The second elimination episode of House Rules made me realise that even when teams are let loose in their own spaces – following their own rules – the end result can still leave a lot to be desired. And some of the top scorers tonight were at the top of my list for bad decor execution. Let’s take a closer look at the good, bad and ugly!
Before we start, did you notice that most of the spaces getting re-done were ones Brooke and Grant designed? No surprises there I suppose.
It was a blissful bedroom episode in almost all respects (almost), as Adam and Lisa and Carole and Russell implemented some killer ideas in their do-over boudoirs.
Adam and Lisa’s guest bedroom looked amazing with that wall covering above the bed, while Carole and Russell’s main bedroom was one of the best of the season. They too brought in an alternative bedhead design that I’m going absolutely bananas over, creating a space that felt tranquil and relaxing.
Candy and Ryan’s entryway was also stunning. I have to get my hands on that art – and taking out the broken glass was a great idea, too.
Candy and Ryan are usually pretty on-point with their designs, but the office space was underwhelming and a letdown on all counts. The room is far too small to carry those curtains and there was no wow factor at all.
Despite the judges rave reviews, I was also rather disappointed with their living room. I’m a colour lover in all respects but even I thought this room was too much. There was no visual resting place and the room felt tonally chaotic. Far too much competing hue going on here.
Maddy and Lloyd’s bedroom (while an improvement from Brooke and Grant’s hessian horror design), was also a bit ho-hum. The shelving on the wall was too small, the bedding led your eyes up to that unsightly air conditioning unit and the window treatments were a bit overbearing. Not the best room they’ve done so far, I have to admit.
Bomber and Mel were rightfully sent home. I predict Maddy and Lloyd are next.