Episode 6 Your Home In Their Hands


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Brave homeowners hand over their front door keys to amateur designers hoping that they will solve their design dilemmas. Interior designer Celia Sawyer assesses the results.


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Would you hand over your front door keys to complete strangers...

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I can't believe what we've done.

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Coo-ee!

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..in exchange for a massive makeover?

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Red sky at night.

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I'm not sure I would.

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Different people have different tastes.

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I'm Celia Sawyer and I've been interior designer for a decade.

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In this series, I'll be introducing families

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at the end of their decorating tether...

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We just can't move forward. Everybody's ideas are so different.

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..to interior designers who are desperate to help.

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Yes!

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The plug for the light.

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But these designers are not professionals.

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Let's just hope they like space films, eh?

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In fact, they're complete amateurs.

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They've wrecked that room.

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That is different.

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What have we done?

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They may have passion.

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I know about composition, dude.

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They might even have vision.

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I'd like to create a temple of hope.

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Lovely colours, lovely colours, lovely colours.

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But I'm giving them just five days to do the job.

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You beauty.

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My question is, will it be tears of joy...

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-Wow.

-Wow, look at this.

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Couldn't have wished for anything better.

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..or just plain tears.

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I'm regretting it.

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He's going to hate it.

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Interior design is a difficult industry to crack.

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I launched my career through word of mouth after I restyled my own home.

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But the next step is a tricky one.

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You need to have the skills and vision people will pay money for.

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The biggest mistake interior designers can make

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is to actually just design a room that looks like their own home.

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You're working for a client and even though you have a style,

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you have to adapt it to your client's needs and taste.

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In this series,

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I'm introducing budding interior designers to my world.

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It's time for me to go international. Aim high!

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Each amateur has been chosen because their own homes

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reveal they have a unique creative vision.

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I finished designing my house,

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now I can't wait to get my hands on someone else's.

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Now I'm giving them the chance to show they can cut it

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by match-making them with families so stuck,

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they're prepared to take the chance on amateurs.

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It's a huge risk for everyone, because the novice designers

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won't meet the clients until the work is complete.

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This week, I'm heading to Staffordshire to meet two couples

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so embarrassed by their homes, they never invite guests round.

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My first stop is Tamworth.

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# I'm on fire... #

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Meet the Daleys.

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Fireman Steve, his wife, Zoe,

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and their 15-year-old daughter, Jess.

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It's fair to say they're not in love with their home.

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Living here, I would say, is dire,

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just because of the state of the house.

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It's just quite depressing, to be honest.

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We don't really involve anybody else in our lives.

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We kind of isolate ourselves quite a lot,

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because it's a horrible environment to live in.

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If I am in the house, I'm mostly in my room.

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I think I go downstairs to have dinner and that's about it.

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Normally, when everybody in a house is depressed by its state,

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something is done about it, but not in this one.

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It's been going on since they moved in 20 years ago.

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Every time we go shopping for things,

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I'll see something I like, she'll hate it.

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She'll see something she likes, I hate it.

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I've never seen such extreme stagnation

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caused by a difference in taste.

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Just a plain white would do me

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or something like that, you know, on the walls.

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Just very clean and not busy.

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I would choose cosy, warm, functional kind of cottagey style.

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Unfortunately it seems daughter Jess is the one caught

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in this taste-off crossfire.

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It's quite depressing to be in an environment like this.

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I feel sorry for Jessica really.

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She wants to spend a lot of time with her friends.

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They have a lot of sleepovers

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and Jess doesn't want people to come here.

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She's embarrassed by the house.

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I don't like bringing friends round

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because I feel like they'll judge us.

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I just don't want them to think different of us

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because of the house.

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Hello, babe.

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Jess' distress with the situation has now moved Steve and Zoe

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to try something drastic...

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putting their home in the hands of amateurs.

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It's incredibly risky, but when you're living in something like this,

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you've got to take a risk.

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The risk involved is that we won't be able to change it afterwards.

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So whatever they do, we're going to have to live with.

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I mean, if you look at it from the perspective,

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if you do really hate it, I'll probably love it.

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SHE LAUGHS

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That's true.

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'Sounds like this family are perfect candidates

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'for my extreme form of design intervention.

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'And as they won't meet the designers until the end of the process,

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'I'd better get in there and find out exactly what's needed.'

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-Hello!

-Hi, Zoe.

-Come on in.

-Thank you.

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-Hello, Steve.

-Hi, Celia.

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-Nice to meet you.

-You, too.

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It's just like you've just moved in.

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Do you not use this room very much?

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This is where we spend most of our time.

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-It's...

-Which is quite sad really.

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Crikey. OK, talk me through it, then. Come on, Zoe.

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If it was up to me, I'd have flagstone paving

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and, you know, exposed beams and things like that. But obviously...

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Oh, OK. So natural textures brought in.

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Absolutely. For me, definitely.

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Whereas Steve's quite happy to have a lazy boy-ish...white walls.

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Nice, flat, white wall, that would do for me.

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I think you'd better show me the rest of the house.

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Oh, OK.

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This is our bedroom.

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-The floor definitely hasn't been finished, has it?

-No.

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What's the story behind that?

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I asked him to put a floor in but he wants sea grass carpet

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and I wanted flooring, so we have nothing.

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It's going to remain like this until we can agree upon

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what we do with it...

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which could be a long time.

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I am, for once, lost for words.

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Tell me about the wallpaper.

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I decorated the room about five or six years ago.

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I'd been asking Steve for ages to do it and he was like,

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"Yeah, yeah, whenever."

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And then he went away for a couple of days

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so I decided to take matters into my own hands.

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I did wonder what the hell had happened when I got back.

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Did you think she'd gone through the whole plasterboard

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and gone through to bare brick?

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So are all the rooms like this in the house?

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Cos I'm starting to think they are.

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Not quite all.

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They are. Well, are they not?

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Which ones are nice?

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Jess' is not too bad.

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Lead the way, come on.

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I'm dreading this.

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Jess' bedroom is not very feminine, is it?

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-No, she can't even get into her own wardrobe. So...

-No, I can see that.

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She has to move the bed to get into the wardrobe.

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-Oh, my goodness. Where does she move the bed to?

-Just over there.

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-What, to get dressed?

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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I've definitely seen enough now. Come on, let's get on with it.

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'The amateur designers can't start soon enough for me.

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'This home needs some attention, and fast.'

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Feeling good?

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Quite nervous.

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You know, it's a big thing, leaving your house to somebody else.

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-Hand over your keys. Your car awaits.

-Thank you.

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-And off you go.

-Bye.

-Bye-bye.

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It's not just about Zoe and Steve, this is about Jessica as well.

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The whole family are affected by the fact that they cannot agree

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and cannot get this place finished.

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The Daleys now have two nail-biting days before they return

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to give feedback on the first two rooms.

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Well, I wonder what that's going to look like when we get back.

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I just hope it's finished.

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Can't be any worse, can it?

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Oh, I don't know. Can it?

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In total, three rooms will be transformed

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in the Daley's run down home.

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I guess they should probably see who I'm sending in.

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OK, let's have a look.

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The first to arrive is a bright light from London's theatre world,

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32-year-old prop-maker and set designer, Anna.

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Hello, my name's Anna Bruder.

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My design style is very humorous and funny

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and it's like walking into a Paddington Bear illustrative world.

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My favourite design tool is my giant black marker

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with a three-centimetre nib.

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So if you need a window, draw one.

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If you haven't got a toaster, draw one with some toast.

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Zoe, Steve and Jess, you're definitely not going to get a bland,

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boring, unimaginative world from me.

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I've designed sets, pop-up shops and lots more, but never an interior,

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so you're going to be my first.

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Now, that has got me worried.

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Joining Anna to create something special is my next amateur.

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She's a 43-year-old writer living in East Sussex...Nadene.

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I'm half-Afghan, half-British.

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My Afghan heritage plays a really massive part in my creative design.

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My style is global, kitsch, industrial and sexy.

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But above all else, it's personal.

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I hate brand-new mass-produced furniture.

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Honestly, I would rather stick a red-hot poker in my eye

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than fill my house full of that stuff.

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I love art. I love texture. I love comfort.

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But above all, I love things that have got a history,

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things that tell a story.

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Your home needs a pretty drastic makeover.

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I'm not going to be holding back, what I'm going to be doing

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is giving you the confidence that you guys lack.

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I'm going to be giving you a home that says, "Wow."

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I love that.

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No. I don't want animal heads,

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even if they do have a miniature top hat.

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So we have a taste clash on our hands.

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Playfully original, versus gothically exotic.

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Should be fun.

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Both designers have been given a budget of £3,500

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and have seen floor plans of their room in advance.

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For Nadene, the master bedroom.

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For Anna, 15-year-old Jess' room.

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But this is the first time they've seen the actual spaces.

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Needs a bit of love.

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I think everything's got to go.

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It's kind of staggering that they haven't even got a carpet.

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Well, this room's quite masculine, I would say.

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I don't imagine her to be tomboy, because at the age of 15

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you're quite girlie. I can see some make-up bits.

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The wallpaper's interesting.

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-I think I've got my work cut out.

-SHE LAUGHS

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The amateurs have had some information on the family

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and their design dilemmas.

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I need to make sure they really understand the brief.

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-Hello.

-Hello, hi.

-Hi, Anna. Meet Nadene.

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-Hello, how are you doing?

-Good to meet you.

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So, Nadene, Zoe and Steve want a relaxing room,

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somewhere where they can spend a bit of time

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and not feel, sort of like it's not finished.

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They can't agree on anything.

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Anna, Jessica's bedroom, not really suitable now for a 15-year-old girl.

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We want this teenager to walk into this home

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and bring her friends and spend time in her room.

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OK, you've both got £3,500. Do a good job.

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After Nadene and Anna finish their individual rooms,

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I want them to collaborate on the living/dining room,

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which will be interesting, as they've got such different styles.

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But for now I reckon they've got enough to think about,

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concentrating on those bedrooms.

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What I've got here is a scale model of Jess' room.

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It's mainly a solely black and white bedroom,

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with dashes of colour,

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so it's kind of like walking into a cartoon world.

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Sometimes people get scared of small rooms and think you can't be too imaginative.

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'I think the opposite is true,

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'I think in small spaces you can absolutely let your imagination run riot.'

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And that's what I'm going to do.

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While Anna and Nadene begin their designs,

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I'm going to find out about the next couple in need of help.

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In Coventry,

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this three-bedroom house is the home of the Gill Machins...

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..Harjit and Ian.

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And once more, we have a couple whose different tastes

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have left them with a home they are embarrassed about.

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My culture is full of colour.

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My favourite colour is red.

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It always reminds me of my mum. She always wore red.

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But I love red and it looks good on me.

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HARJIT LAUGHS

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Anything does.

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My ideal colours would be very, very simple, earthy browns and greens.

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And being from Coventry, maybe a hint of sky blue.

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This design dilemma is a culture clash

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as much as it is a taste difference.

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Ian moved in with Harjit ten years ago,

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and slowly the house began to change.

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-Oh, yes.

-Now it reflects more of Ian's neutral taste

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and less of Harjit's colourful tones.

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All my colourful cushions, rugs and things were put in the attic.

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To be perfectly honest, I didn't realise it was being toned down.

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It just sort of happened.

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Maybe Harjit was thinking too much of me.

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-Not enough of herself.

-Yeah, I was looking after you.

-Mm-hm.

-Your taste.

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-And I forgot about my about me.

-Mm-hm.

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So, come on, let's colour it up now!

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# Got to be, got to be myself... #

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I want to get back to...

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..me, my personality.

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We, we just need...

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..someone to help us get over this.

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It's starting to affect the relationship.

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'In an effort to marry their different tastes

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'and create a home they can both be proud of,

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'they've agreed to take a huge gamble.'

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-Hello.

-Yeah, how are you?

-Nice to meet you.

-Hello, Celia, come on in.

-Thank you.

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So, this is the kitchen.

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Ah-ha.

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Tell me how you feel about this room.

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I actually quite like the tiles.

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The colours represent me, these colours.

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What do you think about those, Ian?

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I think the whole kitchen's a bit of a disaster, it needs redoing.

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-Too much colour for you?

-Yeah, yeah.

-Oh, dear.

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So, Harjit, the kitchen is an important place for you, isn't it?

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It's just a cultural thing,

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that you're cooking all the time for your families.

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In fact, we haven't actually invited people for the last...

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-Quite a while.

-..quite a few years.

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Just the kitchen, or is it the whole house, then?

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-Everything, really.

-You don't feel like entertaining any more?

-No.

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-Ah, that's really sad.

-It's like hard when people come into your house and you say,

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-"I'm ever so sorry, we're just in the middle of decorating."

-Oh, dear.

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-Show me the rest of the house.

-OK.

-I'm intrigued.

-This way.

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So, this is our bedroom.

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Oh, OK.

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Harjit, what should a bedroom mean to you?

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Somewhere I can come and meditate, relax.

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-And does it do that for you now?

-No.

-No?

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Ian, you're quite happy, with it like this, I presume, are you?

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I don't mind it. I like it, yeah.

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So, how much has this room changed since Ian's been here,

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-I guess I should ask.

-It's completely changed.

-Has it?

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I've had various shades of colour in this room over the years.

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We used to change them every year, basically.

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-I used to have red duvet covers.

-I hate red.

-Ian hates red, so..

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OK. Well, I think I've heard enough.

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-So, lead the way, please.

-HARJIT LAUGHS

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'I think this is going to be very tough week

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'for the amateur designers.'

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There's Harjit, who loves her soulful,

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colourful home, going back to her roots,

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and then there's Ian, who likes this very simple,

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neutral, earthy colours.

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And I think, how are they going to get this balance together? It's going to be quite tricky.

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Got to hand over those keys now.

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-Are you sure you want to do this?

-I don't know.

-Off you go.

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-See you soon.

-Bye-bye. Bye.

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'Harjit and Ian now face two anxiety-filled days

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'before coming back to pass judgment on the first two rooms.'

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But they still have no idea who I'm unleashing on their home.

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Bye-bye, house. SHE LAUGHS

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And this is where the fun begins.

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First in is a punk-inspired amateur designer from Bolton.

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35-year-old Graham.

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"I'm inspired by punk"

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because I've spent a career working in avant-garde fashion.

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MUSIC: Peaches by The Stranglers

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I used to work for a famous designer called Vivienne Westwood,

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and I don't like to do what everybody tells me to do.

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Some might say I'm arrogant, but I like to think that I'm confident.

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Dark colours are a signature of mine.

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I like to go from soft black, right down to light grey.

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I've never tried and tested this style in somebody else's home,

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so I'm really looking forward to

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plonking it down in somebody else's house.

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Ian and Harjit, I won't be holding back at all.

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So as long as you're open to the extreme change,

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I'm sure you're going to love it.

0:17:200:17:23

-OK.

-He's got a lot of grey, and I hate grey.

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I don't know, I like the background colours. That's, that's a given.

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-It was the fussiness in front of it...

-Yeah.

-..that might upset me.

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-Yeah.

-I don't know.

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To hopefully brighten things up a bit,

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I'm also sending in a 41-year-old florist from York.

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"Hi, I'm Lucy."

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My designer style is all about bringing the outdoors indoors.

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# Daydream

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# I fell asleep amid the flowers... #

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I grew up in a concrete jungle.

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There were no trees around.

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So now I surround myself with plants and greenery.

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My favourite colour, as you can probably guess, is green.

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It goes with everything,

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and if it doesn't, I MAKE it go with everything.

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Harjit, I know what it's like to not have colour around you

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when you desperately crave it.

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By the time I've finished with your house, it will be colourful.

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-See, I like the outdoors.

-Hm.

-So that would be perfect for me.

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I think both of them are bringing home to me,

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"Oh, God, what have we done?"

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An intriguing design taste-off, then.

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50 shades of grey versus the green goddess.

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For the first two days, the amateur designers

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will be working on their individual rooms.

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Graham's got £5,500 for the kitchen,

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and Lucy 3,000 for the bedroom.

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Wow.

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The tiles are completely dated and...

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..I don't think they're coming back into fashion any time soon.

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It's very plain. But there's nothing...

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..personal.

0:19:010:19:02

The yellow blinds, definitely gone.

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I think anything you do with it is going to liven it up.

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Now they've seen what they're up against,

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I should make sure they understand the brief.

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-Hi, Lucy.

-Hello, hi.

-Meet Graham.

-Hi, Graham.

-Hi, nice to meet you.

-Nice to meet you.

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Graham, the kitchen is a very important place for Harjit,

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from her cultural background she likes to cook and entertain.

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She likes quite strong, bright colours.

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Ian is completely the opposite.

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He likes quite plain and simple and earthy.

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And Lucy, Harjit wants this lovely spiritual, sort of surrounding,

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but also Ian would like a room that he can just go to sleep in.

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-Oh.

-So, somehow or other, you're going to have to put those two elements together

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-and make it work for both of them.

-Yeah.

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-Good luck.

-Thank you.

-OK.

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So what is the green goddess planning in the master bedroom?

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I'm going to transform it

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by making it a beautiful, peaceful sanctuary.

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Beautiful crystal chandeliers.

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Somewhere that is just a relaxing, gorgeous space.

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She sounds confident.

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But what about grey lover Graham?

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We're going to be getting rid of nearly everything.

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I'll be replacing ALL of the cabinets.

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The walls will be a backdrop of greys

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and accented with pots of bright, graphic colour.

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And the light fittings will become a feature within the room.

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As usual, I'm not leaving the designers

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completely on their own with the renovations.

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# Watch the hammer come down. #

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I'm giving Graham and Lucy builder Russell

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to help them achieve their grand designs.

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While at the other house,

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Nadene and Anna have builder Nathan, who's always brutally honest.

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His first job is to help Nadene.

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We're going to be putting some new wallpaper over it. Um...

0:21:010:21:04

She's decided her priority is to remove that nasty grey wallpaper.

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And she's replacing it with...

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..MORE grey wallpaper.

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I think this wallpaper is going to make this room look amazing.

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I do hope you're right.

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It's hand-silkscreen printed and it's meant to look like, sort of "swagged" curtains,

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so it's going to look quite modern but at the same time quite romantic.

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And I think Zoe's going to love it.

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It's horrendous!

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It looks like an X-ray of a baggy bit of skin or something.

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Well, I guess there's still time to see the light and paint over it.

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In teenager Jess' bedroom,

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Anna is drawing on her artistic skills...and the walls.

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So, this is the plug.

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The plug for the light.

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It's got a lead like that.

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And then she's going to have her dressing room table.

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I'm a firm believer in challenging design,

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but this may be a challenge too far.

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This is really exciting because...

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you know, Jess has got to live in here, so that's a really cool thing.

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Yeah, but as 15 is a tricky age,

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maybe you shouldn't be using a permanent marker.

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20 miles away in Coventry

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there are signs that grey Graham is making a "grey-ve" error

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with his kitchen design.

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I'm just a bit worried about the whole functionality thing.

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He seems to have glazed over that a little bit.

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We've taken loads of wall units off the wall

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and we're replacing them with a couple of shelves.

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It already makes the space feel miles bigger.

0:22:420:22:46

Well, it would do, wouldn't it?

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But good kitchen design is supposed to be functional.

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And Graham's not the only one "glossing" over the important things.

0:22:510:22:56

I know Harjit loves bright colours.

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But I think in a bedroom,

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I think it has to be, kind of, more serene.

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Down the road at Harjit's daughter Kelly's house,

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the topic of which designer is doing what is in full swing.

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So what's your thoughts then on having a punk-style kitchen?

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I'm not quite sure how functionality and punk fit together.

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It could work with a bit of colour in it.

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But Graham is a bit dull.

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-Hm.

-Er, I didn't like the grey at all.

0:23:240:23:26

# My house, my house... #

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Grey is me on a happy, sun-shining day.

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-The bedroom could be interesting, then.

-Yeah.

0:23:360:23:38

I think my worst nightmare would be having wallpaper.

0:23:380:23:42

I can't believe how good it looks.

0:23:450:23:47

I think it works really well in here. I'm really pleased with it.

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You might be, but you're not the client.

0:23:520:23:55

Back in Tamworth and it's nearly time for me to bring the Daleys back

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to inspect the first two rooms.

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With the walls all finished,

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it's time for Anna to brandish her black nib on everything else.

0:24:100:24:14

So, the mannequin lamp is fun.

0:24:150:24:18

Very unusual, it's quite an alternative

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type of lamp to have in your home.

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But I know she's going to like it.

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That's a brave claim when dealing with teenagers.

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To make matters worse,

0:24:310:24:33

Nadene's boudoir bedroom is getting weirder and weirder.

0:24:330:24:36

Here we go. If I drop this, it would be a disaster.

0:24:360:24:40

I'm not convinced.

0:24:400:24:41

-Mr Squirrel says no TV in the bedroom.

-Does he?

0:24:410:24:46

The dead squirrel in the bedroom is horrendous.

0:24:460:24:48

It's like a devil squirrel, its eyes are red, it's poised to attack...

0:24:480:24:53

..nobody's going to like that, I'm pretty sure.

0:24:530:24:56

Nadene's design is so dramatic

0:24:560:24:58

it's as if she's trying to steal the spotlight

0:24:580:25:01

from set designer, Anna.

0:25:010:25:02

Their styles are so far apart,

0:25:040:25:05

I'm already worried about them collaborating on the living room.

0:25:050:25:09

'Right, that's it.

0:25:100:25:11

'Time for the designers to disappear.

0:25:110:25:14

'I want to see what's been done before I show the Daleys.

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'First to the master bedroom.'

0:25:170:25:19

At the beginning of the week this room was an unfinished job,

0:25:210:25:24

with badly painted walls and bare floors.

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Now, with a budget of £3,500,

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Nadene's covered the walls in hand-printed drape wallpaper,

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and laid a textured, fitted carpet.

0:25:350:25:38

She's installed a leather bed

0:25:380:25:40

and finished her look with a fluffy-tailed piece of taxidermy.

0:25:400:25:45

Oh, my goodness. It's very theatrical in here.

0:25:470:25:51

I think the wallpaper shows up how irregular everything is in here.

0:25:510:25:57

It shows the problems in the room.

0:25:570:25:59

Well, I don't like any of it.

0:25:590:26:02

I feel like it's a theatre set, it just feels very...

0:26:020:26:06

..dramatic, but in not a very good way.

0:26:060:26:10

Ooh.

0:26:100:26:11

I'm not really sure it's right for a man who likes plain white

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and a lady who craves cosy cottage.

0:26:150:26:17

Oh, dear.

0:26:170:26:18

Before, teenager Jess' room was boyish and impractical.

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With a budget of £3,500,

0:26:270:26:29

Anna has drawn on her artistic flair to create a complete one-off.

0:26:290:26:34

She's covered the now-white walls, floor and furniture

0:26:360:26:39

with her trademark black marker pen illustrations.

0:26:390:26:43

She's installed a new wardrobe, pull out bed,

0:26:430:26:46

and she's even given Jess her own telephone.

0:26:460:26:50

-Wow, that is different.

-SHE LAUGHS

0:26:560:26:58

It's mad.

0:27:000:27:01

It's completely mad.

0:27:010:27:03

SHE INHALES AND EXHALES DEEPLY

0:27:040:27:08

I would never do something this dramatic,

0:27:080:27:11

and at 15...

0:27:110:27:14

..is it really what you want?

0:27:140:27:17

Anna, subtlety is not your thing, that's for sure.

0:27:190:27:22

But it's the client's opinion that matters most.

0:27:240:27:27

Although as Steve and Zoe haven't agreed for 20 years,

0:27:270:27:30

if one hates it, the other's bound to love it.

0:27:300:27:33

We can't lose. Or win.

0:27:330:27:36

Knowing that we're about to see some of the designers' work,

0:27:360:27:41

I'm extremely nervous.

0:27:410:27:43

I feel a bit sick, actually.

0:27:430:27:45

Jess will have to wait.

0:27:450:27:47

I want to show Zoe and Steve their bedroom first.

0:27:470:27:50

SHE LAUGHS

0:27:540:27:55

It looks a lot bigger than it was.

0:28:000:28:04

A lot bigger.

0:28:040:28:05

-Actually, I think it looks smaller.

-No, I don't at all.

0:28:050:28:08

You don't look overly-excited.

0:28:080:28:11

I don't particularly like the case,

0:28:110:28:14

I really don't like the squirrel, I'm not a big fan of the pearls.

0:28:140:28:18

I don't like the drawers, I don't like the mannequin,

0:28:180:28:22

and I'm really, I'm very undecided about the curtain effect.

0:28:220:28:27

But other than that, yeah, I like the bed and the carpet

0:28:270:28:31

and the lamp.

0:28:310:28:32

Oh, Steve, it's beautiful. I love it.

0:28:320:28:35

It's much brighter, it's quite romantic,

0:28:350:28:39

-but kitsch at the same time.

-Mm.

0:28:390:28:41

So, for me, I'm delighted. I really am.

0:28:410:28:44

Neither of you could agree on anything anyway, could you?

0:28:440:28:47

So I don't think there would ever have been a perfect solution in this room.

0:28:470:28:51

So, shall we go and see what Jess' room is like now?

0:28:510:28:54

-Shall we grab her and have a look?

-Yeah.

-Yeah. Really excited.

-OK, Yeah.

0:28:540:28:58

-After you.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

0:28:580:29:01

Oh, God.

0:29:020:29:04

Oh... STEVE LAUGHS

0:29:040:29:07

No.

0:29:170:29:18

-I like it.

-No, I hate it.

-STEVE LAUGHS

0:29:180:29:21

-I like it.

-No!

0:29:210:29:24

I think it's just...

0:29:250:29:27

..more childish than I wanted it to be.

0:29:270:29:30

A lot more childish than I wanted it to be.

0:29:300:29:33

In all fairness.

0:29:330:29:35

Nobody, none of your friends are going to have a room like this.

0:29:350:29:39

None of them.

0:29:390:29:40

-I think that might be why she doesn't like it.

-THEY LAUGH

0:29:400:29:44

It's not me.

0:29:440:29:46

I really don't think this is me at all.

0:29:460:29:48

-It's not, is it?

-No.

0:29:480:29:50

-What?

-I don't like that you're you upset.

0:29:500:29:52

OK, so not thumbs up on this one. Sadly.

0:29:540:29:58

That is a shame.

0:29:590:30:01

-SHE LAUGHS

-Oh, dear.

0:30:010:30:03

It's a real shame because Zoe and Steve had chosen to take the risk

0:30:030:30:06

to hand their keys over to the amateur designers.

0:30:060:30:09

It's sort of paid off for them, it's certainly paid off for Zoe so far,

0:30:090:30:12

but it really hasn't paid off for Jess.

0:30:120:30:14

So we need to rectify that.

0:30:140:30:17

I really don't like my room. It's... It is too childish.

0:30:170:30:23

It's not what I wanted at all.

0:30:230:30:26

I feel awful for Jess.

0:30:260:30:28

We just wanted her to have something for herself,

0:30:280:30:30

and she really deserved to have that.

0:30:300:30:32

'Well, that's a disappointing result for Jess,

0:30:340:30:37

'but a surprisingly good one in the master bedroom.

0:30:370:30:39

'I'd best feed back the feedback

0:30:410:30:43

'before the designers start on the joint room.'

0:30:430:30:45

Welcome back.

0:30:480:30:50

-Nervous.

-Are you?

0:30:510:30:53

You don't look nervous.

0:30:550:30:57

I'm just keeping quiet at the moment. Fingers crossed.

0:30:570:31:00

Nadene.

0:31:000:31:01

-Zoe loved it.

-Yay!

0:31:050:31:08

Steve, however, was a little bit 50-50.

0:31:080:31:12

-He liked the bed.

-Oh, good.

-He liked the lamp in the corner.

0:31:120:31:16

But he wasn't sure about the rest of it.

0:31:160:31:19

Anna.

0:31:190:31:20

A lot of drawing in your room.

0:31:210:31:24

Well, for me the full effect is when everything is drawn,

0:31:240:31:27

not just bits here and there.

0:31:270:31:29

I've got some bad news.

0:31:310:31:33

ANNA GROANS

0:31:330:31:35

-Jess didn't like her room.

-What, at all?

0:31:350:31:39

She felt that it was very young for her.

0:31:390:31:43

She didn't feel it was a room for her.

0:31:430:31:45

-Fair enough.

-So you're both going to do a joint room.

0:31:460:31:51

We don't want to see two rooms.

0:31:510:31:53

We want to see one room designed by both of you.

0:31:530:31:57

Zoe particularly liked that sort of romantic kind of look

0:31:570:32:01

that you gave her in the bedroom.

0:32:010:32:03

Really work together on this so that they are really,

0:32:030:32:06

-really pleased with the results.

-OK, good.

0:32:060:32:09

At the other house in Coventry, it's very nearly time for Ian and Harjit

0:32:130:32:17

to return to see what amateurs Lucy and Graham have done to their house.

0:32:170:32:22

This is a vintage Coventry City programme.

0:32:220:32:25

Trying to appease him,

0:32:250:32:27

trying to say, "Sorry, your bedroom is quite girlie now."

0:32:270:32:30

I've tried to instil a bit of Harjit's cultural heritage,

0:32:300:32:34

but I've also tried to maintain enough clean, masculine lines

0:32:340:32:38

and colours that Ian won't feel out of place either.

0:32:380:32:40

Now, this had better be good.

0:32:410:32:43

I'm soon going to have to present these rooms to the clients.

0:32:430:32:46

Before, the master bedroom was washed-out and plain.

0:32:510:32:54

A world away from Harjit's dream meditation space.

0:32:540:32:58

With £3,000, Lucy has transformed this room into a stylish sanctuary,

0:32:580:33:04

with Asian-inspired furniture, crystal chandeliers,

0:33:040:33:09

pale green wallpaper,

0:33:090:33:11

and personal touches for Harjit and Ian.

0:33:110:33:14

As far as Ian is concerned, it might be a bit feminine for him.

0:33:270:33:30

Perhaps you could have brought in a little bit more...

0:33:310:33:36

..of an Indian feel.

0:33:360:33:37

Perhaps just even with dressing the bed.

0:33:370:33:40

Because it was very important to Harjit to feel

0:33:400:33:42

like she had her colour back in the room.

0:33:420:33:45

I hope they haven't got it too... too you, not enough me.

0:33:470:33:51

Well, it's good if it's all me. You know, it's all about me.

0:33:510:33:55

Mm-hm. Always, dear.

0:33:550:33:56

The old kitchen was outdated and ill-equipped for keen cook Harjit.

0:33:580:34:03

With £5,500, Graham's transformed it into a contemporary space,

0:34:030:34:09

with upcycled wooden worktops, patterned vinyl floor tiles,

0:34:090:34:13

and very low-hanging pendant lights, all set against his trademark grey.

0:34:130:34:18

Oh.

0:34:250:34:27

Gosh, what interesting lights.

0:34:270:34:29

Bit strange, especially in a kitchen of this size.

0:34:290:34:34

Don't actually like them at all.

0:34:340:34:35

It feels bigger when you first come in.

0:34:370:34:39

But there's actually nowhere to store anything.

0:34:390:34:43

I can't see Harjit and Ian in this kitchen at all.

0:34:450:34:50

But we'll see. Perhaps they'll love it.

0:34:500:34:53

(Please.)

0:34:540:34:55

It's a critical moment.

0:34:570:34:59

For Harjit and Ian, there's a lot more riding on this than just taste.

0:34:590:35:03

Oh, right.

0:35:090:35:11

What do you think?

0:35:170:35:18

I like it with reservations.

0:35:200:35:22

Frankly, not too sure about the bedside table.

0:35:230:35:27

But I like the fact they've got Manny and Kelly on there.

0:35:270:35:29

Oh, and a sky blue one for me.

0:35:310:35:33

Right.

0:35:350:35:36

-It's really nice.

-You like it?

0:35:370:35:40

I really like it, yeah.

0:35:400:35:41

What about the colours?

0:35:410:35:43

-I like it. I like the colours.

-OK.

0:35:430:35:45

-And I like these.

-Chandeliers.

-The lighting, yeah.

0:35:450:35:50

Do you feel this is kind of a space that you could relax in?

0:35:500:35:53

I can, yeah.

0:35:530:35:54

It's kind of got a very relaxing feel.

0:35:540:35:59

Ian, you wanted somewhere you could go to sleep.

0:35:590:36:01

-Yes. Which we can do...

-You think this will work?

0:36:010:36:04

..if we lose the cushion.

0:36:040:36:06

Oh, there's only one.

0:36:060:36:07

Yeah, could have been worse.

0:36:070:36:09

It's the perfect combination.

0:36:090:36:11

We wouldn't have thought about it really.

0:36:110:36:13

Well, I guess we should go

0:36:130:36:15

and have a look at the other room now, shouldn't we?

0:36:150:36:17

Next up, Graham's grey kitchen.

0:36:190:36:21

-Oh!

-Oh, my God!

0:36:260:36:28

I'm not too sure about that.

0:36:330:36:35

I don't know what to say.

0:36:370:36:38

I actually like this. Yeah, I like the blocks of colour.

0:36:410:36:45

No, actually, I like it.

0:36:460:36:47

I didn't think I would like the grey and the white.

0:36:470:36:53

-It makes the kitchen look really big.

-Mm.

0:36:530:36:55

You don't seem 100%, like you were in the bedroom.

0:36:560:37:00

Yeah. I haven't got enough storage for all the spices and things.

0:37:000:37:03

-I had one cupboard with all the spices in.

-Yeah.

0:37:030:37:06

And then had a cupboard with all my lovely dinner service,

0:37:060:37:09

and I don't know where they'll go, because I've got quite a lot.

0:37:090:37:12

You like most things in here, just the storage could be a slight issue.

0:37:130:37:17

Yeah, it might be a bit of an issue.

0:37:170:37:18

And you wouldn't be embarrassed inviting anyone in here.

0:37:180:37:21

No. And I think that's perfect.

0:37:210:37:23

You know, when I'm cooking, people can give me company.

0:37:230:37:25

-They can sit here and chat to me.

-Yeah. Absolutely.

0:37:250:37:28

I'm going to have to call that a result.

0:37:290:37:32

A bedroom that works for them both,

0:37:320:37:33

and a kitchen they're not embarrassed about.

0:37:330:37:36

Lucy and Graham need to hear this.

0:37:370:37:39

-Welcome back.

-Thank you.

0:37:410:37:44

-How are you feeling?

-Nervous.

-Very nervous.

0:37:450:37:48

-Are you?

-Yes.

0:37:480:37:50

-Lucy.

-Yes.

0:37:510:37:53

They loved the bedroom.

0:37:550:37:56

Yes! Good.

0:37:560:37:58

-Ian felt there was too many cushions on the bed.

-THEY LAUGH

0:37:580:38:01

I don't follow him on that one.

0:38:020:38:04

But, yes, they did love it.

0:38:040:38:06

Oh, thank God. Goodness.

0:38:060:38:08

-Graham.

-Yes.

0:38:100:38:11

-They loved the kitchen as well.

-Oh, my God!

0:38:130:38:15

Well done!

0:38:170:38:18

I think there is a reservation for the storage.

0:38:180:38:21

There is a slight worry about that.

0:38:210:38:23

But generally, it was a good response.

0:38:230:38:26

-Brilliant.

-Well done.

0:38:260:38:27

So you can breathe a sigh of relief, both of you.

0:38:270:38:30

So far, so good.

0:38:310:38:33

But now Lucy and Graham need to prove to me

0:38:330:38:36

that they can collaborate on a shared space -

0:38:360:38:39

the living/dining room.

0:38:390:38:41

Graham's quite strong and ambitious with his ideas,

0:38:410:38:45

and I'm not sure how it's going to work with Lucy.

0:38:450:38:47

Whether she's going to back down a bit,

0:38:470:38:49

whether it's going to be equal pegging,

0:38:490:38:51

very hard to tell at this stage.

0:38:510:38:53

I hope they're going to work together as a team.

0:38:530:38:55

That's the whole point, and I won't be very happy if they don't.

0:38:550:38:58

I'm quite a big wallpaper fan, and I'm not sure that you are.

0:38:590:39:02

-No.

-I'm not a big grey fan.

0:39:020:39:04

I'm really, really... I'll go as far to say that I detest wallpaper.

0:39:060:39:11

I hate peeling wallpaper. I hate wallpaper with bumps underneath it.

0:39:110:39:15

I hate old-fashioned wallpaper, I hate...

0:39:150:39:17

We've got it, Graham. But has Lucy?

0:39:170:39:20

But if it's done properly, I think gives such a good visual,

0:39:200:39:24

whereas paint would be quite flat.

0:39:240:39:26

It can be quite flat,

0:39:260:39:27

but it's flat in the good sense that you can switch it up and change it

0:39:270:39:31

from time to time, just with the things that you put on the wall.

0:39:310:39:34

Once you get a large print on the wall,

0:39:340:39:35

you're kind of married to that large print indefinitely.

0:39:350:39:38

But if you love it, then it'll be all right.

0:39:380:39:41

This could be more evenly matched than I first thought.

0:39:440:39:46

The suggestion of a collaboration

0:39:490:39:51

isn't going down well at the house in Tamworth, either.

0:39:510:39:54

Jess cried when she saw Anna's room. She didn't like it.

0:39:550:39:59

And I do really believe that my design for that room

0:39:590:40:02

is much stronger and it's going to have much more punch.

0:40:020:40:04

And I think Zoe and Steve are going to prefer it.

0:40:040:40:07

OK, Nadene, it's "put your money where your mouth is" time.

0:40:070:40:10

My idea for the room was a modern Moroccan fairground ride.

0:40:100:40:14

I'm thinking a bit of 1970s Marrakech

0:40:140:40:17

-with a little bit of we've run away with the circus.

-OK.

0:40:170:40:20

So this is a piece of original fairground.

0:40:200:40:24

See that, already, just looks fantastic, in my view.

0:40:240:40:28

I've got some coloured window film too.

0:40:280:40:30

For me, playing around with external windows is a bit of a no-no.

0:40:300:40:35

Because actually it can look quite naff.

0:40:350:40:37

Says the lady who draws on furniture.

0:40:370:40:40

The main look of mine, it's very white, it's very monochrome,

0:40:400:40:43

kind of shabby chic. No?

0:40:430:40:45

Those words, "shabby chic", I actually get a pain in my heart.

0:40:450:40:48

-Right.

-Do you want to show me what you've got?

0:40:480:40:51

Oh, what is this?

0:40:510:40:53

Oh. It's white, it's distressed, it is hideous.

0:40:530:40:57

Anna, it's hideous.

0:40:570:40:58

No, I think it's quite sweet. I like the lining inside.

0:40:580:41:01

-I think...

-Sweet?

-And I like it.

-I don't do sweet.

0:41:010:41:04

You don't say?

0:41:040:41:06

When I get bossy I turn into an Afghan grandma.

0:41:060:41:09

I can feel that happening, I can feel Grandma rising.

0:41:090:41:11

I think there might be tears before the end of the day.

0:41:110:41:14

She just needs to take a step back,

0:41:140:41:16

look at our situation together as a co-room.

0:41:160:41:18

She just needs to remember that it's not just her room,

0:41:180:41:21

it's my room as well.

0:41:210:41:22

Actually it's Steve, Zoe and Jess's.

0:41:220:41:25

So both of you had better get it right.

0:41:250:41:27

At the other house, it's Lucy who's ahead on points.

0:41:310:41:35

I love it. Apart from Russell's mucky finger marks on it.

0:41:350:41:38

-Grr!

-SHE LAUGHS

0:41:400:41:42

You may love it, but the clients may not.

0:41:420:41:44

Ian hates red and Harjit detests wallpaper.

0:41:440:41:48

I chose red purely

0:41:480:41:50

because it's... The brief says that Harjit's favourite colour is red.

0:41:500:41:54

It's not my favourite colour.

0:41:540:41:56

I don't think there's anything red in my house,

0:41:560:41:58

or anywhere in my house.

0:41:580:42:01

I can't help noticing she's wearing red.

0:42:010:42:04

Graham may be on the ropes in this room design,

0:42:040:42:07

but he is still putting up a fight.

0:42:070:42:09

I have agreed to some of Lucy's wallpaper.

0:42:090:42:13

But I'm not going to give up on the grey on the walls as well,

0:42:130:42:17

because I think if we filled this room with too much white space

0:42:170:42:21

and large patterns, I really don't think Ian's going to get it

0:42:210:42:24

at all when he walks in.

0:42:240:42:25

But I think it will be tipping more in my favour

0:42:260:42:29

by the time we're finished.

0:42:290:42:30

Round two. Time for Graham to pull some punches.

0:42:310:42:34

I'd really like to see all of this kind of L-shape painted in the grey.

0:42:340:42:40

OK. Well, if we mix it up and make it a lot paler,

0:42:400:42:45

like dove grey, then...

0:42:450:42:47

How about a pigeon?

0:42:470:42:48

-Hate it.

-Lighter?

0:42:530:42:55

Hate it. It's just not going to go with the red.

0:42:550:42:58

-It's getting better.

-I'll add a tiny bit more.

0:42:580:43:01

See, I'm not sure.

0:43:060:43:07

I could live with the last one you did, perhaps.

0:43:070:43:09

Do the grey wall, but I just want it known

0:43:090:43:12

that I think it's an... ill-informed choice.

0:43:120:43:16

-DING-DING

-End of round two.

0:43:170:43:20

Lucy, go back to your red corner.

0:43:200:43:22

Graham, I think yours is the grey one.

0:43:220:43:24

We've had a little drama today between the two designers.

0:43:240:43:28

If they can't decide on paint colour,

0:43:280:43:29

what's it going to be like when they come to dressing the room?

0:43:290:43:32

I think there's going to be a bumpy road ahead.

0:43:320:43:35

I think I should buy a steam roller,

0:43:360:43:38

because there's a lot that needs smoothing out

0:43:380:43:40

back in Tamworth as well.

0:43:400:43:42

So this is the scaffold board cladding

0:43:420:43:44

that we're going to use on the cabinet. And what do you think,

0:43:440:43:47

-if we try and get that finish on the floor?

-Well, I like this,

0:43:470:43:50

but I actually would describe it as a bit like shabby chic.

0:43:500:43:53

I think this is nicely distressed,

0:43:530:43:55

the way that I like the shabby chic style.

0:43:550:43:57

I really glad you agree. But it is not shabby chic.

0:43:570:44:01

I concede it's distressed. Different word.

0:44:010:44:03

However, it's very nice. And we both like it. So spot on.

0:44:030:44:07

-Thumbs up.

-And I concede it will work with your shabby chic cabinet.

0:44:070:44:11

Very good, thank you very much.

0:44:110:44:13

I don't know about chic, but that's about as shabby as it gets.

0:44:130:44:16

Up the road at Steve's dad's house,

0:44:200:44:22

they're filling him in on the goings on.

0:44:220:44:25

Nadene has done the decoration scheme for our bedroom,

0:44:250:44:29

which is a bit of turn-of-the-century Parisian brothel

0:44:290:44:33

kind of a style.

0:44:330:44:34

And Anna did Jess's bedroom...

0:44:340:44:38

which is like a... a child's fridge magnet kind of a style.

0:44:380:44:43

I'm actually nervous about what's going to happen in the main room.

0:44:450:44:49

I just can't comprehend how the two styles will be put together.

0:44:490:44:54

Your designers, are they first-timers?

0:44:540:44:58

Yeah, they've only ever designed

0:44:580:45:00

rooms in their own properties before.

0:45:000:45:02

Anna's not an interior designer at all. She designs sets for theatre.

0:45:020:45:06

She's never designed somebody's house.

0:45:060:45:08

It's like going to a plumber for your toothache, isn't it?

0:45:080:45:11

Yeah.

0:45:110:45:12

Cheeky devil!

0:45:120:45:14

A plumber for your toothache sounds far less painful.

0:45:140:45:17

-MUSIC:

-Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys

0:45:170:45:19

When two designers work together in harmony,

0:45:220:45:24

it really is a sight to behold.

0:45:240:45:27

I'm pleased I'm getting more of my objects in now.

0:45:270:45:29

Nadene's backing down a little bit.

0:45:290:45:31

She's being more understanding that it's a joint room

0:45:310:45:34

and we're trying to share and balance our props.

0:45:340:45:37

That doesn't sound like the Nadene I know.

0:45:370:45:40

-I'm getting quite frustrated with Anna at the moment.

-That does.

0:45:400:45:43

We've got a few hours left and I feel like she's just trying

0:45:430:45:46

-to force her things into the room for the sake of it.

-Here we go.

0:45:460:45:50

And I think that is going to compromise the final design

0:45:500:45:53

and I'm really not very happy about it.

0:45:530:45:56

I'm a little bit worried because she's got a big smile on her face

0:45:560:45:59

and a big pen in her hand, and it's starting to creep into this room.

0:45:590:46:02

It didn't go down very well earlier in the week.

0:46:020:46:04

Let's just hope she reels it in a little bit and give us

0:46:040:46:06

something they're going to like this time.

0:46:060:46:09

'Miracles can happen.

0:46:100:46:11

'In Coventry, designers Lucy and Graham have both gone the distance,

0:46:130:46:16

'and I'm about to judge their finished room

0:46:160:46:19

'before the homeowners return.'

0:46:190:46:20

There's been battles of wills going on in this house

0:46:230:46:25

and I really do hope they've resolved this

0:46:250:46:28

and come up with a great design,

0:46:280:46:29

because the most important people here are Harjit and Ian,

0:46:290:46:32

not their egos.

0:46:320:46:35

At the beginning of the week,

0:46:350:46:36

the living/dining room was filled with Ian's beiges and browns,

0:46:360:46:40

with none of the vibrant colours or ornaments

0:46:400:46:43

that mean so much to Harjit.

0:46:430:46:44

Now the amateur designers have attempted to fuse

0:46:470:46:50

Harjit's love of colour with Ian's preference for more muted tones.

0:46:500:46:54

A storage wall provides a showcase

0:46:550:46:57

for Harjit's collection of ornaments.

0:46:570:47:00

And they've even added a bold patterned rug.

0:47:010:47:03

It's quite a transformation.

0:47:120:47:14

Is this one of Harjit's rugs?

0:47:150:47:17

-Yeah.

-Yes.

0:47:170:47:19

That was a clever move, wasn't it?

0:47:190:47:21

I believe I see the colour grey on the wall.

0:47:230:47:27

Quite a watered-down version, though.

0:47:270:47:30

It's called "compromise grey."

0:47:300:47:32

I think it just got a little bit heated

0:47:330:47:35

because we were so passionate about our vision.

0:47:350:47:39

Graham basically said, "I'm having it or I'm stopping."

0:47:390:47:42

Tools down, on strike.

0:47:440:47:46

But I have an 11-year-old, so I know how to deal with it.

0:47:460:47:49

HE LAUGHS

0:47:490:47:51

Who chose the red?

0:47:530:47:54

I did.

0:47:540:47:56

Did you choose the stripes as well?

0:47:560:47:58

I did, yeah.

0:47:580:47:59

It's a gamble, but it's Harjit's favourite colour.

0:47:590:48:02

I'm slightly concerned about Ian with the red. So much of it.

0:48:040:48:08

Let's just hope Ian doesn't have a fit. Off you go.

0:48:080:48:13

Thanks, Celia.

0:48:130:48:14

'Hopefully, these designers have done enough

0:48:140:48:17

'to fuse Ian and Harjit's cultural style differences.'

0:48:170:48:20

My absolute nightmare would be too much colour in the room,

0:48:210:48:26

too many ornaments.

0:48:260:48:28

Too over-fussy.

0:48:290:48:31

Hopefully we haven't got too much grey and there's no paper.

0:48:310:48:36

Too late now.

0:48:380:48:39

With the amateur designers hiding in the kitchen,

0:48:390:48:41

Harjit and Ian have no idea they're listening in.

0:48:410:48:44

Oh, wow!

0:48:500:48:51

Erm...

0:48:510:48:52

How different is this?

0:48:570:48:59

Oh, my God, paper.

0:49:010:49:02

I really like the African art, you know, the statues all there,

0:49:060:49:09

because they were hidden away before, you couldn't see them.

0:49:090:49:12

Yes, they were. And I'm not disappointed with that.

0:49:120:49:15

That's very nice, yeah. Yeah.

0:49:150:49:17

I'm still unsure about all of these cushions.

0:49:170:49:19

Ian, you've got to get used to cushions.

0:49:190:49:22

It's part of comfortable living.

0:49:220:49:24

It looks lovely. If you take them all off,

0:49:240:49:26

it's like having a glass of wine with no wine in it.

0:49:260:49:29

You can drink straight out the bottle, though.

0:49:310:49:34

Oh, that's dreadful.

0:49:340:49:35

Ian, what do you think about the red wallpaper?

0:49:350:49:38

I'm not over the moon about the wallpaper, to be fair.

0:49:400:49:43

But I like the way it's all tied in...

0:49:430:49:45

-Yeah.

-..throughout the whole downstairs.

0:49:450:49:47

It's very cleverly done.

0:49:470:49:49

It's... You haven't got the wallpaper all along the wall.

0:49:490:49:52

So it's a thumbs up, then, is it?

0:49:520:49:54

-It's... For me it's definitely a thumbs up.

-Yeah. And me.

0:49:540:49:57

Do you want to meet the designers? Because I think it's time you did.

0:49:570:50:00

-Yes, please.

-Yes, please.

0:50:000:50:02

OK. Come on in then, guys.

0:50:030:50:05

-Hello.

-Hello.

0:50:050:50:07

-Hello.

-Hello there.

0:50:090:50:10

Harjit and Ian have spent years disagreeing

0:50:120:50:15

over what they want in their home, and now it's a happy ending.

0:50:150:50:19

It's fantastic.

0:50:190:50:20

-It's made the kitchen look wider.

-I think so.

0:50:200:50:22

Well, it's not wide, but it does make it look wider.

0:50:220:50:25

Yeah, absolutely.

0:50:250:50:27

It's really strengthened my resolve to want to carry this on

0:50:270:50:31

and do something in the future.

0:50:310:50:33

In fact, Ian and Harjit are going to have my number

0:50:330:50:35

because they've got a hall and stairs to finish as well.

0:50:350:50:38

And I love the bedroom.

0:50:380:50:40

Oh, I'm glad. I'm glad.

0:50:400:50:41

It's really very relaxing.

0:50:410:50:43

-Good.

-Calming.

0:50:430:50:44

I can sit and do my yoga, meditation there, that sort of thing.

0:50:440:50:47

That's what I wanted.

0:50:470:50:49

I would love to do this every day of the week.

0:50:490:50:52

I could do it every day of the week.

0:50:520:50:54

It would be a dream for me to do it.

0:50:540:50:57

And by myself.

0:50:570:50:59

With no collaboration.

0:51:000:51:03

-Thank you very much for transforming our home.

-Yeah.

0:51:030:51:05

You're very welcome.

0:51:050:51:07

-It looks really fabulous.

-You like it?

-Yes.

-I do, yeah.

0:51:070:51:11

Such a relief. You've got no idea!

0:51:110:51:15

Both designers worked hard, both compromised,

0:51:150:51:18

so I think, because of the lack of storage in the kitchen,

0:51:180:51:21

it has to be Lucy that impressed me the most this week.

0:51:210:51:25

So I've got to ask you a key question here.

0:51:250:51:27

You took a risk, you put your home in their hands.

0:51:270:51:30

Was it worth it?

0:51:300:51:31

Yes, definitely.

0:51:310:51:32

That's a good result.

0:51:330:51:35

We like that.

0:51:350:51:36

I mean, it's opened my eyes to the fact

0:51:360:51:38

that you can have colour in a room.

0:51:380:51:41

But it's still nice and clean and liveable.

0:51:410:51:45

We'll be having more social gatherings,

0:51:450:51:48

all the family coming back in.

0:51:480:51:49

Friends coming in.

0:51:490:51:51

I won't have to make excuses this time.

0:51:510:51:54

And, of course, it's not over yet.

0:51:590:52:01

In Tamworth, the Daleys' home is still in the hands of amateurs.

0:52:010:52:05

Nadene and Anna need to hurry up and finish,

0:52:070:52:10

because I'm on my way and these two have got a lot to prove.

0:52:100:52:13

We want this room, the joint room, to be a hub of the home,

0:52:150:52:19

to be where everyone wants to hang out,

0:52:190:52:21

to be where all three parties of that family are happy.

0:52:210:52:24

No more Jess being embarrassed bringing her friends back.

0:52:240:52:27

Let's hope this has worked.

0:52:270:52:28

At the beginning of the week, the Daleys' living room

0:52:350:52:38

was little more than a shell,

0:52:380:52:40

with bare plaster walls and tired furniture.

0:52:400:52:43

Nadene and Anna have reinvented it as a clean and bright,

0:52:440:52:47

shabby chic space with a Moroccan fairground flavour.

0:52:470:52:51

The walls have been painted white

0:52:520:52:53

and decorated with Anna's framed illustrations.

0:52:530:52:57

The dark brown sofas have been ditched in favour of light leather.

0:52:570:53:01

And the television's been hidden inside a circus-themed storage unit.

0:53:010:53:06

-So we've got a bit of shabby chic in here, haven't we?

-No.

0:53:260:53:29

I think a little bit's come in.

0:53:290:53:31

And Anna, obviously I can see there's a little bit of squiggling

0:53:330:53:37

going on around the room.

0:53:370:53:40

And these art pieces, I presume are yours.

0:53:400:53:42

Yeah, they're mine.

0:53:420:53:43

So you feel, both of you girls, that it was 50-50 on the design, do you?

0:53:430:53:48

I do. I do think so.

0:53:480:53:50

Maybe I would say it's 60-40 now. But I'm happy with that.

0:53:500:53:54

-But you've got the 60, I presume.

-Yeah.

0:53:540:53:57

You would have been happier then, if you'd got more?

0:53:570:54:00

I would have been happy with 80-20, yeah.

0:54:000:54:02

Well, all in all, I think it looks really much better in here.

0:54:020:54:06

This area's well used.

0:54:060:54:08

I quite like the art work.

0:54:080:54:09

I think it shows a bit of personality from you, which is good.

0:54:090:54:12

And generally it looks clean and airy and a nice room. So...

0:54:130:54:17

Off you go.

0:54:190:54:20

Thank you very much.

0:54:200:54:21

Steve, Zoe and Jess were sick of living in an unfinished house.

0:54:230:54:28

But so far only Zoe has been completely happy

0:54:280:54:31

with the amateurs' work.

0:54:310:54:33

It's now crucial that this last room is right for the whole family.

0:54:330:54:37

It's us again!

0:54:370:54:38

Love it. Absolutely love it.

0:54:490:54:52

So do I.

0:54:520:54:53

I like the boxy thing.

0:54:530:54:55

Yeah.

0:54:550:54:56

Oh, wow! I like him.

0:54:560:54:59

No, I like what's been done there.

0:54:590:55:00

-Yeah. I like that.

-Yeah.

-All of it.

0:55:000:55:02

-I like how there's bits of, like, Anna in it.

-Yeah.

0:55:020:55:05

Like with the drawn flowers and stuff.

0:55:050:55:06

-I love these. They're fantastic.

-Yeah.

0:55:060:55:10

Spot the family portrait.

0:55:100:55:11

THEY LAUGH

0:55:110:55:14

Oh, Steve. She got your hair perfect.

0:55:140:55:16

There's nothing in here that I don't like.

0:55:190:55:21

-Yeah. Same with me.

-Absolutely nothing.

0:55:210:55:23

So it's been quite a turnaround really, hasn't it?

0:55:230:55:25

Because none of you could agree on what you wanted,

0:55:250:55:28

-so nothing was ever done. And now you all like it.

-Yeah.

0:55:280:55:31

Which is quite a... It's a good result, isn't it?

0:55:310:55:34

I think it's amazing.

0:55:340:55:35

We've never had anything that we've agreed on.

0:55:350:55:37

And Jess, you're smiling now.

0:55:370:55:39

This is exactly what I wanted.

0:55:410:55:43

Like, from a living room.

0:55:430:55:46

With some things that I didn't expect, but I really, really like.

0:55:460:55:49

-And would you bring your friends round now?

-Definitely.

0:55:490:55:51

Yeah, so you're not going to be embarrassed

0:55:510:55:53

-bringing them in here, are you?

-No. Obviously not.

0:55:530:55:56

Well, would you like to meet the two designers

0:55:560:55:59

that created this space for you?

0:55:590:56:00

-Yes, please.

-I think we should.

0:56:000:56:03

Come on in, girls.

0:56:030:56:04

-Hello.

-Hello.

-Hi.

0:56:040:56:07

What a fabulous result. We've now got a happy family.

0:56:080:56:11

They're all delighted and now they can enjoy it like a family should.

0:56:110:56:15

Thank you so much. Seriously, thank you, it's amazing.

0:56:150:56:17

You've made such a difference.

0:56:170:56:19

To see the big beaming smile on Zoe's face, it just meant the world.

0:56:190:56:24

I really want to be doing a lot more designing in future.

0:56:240:56:27

-Jess, now you meet Anna. Anything to say to each other?

-I'm so sorry.

0:56:280:56:32

I'm really, really sorry that I didn't like it.

0:56:320:56:35

It's just it wasn't to my taste.

0:56:350:56:37

But saying that, your talent is so incredible.

0:56:370:56:41

-Oh, thanks.

-It really is fantastic.

-Oh, thank you.

0:56:410:56:44

'I really want to push my interior design

0:56:440:56:45

'and develop possibly fabric design, curtains or wallpaper.'

0:56:450:56:49

You know, just explore it a little bit more. So I'm excited.

0:56:490:56:52

Nadene has definitely impressed me the most.

0:56:540:56:56

She got the brief right to the T.

0:56:560:56:58

So well done to her.

0:56:580:57:00

You took a risk, you put your home in their hands.

0:57:000:57:04

Was it worth it?

0:57:040:57:05

-Yes.

-100%.

-Absolutely.

-Definitely.

0:57:050:57:08

-Well done.

-This room is one of the nicest I have ever, ever seen,

0:57:100:57:14

ever in my life.

0:57:140:57:15

Now we have somewhere we can be together.

0:57:160:57:19

It's a place we can be proud of.

0:57:190:57:20

Yeah, absolutely. No more isolation for the Daleys.

0:57:200:57:23

The Daley family are too embarrassed to invite people around to their home as it is run-down, and it is affecting their 15-year-old daughter Jess.

Meanwhile Harjit Gill and Ian Machin are caught in a culture clash between her Indian-inspired colour tastes and his desire to take inspiration from the strip of his beloved football team.

Once again, straight-talking interior designer Celia Sawyer oversees proceedings.