With myself busy moving house and Jen out for dinner with The Block judge Darren Palmer (surely that’s a good excuse for not watching!) neither of us got to enjoy the full episode. Lucky for you, I got up early and watched the reveal and my my, were there some gorgeous bathrooms! How the contestants manage to create these rooms in 72 hours I’ll never understand! Well, onto the judging…
Tim and Anastasia. Came 1st.
I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw Darren and Neale Whitaker squished together in the bathroom. It is tiny! But both judges agreed that while it was small it was perfectly formed and ticked all the boxes for functionality, practicality and still looking good! With some beautiful textures and luxury tapware, it was a huge improvement from the couple, who’ve come second last in both previous eliminations.
GET THE LOOK: Ninnho BUDGIE bath towel set (similar).
Ayden and Jess. Came 3rd.
I love anything and everything Moroccan, so I thought the tiles were absolutely gorgeous; but I had to agree with Neale that it was just a bit too much for a small space. Their mirror was also pretty special, but they lost points for not including any face level storage. As Neale put it, the space was more style over substance.
GET THE LOOK: Vintage Timber Fruit Crate (similar).
Ebony and Luke came last and were sent home.
Oh, I really felt for these two! To come so far and then get knocked out at the final hurdle would have to be devastating, especially when their room was unfinished. Darren liked the colour of the feature tile, but the compliments pretty much stopped there. There was no door, no shower screen and the vanity was incy. Darren even commented that the vanity was comical, what with the large-scale tapware and tiny sink.
OUR PICK TO BUY: Ragnar Pendant (above).
Charlotte and Josh. Came 2nd.
Wow was the first word out of Neale’s mouth. Calm, serene and with a sense of zen, the space managed to feel soothing even though it was small. Large format tiles, timber, and beautiful tapware all complemented each other nicely, with the real standout being the custom-built, face level storage which was set into the wall. Very clever. They are definitely the couple to watch! As Darren said: “I had high expectations and they haven’t let me down.”
GET THE LOOK: Galapagos: Kaffir Lime & Cocoa Butter Candle (similar).
The remaining three couples are now officially onto The Block! Are they your favourite contestants? Or do you think Luke and Ebony should have stayed?