Let’s recap who scored what, the judges’ comments and our picks to buy.
Winner: Harry & Tash | 25.5/30
The father and daughter duo really needed their first win, especially after Harry sprained his ankle this week!
They also pulled the hipages lever because of the sheer size of their master bedroom and walk-in wardrobe. The judges really loved what they did.
“The vaulted ceiling gives you this opportunity for this grandeur,” Darren said, saying it was a phenomenal effort.
Shaynna loved the framed TV mirror and the wallpaper. “They’ve got that nod to the period right.” She said she was proud of them for not putting art on the wall because it didn’t need it. They had some criticism with their carpet choice in week one, but Shaynna loved the darker look for the master bedroom.
“There are enough period references here and it still feels contemporary and appropriate,” Neale said.
They raved about the walk-in too but said the layout wasn’t actually that practical.
My thoughts? I didn’t love it. I felt like the wallpaper and bedhead clashed a little and the wall opposite the bed was a bit too empty, but I loved the high ceilings and the walk-in.
Sarah and George | Fourth | 23/30
The stunning restored ceiling rose was a huge hit with the judges. Shaynna loved the bedhead that Sarah chose, but thought the wallpaper mural overpowered it.
Shaynna said “I love the explosion of colour of the bedhead and the fireplace. But when you have amazing architecture like this you need to let the room breathe.”
Neale said: “I feel I have seen that mural many many time before. It’s cancelling everything else out.”
Darren loved the fireplace but thinks it could have been set a bit lower.
While the walk-in wardrobe was functional, it lacked a certain amount of glamour that they were looking for in a high end Brighton house. Neale found it “really ugly,” but Darren said it was very functional if less glamorous than Harry and Tash’s.
Pick to buy: Corbelle pendant light
Daniel and Jade | Joint second | 25/30
The judges loved the wallpaper which was both Hollywood and very glamorous. “This is back on track,” said Neale.
“The beautiful cornicing, the ceiling rose the light,” said Shaynna. “And as daggy as those bedside lights are I absolutely love them! It feels like an elegant room.”
Darren said all the heritage detailing looked intentional but brand new. But it should have had a king, not a queen bed.
They also loved the cabinet and Jade’s floral arrangement. They would have liked to have seen a king size bed. The walk-in wardrobe had great storage and that all-important aspect: glamour.
My thoughts? Loved the wallpaper. Didn’t dislike anything about it (except the bedside lamps, which I HATED!) but it didn’t excite me either.
Luke and Jasmin | Joint second | 25/30
“I love nothing more than a window seat,” said Shaynna, loving what they did with the bay window.
“I feel like Luke and Jasmin are now on an incredible trajectory,” said Neale. It’s such a beautiful mix of vintage and contemporary.”
Neale said it felt authentic to the house and the suburb and would appeal to the market. Again, the bed should have been a king though. And Darren thought the wardrobe didn’t have enough hanging space for a master bedroom. “It’s doubly frustrating because it’s so well presented and the bedroom is so special.”
The judges loved what they did with the bay windows and the window seat; a very beachy, coastal Federation style. The four-poster bed was a hit, however once again they were questioned why they didn’t have a king size. The styling by Jasmin was praised. However their walk-in wardrobe let them down. There simply wasn’t enough storage.
My thoughts? This was my favourite. The elegant feel, the contrasting black, that bed, the wainscoting: loved it!
Last: Jimmy and Tam | 21.5/30
So it was all going really well to start with. “I never thought I’d say I love that cream brick but I do,” said Darren. They all loved the fireplace. And the Slim Aarons photograph.
But then they realised they’d chosen to put the wardrobe on the other side of the en suite. Uh oh. And also felt it was much too small for two people. “This is a disaster,” said Shaynna. Their decision to do this really ruined it for the couple, who won the last two weeks.
“That bedroom is one of the most impressive bedrooms I’ve seen on The Block thus far and this wardrobe is one of the most disappointing,” said Darren. He said they needed to rip it out and start again.
On the plus side, the judges loved the 1950s inspired bedroom that Jimmy and Tam delivered. Highlights included the floor to ceiling fireplace and chimney, the high ceilings, and the very Palm Springs bed.
My thoughts? The fifties references were great and the fireplace impressive, if not my personal style. I agree the layout decision with the en suite was a bad one, but don’t think they deserved to come last.