The contestants had some large spaces to fill this week, with some of their living/dining rooms bigger than the entire apartments that were renovated in the first season of The Block. So, who mastered the monumental task at hand and who was engulfed by the enormity of this week’s makeovers.
Kerrie and Spence
Kerrie and Spence had a clip drama to contend with, but ultimately they stuck with it, got with the program, and delivered a vast living/dining room that impressed. I am loving the coffered ceilings throughout their apartment but the height of this feature in their living/dining room was slightly overbearing, and it certainly didn’t need feature lighting and a fan, and the result was slightly claustrophobic.
The TV cleverly concealed in a mirror was a big winner for me, but generally Kerrie and Spence’s styling is still a little uptight and 90s boardroom. They zoned their living and dining areas perfectly for large-scale entertaining, but I dearly want to see this couple loosen up in the styling department and have a bit of fun with it.
Courtney and Hans
It was a close run thing, but in the end the couple in apartment 2 were the winners this week, hans down! (See what I did there?) They stood strong in the face of having to deliver the biggest room in Block history (you could fit some St Kilda apartments into apartment 2 lounge room!), leading the way with their heroic, bespoke walnut dining table and emerald velvet chairs. The height of elegance, they teamed beautifully with the perfect pendants above, the entire combo delivering the level of elegant opulence buyers at this level demand.
Courtney and Hans delivered personality and proportion, nailing the scale of this gargantuan room. Their quirky styling was captivating and they didn’t sacrifice style for substance either, from the super comfy sofas to their super functional spaces. Bonus points for the Bond-style pop up bar, and the lush colour palette that linked the leather sofa, the rug, and their styling artifacts.
Hayden and Sara
There were lots of elements that I loved in Hayden and Sara’s living dining room. The Venetian plaster column framing the fireplace (even though I wasn’t a fan of the electric fireplace), the dreamy colour palette that reflected that in their master bedroom, the divine floorboards. Sadly they made the TV the centrepiece of the room eclipsing all the beautiful elements that orbited around it.
The result was a disconnected, disjointed space with no talking points or visual stimulation unless the TV was turned on. The room’s lack of flow wasn’t helped by the couple’s decision to flip their living and dining areas, effectively blocking passage to the terrace with their dining table. Hayden and Sara’s living/dining room completely missed the luxe mark and I think the lack of synergy in their styling reflects another dip in confidence.
Norm and Jess
The provenance of Norm and Jess’ coffee table won we over the moment I walked into the room, and the textures and colours of the coffee table, leather sofa and window coverings, and olive tree were elegant and hit exactly the right note for an apartment of this standard. Norm and Jess didn’t quite get the scale right in their room, and their dining table felt positively meager compared to some of the majestic tables we saw on Sunday night.
Then there was the elephant in the room – that off centre tonsil dangling from the ceiling of their living room. I love this fireplace but they couldn’t have positioned it in a worse place if they tried. It devalued this incredible piece, and it made the room feel disjointed and misaligned. It was an obstacle that I just couldn’t get past and upset the whole functionality of the room.
Bianca and Carla
Bianca and Carla sounded a little outfaced (?) by the scale of the space they had to tackle heading into living/dining room week, but they stepped up to the challenge masterfully and were only just pipped at the post for first place on Sunday night. The sculptural lighting above the dining table created instant impact the moment we walked into the dining room zone and their level of attention to detail on the styling makes their entire apartment feel simpatico.
Their architectural choice of windows demonstrates their understanding of scale. I didn’t love their ‘feature’ air-conditioning duct, and their living area lacked functional lighting, but overall they delivered another modern, luxurious space that fits with the overall presentation of their apartment and they are so close nearly every week to winning I can wait to see them take it that one step further to get it across the line.