Interior Design Masters Episode 8 ~ Upmarket Apartments
Frank (best known for making bitchy comments about Cassie) versus Cassie (best known for winding up Frank). Who will win the commercial contract of their dreams? Who will be re-designing a swanky London hotel bar? The nation held it’s breath.
Head Judge Michelle Ogundehin
This week’s challenge was to re-design two ‘upmarket apartments’ in a mill conversion in Manchester. Each apartment had two bedrooms and an open-plan kitchen/lounge to make over, and each designer was given a budget of £8,000 and the assistance of one of the previously rejected would-be designers. The advice given by Head Judge Michelle Ogundehin was to ‘remember it’s the client’s home and not your own’ (useful) and ‘immerse yourself in the space’ (not quite so useful).
Frank's blank canvas
Cassie's apartment ready for it's 'Boho Chic Neutral' makeover
Frank’s client wanted a Scandi design but with a homely feel. Frank was worried about making it ‘too trendy for her’, and with this patronising tone set about plastering one of the bedrooms with wild wallpaper. Cassie’s clients were a couple expecting their first baby who wanted ‘Boho Chic Neutral’, which Cassie interpreted as ‘terracotta walls with lots of old tat strewn around’. Her clients, who had obviously not seen the earlier Victorian Bloomers episode, said that they had complete trust in her.
Cassie's master bedroom 'before'
Frank chose Kyle to be his assistant – a job which mainly seemed to consist of chasing up the non-delivery of the living room curtains. Cassie chose Nicki, and got her onside immediately by complimenting her hair.
Cassie's kitchen plans
There was lots to do and they set about the tasks with gusto. Frank designed a covered bedhead, but declared that an integral part of this design ‘looks like a bum hole’ and had to make changes. Frank also mis-measured the amount of lino needed for the kitchen, and Kyle was still on the phone chasing the curtains. So far, so Frank.
Guest Judges Matthew Williamson...
....and Naomi Cleaver
Cassie was far more organised, having made several drawings, plans and lists and there was little jeopardy that the producers could inject – other than a surprise visit from the homeowners who were slightly perturbed by the terracotta overkill in the master bedroom.
The terracotta bedroom
With an hour to go, Frank’s curtains finally arrived – at which point he told Wayne the workman that all that was needed now was to ‘make a pelmet, put it up, paint it, and hang the curtains’. Wayne’s expression was more priceless than a Ming vase.
Frank's kitchen/lounge makeover
The paltry book storage (and can someone please explain to me why the current trend is to store your books back to front?)
Frank's spare bedroom (did we mention he loves wallpaper?)
Frank's main bedroom - the client loved it!
The judges – a threesome this time including Matthew Williamson and Naomi Cleaver – were initially impressed with all the rooms. Their main objection to Cassie’s scheme was that she hadn’t factored in any storage for the amount of baby stuff that her clients were about to gather; and although they liked Frank’s designs, they felt that he had not given his bookworm client enough storage space for his paperbacks.
The kitchen makeover - featuring an island made from what looked like old pallets (not entirely sure this will prove to be toddler-friendly)
Both designers were grilled as to their shortcomings – Cassie appearing not to have a clue about where to store pushchairs, toys, etc; and Frank admitting that he’d run out of money and so couldn’t include the bookshelves and reading area he’d originally planned.
All the rejected designers were back for the Big Reveal
I think this lack of planning sealed Frank’s fate. The judges awarded the win to Cassie, and I believe that the main reason for this was that they were confident she could produce a finished scheme, on time, and within budget. Even if Frank did think that Cassie’s bedroom was ‘horrid’.
So what do we think about Interior Design Masters? Worth another series next year? I think the jury’s still out on that one.