Watch as four of the country's best designers compete in The White Room Challenge with the chance to win $10,000. This week's challenge took creativity to a whole new level as the designers were forced to convert their white rooms into the ultimate child's fantasy using a fun, colorful and unexpected medium: candy! \"We're looking for a designer room with a playful twist and not an art installation,\" host David Bromstad strongly advised. See whose designs wowed and whose faltered in the candy challenge.
Meet the Designers
From left: Melissa Rivera, Logan Brion, Oliver Aguilar, Jennifer Baca
Guest Judge: Dina Manzo
$1,000+ on Candy?
The designers headed to mega candy store It'Sugar in Los Angeles to source their candy. David reminded them that the challenge is all about using candy, so most of their $2,000 budget should be spent here. With just 15 minutes to shop, the designers had little time to fill up their shopping bags with goodies for their rooms.
Melissa's giant robot concept came to mind while at the candy store. She immediately stocked up on necklaces to use as robot gears, large spiral lollipops for antennae and smaller wrapped pieces for the inside cogs.
No Paint, Just Candy
Jennifer decided that not using paint in her room gave her a competitive edge against the other designers. Instead, she let the candy become her color palette.
The Ultimate Boys' Space
When dreaming up his concept, Oliver gravitated toward the idea of a boy's hideaway some place only he would like to be. To start, he painted the walls a bold shade of blue.
Expanding His Wilderness Escape
Logan was determined to create an ideal wilderness escape for a little girl that lies he imagines just beyond the home. With little candy in his room at this point, Logan diligently worked to bring the wilderness aspect to his space.
Minimal Candy, Big Impact
Toward the end of the challenge, Melissa realized her room was missing one key element: the candy! With only hours left to design, she knew she needed to integrate as much candy into her robot room as possible and in a smart way.
Oliver's Finished Space: No Girls Allowed
The judges loved Oliver's polished design and his creative use of candy. Everywhere you look there's a design element re-created with goodies of some sort, from the jawbreaker chandelier to the spiral lollipops.
Oliver trimmed a white woven ottoman in red licorice candy and x'ed out the word \"girls\" to signify the ultimate boys-only space.
After a few design mishaps, Oliver quickly regained his confidence by repurposing his candy in creative ways. \"The candy on the walls the way that you've given it this linear kind of movement all the way around it shows good harmony,\" Jamie said.
Using spiral lollipops as furniture legs adds a completely new and colorful element to the bookshelf. \"I think the strategy of buying a lot of candy is really paying off,\" Oliver said.
In his room, Oliver wanted candy to rain from the ceiling. He originally started stringing together 80-100 gummy pieces onto clear wire. The look proved to be less than extraordinary for the room. Then, it clicked. Drilling and hanging large jawbreakers as a chandelier gave his room the whimsical look and feeling he had hoped for.
Jennifer's Finished Space: Candy Wonderland
Jennifer grabbed candies in a soft pastel palette to create her magical, delectable wonderland. She immediately headed to the stock room and bought paper goods to help create her childlike explosion. \"It makes me want to feel like a kid again. I want to jump on that couch and catch all that candy that bounces off it,\" Jamie said.
By mounting her furniture to the wall sideways, Jennifer claimed she was going for a topsy-turvy Dr. Seuss look. But the judges questioned her overall theme and thought that conceptually it felt too busy.
Jennifer decided to skimp on the paint to make her room stand out from the others. \"The textures that I used was kind of the paint, and I wanted all the candy to be all the jewelry,\" she said.
Melissa's Finished Space: Robot Room
The judges loved Melissa's giant kid-friendly robot, but they wished she would have integrated a bit more color around the room and used more candy (although they did like the way the candy was used). \"I want to commend you on your use of candy and how simple it is and how purposeful it is the cogs, and the gears and the rope is really, really smart,\" David said.
To create her oversized robot, Melissa used the sofa as the base, the original chairs as the legs, and the bookshelf as the midsection and head. She used painter's tape to form several zigzag patterns along both sides of the walls to create the robot's arms and painted them red and yellow, taking up a majority of her design time.
The judges loved the way Melissa creatively integrated the candy into her robot to mimic the mechanisms of a machine. She used candy necklaces as chains, or robot gears, and smaller wrapped candies and lollipops to \"run\" the gears.
Logan's Finished Space: Girl's Fantasy Room
Logan was inspired by the candy to create a wilderness escape where there's always something to look at and always something to touch. To truly create that escape, he had his carpenter construct two additional walls to add to the front of the room. The judges understood his idea, but they felt the additional walls took away from his overall design.
Missing the Floor
Logan used chocolate-covered pretzels and chocolate syrup to resemble moss and greenery as the finishing touches on his floor, which felt overlooked among the other design elements. \"I'm kind of bummed that most of the candy is on the floor, because from a designer's point of view, your eye completely misses it,\" Jamie said.
Attention to Detail
David appreciated Logan's use of layers and attention to detail when designing his space. He also thought there were a lot of great ideas, but felt too many of them were present to form one cohesive concept.