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Top Design Episode: "Design's a Beach"

Season 1, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: The interior designers head to the beach for some supposed fun in the sun---but there are nasty ripple effects when they go deep into a challenge involving the sun and sand.
Original Air Date: Feb 14, 2007

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Season 1, Episode 3
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Length: 44:08
Aired: 2/14/2007
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February 14, 2007: Life's a Beach Season 1, Episode 3

Though team challenges don't offer us much insight into each designer's unique tastes and talents, they sure supply lots of verbal sparring, stubborn individuality and bruised egos. In tonight's venture, teams of three set out to create a beach cabana that incorporated the mood and sensibility of a specific sunny destination. The various grievances seemed to result from each team member overseeing furnishings, fabric or hardware/construction. Elizabeth on the Miami team said the city had a specific color palette, but they were "in agreeance to" infuse different colors and create "a respite" from the typical Miami milieu. Matt didn't seem to agree with the purple and yellow/green colors but chose to keep his mouth shut. Erik wasn't too worried; he had immunity from winning last week's challenge. No team seemed to have to struggle to stay within budget, but all suffered under time constraints. After making designs and purchases, Todd Oldham revealed a new twist: teams had to completely finish in less than five hours (by midnight), disassemble the cabana for transport to the beach the next day, and assemble it there in four hours, with no electricity (using only hand- and battery-powered tools). Most of the controversy revolved around Team St. Tropez, as Carisa and Ryan fought over the furniture and fabric assignments. Ryan, a 35-year-old artist, insisted he buy the furnishings; 26-year-old Carisa, a set designer, resented being stuck with fabrics (because she was the team's only woman, she surmised) and had no confidence in Ryan's ability to decorate a space. Goil did his best to neutralize the situation, but the team was still arguing over construction and design with only 15 minutes left of Day 1. At the beach the next day, I was really impressed by what everyone was able to accomplish after a mere 16 hours of work. Still, as judge Jonathan Adler later said, everyone made "some very bad design choices" amid the fun and sun. Team Tahiti (Andrea, Felicia and a hyper Michael) worked well together to create a cabana fashioned after a Tahitian hut, with a sturdy deck on stilts, some ethereal, sheer, flowing curtains and... no roof as shelter from the sun. Team Miami stayed true to its original acid-green and eggplant-purple colors, which were used as accents for a base wash that Elizabeth said was a "sophisticated silver tone" but looked like bland oatmeal to me. The St. Tropez structure was inventive, breezy and modern, plus I could totally see the design had influences from yacht and mast shapes. (So far, Goil appears to be a strong contender as top designer.) But I understand the judges' point that it may have been too modern and minimalist for such a rich resort town. Regardless, Ryan's boring furnishings, myriad tchotchkes and "city of candles" reminded Adler of Buffalo, New York - ha! Carisa's bad attitude, incessant complaining and near-tears in the White Room would have been far more annoying had she been wrong. But the judges sided with her: Ryan shouldn't have done the furniture shopping - not that Carisa's work won them over. Her heavy fabrics and primary colors didn't exude ritzy beach bumming in St. Tropez. Still, once Miami's Elizabeth admitted that their hideous color scheme was her idea, the judges had no interest in keeping her around the PDC any longer. show less
Though team challenges don't offer us much insight into each designer's unique tastes and talents, they sure supply lots of verbal sparring, stubborn individuality and bruised egos. In tonight's venture, teams of three set out to create a beach cabana that incorporated the mood and sensibility of a specific sunny destination. The various grievances seemed to result from each team member overseeing furnishings, fabric or hardware/construction. Elizabeth on the Miami team said the city had a specific color palette, but they were "in agreeance to" infuse different colors and create "a respite" from the typical Miami milieu. Matt didn't seem to agree with the purple and yellow/green colors but chose to keep his mouth shut. Erik wasn't too worried; he had immunity from winning last week's challenge.No team seemed to have to struggle to stay within budget, but all suffered under time constraints. After making designs and purchases, Todd Oldham revealed a new twist: teams had to completely... read more

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Premiered: October 31, 2007, on Bravo
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A reality-competition series in which aspiring interior designers square off in challenges that involve decorating rooms and homes. The winning prize includes $100,000 to jump-start a career in design; and a magazine spread.

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