The architecture of the Team St. Tropez cabana was brilliant and it showcased Goil's ingenuity (a terrific detail that's difficult to see is how the supports were dug down into the sand). Unfortunately, St.-Tropez it was not. The trouble started when Carissa was thinking "elegant-sexy-chic-yachts" while Ryan conjured "topless women and motorboats." Goil was a team player and created the super framework, and Ryan threw himself into its assembly, but Carissa and Ryan bickered constantly. The result? Unimaginative furnishings and heavy colors - especially the muddy blue and brick-red hues that Carissa took straight from the boats pictured on their postcard. Ryan's furniture choices might have been generic because he was limited to one store, but the stacks of pillows he purchased showed seriously questionable taste, and Carissa wisely slipcovered all those that they used. We thought that it was terrific the team created something truly original, but the small fabric overhang wasn't substantial enough to shield the sun - it looked more like a beach towel flapping overhead (or as you might have heard at least 1,000 times, like a burger shack at the country club).
We expected more from Team Miami, as Erik and Elizabeth were previous winners, and Matt's projects so far show enormous promise. The basic idea of the hut was well-conceived - except that more space could have been allocated to the interior and less to the deck - and this was the only group to provide a proper respite from the sun. Sadly, we weren't enthralled by the car-wash flaps of their curtains (if they were a bit wider they would have made less noise snapping in the breeze), and the interior felt claustrophobic. And the acid green-and-eggplant color scheme was truly an enigma.