For their design presentation, I actually liked Kellie's (stools) design the best (not her presentation!), though I'd never have them in my house. The cats would love the texture and shred them promptly. I didn't hate the spoon thing nor the sunburst clock thing, but neither did I love them. I thought Kellie's room looked rather spotty (here a spot of something, then another spot, then another spot) -- I guess there is a fine line between cohesion and chaos.
Overall, I liked the colors Mark chose the best, but that was about the only thing I really really liked. To me, the blank wall was an opportunity for me to put something personal in it. I don't view that as a bad thing, but I guess they did for the execution of the challenge. I hated Meg's yellow molding on greige walls. The molding was okay, but hate the colors. Didn't like the stuff she put on the shelves, although having the shelves for your own items was nice. Her choice of accessories left me cold.
As usual, Meg did well on her presentation, at least from the standpoint of making the audience like her. I totally agree with the critiques of it as not explaining what she was doing and why. I thought Karl's presentation was great, but I wonder how much of that is that I know how freaked out he's been before. Mark was just lost this week (other than his color choices, IMO). That was bad, but based on his previous efforts, I'm glad he's still here for another chance. Kellie just didn't seem to be able to get any better than her skill level when she came in, so it was time for her to go.
And my bottom line issue is with their bottom line. I've been watching HGTV for something like 15 years, and they've been doing shows for little money for a long time. But EVERYTHING costs more now -- the budget on this was pretty ridiculous, particularly when they give them virtually no time to do anything. Add to that, the contestants are an unfamiliar city. They don't have the design resources that greater familiarity would bring. The budget or the time should have been doubled. That said, I don't think they could find half those things in my smallish city even if they had two months!