Their challenge was to create a space for themselves. They had two months and a budget of $150,000 (plus more for materials). Two months is much more than the standard two days and we really didn't see how it made a difference in the outcome.
Unfortunately, all the furnishings had to be purchased at the Pacific Design Center which is both extremely overpriced and overexposed throughout the Top Design series. So overexposed, that many furniture pieces were returning to star in a second episode. (We instantly recognized Andrea's chairs from the chef's challenge and Andrea & Ryan's funky mirror in Carisa's loft:
Why did they subject Trudie Styler to such nonsense? We agreed with her and thought Matt's room was more decorated than designed. Matt was the clear favorite and we had picked him to be the winner, but after the finale, we thought Carisa's loft was better. (We loved the ping-pong table.)
In the end, Matt's room looked lived-in and comfortable while Carisa's looked graphic and bare. Plus Matt's style is much more appropriate for Elle Decor. If Carisa had done a better job of staging her space (plants, pictures, etc.), we think she could have won. We could say some more but we really don't care anymore!