Thank you lovely readers, I'm now fighting fit and Fat Freddy's jaw is fully mended. I'm always touched by your kind comments.
The Great Interior Design Challenge...
Oh how I love this show! Last night I found myself shouting at the telly like a common football supporter when Martin was announced as the winner. I loved his rooms throughout the series but that kitchen in last nights show was DIVINE.
Many congratulations to Martin.
I like to play along with the series, first of all, judging the contestants on their own homes, then the rooms they create. I question whether I would be happy with that in my home. Most of the time, I agreed with the judges. Occasionally I felt they got it sooo wrong.
In particular the episode with Kate who put a British colonial themed scheme in a medieval house. Why would you even do that? It held the worst piece of painted furniture I've ever seen. The huge pine wardrobe looked utterly patchy and shoddy. I'd have wept if someone did that to my furniture. And bizarrely, the homeowners reaction to the room wasn't shown. I wonder why?
I much preferred Leilas room which didn't win. The grey and yellow one. And that's saying something as I have a strong aversion to yellow. Ooh, I was miffed that night.
I liked Charlotte and her masculine Victorian living room and I adored Kelly, particularly the Oast house episode which she totally nailed. I really loved Jack and his unflappable easy going attitude. The bedroom he created in the 1930's flat was right up my street and despite the most demanding brief (yin yang meets art deco meets art nouveau meets Celtic if you're wondering) he pulled it out of the bag with a stunning room and a massive headboard made from old doors complete with pulley lights. To die for. Despite having 'distressed' it by throwing bricks at it until it broke.
When it was down to the final two I was on 'team Martin' all the way. The recap of his work was just stunning. Um, apart from those louvre doors.
Fiona is clearly experienced and very talented. I did like her panelled wallpaper last night, just not the dado with a picture rail. One or the other, especially if your ceilings aren't high.
I'm praying there will be a third series. I know all three of the presenters have been criticised, but I find it so much more interesting when the presenters aren't presenters, but are actually experts in their field. I have a soft spot for Dan and his manly jaw and Sophie glammed up this series with some different hairstyles and as always, gorgeous dresses. This series I learned that purple walls are fantastic and I'm fighting an urge to paint my living room dark grey. But why do the contestants and judges have to wear the same clothes for three or four days? Just to give the editor an easy time?
The format really works well and it's great to see the diverse style of homes our country has, from honey coloured stone cottages in the Cotswolds to groovy 1960's houses.
As for Martin, someone give that kid his own TV show. Perhaps Jack could be on it? I'd be watching!
You can catch up on BBC iplayer and play along.