The thing that bothers me the most is how much Doug took from the other rooms (sofa, armoire, paintings, and mirrors, at least). Not because I think it's "cheating" (whatever) but because it means that, even if it's only done to illustrate to homeowners what's possible, they either have to spend money to buy things to replicate the look, if they choose to return the items to their original positions, or they have to spend money to replace the things taken from other rooms. Either way, they haven't gotten a complete or nearly complete room as most other homeowners do. On the other hand, they've gotten a room that's quite nice, and doesn't feature badly made slipcovers and shoddy, painted MDF furniture. In this case, the homeowners may be grateful enough for the design solution Doug has provided that they won't care what's missing from the other rooms, and they're probably not living hand-to-mouth or anything. Plenty of homeowners are probably even happy to have the excuse to go buy some more stuff. But I know if I went through my house cherry-picking all the best stuff from each room, I could have one really gorgeous room, and the rest of the house would look like it had been burgled, or like I was still in the process of moving in. It just somehow seems less than desirable to do that to homeowners. But this is very dependent on your perspective of what the show should be about, and while you all know I generally tend to adhere to Vern's school of thought on these matters, I know that Doug's approach has many followers, too. And Michelle's never seen a Doug room she didn't like, so...she'll probably like this one, too.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B- | 474 USERS: C+
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