There was palpable relief for them both when Scotty read out that they'd won by a point and a half. Picking up first place for their stunning living room means Dani and Dan, currently with no money left in their budget, are still very much in the game.
"We won $5000, and it couldn't have come at a better time for us," a relieved Dani explains. "All our feedback was positive, except for the dining table."
"They said it was sophisticated, but still homely and cosy, but Shaynna questioned the positioning of our table," Dan adds.
Despite Shaynna's comment that she would "end up with bruised legs for the rest of my life," everything else the judges said was overwhelmingly positive. They loved the couple's choice of colour, and the sense of comfort the space exuded.
"Immediately it hits you — it has a really nice feel to it," Neil remarked on entering.
"That colour on the wall, it masks the TV a bit. I think that works well," Shaynna added.
Despite the fact that he admitted a penchant for neutral tones, Neil was also a huge fan of the bold colour palate chosen by the couple.
"I am Mr Neutral when it comes to couches — it has to be beige or cream. But I absolutely love this colour. Surprisingly, it works in here," he explained.
Their sofa, from Melbourne homeware store Hermon and Hermon, married in perfectly with the other colours used in the room, pairing well with the stunning piece of artwork by artist Andrew O'Brien — also chosen by the boys — hanging next to their TV.
"It's a good, strong statement. Everything about the proportions seems to have worked," Neil said of their choice of art.
For Dani and Dan, the feedback was music to their ears. Earlier this week, when their cabinet maker pulled out, they wondered if they'd even finish. Thankfully Freedom Kitchens came to the rescue with a one-off favour, and things were finally — and miraculously — back on track.