Bedroom designed by Casey Noble and Tera Hampton.
I guess the reason we chose that color palette was that we tried to find a common thread throughout our outfits because all of them were so different. We all had a little bit of yellow in our outfit, except for Emily. So that’s how we came up with the yellow.
Everybody pretty much refused—they refused—to go shopping with Nina, so I was like, “I’ll go shopping with Nina, I don’t mind Nina.” Casey stayed behind and made the drapes. For the record, I hated the drapes. I said that over and over again. We really contemplated whether or not to put them in. We’d put ‘em up, take ‘em down, put ‘em up, take ‘em down. Finally, it just looked so boring without them that we felt like we needed them, even though no one was that crazy about them. Emily—I’m not real sure what she did all day. Stacey, of course, worked on the chair all day. As far as Nina butting in, once we went and bought all the accessories, I thought it went really smooth. We never got in one argument and we shopped for probably three or four hours together. That’s why I said, “I’ll work with Nina any day of the week!” We got along fine.
Do you think you could manage her if you were the team leader?
I don’t know. I felt like we were working together as a team—I didn’t feel like she was the team leader. I didn’t feel like she was strong-arming me at all. All those scenes of us in the van when we were trying to pick a design, she was definitely being the loud voice, but again, that’s just her personality, that’s who she is. I didn’t think it was right for everyone to just lay down and go, “I’m just going to sit back and whine the whole time about Nina this, and Nina that!” Just suck it up and stand up for yourself!
I didn’t think Nina should have been in the bottom two.
I was shocked that she came down there on that platform with me. When they called my name, I was totally shocked but then I thought, “Okay. Well, Stacey’s coming next to me and they’ll send Stacey home.” When they said, “Nina,” I was like, “you’ve got to be kidding me!” I was totally blown away. I couldn’t even speak. I was so upset and in shock. I’m sure I looked like I was about to throw up, because I was.
Did you think at that point that you were going home?
I thought I probably would. I knew they would keep Nina around for the drama. I think the nail in my coffin was that I argued with Vern. I told him I disagreed with him saying my room was Big Bird yellow. It was not Big Bird yellow. It was a much paler yellow. I don’t know if that upset him, that I told him I disagreed with him, but he was out to get me after I said that.
Besides the yellow wall color, were there other ways that you incorporated your outfit in the space? I noticed the sunburst mirror over the bed—that felt sort of like the zippers on your jacket.
That sunburst mirror, a perfect example there. Also in the living room, we had a rustic, edgy-looking metal coffee table and I thought that was urban-ish. When I went out shopping, I wasn’t really focused on my inspiration piece, I was focused on bringing everybody’s piece in–some rustic for Casey and some glam for Nina. I felt like bringing in the color palette alone might be enough—obviously, I was wrong. I felt like it looked urban chic anyway, so I didn’t feel like I had to really defend and go, “this piece was for my outfit, and this piece was for my outfit.”