car wreck. You don’t want to look, but something about the magnitude of the disaster makes you take a peek anyway.

Curbly TD Rant Club Week #5: Garage Make-Over

The Task

The seven remaining designers were asked to re-design the garage of the Bell family. The Bell’s had a few...

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Curbly’s Top Design Fan Club Week 3: Life’s a Beach

by DIY Maven

After last week’s episode of Bravo TV’s Top Design, worry set in. Had Bravo’s promising new reality TV show turned into a watered down HGTV offering? No! (And thank you, Bravo, for the pics of the hunky carpenters. Grrr!)

Curbly’s Top Design Fan Club Week 3: Life’s a Beach

The Task

The remaining contestants were each given a surprise package that contained various beach paraphernalia, which included a post card from three different tropical locales: Miami, St. Tropez and Tahiti. They were then...

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Curbly’s Top Design Fan Club, Week 2: Child’s Play

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Curbly’s Top Design Fan Club, Week 2: Child’s Play

Last night’s episode of Bravo’ TV’s Top Design was less about drama and more about design.

The Task

The ten remaining designers were each given brief bios of clients for whom they were to design a 12' by 12' bedroom. An added challenge was that the designers had to make the beds in their rooms. Also, their furniture budget was ‘only’ $8K, which produced much vexation among the contestants as last week’s bankroll was $50K. What is a poor designer to...

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Welcome Curbly’s Top Design Fan Club!

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Welcome Curbly’s Top Design Fan Club!

The premier episode of TD did not disappoint! Producers of the show didn’t waste a second. We were quickly introduced to the collection of contestants and then the game began.

The Task

The 12 contestants, who were paired up into six teams, where given 5 objects to serve as inspiration to design a room for a "mystery client." Among the objects were a Cupie Doll head, a 1970's Lucite TV and a disco ball. Hmm.

They had a "budget" of $50K per team for...

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