This season’s contestants seem determined to put us through our paces. We’re only into week two and the standard is just so high. There wasn’t a bad room in sight this week and that made separating them really, really, tough. With every couple putting up what would normally be a week-winning guest bedroom, the only real question is, where do we go from here???
Jason & Sarah
Drama, drama, drama…Jason and Sarah’s choice of black paint and statement patterned wallpaper combined to create a beautiful and dramatic guest bedroom that really honours the heritage of their home.
The wallpaper was a huge hit and a real risk that definitely paid off. I loved their choice of wardrobe doors and handles (shame about that wrongly drilled door) and their approach to styling this week was vastly improved, proving the old adage: ‘less is more’! When you’re working with a heritage home with great bones, minimalist styling really is the best approach.
I loved the floor tiles in the bathroom and liked how they mirrored the bedroom wallpaper, and the taps, shower, and metal basins all screamed quality and buyer appeal, but it’s odd that they didn’t put locks on the ensuite doors and their paintwork really let them down this week.
Hannah & Clint:
Another pretty room from Hannah and Clint, and this week a finished room!!! There’s been quite a swing from the ho-hum-ness of their 48-hour challenge room to this week. The bedside tables were styled superbly, although the vase of flowers was possibly a bridge too far and could have benefitted from editing.
Hannah and Clint did have some painting issues and I felt like I’d stepped into the land of the giants with that 1.5-meter high mounted door handle but this was by far the best room they’ve delivered so far and it’s great to see their evolution in the competition.
Ronnie & Georgia
Putting the Oooooooo into bedroom, Ronnie and Georgia bowled us over this week from the floorboards, to the furniture and artwork choices. From a functional perspective I loved the integrated power points and light switches in the bed head, and from a visual perspective I love this couple’s sense of colour.
Professional-level styling, impeccable rug selection, that quirky light fitting over the marble desk top all added up to a glamorous, on-trend guest room that’s going to have buyers salivating on auction day and I can honestly say the pictures don’t do justice to how the room felt.
Sticks & Wombat
Don’t be fooled by Sticks and Wombat’s ‘thank god I’m a country boy’ names, their eye for design sympathetic to their home’s architecture continues to impress.
This week’s ‘wow factor’ came courtesy of their floorboard choice, and that magnificent fireplace, and I loved the room’s layout (although the position of the scone lighting wasn’t very functional), and I think the design of the sconces and the ceiling light are way too heavy for the design.
And how about the size of that palatial ensuite??? I did feel the contemporary feel of their bathroom was at odds with their heritage guest bedroom, and I question why they didn’t put a door on the bathroom – personally I don’t want to lie in bed and watch someone using the toilet. I do have an issue with how big this ensuite is and how much room they have ‘stolen’ from the main part of the house. In general they’re making great architectural choices but I do want them to really look at their consistency of style. At the moment I cant see a common thread, but it is early in the game…
Josh & Elyse
Perfectly petite and packed with personality, Josh and Elyse’s guest bedroom was narrowly pipped to the winning post this week. There artful use of colour and texture helped them overcome the size constraints of their room – I particularly loved the texturing created by the wall paneling and that heavenly blue linen bed head.
Their budget-conscious ensuite also impressed, with its copycat floor tiles (as seen in Sarah and Jason’s family bathroom last week) juxtaposed with the hand-pressed subway tiles on the walls. I was having a ‘short-person’ issue this week in judging but their shower and shelf was an issue for me.
From a functionality perspective I’d like to have seen some full-length hanging space in the wardrobe, and from an aesthetic perspective it’s a shame the ensuite door handle was stainless steel instead of black or gunmetal like all the other handles and features, but overall this was another beautifully executed room.
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