Stanley realizes that several starter pieces need to be removed and placed differently. Possibly he bit off more than he can chew?
Speaking of stomachaches, Miera and Danielle head to the stores. Danielle decides to work on an entryway table and wall art piece for her signature style on the room. Miera finds a gorgeous over-sized fixture for the dining room and some cabinets for the carpenter to build into her impossible units. Miera measures these pieces and calls them in to the house. I make a point to note that Danielle reminds her to double check these measurements before calling them in.
Mikel and Hilari begin their shopping excursion next, with a cute moment in the car that endears Hilari and Mikel to me a bit. Hilari starts listing off items to look for, but suddenly realizes she’s talking to Mikel like an assistant. Does Mikel blow up like a little baby (Luca)? Nope, he laughs along with Hilari as she pulls out her writing materials to take notes and apologizes.
This is what teamwork looks like in the real world.
The decisions aren’t completely unanimous. Hilari has chosen a huge linen sectional that Mikel is convinced will not work with the paneling in the room. It’s all a matter of scale. They compromise by agreeing that Mikel will take full ownership of the paint color while Hilari will take the sectional choice. I’m more amused by the fact that it appears to be chosen from a store called ‘Al’s Discount Furniture’.
Day 2 and Rachel is giving the producers a ton of footage for the ‘loser edit’. She’s having a heartbreaking call home and a shout out to her distracted mood.
A trip to Target for accessories and lawn furniture provides my favorite awkward product placement line EVER:
Wow, these are high end carts!
It’s not Your Mother’s Target folks. It’s high-end.
Speaking of mothers, Miera and Danielle treat us to a montage of the worst shopping couple ever. This duo doesn’t remind me of my mom and me shopping as much as my mom and grandmother shopping. Now I’m buying into Miera’s ageist crap. Sure, it could be editing to some degree, but it appears that this trip is more about Danielle attempting to pick out what Miera wants for the room rather than Danielle and Miera both shopping for accessories. Danielle might not be so quick to give in to Miera if she didn’t have her confidence tapped from the Krappy Wall Incident in the last challenge. Miera is getting more irritable by the second.
Back at Team Earthy, Stanley is continuing to knock out carpentry projects (how about some designing?) and Britany gets sewing for the Pavilion. This inspires me to think, can I sew a new top for our outside cabana? A few seconds of dreamy wonder later I remember my lack of ability to sew a straight line. Sigh.
Hilari and Mikel bring the huge sectional in and to the relief of all it fits perfectly! Mikel is big enough to admit it was a good choice all around. Mikel heads over to Stanley’s carpentry palace to get some scraps of reclaimed wood. He’s going to Jazz up a mirror with the wood to call back to the wood of the outside space and the ‘Flea Market’ feel the homeowners want.
Team Drama has a moment of whimsy as Kris decides to purchase several wood stumps to use as tables in the design. The fun part: he drills holes to plant succulents in the top of each table. This is the kind of idea I would have, then screw up by planting something that needs too much water and either dies or rots out the wood of the stump. Any opinions out there?
Now it’s time for meltdown on Team Drama. Danielle begins her work on the delicate entryway as the cabinets for the built-ins arrive. OOPS! The measurements Miera provided to the carpenter do not match the dimensions of the actual furniture received. Not good, not good at all. Does Miera look chagrined? Does she apologize? Does she take any accountability at all for her actions? Nope. In grand reality tradition Miera decides to pick a fight instead.
I’m going to pretend you are the problem here, Danielle.