Time for Matt's session of positive affirmation and gently offered suggestions. Todd notes that Matt's floor plan "[lines] things up beautifully with sight lines" and wonders if it was intentional. For you, Todd, everything can be intentional. Matt plans to put the master bedroom up on a platform along one wall and is building a separate bedroom for his daughter. A "princess room" he calls it, and, since his daughter "didn't specify Cinderella or anything," the room is apparently inspired by Marie Antoinette. On the one hand, quite a thematic leap to go from Cinderella to Let 'Em Cake Marie. Then again, at least Matt latched on to Marie Antoinette as opposed to, say, Salome. ("We call this the Bedroom of the Seven Veils. Note the extensive mantle area to store the head of decapitated baptists.") The Marie Antoinette room will be pink and purple, per the daughter's request. As he and Todd chat, Matt voices-over that the success or failure of his design hinges entirely on the performance of his carpenters: "If the carpenters can crank it out, I think it's going to be a success. If not, um. it's going to suck." I've probably made the observation before, but it is a poor musician who blames his heavily unionized, fully bonded instrument.
Todd is just about affirmationed-out, so he sends Matt and Carisa back to the Pacific Design Center to start shopping. As they are stronger folk than I, they don't immediately begin twitching at the sight of the blue-mirrored glass Monstrosity on Melrose. Maybe it's because while they're shopping, crews will come in and magically paint and put the flooring down in their respective lofts. This challenge grows less so by the minute. After some last-minute instructions about carpentry -- Matt will work with Ed, Carisa will work with Carl, and they can hire whomever they want out of their total budget -- it's off to go prop up our tottering economy with some furniture impulse buying.