Karina and Brian’s ‘old lady’ in remote Geraldton was transformed by the teams who were left with the somewhat challenging house rules of: ‘style our house desert coastal’, ‘bring the outside in with texture and tone’ and ‘make our kids’ bedrooms #TotesEpic’!
So what did team WA and judges Wendy Moore and Joe Snell think?
Bronik and Corrine – 27/30
Victoria’s Bronik and Corrine finished on top for the first time on 27 points. They received the highest score from the judges this series – a perfect 20/20. Wendy said their bathroom was the best she’d seen in the competition: “The pebble feature wall was a huge risk but boy did it win me over.” The couple also made over the bedroom belonging to Brian’s teenage son Daniel. “Commissioning a street artist to do a mural was an incredibly brave thing to do,” said Wendy. “The art itself was perfect for the room.”
Cassie and Matt — 26/30
Tasmania’s Cassie and Matt finished in second place, with their master bedroom, ensuite and hallway receiving the highest score from the homeowners, of nine points. ”The master bedroom is exactly what we wanted in our house,” said Karina. “It’s got the right textures, furnishings, colours and we can see so such love in the room.” Brian added: “I’ve got a loo with a view if I leave the louvres open. It was awesome.”
Ben and Danielle — 21/30
Queensland’s Ben and Danielle came third on 21 points. Their zone consisted of the dining room and the bedroom of Brian and Karina’s six-year-old daughter, Lara. Wendy congratulated the newlyweds on steering clear of the tired old pink stereotype: “The colour scheme was beautiful. She will remember this bedroom forever.” However, their dining room brought their score down. “The table was the right choice in style and tone but it should have been longer to fit the space,” said Joe. The homeowners were also critical of the terracotta paint. “Unfortunately I wasn’t really taken with the colour,” said Karina.
Ryan and Marlee — 20/30
South Australia and NSW tied for fourth place on 20 points. SA’s Ryan and Marlee hit the mark with their laundry and living room. “My most favourite item in the whole house is the coffee table,” said Karina. “The stacked stone was a great choice and complemented the fireplace beautifully.” However, their pantry was the weakest part of their zone. “The pantry doors were flimsy and verging on tragic,” said Joe.
Steve and Tiana – 21/30
The NSW zone consisted of the kitchen and teenager Bailey’s bedroom. While everyone loved the copper splashback, the cheap plastic trim and the light blue walls were criticised. “The light blue against copper created a very uncomfortable clash,” said Joe. However, the colour palette of Bailey’s bedroom was much more successful, though the wooden bedhead and “hacked-in” desk let the room down. “I was really impressed with your colour palette and the bedhead was a great look, but it would have looked better had it been wider,” said Wendy.
With all six interior renovations now completed, the teams have been ranked in order with Tasmania in first place, followed by Victoria, Queensland, SA, NSW and lastly WA. While Karina and Brian were expecting to go home, surprisingly, they were thrown a life-line, with no teams being sent packing.
Rather, all couples will now return to their renovated homes for a make or break power transformation. With a limited budget and just 24 hours, they must choose one zone within their home to change. The six reveals and the first elimination will air this Tuesday. Who will be the first to go?