The thing about being out of Australia now is that I can’t watch The Block for the rest of the series! But before you all start shouting “first world problems!” at me, don’t worry, I’m relying on my sources to continue to bring you the weekly Monday wrap-up of every room reveal. It’s probably about time I admitted I was lucky enough to have a tour of The Block a few weeks back. And editorial assistant Olivia Shead gets to check it out tomorrow night, so look out for her social media pictures and a blog post to come later this week.
So here we go. Last night’s winners were, for the first time, Steve and Chantelle. At the time of writing, I’d not had a chance to catch up on the reaction to their win. What did you think? If I’d been judging though, I’d definitely have picked Alisa and Lysandra. But I wasn’t, so hey…
I’ve made no secret of my twins favouritism but I defy anyone not to see what I’m talking about after last night’s living/dining reveal. Their apartment is HOT. I want to move right in. Not that the other couples aren’t doing some great things too (I like Brad and Dale’s kitchen more than most and Kyal and Kara’s bathroom was brilliant) but Alisa and Lysandra, in my opinion, have the most consistently strong look, week after week (hanging bathroom moss aside). And their living/dining area is not only stylish and texture-tastic, but so practical and functional with its separate dining, desk nook and generous living area. Top marks from me!
ALISA & LYSANDRA
Browse furniture, including the above, in Alisa and Lysandra’s online store.
BUY: Unearth butterly cushion, $129
BUY: Lisbon stool (desk area), $169
BRAD & DALE
BUY: Unearth butterfly cushion, $129, Design by Boys cushion, $88, Megan Weston artwork, from $330, Nest pendant in living room from $695
BUY: Droplet pendant from kitchen, $1250, Brussels kitchen stools, $69 each, Wetlands cushion by Lindsay Blamey, $130
BUY: Habitat pendant (in hallway), from $69, Oslo dining chairs, $179 each
KYAL & KARA
BUY: Johansen side chair, $179, Lumiere Art + Co linen throw, $220,
BUY: Malmo dining table, $899,
BUY: Ali McNabney Stevens art, from $170
And the winners… CHANTELLE & STEVE
Congrats on your first room win, guys!
BUY: Poster, from $150, Malmo coffee table, $449
BUY: Bradford modular sofa, $3497, Malmo entertainment unit, $999
BUY: Ibiza dining chairs, $149 each, Factory pendant, $625.
You can find all our Block coverage and previous room reveals here.
No comparison! They were robbed. I feel a little bit like last season when Trixie and Jonno won the kitchen, it was like a “we feel bad so here win this week!”. That fireplace feature – WHAT?! If anything feels dated then that was it.
Also apart from the glass splashback I really like Dale & Brad’s kitchen. The bashing on it seems a bit horrible really. Sure the table and chairs weren’t the right choice but the kitchen really isn’t that bad.
I am a huge Kyle & Kara fan. Was a tiny bit disappointed with the room dimensions. It’s very easy to muck up which was why we used an architect when we built this time to really nail room sizes and utilise all space!
I love the judges I think they are stars in their field but sometimes I listen to the comments and wonder how on earth they thought that.
Jen Bishop says
I think we are on the same page! 😉
Agree. The twins apartment (so far) is gorgeous. Their layout change and void is genious and will make a big difference on auction day. I LOVE their dining table and chairs. And the little study area in the kitchen is highly needed in this day and age. Steve and Chantelles didn’t compare, but hey, I was happy for them to have a win. It’s more enjoyable seeing everyone compete on a more even playing field. Kyal and Kara have been publicly bashed a little for their (over) use of wood but I think it’s stunning.
Johanne @ housebythewater.wordpress.com says
It’s hard to tell from pictures only, but I think the twins’ living area is in a league of it’s own. It’s not perfect, but I’d take it! My biggest criticism is the mirror behind the fire. It looks like a hole has been cut in the wall. It’s lacking a little homeliness too.
It’s got a little fire place in it! It does look stunning and homely when lit 🙂
I agree! They were hands down the clear winners. I don’t like to say it but perhaps the judges were told to be sympathetic to Chantelle and Steve? Oh well I’m sure the auction results will speak volumes!
Dee Quinn says
I am also overseas and only able to see pics but I must admit that I find the twins’ area a bit drab in the colour palette. It’s cool and trendy but not what I would like to live in.
What I think the winners nailed was giving a brighter more ‘warm’ feel to the space by adding the timber areas.
I agree with Johanne above that the stone in the fireplace is a bit dated though. But I love the functionality of that long bench!
Jen Bishop says
Hi Dee. Kept seeing references to going overseas and meaning to ask how, what, why?! Love to hear more!
Dee Quinn says
Yes – quite a quick change! Promotion and transfer for my husband and now we are in HK for a few years. Not sure what it will mean for my blog as DIY will be hard in an apartment 😉 But interestingly, the few posts on our move and settling in have done really well! So it might become a design/HK Expat Life kinda thing now… We shall see!
Can’t wait to see your pics of Italy – it is on my list of places to spend more time in. I loved Florence when I went 14 years ago. Ouch, I feel really old writing that!
Could you please help me find the curtains used by the twins in their living room reveal?
Thanks heaps 🙂
Jen Bishop says
Hi there. You can find a complete list of suppliers on nine’s Block page on their website.
Michelle Sharp says
Can u find out the cost of the reindeer in the living room of Chantelle & steves. I cannot seem to download this & would like to purchase this. Please help!
Someone asked what floor the girls had laid in their living area.
They are oak floor boards from Royal Oak Floors.
Manda Statham says
Hi, just wondering if anyone knows where I can get the floor rug the boys used in their living room?! Love it!
Jen Bishop says
Hi Manda. There’s a list of all suppliers on the nine website under The Block page. Thanks!
Pierangela Bet says
where can i find the tv panels i think from kayal and karlas rooms
Any idea where to get the little white table over the sofa?