Top Design Swarovski Chandelier Challenge

Top Design finalists: Preston Lee, Ondine Karady and Nathan Preston We’re down to the three finalists on Bravo’s Top Design – have you been watching? I think the best three contenders have made it to the finals. And, I totally hope that Jeff Lewis is asked to be a permanent judge! Meanwhile, just a little … Read more

Top Design Chandelier Challenge Contest

Blogging Top Design and ::Surroundings:: invites you to join us for a fantastic contest! The October 22nd show challenged the contestants to decorate a room around a fantastic Swarovski chandelier from their Crystal Palace collection. How would you have done? Now is the time to find out! You are invited to submit a design board … Read more

Top Design Podcasts

As part of my responsibilities over on Blogging Top Design I get to do the exit interviews for the designers who are sent home each week. I’ve been so lucky to spend time chatting with Serge Van Lian, Jennifer Newsom, Robert Reid, Kerry Howard, Shazia Kirmani and Wisit Prapong. My BTD colleague Laura Kluvo did … Read more

Top Design

Have you been watching Top Design on Bravo? I’ve been busy blogging on the show over at Blogging Top Design and I’m loving doing it! It’s a lot of work – A LOT of work – and I worry I’m neglecting things a bit over here on ::Surroundings::. But, readership is up, so I guess … Read more

Top Design Season 2: Getting to know Serge Van Lian

Serge, 27, describes his biggest accomplishment as learning to live without fear, being completely in the present, and doing whatever he’s inspired to do. Raised in LA by a Dutch model and Russian/Armenian meat factory owner, he is the first American born in his family. His upbringing was unconventional and domestic life was turbulent until … Read more

Top Design Season 2: Getting to know Robert Reid

From the time Robert received his first set of LEGO’s as a six-year-old, he knew he wanted to be a designer. Originally from Canada, Robert,40, moved to New York City to attend graduate school at the prestigious Pratt Institute, where he received his Master of Science degree in Interior Design. After a few years working … Read more

Top Design Season 2: Getting to know Preston Lee

Preston, 27, began pursuing design at a very young age in Texas. Preston studied under numerous designers, architects, developers, and furniture designers and continued formal education at The Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising. After studying abroad for a year in Australia, Preston knew that he was meant for design. He began working with Kenneth … Read more

Top Design Season 2: Getting to know Natalie Williams

At only 24 years old, Natalie Williams is already a head designer at a major design firm, Yessicks Design Center in Alpharetta, GA. She is passionate about design in numerous mediums including fashion design, graphic design, architecture, and her main focus interior design. Natalie is best known for putting colors together and learning peoples’ styles … Read more