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The battle for interior design supremacy begins! Some of the world's best interior designers will go head-to-head in the hopes of achieving home and design glory in Bravo's new competition series, Best Room Wins, premiering Wednesday, May 1 at 10/9c.

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Is anyone watching this?  I saw most of it last night.  I almost didn't recognize Genevieve.  I'm not a fan of hers, back from Trading Spaces.  She wasn't that bad though.  Maybe, her taste has improved.  

I was a little surprised at some of the choices these two contestant designers made.  The winner seemed to place way too much stuff in the room, which the judges did comment on. To me, it also had too many different textures.  Some parts I did like.  It seemed his mistakes were basic things. 

The woman designer who didn't win, failed to measure to ensure that she could get certain items into the room.  Isn't that kind of basic?  And, the foyer area she make this big deal about didn't seem to go with the main room at all.  So odd.  I did love her ceiling and walls though. 

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Yeah overall I liked the loser better-- particularly the wallpaper and the ceiling. I liked *both* of the competition rooms better than the "inspiration" house (same thing last week). Those inspiration homes are way too overdone for my taste. 

I agree that the alcove in the losing room was a big fail. A mirror in an entry way does very little as far as "opening" the room.  And are you really going to sit there and do your makeup. And she really overspent on those silly chairs. 

And frankly in the winning room I was amazed that everyone thought his added walls (for a "foyer") was a good thing. All I could think was "what a waste of floor space."

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The female competitor looks so familiar. I keep thinking she was one of the designers on “Hotel Impossible.” I may be wrong about the show, but I know she’s been on TV before.

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38 minutes ago, Pj3422 said:

The female competitor looks so familiar. I keep thinking she was one of the designers on “Hotel Impossible.” I may be wrong about the show, but I know she’s been on TV before.

I agree, it was driving me crazy the whole time. I think the designer from Hotel Impossible you are thinking of is Casey Noble who does look very similar, but the designer last night was Brittany. I'm not sure if I have really seen Brittany on something else before or if the familiarity is just because she does look a lot like Casey.

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Britany was one of the designers on Hotel Impossible, and she was also on HGTV Design Star and some other HGTV show that I can't remember the name of right now. And, if I'm not mistaken, she hosted the walk-through program of HGTV giveaway house one of the years.

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Winner had too many tchotchkes. Loser apparently had no measuring tape (mirror;  bedroom club chairs; bedframe knocking crystals off the light fixture ---all too big for the task). 

Winning couple: Home birth?! I'm with the designer in "Ew!" Also,  I know what the wife meant about the French doors' opening inward to cut off usable interior space,  as I just had the exact same conversation with a deck builder. But in my case,  the openings will be part of a deck railing. In a house, however, French doors always open inward. 

Losing couple: Husband "gallantly" says "Ladies first," as they head upstairs. Clever man.  😉

Room entryways:

Winning designer made a dark faux-foyer to suggest a hotel room. Why? So the couple can play "Guest and Escort"?

Losing designer cuts a huge mirror (Oops! Can't go up the stairs!) to reflect a make-up table that the couple must walk past? Pssst: No married woman is going to put her face on anywhere but in a bathroom....with the door closed!

The amateur errors made by Brittany demanded that she lose the competition.

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Just finished the show and I sure didn't pick the winner. Even though I liked the wall paper, I think having it on one wall would have been plenty! It over-powered the room with it on all the walls and I didn't care for the fireplace surround...too blue even if it matched! Also, the judges were loving the pukey yellow chair and I thought it stuck out like a sore thumb. So all in all, I guess I should never hire an interior decorator(not that I could afford one anyway!). If someone gave me $30,000 to decorate I could redo all of my rooms and be happy...

The man's room was much more to my taste but I could see why they seemed to think the fireplace wall was sorta' a "black hole"...of course, if the tv was on, there would be color!! At least he didn't banish it to another room. I did like that he spent everything he could so the family got the full money's worth. As for the paint job, it looked as though there was work to be done on the trim work that would be time consuming even if you were proficient with painting. Plus I liked the designer's personality.

Not sure I am sold on this show since I am not big into this kind of design. I want "pretty" and comfortable not magazine showroom look.

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5 hours ago, suebee12 said:

Not sure I am sold on this show since I am not big into this kind of design. I want "pretty" and comfortable not magazine showroom look.

I absolutely despise the "decorator look" of random vases, or balls, of random shiny or textured material that "matches" the vibe of the room. If I didn't buy it on an overseas trip, or it wasn't given to me by a loved one, it doesn't deserve a place of honor on my coffee table or bookshelf. 

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I thought it was odd that her way of “bringing the family into the space,” was to take random pictures of their neighborhood and not use you know their actual photos!

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First episode with the green ceiling...yikes.  What struck me about that winning design was that they have this crazy, out there family room space but when they panned out and you could see the foyer area it looked like a total mismatch.  The losing design worked with the rest of the space on that floor and fit the house better IMO.

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On 5/16/2019 at 12:17 AM, suebee12 said:

Just finished the show and I sure didn't pick the winner. Even though I liked the wall paper, I think having it on one wall would have been plenty! It over-powered the room with it on all the walls and I didn't care for the fireplace surround...too blue even if it matched! Also, the judges were loving the pukey yellow chair and I thought it stuck out like a sore thumb.

I agree that the winning room was "too too" for me, but I also think that she hit the judging criteria better. The guy's room was a bit dull and that rubber tree screamed 1970s to me (and I was amazed they didn't mention that!)

Last week was "contemporary" and I have a hard time seeing many differences between contemporary and modern-- even in the words that Genevieve used to describe them!

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On 5/16/2019 at 6:02 AM, dleighg said:

If I didn't buy it on an overseas trip, or it wasn't given to me by a loved one, it doesn't deserve a place of honor on my coffee table or bookshelf. 

Are you my sister from another mister?  I've said that same thing to my children several times. They tend to lean towards hoarding... 

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Did anyone else think that the winning designer was stealth auditioning for his own design show with his crafty projects like the spray painted curtains, the gussied up Ikea cabinets, and the gallery wall tips? All of the shows have had some level of home owner involvement/project, but never to this level. I do agree with Jonathan Adler that the gallery wall didn't really work.

My biggest issues with most of these designers is that they over accessorize, they rarely use anything personal to the homeowners, and they grossly overspend on lighting. So I did like that both of these designers used a lot of the existing items. As for the lighting, everyone loves those Jonathan Adler chandeliers, but there are a ton of similar fixtures for a third of the price. If it's some shit like his dora maar pottery where you can't find anything similar, pay the money. But a lot if his chandeliers have pretty good knockoffs for a lot lower prices.

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I wanted Marie Kondo to come in and burn the inspiration house to the ground. 

I was at Chez Panisse the downstairs restaurant the same searing as Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan were having their prewedding dinner and Alice Waters was there to oversee everything and sent out a lot of dishes not on the planned menu which went to every table as did the champagne toast so I have pleasant feelings about Jonathan. 

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23 minutes ago, biakbiak said:

I wanted Marie Kondo to come in and burn the inspiration house to the ground. 

No kidding! That wasn't "transitional." That was "full of random SH*&!"

To me transitional means that it is not instantly identifiable as one period or another. It's comfortable and pleasing and personal.

And that couch in the inspiration house was hideous.

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"Swedish Home Store Piece." (The put-together cabinets) LOL. What on earth could that be?

My favorite "thing" was the colorful collection of pottery that the home owners already had. 

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I  loved the room that Alex did. I thought too many pictures on the gallery wall but that can easily be changed and perhaps the home owners liked it because he used what they already had. I had a stab of nostalgia when I first saw Alex's room....we had the exact secretary while I was growing up(and I think my brother still has it!). I actually liked the piece of furniture that the couple dumpster-dived for...but didn't see it back in the room. I hope they used it in another room. I know exactly how the woman felt about her fans, but she made the wise choice of being happy with the room and getting some floor fans for air circulation.

The other room was far too bright and distracting for me, especially the deer head with the bizarre antlers! I am not a yellow person so I don't think I could live with the yellow couch and chairs. I did like the archway bookshelves. Quite nice and it nicely displayed their pottery collection.

11 hours ago, dleighg said:

"Swedish Home Store Piece." (The put-together cabinets) LOL. What on earth could that be?

Hmmmm, could it be Ikea? Just guessing! LOL!!

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I love decorating shows but I hate how pretentious some of these designers are. The guy in the blue tie was actually sneering over the before room which had children’s toys in it.

I like rooms which are personal and contain things meaningful to me. Random objects which are color matched are just clutter imo. Still happy to see some decorating on TV.

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I have many quibbles with these design shows, but I can live with them.  However, if you are going to educate viewers by putting information in a box on the screen, it should be true.

Fiestaware was made by Homer Laughlin, not Bauer Pottery.  Even I know that.

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I hated the wall paper! I can’t decide if it looks like contact paper or what.  The idea of bringing it into dining room would be awful for me. ( don’t like wall,paper) the fun house mirror looked childish. I agree with designer  that the framed photos on top of that wall paper.= not good. 

The guyscroom was more palatable. 

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Tonight's inspiration room was too cluttered with too many colors/patterns. I don't know how that's supposed to inspire anyone.

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5 hours ago, kirklandia said:

Fiestaware was made by Homer Laughlin, not Bauer Pottery.  Even I know that.

I don't think they ever said the word "Fiestaware," did they? And Bauer Pottery does look similar (I looked it up because I use Fiestaware for our everyday dinnerware).

https://www.google.com/search?q=bauer+pottery&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjL0bDd57PiAhURm1kKHWHJCKcQsAR6BAgHEAE&biw=1370&bih=697

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There was text on screen that said Fiestaware. 

I really want to like this show, but it's so boring and like someone said above, the designers are SO pretentious. Also agree that the best thing was the pottery the one couple already had. and the stupid deer head was stupid.  usually i'm in favor of them bending to the desires of the client, but that was hideous, and I'm surprised his husband tolerated it.  But hubby seemed quieter, so maybe he just didn't want to talk about it on camera.

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11 hours ago, dleighg said:

I don't think they ever said the word "Fiestaware," did they? And Bauer Pottery does look similar.

It definitely said Fiesta, I rewound to check.  There are definitely similarities in appearance, but facts are facts.  Bauer pottery is not Homer Laughlin.  They should do their homework.

And, in case anyone wants to know more:

https://www.drivingfordeco.com/fiestaware-turns-80/

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