Viewers slam Victorian hotel room created for BBC interior design contest4 min read

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A designer on last night’s BBC Interior’s show completely missed the chocolate-based brief and created a Victorian-themed hotel room, complete with red tassels and netting.

Cassie Nicholas, from Bristol, updated the hotel room last night on BBC 2’s Interior Design Masters, but viewers hated it, with one even claiming that it looked like a ‘dirty version of their great-grandparents’ bedroom.

As she joined three other designers to face the judges at the end of the show she even admitted that the room wasn’t durable and asked ‘why would it need to be cleaned?’

The hotel that the nine remaining contestants renovated was a Bournemouth based boutique hotel called Hotel Chocolate. Split up into three teams they were briefed to create room designs around a white, dark and milk chocolate theme.

The 'Victorian' style room was supposed to be which includes red tassel detail and white netting above the bed

The ‘Victorian’ style room was supposed to be which includes red tassel detail and white netting above the bed

Cassie said she wanted it to be a room which she would be 'happy to come and stay in'

Cassie said she wanted it to be a room which she would be ‘happy to come and stay in’

As soon as the judges, Former Elle Decoration editor-in-chief Michelle Ogundehin and this weeks guest judge Jade Jagger, saw the room they agreed that it is ‘impractical’.  

Michelle said: ‘There is no doubt we are seeing her signature Victorian style here. But it’s more about the quirky pieces than how it works for the user.’

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While Jade agreed, saying: ‘The style is very impractical and if you were coming to clean this then you’ll probably find that it is quite tricky.

‘It’s the difference between what you can get away with at home and in a commercial space,’ she carried on with.

Viewers who were watching the show were appalled by her creation, with one even saying it looked 'dirty'

Viewers who were watching the show were appalled by her creation, with one even saying it looked ‘dirty’

Cassie went with a Victorian theme and had red tassels attached to the decoration above the bed

Cassie went with a Victorian theme and had red tassels attached to the decoration above the bed 

Cassie explained her decision on the show last night and said that she created what she would like to stay in

Cassie explained her decision on the show last night and said that she created what she would like to stay in 

However Cassie said about her creation: ‘I want it to be the room that I’m happy to come and stay in.’

But viewers of the show agreed with the judges that they wouldn’t want to stay in it.

One took to Twitter to joke: ‘Cassie’s bedroom might work on a murder mystery weekend. You’d need to check under the bed for dead bodies and pick the spiders out of that dangly stuff you don’t wash.’ 

While another said: ‘Cassie’s room looks more like granny’s knickers than chocolate.’

One even said: ‘Shocked! Trish’s room is somewhere I would chose to stay, Cassies however was horrible! If that photo was used on booking.com I’d run a mile from the hotel. ‘

‘That Victoriana design looked so dirty and when she said ‘do you need to clean it?’…. ‘ one more said.   

At the end of the show four of the contestants, along with Cassie are bought into see the judges. Most of them had missed the brief too, with one creating a neon coloured room – despite her team mate Frank saying it didn’t fit their milk chocolate based theme.

However Cassie got the brunt of the criticism from the judges, with Michelle saying to Cassie: ‘We know your love of Victoriana. This was a Victorian hotel, but the brief was to bring it up to date, how do you feel you did that?’

Cassie said: ‘I wanted the room to feel like it was timeless.’

Cassie Nicholas, from Bristol, updated a hotel room last night on BBC 2's Interior Design Masters

Cassie Nicholas, from Bristol, updated a hotel room last night on BBC 2’s Interior Design Masters

Cassie and her team mate talk through their designs on last nights BBC show Interior Design masters

Cassie and her team mate talk through their designs on last nights BBC show Interior Design masters

When asked by Jade if she thought the bed was durable she said: ‘I’m hoping so – as long as no one touches it.

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The judges were gobsmacked and said: ‘This is a hotel’.

‘The side bits are fine, but if you start yanking it, it will come down,’ Cassie said.

Asked how she thought someone would clean it, she said: ‘Do you need to clean it?’

Jade, shocked, said: It’s a hotel, of course you do, imagine the dust that would settle on that over a year. I thought it was a lovely idea but it could have been simplified. One of two nights in there it would probably start falling down.’ 

Fellow contestant Trish (right) went home this week as the judges thought she didn't follow the brief and used too many accessories in her room

Fellow contestant Trish (right) went home this week as the judges thought she didn’t follow the brief and used too many accessories in her room

Former Elle Decoration editor-in-chief Michelle Ogundehin (left) and this weeks guest judge Jade Jagger talked why some of the ideas for the rooms didn't work

Former Elle Decoration editor-in-chief Michelle Ogundehin (left) and this weeks guest judge Jade Jagger talked why some of the ideas for the rooms didn’t work 

Twitter couldn’t believe her comments, with one saying: ‘Do you have to clean it, er yes it’s a hotel.. ‘ 

While another said: ‘Yeah. An easy clean hotel room is a must, who knows what might be hanging from that lace after a few hen or stag groups #interiordesignmasters ‘

However despite her design, it wasn’t her that went home, it was fellow contestant Trish, who the judges thought didn’t follow the brief and used too many accessories in her room.