It's a very, very Laurie room, and while the colour combination is rather adventurous, and at least it's not primarily yellow, I don't think it really works. I don't like the clashing warm and cool tones of green, I really don't like the celadon and yellow together, and all of it makes the slipcovers and carpet -- at least on TV-- look a nasty pinkish colour. The furniture arrangement is much, much better, as it usually is in Laurie's rooms; she has a very strong, if rather formal, sense of how to arrange and style stuff. The entertainment centre looks much nicer. I feel like the coffee table and console table are kind of too heavy in the black -- especially the coffee table. Maybe it's the pinky-beige throwing everything off, but it just doesn't work. I myself could not deal with those overwhelming stripes every day, but I'd like them a lot better if I felt the colours all worked. The pillows are nice, but they usually are in Laurie's rooms. The ready-made slipcovers are awful in both style and colour. That Plexiglas will look like a cataract in no time. A lot of people in the forums complained that they didn't like the Van Gogh print propped up the mantel and wanted it hung. However, if you look at the size and the shape of the molding on the chimney breast, I don't think it would fit inside there, or if it did, it would be awkwardly close to the molding. I think it would also look oddly placed and less significant in this case, because it's kind of small. The Van Gogh print is actually the thing I like best in this room. I may even hunt that up for myself. Otherwise...I don't hate the room, but I don't think it really hangs together. Points for effort, though. But I could do a Laurie room in my sleep. Shake it up, girl.
Laurie appears for the debriefing wearing a black halter top with a thick collar and an insert of some kind of see-through fabric (mesh, illusion, something like that) over the chest area, cut in a deep V. Um...okay. MPDP says it's surprising, given how much Laurie spent on fabric, that this is her least expensive room ever: she spent $989 and change. She spent over $600 on fabric. Man. I think she must be including the cost of the ready-made slipcovers in that figure. MPDP asks her about incredible flea market finds. Laurie talks about finding the Van Gogh print, which she'd never seen and took her by surprise, since she is such an art history buff. She decided to base the room on it. She found the painting before the fabric. We see a close-up shot of the fabric in the coffee table, and while the lines don't quite line up with Yipian precision, what bugs more is that the fabric seems to be too small for the surface, and you can see some of the MDF behind it -- unevenly from side to side, too. I think what may have happened is that the fabric shifted after the top was nailed down, probably while moving it. They probably turned the table on its side to get it in the door, and it slid around, and now they can't put it back without busting the frame off the table. If you're going to do something like this, be sure to tack the fabric down in some way. And don't use Plexiglas. Laurie talks about giving them storage in the coffee table. MPDP says she was happy to see the room come together on time and under budget.