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Every real estate agent will tell you...it's kitchens and bathrooms that sell houses. This week, The Block Sky High couples delivered probably the most important room of their apartments...the kitchen! Judge, Neale Whittaker mentioned that it's his favourite week on The Block, and I have to agree! There are so many challenging design aspects when considering a new kitchen...the layout, storage, appliances, hardware, flooring, benchtops, splashbacks, drawer/door finishes...and so much more. Each of these items are really expensive to replace, so you want to get it right the first time! Let's see how the couples met these challenges...
Trixie and Johnno - This week's winners!
The pressure was on this week for a win by Trixie and Johnno...anything but first place would have seen them unable to finish their renovations...and WOW did they deliver!! I adore this kitchen...it has such a warmth to it. The combination of white (Alpine Premium) and timber (Newbury Satin Heartwood) laminates on the cupboard fronts works so well together. It's fresh, airy, and oh so inviting...as is the breakfast table butted up against the island bench. Such a great use of space, allowing the owners of this apartment to enjoy two different dining experiences within the one home (that's if Trixie and Johnno deliver a dining room of course).
|1. Pear head apron | 2. Fluro pink map of Aussie tea towel | 3. Vibrant kitchen paper towels | 4 & 5. Fun tea towels | 6. Funky kitchen paper towels | 7 & 8. Fun tea towels | 9. Bird head apron|
Alisa and Lysandra
With extra cash to splash, Alisa and Lysandra delivered a high-end kitchen with integrated appliances and impressive concrete bench tops. A full size fridge and freezer is hidden behind cupboard doors, with a cluster of appliances taking centre stage in the middle of this wall of cupboards...coffee machine, microwave, and double oven. The only drawback for me is the splashback. I've said it before, and I'll say it again...I really detest mirrored splashback! They are seriously high maintenance. This is not a kitchen for a messy cook.
|1. Vertical indoor/outdoor garden (Josh & Jenna's kitchen "All Stars") | 2. Chanel poster (Madi & Jarrod's master bedroom) | 3. Maria's stool (Trixie & Johnno's challenge room) | 4. Ubabub prints (Sundae print Madi & Jarrod's guest room) | 5. White lace lucky lanterns | 6. Vibrant paper towel holders | 7. Chevron kitchen trays | 8. The Beaches kitchen stools | 9. Vintage style apple crate "herbs"|
Bec and George
Once again, Bec and George have delivered a lovely space, with a slightly minimal feel. Bec and George really know how to accessorise, and I love the teal, orange, and yellow pops around the kitchen. The vintage poster they've included adds loads of personality to this room, as do the cage pendant lights hanging above the island bench. From this view, you can spy Bec and George's bar...with wall to wall storage for glassware, bottles, preparation space and bar fridges. The bar has a cut-out through to the living space, making this an interactive space between the home owners and their guests.
|1. Yellow & Blue bird heads (Trixie & Johnno's master bedroom) | 2. Ubabub Booksee bookshelf (Trixie & Johnno's nursery challenge) | 3. Rug Calder 310x195cm | 4. Six Dean Factory stool in black (different colour option, Bec & George's kitchen) | 5. Collage artwork by Emily Green (Madi & Jarrod's guest room) | 6. Replica Kay Bojesen wooden songbirds (Trixie & Johno's master bedroom) | 7. Retro desk telephone (Kim & Matt's guest room) | 8. Nordic Taburet counter stool (Trixie & Johnno's master bedroom) | 9. Six Dean Factory stool (Bec & George's kitchen)|
Kim and Matt
So, it appears that Kim and Matt have done some kitchen tweaking since last night's reveal! The white resin flooring has been replaced by an oversized grey tile, and new stools have made their home at the kitchen bench. Last night's reveal garnered a mixed reaction from the judges. Shaynna Blaze was critical of their flooring, saying that it would be trashed in no time. The new flooring looks so much better, and really compliments the overall kitchen design. I love that Matt has continued the cement rendered feature walls...he really is a good at his craft. The hot pink artwork is the perfect addition, adding a much needed pop of colour!
|1. Aki suspension pendant (Kim & Matt's kitchen) | 2. Lumina small cone pendant (Alisa & Lysandra's guest room) | 3. Faceture pendant (Kim & Matt's guest room) | 4. Burlap weave drum pendant (Alisa & Lysandra's master bedroom & robe) | 5. Coco fish scale pendant (Phil & Amity's hallway "All Stars") | 6. Norway teak table lamp (Alisa & Lysandra's, Madi & Jarrod's guest room) | 7. Toadstool night light | 8. Baby Scotty night light | 9. Design Stockholm House block lamp (Kim & Matt's 2nd bedroom and ensuite)|
Madi and Jarrod
Where Trixie and Johnno's kitchen had loads of light streaming through, Madi and Jarrod's kitchen feels dark, and a little dreary (sorry fans!). There is nothing wrong with the layout of this kitchen...I just think the grey was a bad decision for the splashback and upper cabinets. The choice of art displayed here is different to the one shown in the reveal last night, and I do prefer this piece...it's fun and fresh, just like them.