Tania and Rodney's experience in finishes showed immediately with their very good execution. But would the judges see it their way?
The couple set out to create a sumptuous bedroom retreat. The queen-size bed and pillows instantly let the visitor know they're stepping into comfort. Environmentally-friendly warmth was provided by the ethanol burner, which gave the room a fantastic ambience.
Tania was especially proud of the entertainment unit hidden inside the wardrobe: "You can't go without a plasma TV and here it is, above the built-in robes."
She was just as enthusiastic about the storage drawers built into the base of the bed.
Adjustable pendant-lights function as both, reading lamps and room lights — a clever choice.
Rod and Tania seemed to be masters of fitting a tremendous amount into a tiny space. A lounge and Ottoman complimented the bed and the dark window frames perfectly. They hope to achieve the final word in parents' retreat comfort.
Neale instantly thought the room was cosy but overdesigned: "When I entered, the first thing I wanted to do was take six things out."
The choice of carpet was always going to be contentious. John said: "It's polarising and from a seller's perspective that's a big no-no."
A plus for the couple was the their bold choice of a dark stain for the interior window frames. Both judges commented that the couple's design style looked a bit Kath & Kim.
John: "While it's not my taste I understand that some people will be drawn to it." But Neale saw the positives as well: "I like the pendant lamps and the hidden television is a very nice touch."
In summation, both judges agreed Tania and Rod should heed the axiom "Less is more."
Will Rod and Tania take note and pare back their divisive designs in future rooms?