Friday, April 20, 2007

Project: Caption

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Spec-tacular Night

If you haven't checked out my Elle Décor Party wrap-up on Blogging Top Design, click here.

Hmmmm. What do you think? Do we look like brothers? How do these Goil-glasses look on me?

I had a wonderful time in New York. I loved meeting all of the Top Design designers, carpenters, and judges. I also got a chance to meet up with the gayboys, Tom and Lorenzo. And of course, it was such a thrill to finally meet the fabulous Laura Bennett and family.

I also had a chance to meet the one and only Andy Cohen from Bravo. Thank you for the mention in your blog, Andy. It was great meeting you too.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

It's Finale Here!

Well, I'm on my way to New York City today for the big Top Design finale. Hopefully, I can meet up with this angelic beauty when he, ahem, takes it all in the end.

I promise I'll take lots of photos.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Suite Dreams - Top Design Episode 8

It was late March and the field had just been narrowed down to four. This must be the madness they call the Final Four.

Or not.

The designers went to the Viceroy Hotel to meet up with Todd and Linda O'Keefe from Metropolitan Home magazine. Todd gave them their next task: design a luxury hotel suite based on one of the four basic elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. They had three days and a budget of $30,000 for furniture, $3,000 for linens, and $1,550 for lumber and supplies.

Matt lucked out. He got Water. His baby blue room with white and translucent accents looked very light and airy. No doubt he was going to win this challenge.

Carisa drew Air. She made it a point not to paint little birds or puffy clouds on her walls. Instead, she and her carpenter Carl constructed large, black screens that mimicked air vents.

I don't know about you but I had this feeling of being trapped inside a ventilation duct. You know, like from a bad episode of The Land of the Giants. I can picture myself huddling behind the sofa hoping the big, giant pussy wouldn't lunge at me. My life story I know, but I digress.

The element of Fire perplexed Goil. He finally settled on a Chinese lantern-inspired sunset running along the back walls.

Andrea also encountered some problems with her Earth element. She already did an earthy room for last week's challenge. But unlike Carisa (who kept giving us bold colors and stripes), Andrea was mindful not to repeat herself.

In the White Room, the judges gave Matt the win (no surprise there). They also liked Carisa's bold statement.

Once again, the judges accused Andrea of having a sad aesthetic. They didn't like her somber color choices.

The judges really appreciated Goil's effort to dress his room this time. But sadly, they had to let him go.

Goil, you should have gone with your first instinct - turning the suite into a disco. After all, the judges could afford to loosen up a bit, don't you think?

I'm sorry it took so long to do this recap of Episode 8. Our beautiful cat, Serenity (pictured above peering through the vents) passed away last Wednesday. This chocolate brown, long-haired siamese cat has been with us for more than 12-1/2 years. He'll definitely be missed.

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Project: Caption

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Pressure Cooker - Top Design Episode 7

In the boys' loft, Goil told Matt and Michael it was so painful being in the bottom position. Matt and Michael were both very familiar with this position.

Todd invited everyone to Norman's for lunch. There, he delivered the next challenge: design a chef's table for a mystery guest judge. They had two days and a budget of $2,000 for supplies and $40,000 for furniture.

Even with the limitless supply of energy drinks, Goil couldn't muster up the strength to move his floor panels. His carpenter, the Fabulous Sarah, came to the rescue.

Goil got even more frustrated. He wondered what could've happened to his fabulous super powers. Could it have been an act of sabotage? Or were his superhero tights giving him poor circulation problems?

Andrea used stone and suede for her walls. Michael wanted to put the focus on the food. Matt went with a dark woodsy feeling for his room. Goil tried to replicate the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Carisa admitted she's not the natural type. So that makes her the fakey type.

The next day, Carisa had an eerie premonition that her carpenter Carl would drop the ball - well, actually the beam. She uprooted her tree and moved it out of harm's way just in time.

In the White Room, Goil was able to put two and two together. He discovered the REAL reason behind his diminishing powers.

After a long deliberation process, the judges sent Michael home for his drabby room. They gave Andrea her much deserved due for creating a beautiful room.

Chef Tom Colicchio really liked Andrea's room. But secretly, he was rooting for Matt's leather room.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Thanks for the Nod, Andy

Andy, thank you for reading my question for Laura Bennett on your Watch What Happens! webcast last week. So you stumbled a bit on my name. At least you got "Blogging Project Runway, Blogging Top Design and Project Yawnur" correct.

Click here to view the video.


Friday, March 23, 2007

On The Rocks - Top Design Episode 6

The six remaining designers met up with Todd outside in the PDC Plaza. Todd did some quick math and realized the number six is not a prime number. So he divided the designers into two teams of three. Andrea, Goil and Erik on one team. Matt, Carisa and Michael on the other team.

The assignment: design a party for Bacardi Limon.

Goil was so happy he and Andrea were on the same team. He compared Andrea to a top-of-the-line R2 unit. To me, she's more like a highly-advanced Nexxus-6 replicant from Blade Runner. She's extemely intelligent and devastatingly beautiful. And with those long legs, I bet you she's kicked some major ass in her lifetime.

Carisa and Michael bickered from the get go. Good thing Matt is a father of a four year old. He's used to dealing with big crybabies throwing hissy fits and temper tantrums.

Team Andrea/Goil/Erik didn't quarrel as much, but they experienced one miscommunication after another.

Andrea and Erik wanted to play the lead roles. Goil wasn't happy being relegated to the supporting cast.

You know what? Goil is right yet again. I can't picture him as that ever-suffering Jan Brady. He's just too damn cute and adorable. The perfect person to take on the role of Cindy - the youngest one in curls.

Team Matt/Carisa/Michael created a black and white tent. Despite all of their in-fighting, the tent turned out pretty nice – albeit on the safe side.

Team Andrea/Goil/Erik pushed the envelope and went for a more avant-garde look. They didn't want to play it safe. And by doing so, they bruised each other's feelings.

The judges gave Team Matt/Carisa/Michael the win. Jonathan Adler wanted to pin Team Andrea/Goil/Erik's loss on one single designer. He asked them who was responsible for the overall vision of their tent. I was waiting for Carisa to jump in. You know how she likes to take credit for everything.

Well, Erik valiantly fell on his sword, telling the judges the overall vision was his. Bye-bye, Erik.

So what is up with the rivalry between Margaret and Kelly? Trying to one-up each other for extra camera time is getting a little old, don't you think?

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Project: Caption

Friday, March 16, 2007

Garage Proposal - Top Design Episode 5

The seven remaining designers met up with their new client, the Bell family. The assignment: clean out the Bell's garage and design a multi-use space that could also accommodate their new GMC Acadia – a novel concept for a garage.

Part of the assignment was to build a maquette, a small preliminary model they would later use to present to the client.

News flash, Carisa. In the real world, designing women (and men) don't lounge around on the couch, eat bon-bons and gab with their friends all day. They roll up their sleeves, break a sweat and do their best to please the client.

The Bell family picked Andrea's design. She now has the arduous task of leading the design team. In return, she gets automatic immunity.

It's now time to divvy up the carpenters. Having won the last project, Carisa got first dibs. She picked Carl, Andrea picked Blair, Matt picked Ed, Goil picked Sarah, Ryan picked Robert, Michael picked Cary, and Erik picked Jared. It was kind of sad seeing some of my favorite carpenters get passed over.

Andrea assigned each designer a task they were most comfortable doing. Being the artist, Ryan was entrusted with painting the gray stripes on the concrete floor. Matt was good with organizing. Michael can do wonders with fabric and drapery. Erik helped out with some of the construction. And Carisa was used to being banished to another room.

Goil spent most of his time working on a dog bed – with wheels. I say if Goil had painted the dog bed red, that dog would be the envy of the neighborhood.

Now it's time for judging. Kelly Wearstler came back from her Trekkie convention just in time.

Even though the Bells liked their new garage, the judges weren't too thrilled. Because Ryan didn't turn the garage into the next Sistene Chapel, the judges sent his artsy-fartsy ass home.

You know what Goil? You are so right. If you take your glasses off and stand on some phone books, you really do look like Andrea Junior.

For the second week in a row, the judges made fun of Michael's fruity color choices. Michael, honey, if you're really fond of grapes and bananas, then I say just go for it. There's no shame in letting people know you covet the grapes and the bananas. Fine choices if you ask me.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Dubious Yawnur Awards

The much-anticipated First Annual Dubious Yawnur Awards were handed out last week at the beautiful downtown YMCA cafetorium. Many distinguished nominees and guests were in attendance.

The winner in the"In the Mood" category (for garments made out of traditional fabrics), as determined by the poll on Project Yawnur, was Angela Keslar. She won for the outfit she made for that ever-busy au pair art student who moonlights as both a dogwalker and a streetwalker.

Angela was so shocked that she won!

In the "Not in the Mood" poll (for garments made out of non-traditional materials), Vincent Libretti took home the top honors. His barely-walking art canvas edged out Wendy Pepper's candy and balloon bikini.

In his acceptance speech, Vincent said this award meant a lot to him. He can now list this accomplishment on his resume in hope that one day he could dress more wives of d-list nominees.

A dejected Santino Rice slinkered out of the cafetorium after finding out he didn't win. He came in a close second to Angela in the In the Mood category.

Congratulations, Angela and Vincent. Isn't it just kismet that brought you two back together again?


Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Junkyard Dawgs - Top Design Episode 4

Unlike the first few challenges, the designers got a chance to interview their clients before they started to design. Their clients knew a thing or two about design because they themselves are studying Interior Design.

Felicia was so happy she and her client, Mary, had similar design sensibilities. It was as if she'd found her own little Mini-Me.

Todd dropped by the lofts early the next morning to deliver a few dozen muffins and one teeny tiny twist. Instead of shopping for furniture and accessories at a store, they'll be hitting the garage sale circuit. With their morning java and $500 in hand, the designers went rummaging for design inspirations.

Goil stumbled upon a kilt that brought back some fond memories of the time he went on tour with the Riverdance troupe. (Is there anything this guy can't do?)

Back in the showroom, the designers reworked their newly acquired pieces, turning old junks into valuable treasures. They got a little help from their carpenters. The operative word being "little."

Andrea put things into neutral. Carisa gave her client some clean lines. Erik created a room splattered with scary paintings. Felicia stitched together a room complete with an afghan and a roadkill. Goil redefined hideaway beds. Matt created a tasteful Armani Casa-inspired room. Michael had fun playing with his banana and grapes. Ryan got all dark and brooding.

Some of these rooms were actually downright scary. They were creepy ... and they're kooky ... Mysterious ... and spooky ... They're all together ooky ... Oh well, you know what I mean.

Thing also came along. He got to hang out with Ryan in the confessionals. I don't know about you but I think Ryan can be a bad influence.

After a long deliberation process, the judges sent Felicia home for her mismatched room. Carisa won with her sparsely decorated dormroom. I don't know what was more shocking, giving Carisa the win or letting Felicia go after she made one misstep.

All of this craziness left Cousin Itt a bit frazzled.

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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Project: Vote - In the Mood Category

Here are your nominations for the Fugliest outfit on Project Runway that are made out of traditional fabric. Remember, you can only vote once a day. Polls will be open until next Wednesday at Noon Eastern.

Out of all of the challenges on Project Runway, which outfit was the Fugliest outfit made out of traditional fabric?
S1 - Kevin's rock star outfit : Sarah Hudson Challenge
S2 - Santino's lederhosen nightmare : Lingerie Challenge
S2 - Santino's turkey explosion : Ice Skating Challenge
S3 - Angela's hooker/dog walker : Dog Challenge
S3 - Vincent's picnic with Twiggy : Iconic Challenge
S3 - Jeffrey's mom-strosity : Everyday Women Challenge
Free polls from

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Dubious Yawnur Awards Nominations

It's time to nominate the Fugliest clothes ever seen on any season of Project Runway in the "In the Mood" category. Unlike the first category, these clothes were made from fabrics either purchased at Mood or were provided to the designers by Banana Republic or Macy's.

The nominations will close on Wednesday (2/28) at Noon Eastern.

Don't forget, you can still vote in the first poll for the "Not in the Mood" category. That voting will also close on Wednesday (2/28) at Noon Eastern. (Click here to cast your vote in that category.) Later that afternoon, we will begin to vote on this new "In the Mood" category.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Beachy Attitudes - Top Design Episode 3

The nine remaining designers were divided into three teams of three. Team Tahiti consisted of Felicia, Andrea and Michael. Elizabeth, Erik and Matt made up Team Miami. And Goil, Ryan and Carisa formed Team St. Tropez. Their mission was to build a cabana inspired by their assigned resort destinations.

Ryan and Carisa began to butt heads immediately. Carisa thought she should've been the natural choice to go shopping at Pier 1. Instead she got stuck with fabric shopping. Ryan didn't like either roles, but felt more comfortable shopping for furniture and knick-knacks than frilly fabric.

Carisa had enough of Ryan's bad behavior.

Goil was too busy building the structure to play the role of the referee. He said he works best on individual challenges. I would too if I had to work with Ryan and Carisa. But you know what? He really CAN do everything. Although ... he can be a bit of a show-off at times.

The next morning, the designers had to construct, assemble and furnish their cabanas on-site at the beach. This was no day at the beach, though. Well, except for Carisa. She thought it would be more fun lathering up the hot-looking carpenters than doing the actual work. I don't blame her.

The judges arrived at the beach to evaluate the cabanas. We were introduced to the guest judge, Kathryn Ireland. First thought I had was, "Oh wow, a former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model judging a challenge on the beach. How appropriate." I was a bit disappointed, to say the least.

Back in the White Room, the judges awarded Team Tahiti the win - even though their cabana went topless. The winning team members get to spend a weekend at a spa to see what a real cabana should look like. They then singled out Elizabeth from Team Miami and blamed her for making bad color choices. Well, color me blue.

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