Top Design judge.

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If you’re a television junkie like me then undoubtedly you’ve been watching Bravo’s Top Design. The program (in the same vein as Project Runway and Top Chef) is a reality show pitting would-be interior designers against each other in weekly challenges to design rooms. Much like Project Runway, this show has less to do with the contestants and more to do with the judges.

Hosts and DWR faves Jonathan Adler and Todd Oldham come across as geeky oddballs and it works.  They’re no Tim Gunn, but they do recall many interior designers I know and their love of paint colors and fabric swatches is evident.  Those two design giants may have more name recognition, but it is the two female judges that steal the show each week. Elle Décor’s Editor in Chief, Margaret Russell is (…how do I say this nicely) harsh, stern and basically mean. And she’s the perfect foil to helium-voiced Kelly Wearstler.  Wearstler is the over-the-top designer of such noted spots as Santa Monica’s Viceroy and the Bergdorf Goodman restaurant in New York. She’s just plain lovable and her fashions match her interior design work. She rocks teal leg warmers and frizzed/crimped out Pomeranian hairdos with equal panache.  A (reality television) star is born. And she blogs too.