I, too, watched it and I didn't like that it was set up as a four day challenge. Once again there were a lot of worker bees while Antonio shopped. His style is not my style, but I liked his dog; and we got to meet people he respects for the putting together his vision. It was kind of like watching the shows Chopper and LA Ink rolled together and I do not have common ground or interest with either subculture.
I did like discovering that he comes from a family of artists. Instead of a TV over the fireplace, he hung a piece of his father's art. He also had photo prints a friend had just published and placed them in the bedroom to offset the deep red wall with the featured airbrushed headboard of Tequila Girl or whatever he called that blown up piece of male fantasized calendar art.
His banter was as it was on the show - brash and at times, soft; but, as he did on the show, he also made a comment to the camera about wondering if he could date the sales woman at the furniture store. I don't think that woman or many other women will be joining him under the watchful eyes of Tequila Girl...at least not when they see her in all her glory. Yes, he was once again sexist, but he may very well be a draw to the testosterone crowd who don't like girlified design shows...that is, if marketing can draw them in from other channels when his show debuts in January.
He had an open concept room with the kitchen, which he turned into a U to a dining area to a living area. I found his black and chrome kitchen different, and no furniture in the living room section interesting, and the very long destressed wood table interesting, and most interesting, the near match of the king's throne chair (family heirloom) and the queen's throne chair. It was fascinating that he could find such a close match in an LA antique store. Those were the only chair seating in the entire room as he used bench seating for the table and included a 5' sideboard to hold his liquor bottles - once again an item too small for the room.
I didn't think I would do a critique, but I guess I am still hot and cold about his personality and design style. I'll give his show a chance when it debuts, but I'll watch Dan's show on the web for cleansing.
Oh, they showed snippets from the show and both of their families arrived during the last challenge. They showed them around the house and shared a meal.