Challenge (AKA: ELLE Decor Challenge): Design a Living Room Inspired by Elle Decor Cover.
Mode: Individual, using cover chosen by contestant.
Time Frame: Three days.
Budget: $7,500 for total design.
Parameters: New design must capture the essence of the cover, but not duplicate it, and fulfill the test of "luxury for less".
Jonathan: I'd love to hear why you think you deserve to be in the finals and why you think the others don't.
Carisa: I guess, maybe, I have a lot to gain… from this whole experience.
Jonathan: But this competition's based on merit, it's not a charity.
Carisa: Listen to me, please. Please?
Carl: I'm listening sweetie, I wish you'd stop talking to me like a *$&@ing four-year-old!
Carisa: (to Matt) Your floor, my wall… let's call the whole thing off.
Matt: I'm in my element when I'm at the PDC [Pacific Design Center]. Like, bargain shopping? That's not what I do.
Andrea: I'm a little surprised that Carisa made it into the top three. She always delivers in a certain way, but she kind of does a similar thing each time. You know, if she does the same thing again, I think this time it may be, like, one time too many.
Matt's carpenter Blair was injured during episode 8 and unable to work during episode 9. Matt's carpenter for episode 9 was Sarah (Goil's pervious carpenter). Blair will return to help Matt for the final episode.