De­signs on TV gold with Neville

Irish Daily Mail - - It’s Friday! - Claire Hy­land by

It’s been the most hotly con­tested bat­tle on tele­vi­sion for the last few weeks. And TV3’s lat­est in­stal­ment of Show­house Show­down with Har­vey Nor­man proved to be the most ex­cit­ing to date.

‘Bat­tle of the metallics’ pit­ted Lorna Kee’s ‘coastal glitz’ look against Regina Rogers Fal­lon’s ‘con­tem­po­rary glam­our’ of­fer­ing. The de­sign­ers were tasked with mak­ing over two show homes at May­den Hayes in Morn­ing­ton, Co. Meath.

The hyp­notic charm of hosts Lau­rence Llewe­lyn Bowen and Neville Knott keep ev­ery au­di­ence glued to their screens and this week was no ex­cep­tion.

Poor Lorna had her de­sign blasted as ‘all mer­maid and no sailor’ while Regina’s night­club chic was con­sid­ered a tad too much for a fam­ily home.

But as al­ways, it was up to the pub­lic to choose a win­ner and first stop for the de­sign­ers was Har­vey Nor­man to help bring their vi­sions to life.

The com­pe­ti­tion kicked off in the master bed­room where both con­tes­tants opted to use metallics to bring their rooms to life, but their de­signs could not have been more dif­fer­ent.

Lorna went for a ‘more is more’ ap­proach lay­er­ing glit­ter on top of glit­ter with metal­lic wall­pa­per and a se­quin head­board. Regina mean­while opted for a metal­lic paint on all four walls, paired with over­sized fur­nish­ings that prompted Lau­rence to ques­tion why she was ‘su­per­siz­ing’ ev­ery­thing when it made the room look smaller.

Lorna’s ‘for­mal’ liv­ing room car­ried on her coastal theme with a glis­ten­ing tex­tured fea­ture wall and sand coloured fur­nish­ings.

Regina went for a more ab­stract ap­proach pair­ing ocean crew green with her favourite navy blue. Her stand out piece was a pic­ture she painted that tied the var­i­ous tones in the room to­gether.

As view­ers bit their nails to the quick, it was re­vealed Regina im­pressed the crowd the most on the day while Lorna proved vic­to­ri­ous in the Har­vey Nor­man Chal­lenge, cho­sen by the store’s Head of Home­wares Yvonne Nu­gent.

Who knew fur­ni­ture could be so much fun? Next stop, the shops!

Hosts: Neville and Lau­rence

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