Good comments, all. Don't know if my set displays the colors differently but that taupe (one of my favs, BTW) did read as taupe on our set. It can acquire an olive tint depending on what it's paired with, IMHO. IIRC, it was set against teal walls. Thought everything else (mostly) coordinated but don't believe they did the family any favors by talking them into that color scheme.
Yes, blue is currently in but what about in a few years? In addition, blue seems extremely taste specific. It's great if they consider this their family home and need not worry about resale. I did question the teal walls, however. When they selected everything, assumed they planned to paint. Probably would need to see how the colors read in person.
Lurker, you're correct - bet the kitchen could have been easily updated without a total gut job. It was so huge - no need to worry about the corner sink. Besides making the other fixes you mentioned, they could have taken the 2 corner walls down and installed an island for their open concept plus added the extra cabinet bank, wine fridge and buffet. Incidentally, I never heard them indicate a special need for the wine fridge.
BTW, anyone notice how they installed uppers on the living room side or at least partial uppers? Did I see that correctly? Didn't really understand that, assuming most young families today desire the open concept great room. In particular, most mothers seem to want their kitchen open to the fr/lr to allow them to monitor their children during dinner prep. It appeared to be only completely open to the dining room.
WRT dining rooms, tons of young couples don't even want them so not sure that's how they wanted their kitchen configured. Have to wonder if they simply went along with the KC suggestions without considering alternatives or thinking those things through. Hope they don't regret it later. (Reminds me that the chef and his wife were older and had their own ideas for their space much to the chagrin of the KC's.)
Appreciate their attempt with that dining table but it was only slightly better than the atrocious cutting board, IMHO. You're correct, Ranger - totally impractical. Hated the varying widths, narrow center and lack of flexibility (no leaves). Yuch! Hopefully they can ask a woodworker family member or their local carpenter to remake it into two items, e.g. a coffee table and desk. With so many rooms to furnish in that huge house, they could set-up a nice den, possibly near the public/company areas. The coffee table would look terrific in their l.r.
My guess on the empty rooms - it was a massive home (new to them) with many rooms and they simply hadn't gotten around to furnishing those. Sorry, KC's - gotta believe that was more faux drama for the show. That and John's vacuum backpack!
Loved the darling baby but found her distracting. Felt so sorry for her being carried around amidst not only them but the equipment, sound/lighting techs, producer/director, rest of the gang ... plus under those hot lights. Let her take a nap - please.
Edited by gazerguy, Jan 5, 2012 @ 10:09 PM.