Heading to the challenge in the fan we pulled into the park near our house... not surprising. We had a feeling it was going to be in some sort of public setting. But then they blindfolded us, and things took a different direction. If you want to really want to freak someone out, take 3 A type personalities...keep a huge secret from them, put them in the final three of a major challenge, and then blindfold them so they have NO idea whats going on. It was actually pretty hilarious, and the three of us were in a great mood kicking this challenge off.
The final 3 of us with David
The 'fantasy' yurt before... not so dreamy...
Team BROWN yurt
Joel & I discussing the design plan...
Using teal fabrics to bring color to the space & draw your eye up to the statement chandalier
On the morning of day two, we got a chance to tour all the yurts, and I was excited to see the progress of Danielle & Hilari's yurts. It was clear that all of our yurts were VERY different from one another. Giving the girls a tour of mine, I didn't want to let them know my bed was on castors and rotated in the space. Like I said in the show, "I didn't want to show all my tricks." I just didn't want them to know what I was up to in my yurt. From a competition standpoint I wanted it to be a surprise factor in my space. I mean, you can't give away all your secrets can you!?! Hilari's was heading in a really beautiful direction, and Danielle's looked to be moving in a more contemporary space. It was hard to tell at that point where we all stood in the competition.
Things were going yurt-astic in the challenge by the second day, and I felt confident in the direction my yurt was going. Ideally, I would have changed a couple things in the space. I wanted a cleaner wood look for my bed with maple or birch wood, but Joel had picked up more of an oak veneer at the store and was far more grainy than I had hoped. But sometimes you just have to work with what you've got! I had also hoped the bed would be stained in a much darker color, but with our limited time frame, we didn't have the proper time to layer the stain like we needed to for the optimal finish. In the end I still loved the yurt, and could totally envision myself trying out the whole 'outdoorsy thing' and sleeping in it on a beautiful beach somewhere. At the end of the challenge it was time for our 'MTV Cribs' style camera challenge touring our yurt spaces. I got a chance to peek into Hilari & Danielles final spaces and seeing them all finished made it even clearer how different we all are as designers. Again, I headed into evaluation not knowing where we all stood in the competition. I was confident that I designed the yurt the best that I could, and had come to terms that if it was my time to go, I would leave with my head held high.
Mid Century Beach Bungalow... yurt.
This bed spins, damn you still photography.
I love this light fixture. It spoke to me, it said, please... put me in your yurt.
The judges... Mark Steines, Vern Yip, Genevieve Gorder, David Bromstad
My photography... Vern suggested close up photos of bark insead... no, Vern, no.
Hilari's 'Flirt Yurt'
Danielle's Global Contemporary Yurt
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