My family and I have just returned from a much needed vacay to Cape Cod.  We were finally able to catch our breaths and get some R & R.  It was my first time to the Cape and it was wonderful.  We were fortunate to be visting some friends who have a lovely home on  the water, and our weather was perfection.  I had my first whole lobster on the beach and my son caught his first fish.  Pure elation. 

Jack fish pic

After we returned home, unpacked, threw the laundry in, we all sat down to watch DS.  At last, individual challenges.  At last, a decent budget. They still weren't given enough time, but it was a much better measure of their abilities.  I wish they would have been provided a seamtress or workroom but a couple carpenters was certainly better than nothing.  So, thoughts… I did think the judges had a difficult decision.  We all gasped when they said, Lonni. I honestly didn't see that coming.  I'm asssuming it was due to the headboard not getting installed or the repetition of the graphic focal wall. So, if she backed the bookshelves with that printed grass cloth (which I loved) instead of doing one focal wall, again, would she still be here?  If she was able to get the headboard up would she still be here? Vern, commented that he's never had a case where the headboard wasn't installed.  There were elements in everyone's room that were really good.   I liked the boat mobile and art in Dan's room.  I didn't love the furniture, the drapes (he got love for those too), or any of the bedding.  Don't we already have, a "Dan"?  His name is, David Bromstad.   Then we have, Antonio.  I thought that laser cut dry erase board was beyond cool.  The space plan was really functional and pretty at the same time.  That rug was really under scale and the space looked a bit too austere.  A big flokati rug in front of the fireplace would have been a better choice.  It is easy to play Tuesday night quarterback. Especially, after having the time to really think about the space.   Overall, I thought this was a great challege.  My son said, " I think Lonni should go".  "Why"? I asked.  He answered, "Because, someone is going get killed when that headboard falls on their head."  From the mouth of a 10 yr old boy. 

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