Sophie and Dale have added whimsical, vintage touches throughout their home. This week, for their main bathroom, they knew they'd have to scale things back — but they still couldn't resist injecting a bit of personality into what would have otherwise been an ultra-modern room.
"We definitely tried to put a few of our rustic/vintage touches in there so it wasn't forgotten and so it still matched the rest of the house," Sophie explains.
And the judges appreciated their attention to this detail.
"When you think about it, in that first room, 80 per cent was vintage. Now, they've switched it — there’s really only 20 per cent of the vintage in here, and that's what works," Shaynna explains.
Although they ended up coming third, the judges still really liked their room.
"I really love what they've done... and I love the finishes. That little touch of wood &mdahs; it's pretty cool," says Neil.
What they didn't like was the small space. Unlike Brad and Lara and Dan and Dani — who were able to grab space from their adjacent room to make their bathroom bigger — Dale and Sophie were on the back foot from the start with their dimensions. Choosing to include a laundry didn't help matters.
"Straight away you're thinking they should have not have put the laundry in, because that's not a proper full-sized bath," Shaynna points out.
"They've downsized everything to fit everything in — but they do have a good sized laundry," John points out.
For their part, Sophie and Dale have no regrets, pointing out they think they worked well with the space they had.
"We have the smallest house, so it was always going to be more difficult," Dale says.