View a New WaySince everyone on this episode is on a completely level playing field, the challenge becomes demonstrating how much "outside-the-box" thinking you can do with limited time, budget and resources. Beautiful and well-designed artifacts can exist anywhere, and it is up to the remaining eight contestants to showcase their creative talents and personal style by re-imagining nontraditional home decor items in inventive and new ways.
This room showcases some inventive applications such as the employment of jack stands for coffee-table legs and a large air filter as a lampshade. The tall work light employed is both bold and graphic, and can make a sophisticated design statement in the right setting.
Be SelectiveThe problem with this room primarily falls into the three arenas of space planning, editing and color use — areas where we have seen Donna falter before. The angled sofa works against the provided space, creating additional visual clutter by forcing the remaining items into a smaller area while rendering the area behind the sofa useless. The wall design of alternating blue and silver squares also detracts from the bold simplicity of what automotive parts can be.
Finally, the overabundance of decorative items floating around the room adds to the existing chaos, creating total visual overload. Removing a few items, picking one color for the walls or a less-busy pattern, and creating more visual space through the sofa and coffee table placement would have led to a more successful scheme. Temple/Automotive-Supply Store
Bold, simple, elegant and inventive are all words to describe this room. In this challenge, Temple shows us great design is something someone without any formal training is capable of if you are passionate about it and have natural talent. Adding shiny metal plates to the front of the sofa arms creates visual weight and lends detail to an otherwise plain piece of upholstery.
Turn the Everyday Into ArtBy vertically stacking license-plate holders on the wall, she creates great automotive art. Repetition is a good trick for transforming a series of small items into a big design statement. Throughout the project, Temple demonstrates restraint and picks a warm neutral as her primary color envelope, but then graphically emphasizes areas of focus with red paint insets.
Do Not Use as IntendedThis room takes beauty supplies and utilizes them in the most literal way possible. Although Vanessa's big idea of taking a color scheme of red and white creates an interesting starting point to launch a potentially dynamic design, the products were never employed in an innovative fashion. Gluing boa feathers onto the edge of a lampshade is an example of re-imagining an item use — but the process seems to have stopped there.
Keep It SimpleEverything else utilized in this room makes it look like a small, understocked, poorly finished beauty supply store. Some things Vanessa could have done to transform her items could have included leaving the mannequin wig head bare and painting it a solid white to emphasize its sculptural qualities, doing some graphic and abstract art on the walls utilizing different lipstick shades or eye shadows, and making an interesting sculpture with a variety of hair and makeup brushes. The challenge is to transform the use of these items, and this room fails to do that in a major way.
Proper Application is KeyIn many ways we see some of Teran's existing execution issues creep to the forefront of this challenge. Although the primary emphasis of this exercise would be to showcase your creative abilities, great execution is needed to effectively communicate those ideas. In Teran's case, poor execution once again hampers some interesting ideas. The application of makeup to the walls to create texture and pattern is a good concept that falters here because the base paint color choice was already so saturated.
Black eyeliner applied to the edges of the sofa is a wonderful way to add sophisticated visual detailing reminiscent of piping, but the rough and jagged application makes it difficult to appreciate. Stretching pantyhose over a lampshade also makes for an abstract and interesting statement.
Think Each Choice ThroughDraping necklaces over the edge of a bookcase (with price tags still on) is literal, confusing and uninteresting. Overall, many of Teran's concepts are solid, but as in almost anything, execution is crucial to communicate the idea effectively.
e-Think and Re-UseSelecting a great color statement for paint is one of the best ways to make a limited budget travel a long way, and this room is the perfect example of that. Utilizing an acid green that gives the walls a fresh edge, Alice sets a dramatic backdrop for the injection of cobalt blue camping bowls and dishes that pop with interest. Furthermore, deconstructing her bookcase to create wall-hung display boxes for decorative items and books smartly opened up her visual space and showed she could innovatively utilize materials. Silver in the teapot gleams brightly, drawing your eye to key points of interest while still staying neutral so the acid green/cobalt scheme wasn't too much.
Focus on the Big PictureThe one issue with this room was how tight and compact all the items were in the space. Although thoughtful on a detailed level, it would have been nice to see Alice's talent and ideas spread out over the other two walls. Interesting pillows made out of sleeping bag and tent material add further texture and creative edge to the space.
Spend Time and Money WiselyPoor execution of ideas and a lack of color on adjoining walls create a sense that this room is incomplete. Although the overall idea of the back wall is an interesting one that employs colored tape to create an abstract "striping" effect, a simple gallon of paint to address the other two walls would have taken this design several notches up. Perhaps a warm orange undercoat or something as understated as a neutral backdrop would have given a greater sense of completion and finish.
Plan for Proper InstallationAdditionally, termination with the tape effect and the installation of the flooring appear haphazard. Even the most expensive materials can look cheap when installed imperfectly, so when you're already working with cheaper "outside-the-box" items, it's incumbent the best installation techniques are employed. The one item that was well conceived and made was the light column created from the back of the bookcase. The rest of the room could have used a little more of that effort and a lot more paint.
Take It All Into AccountAs Cynthia states, this room is genius! David manages to accomplish in every area here — addressing the walls as an envelope, employing items in innovative ways and creating a room that is balanced, well executed, warm and interesting. Most of all, David stays true to his style and demonstrates he can do that even under the most unusual of circumstances.
Don't Forget the FloorAmong my favorite items are the sculptures made out of fish bowls and the floor covering made out of cedar chips and lizard-tank ground covering. This is a complete room and, in my opinion, heads above any other work we have seen to date.
Re-Purpose With a ReasonBy this point we all can see Tym's talent for deconstructing existing items for repurposing. It's used well in this room as animal dens are paired with furniture parts to create an innovative coffee table, a well-executed demi-lune console and some less successful wall decor. Cage parts on the wall end up looking like prison bars, and a leash hung from the ceiling references a noose for a small animal rather than "art," but Tym always tackles the big projects and usually gets them done well.
Add Color CarefullyArtistically cut dog-food bags add needed color and interest to the plain white walls, but some paint would have gone a long way toward warming things up a bit. Unconventional space planning works here with off-center placement that manages to be both balanced and interesting. It's great to have the talent to see "outside the box" with how unconventional items could be employed, but restraint and some editing would have helped this room tremendously.