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Well folks...this is it. The final reveal for The Block Sky High! For the last two weeks, the couples have been renovating this ground floor apartment, in an effort to win money off their reserve auction prices. Here's the floor plan they've been working with...
Trixie and Johnno - Living Room
For their final room, Trixie and Johnno created a space that was warm, friendly, and functional...with loads of pops of colour. At first I wasn't a fan of the handpainted mural Trixie and Johnno created, but it's really grown on me. I love all of the furniture choices they made for their living room...except for the television table. I would have preferred to see something a little more substantial...the current choice looks like they've just moved in and couldn't afford to finish furnishing their space. Aside from that one piece...this room is lovely.
|1. Uashmama small laminate bag | 2. Malboro chair|
With a perfect score of 30/30, Alisa and Lysandra delivered a well-deserved first place winning galley kitchen. I am so impressed with their mix of colours, patterns, and surfaces in this kitchen. It takes serious design skill to combine high gloss black, with white, washed out timber laminate, chocolate brown marble-look benchtops, and polished concrete floors. Shaynna Blaze is right...these girls need to give up their current careers and go into interior design.
|1. Sean Dix Factory stool|
Although the couples were working independently this week, Bec and George created a dining area that perfectly complimented the twins kitchen. Given that Bec and George really only had one wall to make any kind of statement with, they have delivered in spades! The feature wall has been covered in an aged-look bronze metal cladding, whose original design purpose is for outside. Repurposing this material for an indoor application was a touch of design genius. No artwork required...this wall, combined with Bec and George's bespoke light fitting, give this space all the impact it requires.
Bec and George's choice of industrial dining table, works so well. Love the raw timber top, and scaffolding legs on wheels. The black chairs with timber seats, compliments this table perfectly, adding just the right amount of contrast.
Bec and George's handmade chandelier consists of a timber base, with pendant lights thread through, hung at different heights. I love that they've used a variety of bulb sizes and shapes...it certainly adds to it's overall effect. Bec and George were one of my favourite couples on The Block this season, and I hope they do well on the weekend's auction.
|1. Marias Chair | 2. Create Single Pendant light|
Tasked with creating a courtyard on the southern side of the building, Kim and Matt knocked it out of the park with this wintery-feeling garden and barbeque area. As the judges stated, it really feels like two completely different spaces...both we just as much impact. Exiting from the kitchen, you're greeted with a large barbeque table, surrounded by bench seating and colourful stools. The wall-hung barbeque is sleek and modern, and further reinforces the industrial vibe throughout this groundfloor apartment.
Seriously, who thinks to use lilac and pale teal in garden furniture? Matt and Kim, that's who. Love the faceted stools.
|1. Keith Melbourne Crystal stool | 2. Outdoor wicker box | 3. Outdoor stool by Feelgood Designs | 4. Knotted bowl - black | 5. Keith Melbourne Latte stool | 6. Knotted bowl - grey | 7. Keith Melbourne Cognac stool | 8. Wallmount BBQ|
An outdoor ethanol fire completes this seating nook...not only providing a source of warmth, but is sculptural in design, looking somewhat like a metal bonfire. Matt and Kim have continually surprised me with their designs, and I can see a future for them in the design industry. I think their apartment will be the surprise package on auction day.
|1. Haldor Grape outdoor cushion cover | 2. Chippendale cushion | 3. Secret Gate Pewter cushion | 4. STIX outdoor ethanol fire | 5. Lovely lattice cushion|
Madi and Jarrod - Northern courtyard
Last, but certainly not least, is Madi and Jarrod's northern facing courtyard. This courtyard is the polar opposite to Matt and Kim's. Where Matt and Kim's courtyard has a definite wintery feel, Madi and Jarrod's feels more like summer in Palm Springs. Loads of timber, succulents, and pebbles fill this space. The custom outdoor dining table and bench seat are perfect for this open space, and the addition of succulents and icebox built directly into the table top are inspired.
|1. Dish, outdoor ethanol fire pit | 2. Zig Zag Ebony cushion|