Harry and Tash had an awkward, long narrow, space to work with and the way they put it together was so professional. They really thought through the different zones in their open plan space and made them work while taking advantage of the space’s stand-out features – the abundance of natural light, the oak tree outside, and the architectural vaulted ceiling with its skylight. (I’d have liked to have seen a chandelier up there but, equally, that could have looked terrible, so keeping things simple was smart.
I loved the functionality of the cabinetry next to the TV, with tech ready to go and wood panelling to mirror that in the kitchen. Harry and Tash are really playing to their strengths, and making the most of the 1920s house no one wanted.
George and Sarah mapped out a good footprint for their living dining area, but I just wasn’t feeling it this week. I loved the layout, their use of floor space and, the colour palette, but all their focal points were below eye level, which left me searching to find what excited me about the space.
Something as simple as a touch of colour near the fireplace would have helped to capture and retain attention, but instead the room left me with a lack of emotional connection.
Daniel and Jade’s curved rendered wall with recessed ceiling lighting created instant impact in their living and dining area, but even when you have a hero like that in a space, you can’t expect it to do ALL the work. You also need to factor in the size of your space, the colour palette, and the warmth of feeling the room creates.
That curved wall had undeniable wow factor (as did their sexy dining table) but it din’t feel connected with anything else in the living/dining area. This is a five bedroom house and its eventual occupants are going to have ‘stuff’, but the storage in this space didn’t reflect that. It takes lots of storage to carry off minimalist!
This week Luke and Jasmine gave me a sense that they had a checklist of inclusions for a living/dining space, and that they ticked off their elements without a great deal of thought. The location of their fireplace was totally non-functional with no thought to how people use a fireplace in a room. They would have been better off putting the fireplace in the zone filled by their artwork.
I loved their furniture choices, and their layering of timber elements, and the space had a light, airy feel, but somehow the space felt flat and their living/dining area lacked personality.
Jimmy and Tam have played a strong game this season, and this is the first time I’ve felt they completely dropped the ball. Their’s was undeniably a tricky space, to work with – more difficult than anyone else – but that was as a direct result of the size of their huge entertainers kitchen. They left themselves with a tiny living area, tiny couch, no dining table and a secondary sitting space near the fireplace that felt like a campsite! The lack of functionality is obvious.
Jimmy and Tam’s fireplace and cabinetry were great, but the lack of eye level detail made their living/dining feel ho-hum. I hope they can address the furniture situation to save this space.
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