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Top Design Sucks, Don’t Watch Bravo Ever Again

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FBLA is completely disgusted with Bravo and is never watching their stupid poopy channel again. (And we’re not alone.) Our pal, Andrea Keller, got booted from Top Design, and frankly, we blame the fine hand of the producers, hungry to interject some life in this mortibund series. So who did they keep?

Carisa–a shrew with the design esthetic of Dirk Diggler.

Matt–not gay, just sensitive. Margaret’s favorite. He lost 17 pounds during the show!

FBLA has learned that the PA who writes the blog was completely unknown to a number of crew members who actually worked on the show. Pink Navy has his number.

Linda Merrill recaps the actual design elements nicely.

Project Top Design has some commenters with the right ideas.

TWOP thinks the whole idea was stupid, and calls Kelly’s ensemble “summer picnic at Dachau” which pretty much sums up the whole episode.

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Andrea Keller And Top Design–NBC Made Us Late

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FBLA is late with our Andrea Keller: Top Design insights, but we have a good excuse. NBC asked to check out her responses first and took their own sweet time about it. Make of that what you will. Hmmm. So, read on for the Chef’s Table challenge, and we promise to speed things up.
Blogging Top Design is all up-to-date. So is Pink Navy. So is Top Design Blogger.

Anyway, Andrea won the challenge, but hasn’t gotten the prize yet–$2500 to spend at Jonathan Adler. FBLA can’t help but wonder if that’s trade or retail.

FBLA: Did anyone know that you had all these restaurant world connections (wine, teaching at Otis), etc?

AK: I don’t think so–they knew that I teach at Otis but not that it was restaurant design. Both of my brothers are in the food industry and live near Napa valley, one is a winemaker and the other is a distributor of organic meat products/ranch consultant. When Todd was describing a cuisine based on the finest quality ingredients, my thoughts immediately went to Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and Thomas Keller at the French Laundry (sadly no relation). That’s how I started on the image of stone walls, thinking of a California vineyard and the food culture of northern california. To incorporate arts and crafts I wanted to emphasize joinery in the woodwork, and I found some William Morris-style textiles with a leafy pattern.

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FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Andrea Keller Parties on Top Design

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Andrea Keller, our pal on Bravo’s Top Design, gives us a little more dish about her experiences on the show:

FBLA: Do you read the forums or blogs about the show? People love you or hate you.

AK: I heard from a lot of people that I shouldn’t read them, so that was the idea at first, and then of course I was curious and heard things – so now I read everything everything and so much of it is hilarious and right on. I love the blogs, love the community of it, it’s so wild and interesting to hear what people think and I want to know. I’m not really offended by some of the criticisms/hates because I think there is a lot more to me that isn’t coming across or can’t in this format & time limit. I don’t know, everyone is entitled to their opinion. and I know that not everyone in the world likes everyone else, hello. I have to say that anyone that thinks I could be a cartoon character or a super hero has given me the greatest joy of my life. I love you, come hang out, let’s go on adventures and save the world.

FBLA: Did your team lose because you didn’t have a bouncer? Project Top Design and a reader agree. So does Linda.

AK: We totally missed out on the bouncer–outside people thing–truthfully we were so frantic about building the walls and getting everything painted that we couldn’t even process the idea of entertainment outside of the dj–we tried to make our tent more about design and less just look but maybe that was completely wrong. No no time. I think our plan was solid and we had a lot of interesting pieces, problem is that they weren’t all complete… we were going for a club atmosphere with different areas to hang out in/different visual and sensory experiences.

Pink Navy is all over those sensory experiences with a drinking game.

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FBLA: We didn’t know flowers came in furry.

AK: Ok so the flowers. I actually did 3 types of arrangements, or maybe I should say I did one type of arrangement, one sort of cluster thing and then for the third I threw flowers in trays (that needed foam I didn’t have) in 5 minutes. I really wanted to reinvent that, do something else, tie the flowers, find another container. But I did’t and they hated it so much. I think I’m a little more open minded than they are about how weird flower arrangements can be and how that can potentially be delightful, but if a florist made those arrangements I probably wouldn’t call them again. I admit it. You should have seen the ones by the benches, they were really lovely. And I love flowers so much.

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FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Andrea Keller Parks Top Design

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Bravo’s Top Design episode last night found our heroine, intrepid architect Andrea Keller, in charge of a garage makeover. FBLA wishes she’d worked on Clean House with us, so she’d have been prepared for the challenge of clutter.

Project Top Design is on the Andrea love train. Top Design Wiki has a poll–Goil and Andrea tie.

FBLA: Have you ever re-done a garage?
AK: I have actually remodeled a couple of them for people, not for myself–there are a lot of 1920′s garages in LA that are too small to park an SUV in so they all get converted, many into offices because the weather is usually great, can have a big open space with doors wide open. Normally you sweat out every detail, didn’t have any time luxury here at all, couldn’t stand back for a single second. I’m probably not allowed to go back to their house and finish the job but I’d love to do it.

FBLA: Building a model seems pretty artsy-craftsy to us. You?
AK: Model building is so familiar, have done hundreds of them, was so happy to be on my turf! Was completely confident building a model and pitching to the client, was like a day at my office, I could breathe. I love talking to clients, trying to pick up on their cues, my job is basically to translate people’s ideas into form. I would have loved an hour with the client, didn’t get that but just tried to run with what we had.

FBLA: Ddi you like being in charge of that team?
AK: And as for being in charge–I was pretty sure I could nail the pitch, but I don’t think the spot of leader was super enviable except for the immunity (which is obviously huge, made up for it, deal with the devil?) I knew I was heading into a massive amount of chaos and stress.

TWOP gets that part.

I do have to say that almost everyone was very eager to help and worked like mad. I was very surprised that that was the case, as you go through worst-case scenarios I was wondering if people would go for scorched earth, but literally no one did. Could have been a complete train wreck, and instead it gave me a lot of respect for the group. Didn’t see that coming, super happy about, very grateful and lucky.

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FBLA Exclusive: Andrea Keller Trashes Top Design–Not Really

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Bravo’s Top Design found Felicia Bushman ousted for using a crocheted afghan in a room designed for a twenty-something design student. Andrea Keller, our pal, commented on the challenge, One Man’s Trash:

AK: Felicia going was a huge shocker, we thought she would be around for a long time. She’s very elegant, has lots of experience etc.. you never know what will go on in that judging room! I think part of the bottom line was that the client didn’t like the room and was vehement about it, that made a big impression. we had to do so much so quickly, it’s really a 2-day panic of running around with paint and materials, and hard to balance what you think you know about the client with what materials you have available, how much time is left, how your building projects are going, what the judges may or may not think.. and all the while there are cameras on you.. So we were doing the best we could, no way to know where it would fall.

(Joe Stewart, the guest judge, had worked on Shop Til You Drop, and he designed the “White Room” which is neither white nor a room.)

FBLA: Is the show what you thought it would be?

AK: The scary thing was that obviously we had never seen the show before, it hadn’t been done, so we didn’t know what we were in for, and diving in on-camera. Someone told me that I had to have guts to do the show (he used another word) – and I realized that when I was doing it I was just trying to do my best and was consumed by the tasks at hand, which leaves me now needing guts retroactively which is odd and kind of impossible.

FBLA: How was Felicia in the team situation? How do you work with people, knowing someone is leaving?

AK: Felicia is lovely–always so warm, and when it came to working with her she wasn’t just gunning for herself, she was amazing to work with in a team. With Felicia gone, that left Carisa and I alone in the house – 4 challenges down and 4 girls eliminated, makes you sleep not so well.
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FBLA thinks being alone with Carisa is enough to give anyone nightmares. Project Yawnur seems to agree.

(Pink Navy sees an plot against women of a certain age.)

AK: It suddenly hit me that we would be dropping like flies (I should have known that, have seen every project runway ever, hello) but it was happening and I was in the middle of it. Funny thing in watching episode 4 was that you can see that we are starting to fray a little bit–lots of energy drinks and almost no sleep, trying harder than ever to figure out the game and keep up. It’s also the point where you realize that you can adore people and still want them sent home, it becomes a question of math.

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FBLA Exclusive: Andrea Keller Beaches Top Design

Top Design: Episode 3 was another team challenge (enough with the “works and plays well with others” crap, Bravo) and FBLA’s Andrea Keller got to show off her building trades cred. (She’s very into the design part, rather than dish, but we’re working on her.)

FBLA: Did the time alloted for the building of the cabana freak you out?

AK: We had no time at all. we came up with the simplest structure we could think of and divided up the work–both Felicia and Michael worked
their butts off every second and in a group that is the best you can ask for–we were all panicked but committed and in it together. Best group dynamic I think I have ever had, we were happy and focused and driven and we still love each other!
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FBLA: So you really are construction grrl–does this intimidate the others or are they glad to let you do the heavy lifting?

AK: I think that in our group it worked perfectly–we didn’t want to pigeonhole ourselves, but Michael is really passionate about fabrics, Felicia is amazing with furnishing rooms, and give me lumber…so we
felt like a ‘dream’ team. (don’t make fun of me for saying that!!) We first came up with a precise vision for the structure and we all went from there–we were imagining a Tahitian honeymoon, but something
ephemeral, like a champagne bubble.
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That is why the whitewash on the wood, why the transparent and lightly metallic fabrics, and why ultimately I think we left it as a fragile open frame–we wanted it to look like a cuttlefish when seen from a distance, translucent and ghost-like, not literal or earthy at all.

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FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Hang Out With Andrea Keller of Top Design

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Bravo’s Top Design second episode started out strong when John Grey, the bear from Chicago, clued in his housemates about his HIV+ status and the massive dose of testosterone he got from his MD. Andrea Keller, our glama-zon architect pal, fills us in.

AK: The John thing was pretty shocking, none of us saw it coming or knew what was up (I was sitting there knitting, hello). He was very sincere and straightforward, it was very impressive. He just realized that there was a major problem, so he decided to tell all of us right away. Made for a lot more understanding and respect.

Grey just became the 2nd reality cast member to admit to being HIV+ — Real World’s Pedro was the first–in 1994. Too bad the Bravo assistant was such a jerk about it. Frankly, if we want to hear from a PA, we’ll kick him.

The challenge was (stop us if you’ve heard this one) to design a room for a mystery client. (Note to Bravo: why tip us off with the title?) And surprise! the clients are short.

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Top Design: FBLA Goes to the Party

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FBLA is wildly excited about Bravo’s Top Design series, especially as architect Andrea Keller is a contestant. We know her from our other life, and thus are completely biased and hope she wins. In the weeks ahead, she’s going to share some tiny, insignificant behind-the-scenes details with FBLA

Keller and her architect husband, John Berry, threw a viewing party last night. Among the crowd cheering for Andrea were author/film editor Paul Seydor, fellow contestant Heather Ashton, FOX money guy turned education guru Gene Straub, L.A. Phil fundraiser Janneke Straub and <a href="http://blakkbox.buzznet.com/user/profile/, and songstress Leslie Spencer Smith.

Keller’s a member of the blakkbox group who were out in full force (and thought that Keller being teamed with Ryan “My Own Worst Enemy” Humphrey was pretty funny), as well as architect Jeffrey Allsbrook and energy visionary Dan Emmett. FBLA felt very popular–people kept shouting “She’s a blogger–don’t say anything!”

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The crowd ate tamales and drank mojitos while the designers painted and pushed furniture around. FBLA always Tivo’s through this part, anyway. Loved the Robert Kuo pepper.

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