Rocco often mentioned that Janet’s intellect got in the way of her cooking; it was exactly the opposite in terms of her design! Janet’s ambition and love for several components going on at once were essential to allowing me to create a room that folks would talk about long after the dinner party was over.
Was Janet’s room really any less comfortable because her design was more controversial? Did her room express an individual’s taste in décor and atmosphere that differs from anyone else? You bet it did. I speak of this in my book -- you have to make it personal, and express yourself. It is not only about the food!
Its rare that after 25 years of designing and managing full experiential atmospheres that I haven’t “been there, done that” in some form or another, but Janet’s room was not a repeat performance for me in any way. What a joy!
Lets list out some of the awesome elements that made up Janet’s multicultural and dimensional ambiance:
One of the wow factors of Janet’s room was the “Dog Save the Queen” Union Jack on the wall.
The use of tartan plaid distressed curtains tied back with gold chains added fun texture to the room.
The black Louis “comfortable” chairs with the Vivienne Westwood style sashes were very tailored and handsome.
The country flowers and the use of hot pink mixed with black was really country and rock 'n' roll and punk!
OMGSH, Janet's room was awesome and that chandelier was amazing! Would so love to have that in my home! Great job!
ps....Janet should've won. :)
I just have to say this is my new favorite show! I love that not only is this show about the food, but also about the decor! I have more friends who have become addicts to this show, including one friend who stayed up to watch all the episodes back to back so he could catch up!
I agree with you about Janet's room. I think her creativity really came out in the room and that though you did an amazing job on Kevin's room, i was on Team Janet all the way!! I know Gastropub is all about comfort but I thought the guests and Rocco might have fell into comfort too much to really appreciate Janet's ideas and your design!
i love the "dog save the queen" poster/canvas? you put on the wall in this episode. If you dont mind sharing would like to know where i could purchase something like that.
Jes, you and Janet Rock!! Rocco missed Janet's talent and brilliance completely. Her kimchi a trois was original, and her design alignment with food was exceptional. My guess is he was miffed that she had worked with chefs more famous (and better) than him, vs. mass-production of the "winner".
I seem to be the only one who tguohht this was really bogus. They didn't like the deconstruction of Janet's salad, but hey were crazy about the bone marrow and the dessert and didn't have major criticisms of any dish. The guy's dinner, the saffron tasted like licking bathroom tile (and damn, I've been tempted to figure out just how she knew that, like Nigella knowing how the inner thigh of an 18th century courtesan quivers) and they didn't like his dessert. I tguohht she had it wrapped up.But beyond that, this is just more of the whole "technically perfect but soulless Asian" that reality competitions tend to trot out. Hung on TC. Even whats-her-name on ANTM. Whitney's getting it now on TNFNS. It's offensive to me, and I don't buy it at all. I think it's just a way to strike back at someone who's done a damn fine job of learning a craft. If you can't beat 'em, call technical perfection a flaw. /end rant. ;)