Sharon Osbourne, Curtis Stone, Maria Kanellis
LIVING/DINING ROOM: TENACITY
What they were going for: Balinese-style Zen Sanctuary
What they ended up with: A case of the bad brown blahs. Not only are these browns too far off the 80s Southwestern scale, there’s just too much brown. It’s everywhere! I’m desperate for a break from it, and I’m claustrophobic just looking at how much furniture is crammed into the space. Although Bret Michaels’ black and white photography of New York City looks great, the fact that it’s unframed and backed with foam core puts the “corporate” in “corporate apartment.”
How they could’ve saved it: Smaller-scale sofa, eliminate the upholstered chair and use dining chairs for overflow seating. Two dining chairs instead of three. A less bulky coffee table. Some green or blue–something to provide a little relief from the weight of all that brown.
HOLLY: I think these warm earth tones make you feel like a giant hug when you walk in.
ROOM FU: Less like a giant hug and more like an assault.
JONATHAN ADLER: I guess they were trying to create a serene environment, but it felt more cheap than Zen.
LIVING/DINING ROOM: ROCK SOLID
What they were going for: Modern and Clean.
What they ended up with: Success!
What they did right: A minimal layout that delivers loads of seating but doesn’t crowd the space–you can literally walk in and fall into that cloud of a sectional. Keeping the windows free of bulky panels makes Rock Solid’s space feel more open and airy than Tenacity’s living room. Art in the appropriate scale and proportion to the wall–and, ummm, framed–gives Rock Solid’s living room a more finished look. The flower arrangement near the window looks luxe and the wine and treats on the coffee table invite you to relax. Although the color palette is monochromatic, the high levels of contrast keep it from getting boring. (A bistro table and two chairs appear out of the picture frame to the right and provides a dining area.)
What I would’ve changed: I don’t love the ultra-contemporary candlesticks opposite the sectional. They’re too cold and clichè. It would’ve been nice to also have some color or fun in the artwork.
MASTER BEDROOM: TENACITY
What they were going for: Seafoam Green Sanctuary
What they ended up with: Another crowded space, choc-a-block with furniture. Scale and proportion are out of whack–the rug’s too small and the Euro pillow looks like it’s gonna eat the accent pillows. And seafoam green? Blech.
How they could’ve saved it: There’s too much wood in the space–a mammoth bookcase and a desk in the corner, the TV cabinet, and the bench at the foot of the bed. Eliminating the superfluous stuff in the corner (the dining table in the other room could double as a workspace) would free up room for a comfy chair in the corner that would’ve softened the space.
HOLLY: My mom has (seafoam green) all over her house and I love it! We decided to keep it very minimal—make the color of the walls a star.
ROOM FU: If the color of the walls is the star, it’s a has-been celeb ripe for casting on The Surreal Life.
HOLLY: Jonathan is tremendously talented and he’s a tough critic, but I felt that Jonathan would definitely get the color concept.
JONATHAN: I think on a color level where they really fell down, was that seafoam in the bedroom. That was like, “wha-what?” I don’t know where they came up with that.