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DIVA CHAT: American Dream Builders Elaine Griffin!

By   |   April 21, 2014   |   Entertainment

She survives another week! The DivaGals caught up with American Dream Builders competitor Elaine Griffin at a private VIP luncheon for the series in NYC.

We wanted to know more about the design star, whose stats include serving as contributing editor of design for Better Homes & Gardens, doing makeovers for Oprah’s O at Home and being ranked as one of House Beautiful‘s Top 100 American Designers. Here’s what she shared!

Tell us about last night’s competition.
That master bedroom that you saw was next to the living room that was very colorful and filled with patterns. I wanted the bedroom to be a more tranquil space because it was very tiny. It was barely 8×8, so I didnΓÇÖt want to have a lot of pattern, but I wish I had brought in more texture.

What’s your personal design style?
I love color. IΓÇÖm not a Zen person. My personal style is warm and colorful. My rooms must look like the people that live in it. I wrote a book called Design Rules, and the one rule that I never break is that rooms should look like the people that live in them.

Where should a person start if they want to change their design?
You always want to take into consideration the four main players in your room: your floor, ceiling, walls and furniture. Out of all of them only one can be your star. Everything else needs to be calm around it. If you want the leopard print rug everything needs to sit calmly on top of it. If you want the leopard print walls you need to have calm around there, and if you put the leopard on the ceiling then everything else needs to be quiet. You can only have one soloist; everything else needs to be a supporting actress.

Do you feel like youΓÇÖve been portrayed fairly on the show?
People in social media are like ΓÇ£Oh my God, I could never work with her; sheΓÇÖs such a dictator.” ItΓÇÖs not like that all ΓÇö hello itΓÇÖs a reality show, people. ItΓÇÖs a collaborative effort. But I realized that I was a little harsh during my time as manager and had to soften a little bit for the team.

American Dream Builders airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on NBC.



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