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House Rules 2017: Aaron and Daniella’s Whole Home Reveal

House Rules 2017 should have come with the tagline: be careful what you wish for.

This week Aaron and Daniella requested the teams give them a Bahamas-style home. And good Lord did they produce the most ramped-up, over the top, cliched version of tropical design (this is a much better version of tropical style if you ask me).

If there was a room that wasn’t packed with indoor plants or clad in a vibrant leaf moteef wallpaper, I didn’t see it.

Oh wait, I did; The masted bedroom delivered by Troy and Bec didn’t tap into the house rules at all, nor did the kids bedrooms. Let’s take a look at the best and worst rooms from this week’s reveal, because I don’t fully agree with the judges remarks.

house rules 2017 aaron and daniellas hallway

The Kitchen and Dining was Gorgeous

I’m quite baffled that the judges weren’t keen on the kitchen from Kate and Harry. LLB described it as dull, which was odd. I understand their comments about the spacial planning but I don’t think it’s a deal breaker.

The feature wall was the obvious focal point of the room. The other elements had to play second fiddle to that wall, which makes perfect sense. What did he want in this space? If they tried to cram in too much colour or pattern it would have been too overwhelming.

I thought the furniture and styling choices from Andrew and Jono in the dining room were awesome. I think it connected all the rooms around it perfectly and should have been better received.

The Living Room missed the Mark

The gorgeous wood panelling was as far as I can go in terms of complimenting the living room. Sorry Sean and Ella. I thought this space was too literal in some parts (like the rattan sofa) and then failed completely in other parts (there’s nothing Bahamas about a green velvet couch).

The sofas also clashed completely, and the scale between the two was off. The rug was also far too small, which left the furniture floating on the floorboards.

house rules 2017 aaron and daniellas living room

I’m surprised Sean and Ella came out on top this week, considering their spaces were quite cliched.

house rules 2017 aaron and daniellas kids playroom

house rules 2017 aaron and daniellas dining room

house rules 2017 aaron and daniellas kitchen

house rules 2017 aaron and daniellas kitchen white marble benchtop

house rules 2017 aaron and daniellas master bedroom

house rules 2017 aaron and daniellas kids bedroom

house rules 2017 aaron and daniellas baby nursery

house rules 2017 aaron and daniellas ensuite

That Nursery was a Shocker

If I was baby Brooklyn I would be crying me eyes out in that nursery. It was so stark and sterile. Nothing about it felt calm and soothing and enveloping for a little one.

I actually think nurseries are pretty easy to nail if you have no idea what you’re doing. A simple Google search of ‘chic baby nursery’ will flood your senses with some really easy ideas (or this post would have showed you how it’s done!). I’m not sure how Fiona and Nicole put this room together and thought it would get a good score.

Jackson’s room (by Troy and Bec) was also pretty heinous. It was just a whole lot of random furniture and decor thrown together. Kids rooms are such an opportunity to explore, go wild, and still make it stylish. And they did none of that here.

What did you think about this week of House Rules 2017? Sound off in the comments below and let me know which room was your fave!


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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5 Responses

  1. I’m amazed that anyone would put wallpaper in a home with small children.Wait till they try drawing on the walls.

  2. Beautiful and it looks like everything is perfectly designed. The tropical wallpaper is just amazing! Overall, it brings a homey atmosphere that’s very ideal for families.

  3. As usual great commentating ! I liked the living room , kitchen and family as the best rooms , oh and the tiny spec pantry which the twins did . There were faults in these rooms as you mentioned but let’s be honest at least they styled , or tried or you know styled. I’m sorry but Bec , Troy , Fiona and Nicole still don’t style . The bathroom yeah were pretty good but come on!! The nursery and kids room is just new furniture . The master bedroom …. ugh. And the star wall art choice. Leave that idea for the christening guests .
    And is it just me who hates the choice of window furnishings Bec and Troy use nearly every week?? They are crinkled tab curtains from spotlight?!!!

  4. Hello. Good write-up thank you. Mixed thoughts on this reveal…. my only wow factor was in the improvement of Troy and Bec for the entry and master bedroom, and Fi & Nic for the ensuite. It showed simplicity, and an elegance that I don’t relate to either of those two couples and I think they did well. I like bland with pops of colour but i truly hate the big green leafy wallpaper, having removed rooms of similar wallpaper from my ’80s kit home. There were 3 ‘what were they thinking’ spaces being the gym, baby’s room & Tas couples hallway. Too busy with the wood slat wall (nice) & that damn wallpaper. Dont think a white swing chair is good with young children around. Re the gym it is highly possible the sad little study in the twins house will be the only bonus room winner . I think that concept needs to go.

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