The quality and consistency of the renovations on this season of The Block is really blowing us away. This week we saw another great series of room reveals, but I think we’re starting to see a couple of the couples separating themselves from the pack by creating homes that fit perfectly into the street – and suburb – and are going to really connect with buyers come auction day…
Jason & Sarah
We all got fired up about the heart of Jason and Sarah’s living/dining room – that magnificent fireplace – this week. It was perfectly positioned in the room, and the opening mechanism and the firewood trapdoor were great features as well. After a wobbly week last week, Jason and Sarah nailed their styling this week, paring things back to achieve an elegant room with a sophisticated colour palette. I’d like to have seen a more functional sofa for a family room, and that feature light needs to be relocated above the dining table, but Jason and Sarah are definitely back in the game this week.
Hannah & Clint
So many noteworthy and beautiful elements and vignettes in Hannah and Clint’s living/dining room this week, but somehow they just didn’t come together in a cohesive way. The dividing wall between the two spaces didn’t help the disconnect. Their dining table was beautiful but was too small to make an impact in the dining space, and their artwork was gorgeous but needed some dedicated lighting to make it really sing. Their styling was wonderful, rug was wonderful, cabinetry was wonderful, and I loved most of the furniture, but I left the space hoping that they have a master plan that is going to pull the whole thing together…
Ronnie & Georgia
They may have used a neutral colour palette in their living/dining room, but there was nothing neutral about the way we reacted to Ronnie and Georgia’s room reveal this week. We LOVED it!!! This week this couple went big and their furniture choices fit the house perfectly. From the vast modular lounge suite to the grand dining table, to the clever, multi-functional feature lighting, the entire space felt expensive, and expansive. But my hero in this room was their artwork (they were lucky I didn’t leave with it)!!! Plus they finished a day early again this week – their planning and execution can’t be faulted.
Sticks & Wombat
This week Sticks and Wombat gave us a living/dining room designed by a pair of blokes, for a pair of blokes to move into and I’m not convinced a party house is where the market’s going to be at come auction day! I wasn’t feeling the dining table that converted into a bar and it seriously detracts from the flexibility of the space for potential buyers, and their sofa and custom cabinetry didn’t work for me either. The ‘red button’ was a cool touch, but overall the space felt cold and empty, even with their overuse of their much loved timber, this is the week the boys have me really worried.
Josh & Elyse
With their living/dining room reveal this year, we really started to see Josh and Elyse’s house coming together with a beautiful, cohesive flow. This week, the couple created the sort of warm, fuzzy room you just want to sit down and put your feet up in. Killer fireplace that could only have been improved by being lit, beautiful flooring, perfectly balanced styling, and wonderful execution that pulled the whole thing together, and sometimes ‘more is more’. And I wouldn’t be known as the Storage Queen if I didn’t give special mention to all that wonderful storage concealed behind Shaker-style cabinetry.