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Guest Post: House Rule And The Tassie House Is Revealed

Annajjj again has sent in a cracker recap. Thank you and now over to Annajjj:

Tonight we get the Tassie house reveal and find out what Jane and Plinth think of the other teams’ interpretation of Danish with an art deco twist. We also get the judge’s opinions and scores and find out who is next up for a rest while their house is renovated by the other teams. But first teams have to complete their zones.

Kel is still struggling on his own with the wallpaper and Michelle comes over to help him, by pointing out that he shouldn’t have done it when he was tired. Kel does a quick calculation and works out it will take him the best part of the next four years to finish hanging wallpaper in this room. Kel breaks again. The wallpaper is abandoned and they scrub down the wall for painting.

Jemma and Barry Jnr are also having issues in their room. The blinds won’t fit over the window so they decide to leave it bare. It’ll be fine, teenage boys aren’t bothered with all that privacy stuff.

Seamy’s bed arrives and although the carpet hasn’t been laid they decide to go ahead and assemble it and then just lift it up when the carpet layer arrives. I really wish we’d seen that bit in detail.

We get a preview ad which immediately tells us the Greek boys came neither first nor last in the scoring since their home is next up. Channel 7 programmers just cannot wrap their heads around the concept of Spoilers can they?

Back in Nina’s bedroom, McCrave-Burger pops her head in the window looking like a Sesame Street muppet. Helloooo! She doesn’t like Amy’s freestyle blackboard painting and suggests a frame might add a ‘pop’ of colour.

I’m sorely tempted to kick off Anna’s drinking game at this point; a drink for every time we hear pop, I’m broken, classic rookie mistake, wall muriel, but I’m trying to recap this accurately and drinking (more) won’t help that.

Michelle starts having a meltdown and orders everyone out which is highly impractical given they only have an hour left.  Chris snaps a piece off the marble fireplace. Now most people would go “oh hell I’m so sorry” but as usual Chris starts making excuses. It’s his brother’s fault you see for standing on it earlier and making Chris think that was okay.

Last 2 minutes and we get shots of the teams frantically cleaning and then naked Sean chest and something something I’m not sure what happens after that. Jo blows the horn. It’s all over.

Judges arrive, Gen Y hipster Joe and ice-blonde designer Wendy, to give their opinions. Living room looks good but the chairs are ugly. Dining room is great and they like the table and lights. They also like the kitchen and bench but hate the family room seating. What are you supposed to do here? asks Joe in disbelief as he sits down. Probably that Joe. Wendy points out the seating is all wrong for a family of four. Smack!

Laundry is a bit bright and Jarrah’s room looks less like a teenage retreat and more like a 35 year olds pad. Joe feels depressed in here and so will Jarrah when he realises his entire family can see in from the backyard. Toilet is unfinished. Nina’s room is nice and the bathroom gets a wow.

Continuing through the house, the study is good and bedroom is also good. In between breakdowns Kel has managed to install his ceiling mirror in the master bedroom but unfortunately for him Michelle has re-hung it on the wall. The judges like it but point out the bedside tables don’t match.

Teams arrive back at headquarters for the shortest skirt competition. Kel reckons he is more nervous than the first Judgement Day. God passing judgement on your eternal soul has nothing on this.

Michelle and Kel – 7 and 7

Chris and Nick the Greek – 7 and 8

Jemma and Barry Jnr – 5 and 4 which seems fair but ouch.

Leighton and Reese – 6 and 6 and naturally Leighton disagrees.

Seamy score 6 and 7 and they are thrilled with the slightly above average scores.

Jane and Plinth are reunited with their kids at the Danish art deco front door. Jane inserts the key in a very scruffy looking keyhole and they walk in.

Initial family reaction – they are thrilled. Nina totally brings the cute. Better stove than they had before and what IS that thing on the island bench? Oh look at that Leighton – they wanted more seating in the family room. Smack smack! The family love the framed height chart and no one seems to notice the saw mark down the middle.

Closer inspection of the rooms reveal a few flaws and Plinth knows full well who will be fixing up those in four weeks time. Jane goes a bit drama teacher on us waving her hands to indicate displeasure with white marble and cream chairs in the same space. Jarrah walks into his new room and immediately turns into a 35 year old depressed exhibitionist. He’s ok with that though.

Little Nina expresses delight with her room and Australia collectively beams.

Jane and Plinth come in to give their scores and you can tell Jane is in her element right now.

L&R – they love the kitchen, think 3 chairs is stupid. Smackity smack Leighton: Score: 7

J&B – Like the laundry, no curtains or blinds in Jarrah’ room though and an unfinished eco friendly loo. Score 6 which will give them an intense week in tents.

M&K: Love the linen (?!) and mirror and lights, not happy with unfinished wall in the study nook and no mention of the bookcases or height chart which they all loved at the reveal. Score 5 and it seems Jane is punishing Michelle for the wall muriel.

Seamy:  J&P like that their whole family can fit into the bath area at once. It’s really important to them say Plinth and TMI. Score 8 which gives them the win.

N&C – Great dining room, love the pendants and ceiling rose but the lounge room too mixy matchy which seems a bit unfair given that there were no less than four conflicting style design rules. Score: 5

The Greek boys are up next and from the spoiler preview ads, their home undergoes an even more impressive transformation. Teasers of Michelle reeling in the loo, Seamy deliberating, Jemma and Barry’s secret weapon which has Trixie and Johnno popping over to find out what that is, and several meltdowns as well as a Joe score of 10 for one team.

I’m not sure about the house reveals being on Mondays. It feels like this would work better at the end of each week rather than at the start. Regardless we are in for an interesting week.

 House Rules on Monday to Thursday nights at 7.30pm


1 Daze { 05.28.13 at 11:07 am }

Annajjj, you have such a way with words. Loved your recap.

2 Fiona { 05.28.13 at 11:30 am }

‘ Jarrah walks into his new room and immediately turns into a 35 year old depressed exhibitionist. He’s ok with that though.’ This made me laugh so hard. I am loving the recaps Annajjj!!! Keep them coming.

3 2ndhand { 05.28.13 at 11:33 am }

Great article Annajjj.

Wonder if anyone, at any stage, thought to point out to the Tassie devils that Danish and art deco are not compatable styles. In fact they are in direct contrast to each other. Danish is sleek lines, uncluttered and modern – with a lot of white used, whilst art deco is characterised by lavish ornamentation and bold, bright colours. Even if the contestants were not aware of this, surely the on-site “stylist” could have pointed this out. to someone (preferably the Tassie couple)

4 LB { 05.28.13 at 11:47 am }

Thought it was rather creepy that a family of four all wants to be in the bathroom at the same time.

The scoring had no rhyme or reason, then again neither did either of the lounge suites chosen – they were both hideous and looked like they had come straight from a nursing home.

The house was an insane improvement on the dump that was left for them to renovate & I thought the comments made by J&P were rather ungracious. I can’t imagine that anyone would let their kids live in that squalor, so to make disparaging remarks seemed a bit rude. Then again, it’s a game & I think that J&P are playing it hard.

Good to see it rated just over 1m – seems as though it is picking up momentum.

5 Veronica { 05.28.13 at 12:43 pm }

Whatever the decorator is being paid to guide contestants in their style choices it is way too much. Surely she could have got them together and suggested they at least follow a theme.
Funny how all the contestants think they have great taste and, when they got a high score from the judges and a lower one from Jane and Plinth, they couldn’t understand why they got the lower one. But when the scores were the other way round, they still couldn’t understand why they got the lower one.
I did like what Seamy did in the bathroom and think they deserved to win.

6 AJ { 05.28.13 at 12:54 pm }

Great recap.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the finished house, but it was still a HUGE improvement over what it was before. I think if J&P hadn’t been so contradictory with their “rules” then the whole house would have felt more consistent.

The biggest negatives seemed to be the sofas in the “formal” living and family rooms which looked horrendous, the oddly over-sized island benchtop in the kitchen which encroached into the family/dining room areas, the absence of two sinks in the “family” bathroom, even though there was plenty of bench space for a second sink, the odd “floating” bookshelves which would have made utilising any of the space underneath difficult and the absence of any kind of “personality” (and privacy) in the son’s bedroom.

Judging from Channel 7’s super spoiler idea of advertising, the next renovation looks like it will be the best and the most consistent throughout the entire home. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Michelle emotionally torturing her poor husband until he snaps and runs off with Jo Griggs, Reese gaining confidence and realising that she doesn’t need Leighton’s constant approval (or the engagement ring she keeps hinting at over and over and over) and Sean and Amy throwing caution to the wind and getting frisky in the middle of the renovations, despite the presence of the cameras and other contestants.

7 annajjj { 05.28.13 at 1:37 pm }

I’m looking forward to the next reno and having Jane and Plinth back with everyone. I agree that the scoring was all over the place and J&P do seem to be scoring with the game in mind.
Thanks all for your kind words.

8 Andrea { 05.28.13 at 2:08 pm }

I hated both lounge suites, they were really awful, a corner lounge would have looked better and given more seating space for the family.
It would have been good if an ensuite could have been incorporated into the main bedroom as well.
I agree the boy’s bedroom lacked personality but overall it was a great improvement on what they had which looked very basic and primitive, especially the kitchen.

9 2ndhand { 05.28.13 at 2:25 pm }

Whilst I agree that both lounges looked quite awful – and uncomfortable – they actually were both a very good representation of a Danish design sofa. Get the feeling that the tassie two did not really know much about either style they asked for.
The whole house was a 1000% improvement of what they had – find it a bit hard to cope with their criticism of the finished product.

10 LB { 05.28.13 at 2:58 pm }

I think it would be an absolute bonus to be the last house to be renovated – by then you would hope people’s skills had increased somewhat.
I’m a bit mystified by the site foreman & design adviser, they seem to put in very rare, fleeting visits.
Also, having Jo Griggs on the show only to yell at people before the finish and then critique them means that there is really no rapport between her & the contestants, which I think is a wasted opportunity.

11 kat mac { 05.28.13 at 3:36 pm }

This post is bananas! And yes, the lounges were awful for a family. I really want Reece to lose it and go ape at that jerk Leighton but I don’t think that will happen.

I love Seamy

12 mahlia { 05.28.13 at 4:43 pm }

Great recap.
The son must be really boring if he’s happy with that room. Nothing said teenage or guy about it.
The black chalk paint on the wall covered with a wall hanging was disgusting.
I thought the house looked a mess but don’t blame anyone because the suggested styles were contrasting and stupid!