A return to form for Ronnie and Georgia this week but all the couples rounded off this season’s room reveals on a high. It’s amazing to think how far they’ve come, and how receptive they’ve been to feedback, since they embarked on these beautiful period homes at the start of this series. I’ve been seeing some great reactions to Sunday’s open for inspections on social media and now I can’t wait to see how our couples fare on auction day.
On a side note, the reactions to last night’s room reveals were interesting and there was plenty of passion in your comments on last night’s Facebook and Instagram posts, and on Twitter. While I welcome everyone’s opinions, and love how invested you all are in the contestants, I have to say I was shocked at the disproportionate level of hate in many of the responses this week. The pack mentality kicked in and, while everyone is entitled to their own own opinion – design will always divide people – differing opinions are not not an excuse for flat out hatred and abuse towards me or my fellow judges.
A few things to remember from last night’s episode:
- We were judging the entire studio space this week: living area and the garage downstairs. Only Ronnie and Georgia fitted out their garage so their’s was the only fully finished brief, hence their slightly higher scores.
- All the judges were incredibly positive about all the reveals, and all our scores were very high with barely anything between the scores for the different couples.
- Darren, Neale and I all made similar comments about all the studios and were complimentary about how far the couples have come over the course of the series.
So, please do keep sharing your opinions on my social media channels, but understand that if they are personally abusive or hateful to me, Neale or Darren, I will take steps to make sure my socials remain positive, welcoming spaces for people who want to share their feedback constructively.
Now, if you’re interested in reading more of my thoughts on last night’s reveals, or were in disagreement with my judging and want to understand the thinking behind the scoring, read on …
Jason & Sarah
Jason and Sarah created a hidden gem of a studio at the end of their garden. Versatile, spacious – as demonstrated by their lovely selection of armchairs – and with lots of natural light. Their metallic finished fan was hot (I can’t believe this season has me a fan of the fan!) and the abstract art was great (and will be even better – and less of a hazard – when they turn it the right way up).
Their bed looked expensive, minus the throw, and the choice of tile in the bathroom made that space a gem within a gem that will be even more stunning once they’ve done the grouting. The dividing wall was questionable, but its positioning enabled them to include a bedroom, lounge and a study with lots of natural light. Jason and Sarah obviously put a lot of work into rounding off this week on a high note. Sadly not everything was finished on the day but their studio will add significant value to their property come auction day, and has potential to be a winner for sure.
Hannah & Clint
Simplicity was the key to Hannah and Clint’s studio success today. From the simple, sophisticated styling to the subtle window dressings that helped enhance the sense of space to the flexible, functional wardrobe.
Their ensuite was also a triumph of simplicity, the black trim around the mirror and wall tiles tying in beautifully with the floor tiles, and a lovely choice of basin, although it looked a little cramped in the corner and would have looked more balanced if it was to the right of the vanity. Time pressures clearly played a role in Hannah and Clint’s execution this week with some paint missing from doors and wardrobe walls and making its way onto the carpet, but as Darren said this is their best work yet and seeing this room gives you goose bumps knowing how far they have come.
Ronnie & Georgia
A return to tip top form for Ronnie and Georgia, and it was great to see them pushing the envelope and succeeding with their studio this week. By creating a workspace rather than a bedroom they’ve established a true point of difference for their property that will have great buyer appeal on auction day. Their choice of artworks goes a long way to generating the amazing energy you feel the moment you walk into the space and they got the styling spot on. Elements like the tea and coffee station, the tidy little en-suite, and the walk-in robe make it the perfect, functional, home office. These garages and studio have rear access so showing buyers it can have complete separation for a business, and not just only a home office is a great concept.
I also loved that they took the time and energy to fit out the garage space below. Note, they were the ONLY couple to complete and execute a full garage and even created an extra games area (I can confirm we had a cheeky game of ping pong). Their garage storage was brilliant and the games area was a well-executed, family-friendly idea. As with everyone, time pressures resulted in a few small execution issues but Ronnie and Georgia’s great result this week was well deserved. I just wish someone had invented smell-a-vision because the scent of that candle was phenomenal and I hope they had it burning during Sunday’s open for inspections!
Sticks & Wombat
Sticks and Wombat delivered a sensational studio on a grand scale this week. There were so many lovely points of luxury, from the vast, lush corner lounge suite in the living area to the under-floor heating in the ensuite (one thing that always screams luxury at me in a bathroom). The four skylights bathed the main room area in beautiful natural daylight, and will be wonderful for stargazing from the bed at night (is that a bit of ‘glamping for Wombat?’). Terrific choice of artworks above the bed, which accentuated the detailing of the timber-panelled ceiling and the beading across the joins, which gave the space a very finished feel. This ceiling was definitely the cream on top.
They rounded off their studio with a well-executed, functional ensuite that will be even better once they’ve frosted the window above the toilet! For week’s I’ve been impressed with how Sticks and Wombat absorb and process the feedback we’ve been giving them and we really had the sense that this week’s studio was a culmination of all that learning.
Josh & Elyse
Initially I had some mixed feelings about Josh and Elyse’s wall. The greens and greys and wheat shades of the colour palette help underpin the industrial-boho feel and the bedhead was a total knockout, their sophisticated look is going to appeal to so many buyers. The walk-in was elegant, the shaker profile doors doing the business for this couple once again, and the ensuite was luxurious and well-executed with the exception of the shower screen which I think is too short to keep water from going all over the bathroom floor & potentially hitting the carpet.
The studio provides undeniably luxurious guest accommodation, but I feel they’ve pigeonholed the space as just a guest room, as the position of their wall visually cuts it in half (as opposed to Jason and Sarah’s where you can see the whole space, even though they have a dividing wall) and it does reduce the flexibility for potential buyers to use the space for an alternative like a home office. As a guest room it is a great success and I can imagine this space having great appeal as a self-contained urban holiday let on Stayz. And the electric car point in the garage was a nice – and environmentally on-point – touch as well!