The Renovators – The Ivy Pool Bar Challenge
So Keenan must have got the memo to keep the glasses on, as the opening shot in the warehouse had him wearing them. Unfortunately they were the only time we sighted them all episode.
Last night The Renovators were split into the two teams to decorate the pool bar at The Ivy, which is pretty hip, hence I have never been there.
The pool bar was split in half and Team black which consisted of Peter, light blue and the khaki team had to do Roman Bathhouse theme. Team Gold consisting of the grey, green and navy blue team got to do Japanese Bathhouse.
Natalia was excited as she has lived in Japan for two years, however her team mate Christie took the lead on the challenge.
The gold team had the easier theme. It is hard to make Roman Bathhouse classy as most people have memories or lack of them of toga parties in their 20’s. However they thought they had an advantage because Peter was born in Rome.
Their problem was the huge chandelier Peter had picked up at Opera Australia to be the centre piece. There was nowhere to hang it. Also the columns the girls Suzanne and Kathy picked from Sydney Props were too light and would have been knocked over by the guests.
Which was the major issue of their design, sure it looked good, however it was impractical for a party. They had put pots and vases in the pool and you knew once pissed people were going to be around it would have been an OH&S nightmare.
Also the gold team, had managed to score a bridge to put over a section of the pool, and a gong to fit the Japanese theme. I suspect the gong would have become a major pain in the butt if party goers were able to get their hands on it. Also they had the parasols and cherry blossom it did indeed look spectacular.
However that beauty did not come without pain and there was some friction between the team members which settled down once they had a team meeting to sort out who was doing what.
There must have been some fear and loathing in the black team over the time it was taking to deal with the light issue, but we did not really get to see this tension. Jason J did look exasaperated at times.
Justin Hemmes was guest judge, and Kathy when he walked in looked like she was licking her lips. In the end he judged the Japanese Bathhouse to be the best, and he kept that as the theme of that nights party. I wondered how they managed to decorate the rest of the space in the theme in what would have been a small time frame. Also lucky for them they had the Japanese looking hostess on stand by to bang that gong.
Christie won the best performer in the team, and won a third working bee for the Marrickville shop. She looked chuffed, and even though she was a tad irritating in the episode she deserved it.
Peter, the light blue team, and the khaki team are up for elimination. The question is if Peter gets eliminated who gets the keys to the half done house?