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  1. Ambition for the night

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    I want to be an interior designer. (tonight)
    Why, you asked? Because it's just ablah. I said ablah because I have a lengthy explanation for wanting to become an interior designer. Here it goes.

    I have been watching this show called 'The Apartment-style edition' on Star World (HD, I just had to write HD because I watch it in HD and it is so clear. You can see all the facial hair and the arm hair and the freckles.It's like they just washed their body and all the makeup is gone. Seriously, once you watch in HD there is no going back to non-HD) for the past nine weeks.

    I was able to watch the first episode because I was home alone and I did not have anything to watch so I decided to watch some TV and this show was on.
    The grand prize of the show was an apartment (for the rest of their lives) and it's not 'just an apartment'. It's an upcoming launch by Sime Darby property in August 2012. Here are some pictures.

    Eight couples had to compete in this battle with extremely high stakes.They had to design and decorate an entire house (that includes 1 bedroom, 1 guest room, 1 kids room, a dinning room+kitchen, 2 bathrooms, a garden, 1 study/wellness room, 1 leisure room and a living room) a room each week in a given time (usually it was 15 hours but sometimes they were given 10 hours. 24 hours for the finale) with a design challenge to test the contestants teamwork and ability to be creative under extreme pressure. The overall theme is glamour though. Each team was given a budget. Each week one team was eliminated and weekly winners were given $5000 to work for the next week's challenge and sometimes dinners with celebrities, trip to some island and etc.. The head judge was Lauren Llwewellyn Bowen, who is the UK's favorite designer and he designed the Queen's Jubilee decorations with the W1. The host and mentor was Jamie Durie who is wow. By wow I meant a great mentor, not the other kind of wow. But he is a good looking man as well.

    Now, my favorite couple was 'Bros united'; Jesper (Canadian) and Killian (American). Their name is the only meaningful name of all the other team names. They are brothers who live in different continents. Jesper, who is a photographer lives in Asia and Killian, a graphic designer lives in America. So they united to take part in the show hence 'Bros united.'

    I was rooting for them the whole time. They were the only team who actually were thinking out of the box and building furniture from scratch. They were expressing who they were in every room they designed and taking risks, That's exactly why they were my favorite and why I 'looove' them.

    Their designs were not safe and boring. They used their own photographs in their design. A true artist makes his or her art the main focus after all. Anyways, they are awesome. Their designs are awesome.
    This was the 7th week challenge; The leisure room. Each of the team were given an item of a 'mystery celebrity' who was gonna be a guest judge that week. They got her hand bag. Since the main the overall theme was glamour and since celebrity=hollywood (now take a good look at the picture).

    Look at that room. It looks like a room of a house in LA. I loved the Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe print on the wall. It goes really well with the pink wall. If it was in black and white then it would be kind of odd. The fact that it's blue makes you wonder. "Interesting. Blue prints? Why would they choose blue and not the original color? Is it safe? Are they color blind? Or maybe it has something to do with Killian being a graphic designer." Once again, taking risks and not playing it safe. The long pieces of wood above the tv? they made that. They won this challenge and got $5000 for their next challenge, 5 hours to use the handy men for free, a trip to Bali, and a dinner with the 'mystery celebrity', who was the first lucky woman to go on a date with Killian and Jesper both btw. Jesper's engaged so she had no chance with him.

    I dont like these photos of their rooms. You can't see the designs clearly. Like the labelled drawers and cupboards. Yeah, they actually labelled the cupboards and drawers which is easier  and hey you don't have to spend too much time finding a spoon or a cup so it saves time. Now that's clever. The lime wall goes really well with the white deer head and the paintings. It's like you can taste the citrus lime.They forgot to buy a dinning table so they had to make their own dinning table. Oh yeah! Now that's what I'm talking about. If I were in that situation I would have cracked. But not these bros.

    Notice anything weird about this bedroom? Continue reading and you'll know what it is.
    This was the first week's challenge. They actually won the first week's challenge but since this 'bedroom' is weird Laurence took their prize and gave it to Team Dali (my second favorite team) because this 'bedroom' is a bit weird. They had to finish designing and decorating the room within 15 hours. Since it was their first challenge they couldn't get the mattress in the bed on time. They were trying to bring it upstairs, to the bedroom when Jamie was saying '3..2..1..That's it guys! Great job." The fact that the judges thought this was the only room which was glamorous even without the mattress is something. That means these bros are great at interior designing and 'glaming' things or more specifically 'glaming' rooms up.

    These bros were the only team who did not get mad and were not at each other's throat every now and then.  unlike The Opportunists; Chelsea and Alex.


    The Opportunist, they were constantly fighting, cursing, trying to get a driller in each other's head while working. It was mostly Chelsea's fault because she makes all of the decision. No teamwork whatsoever. It's always about her and always ordering Alex to shut up. Her attitude is just bleh. Alex was very patient with her. But I liked 3 of their designs. The walls of the kids room, the study and the plant selection behind the kitchen.

    That wall is just perfect for a kid's room. Dark blue, yellow, green and light blue is a clever combination. They had so much fun and were not fighting while making this wall. The wall liberates fun. o.o

    Can you guess what they used to create this wall? Is it a wallpaper?

    I am definitely going to do this on a wall. It is so creative. The teams were asked to do something eco friendly that week and what better way to be eco friendly other than recycling old newspapers and old boats? Chelsea had this great idea. They crumpled newspapers and glued them to the wall. It looked great. It might not seem that great in these pictures but when they showed the whole room on tv, it was great. You just want to hug the wall and rub your face against the wall, like Jamie. (He rubbed his face on the wall) 

    Team Opportunist's plant selection at the back of the kitchen
    The Strangerz's dinning room. Since the theme was 'an occasion' they said it was an Italian dinner in Asia. They red things on the wall are red bowls. I know right. Creative.
    This part of the 'Zen bathroom' of Team Opportunist looks very calm and peaceful. It makes me want to design my own bathroom. God I wish I were an interior designer right now. Or just designing a room.  
    I got very excited every Thursday for this show. I just loved it and it ended today. Maybe this post was a way to express how much it meant to me? Okay that sounds a bit weird.
    Now the question for those who didn't watch the show will be 'Did bros win?' or 'Who won the apartment?'
    Bros were eliminated last week. They came as 3rd. I know. Their design was amazing. If I were the judges I would choose Dali and Bros for the finale however sadly, The Opportunists and Dali went to the finale. I was appalled when Bros got eliminated.

    The key to Bros united's apartment. This was from the week they got eliminated. Each week the team which gets eliminated has to hang their keys in a square thingy. This was from before they gave up their key.                     
    Dali and Opportunists were the final teams and they had to polish their whole apartment. Right what they did wrong and get ready for a house party where guests come and cast their vote for the best home.
    Phil and Iva; Team Dali
    The winner was Team Dali; Iva and Phil. They were the only couple in the show who were in a relationship. I mean romantically involved (Other teams were also in a relationship. Like bros and bros? ) Anyway they are very sweet and so adorable. Phil asked Iva to marry him tonight after they won the apartment and of course she said yes. They have been together for more than 2 years now.

    Phil proposing to Iva
    Oh, I almost forgot. Bros had a live chat with 'fans'. Anyone could ask them questions and they would answer them. I asked them 2 questions and they answered. Oh my god I had a conversation with the bros. Haha. My questions were kind of lame. But here they are and the bros response.

    Hey, this post is long. I'm going to pen off now. But here's one more picture of the bros from the grand finale of the show. Take care guys and watch this show online or something. It is awesome.


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