Thoughts on Colin and Justins’ Home Heist Season 1

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Jul 3 2014
Jasmine from the Global Bad Taste episode from Home Heist

I finally got myself a copy of Colin and Justins’ Home Heist Season 1 and have been gulping episodes in great big couch-potato spurts. I have been truly enjoying learning from them and seeing drab and sad to punchy and bright in every episode.

But something’s been increasingly irking me…

In Global Bad Taste we met Jasmine with all her pieces from her travels as a buyer.

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Jasmine's over-Asianised dining room, from the Global Bad Taste episode from Home Heist

Jasmine’s over-Asianised dining room, from the Global Bad Taste episode from Home Heist

It finally climaxed at Cool Rocker, House Shocker (Home Heist Season 1, Episode 14). The home owner had a fantastic collection of colourful Fiestaware piled up in wonky kitchen cabinets and on tables… even on the floor.

Piles of Teddy's Fiestaware, <a href="http://www.hgtv.ca/colinandjustinshomeheist/episode/?epId=112109">Cool Rocker, House Shocker</a>, Home Heist

Piles of Teddy’s Fiestaware, Cool Rocker, House Shocker, Home Heist

Piles of Teddy's Fiestaware, <a href="http://www.hgtv.ca/colinandjustinshomeheist/episode/?epId=112109">Cool Rocker, House Shocker</a>, Home Heist

Piles of Teddy’s Fiestaware, Cool Rocker, House Shocker, Home Heist

No doubt, the makeovers are beautiful. They are spectacular areas. The duo, Colin & Justin, are amongst my favourite designers.

But for me, there was little space for gathered treasures. Colin & Justin no doubt have a library in the McAllister-Ryan tower in Glasgow… but homes that have dedicated libraries with wall to wall oak-lined bookshelves belong to the top few-percenters.

Piles of Teddy's Fiestaware, <a href="http://www.hgtv.ca/colinandjustinshomeheist/episode/?epId=112109">Cool Rocker, House Shocker</a>, Home Heist

Piles of Teddy’s Fiestaware, Cool Rocker, House Shocker, Home Heist

I get that not everyone is as choosy about their dinnerware and the kitchens that the duo design normally are all doored cabinets. But with rocker Teddy, almost all his crockery was Fiestaware! (Cool Rocker, House Shocker). Glassed doors in that cobalt blue kitchen would have truly shown not only the blue of the cabinets, but the collection of the awesome brightly coloured dinnerware!

Teddy's new cobalt blue kitchen, post makeover, <a href="http://www.hgtv.ca/colinandjustinshomeheist/episode/?epId=112109">Cool Rocker, House Shocker</a>, Home Heist

Teddy’s new cobalt blue kitchen, post makeover, Cool Rocker, House Shocker, Home Heist

Teddy's new cobalt blue kitchen, post makeover, <a href="http://www.hgtv.ca/colinandjustinshomeheist/episode/?epId=112109">Cool Rocker, House Shocker</a>, Home Heist

Teddy’s new cobalt blue kitchen, post makeover, Cool Rocker, House Shocker, Home Heist

I wished the Duo had kept a few more of Jasmine’s travel items and incorporated it into the design. I liked Jasmine’s rugs and screens. I wonder if it would have worked in small, highly thoughtful doses. One of those screens would have added a beautiful interest to the blue, silver and white living room.

But bar a glass (no doubt, new) Buddha on the mantlepiece and the newly painted rosewood dining table and chair set, there was nothing to show off her varied travels!

Jasmine's new living room, Global Bad Taste episode from Home Heist

Jasmine’s new living room, Global Bad Taste episode from Home Heist

Jasmine's new living room, Global Bad Taste episode from Home Heist

Jasmine’s new living room, Global Bad Taste episode from Home Heist

Jasmine's new dining room, Global Bad Taste episode from Home Heist

Jasmine’s new dining room, Global Bad Taste episode from Home Heist

I hope when the duo leave the space, owners replace *some* of the artwork with highly selected artwork of their own. Beautiful cabinets appear to keep books, trashy novels, selected grandchildren gifts. In small doses. With much thought.

But bookcase-full of books with no set height, size, spine-colour… would no doubt mess with ‘design perfection’, huh?

Me, I know, a bookcase will no doubt find its way back into the room. My own preferred art pieces, my rice cooker, my photo frames.

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