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The House Rules Elimination 2 Recap.

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.

House Rules Elmination 2 - Bedroom House Rules Elimination 2 - Carole and Russell House Rules Elimination 2 - Candy and Ryan

The Good

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.

House Rules Elinimation 2 - Study House Rules Elimination 2 - Cany and Ryan Living Room House Rules Elimination 2 - Maddy and Lloyd
The Bad

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.



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Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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6 Responses

  1. Get new Judges I say! You really don’t know how they’ll react, it’s more hit and miss than the contestants … they loved Candy and Ryans lounge but it just made my eyes hurt.

  2. I totally agree with you Chris Candy and Ryan loungeroom was way too busy ..totally in love with Russell and Carols bedroom I want that bedhead so badly what a beautiful room..I was also disappointed in Maddie and lloyd I really thought the picture in their bedroom was the wrong choice !!!!

    1. Agree with you on the picture Cathy! And I am so in love with Russell and Carole’s bedroom. It’s an oasis!

  3. I can’t believe how much Lisa & Adam’s laundry got deadpanned and called “underwhelming” – the hall way was nothing to write home about but I thought they deserved a higher score for the bedroom & laundry.

    Agree about Maddi & Lloyd’s master bedroom – it looked better than the abomination that Brooke & Grant gave them but the guest bedroom that Lisa & Adam did is still far nicer.

    1. I agree with you – I really liked Adam and Lisa’s room! I would be a very happy guest in that space!

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