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The long-awaited first room reveal of The Block Glasshouse has finally aired, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. You know it’s going to be a challenging Block when the couples struggled to even find their apartments on the first day. Add significant delays with the installation of new windows, steel beams, and missing tradies, and you’re guaranteed to see some on air drama. With five new couples, I’ve really been looking forward to discovering their style, and I was not disappointed. Let’s see their rooms…
Apartment 1 | Carlene and Michael (26/30) (Blockhead jury winners)
These seasoned renovators have a great eye for detail, and are definitely not afraid of colour. Carlene and Michael have made the most of their space by installing floor to ceiling wardrobes and doors…finishing at an impressive three metres high! The jade-coloured wardrobe doors were a brave choice, however they’re the perfect partner for the statement artwork positioned above the bed.
Carlene and Michael have used scale to it’s full advantage in their guest room, with the exaggerated height making major impact in this space. The oversized mirror and floor to ceiling sheer curtains add even more drama. A light well above the door and mirror floods this room with loads of natural light, making the room seem even more welcoming.
Carlene and Michael’s attention to detail can be seen throughout the entire room. They have cleverly concealed light switches behind these gorgeous copper pendant lights so as not to distract the eye from this stunning feature.
The styling of their bedside tables was the best of all the couples, featuring a great mix of geometric and organic shapes. I’m a big fan of including living elements in every room of the house, and the plants they’ve selected are really interesting. The overall look they’ve achieved is a warm and welcoming guest room anyone would love to stay in. I’m looking forward to seeing more from this couple.
Apartment 2 | Chris and Jenna (23/30)
For a couple who’ve never had experience renovating, Chris and Jenna have delivered a gorgeous first room. Starting with a simple black and silver colour scheme, Chris and Jenna have injected plenty of warmth into this space with a natural oak bedroom setting, and teal and coral accessories. While their styling isn’t as polished as Carlene and Michael’s, they had some fantastic ideas for this space.
In a nod to The Block Glasshouse’s origins as a former office block and building site, Chris and Jenna hired a photographer to capture all the details, to use as abstract art throughout their apartment. This is an interesting idea any home renovator can incorporate.
This guest bedroom features cathedral ceilings leading to a skylight, with exposed trusses which Chris and Jenna have painted black. This detail adds major impact to this space, and the black cage lights finish it off beautifully.
A great addition to the headboard wall, is a built in desk. It’s compact in size so as to not overwhelm the space, yet large enough to place a laptop, or write a note. A small desk is always welcome in a guest room. I really like this space. It’s fresh, open, and youthful. I can’t wait to see what Chris and Jenna deliver next.
Apartment 3 | Max and Karstan (17/30)
I really felt for Max and Karstan this week, who have claimed the title as the first contestants in Block history to deliver an unfinished room. Unfortunately their blind and wardrobe installers let them down and the judges penalised them heavily in the scoring.
Their guest room had the makings of something really special. The refinished windows look amazing, and that view’s not too bad either. An automated block out blind finished off the window following the reveal. Recessing the bedhead into the wall was an unexpected detail, and allows for an extra display surface on the window sill. I really like their bold black and white chevron bedding, while the yellow accents give this room a fresh feel.
Max and Karstan’s styling is interesting, yet simple, and doesn’t overpower the bedside tables (aren’t the wattle flowers adorable?). I would have liked to have seen a more substantial bedside table though; perhaps one with extra storage, as these particular tables feel a little underwhelming.
The I-ON and N-ON pendant lights clustered in the corner were a really attractive choice. I’m sure if the blinds and wardrobes were installed on time, Max and Karstan would have scored well. A lesson learned there for all future Block contestants…hound your tradies day and night until they turn up. Hopefully Max and Karstan (an event planner) will be able to pull it together for the next reveal.
Apartment 4 | Shannon and Simon | This week’s winners (27/30)
Proving you don’t need a female shopping on your behalf; Shannon and Simon collected $10,000 for their winning guest bedroom. The room they delivered was sleek, well-finished and innovative, with a Scandinavian feel. To add interest to the room, Shannon and Simon installed a sloped ceiling, with it’s highest point at the room entrance.
Shannon and Simon installed a beautifully finished timber paneling feature wall that conceals an impressive walk in wardrobe behind. I’m not sure I’m a fan of the carpet/timber floor combination though. I’ll reserve judgement until I see how it flows through to the other spaces throughout their apartment.
With a wardrobe this large, your guests will want to move in! This was a clever move by Shannon and Simon, as a room with this much storage could easily double as a master bedroom, or suit a teenage resident.
Shannon and Simon’s accessory choices were interesting, including a five foot high cactus. I’m not sure I’d want something that sharp in a bedroom. The Muffin table lamps are gorgeous, as is the faceted-gold candle holder, however I would have like to have seen a little more contrast in colour. It all seems to blend into the timber feature wall.
Like most of the couples, Shannon and Simon have installed floor to ceiling sheer curtains, with the track work recessed into the ceiling. It’s details like this that really impressed the judges. My favourite piece of art this week is the framed Light Design Pie Chart poster. While this isn’t my favourite room of the week, it certainly presented well. I’m sure Shannon and Simon will be delivering many more innovative designs over the coming weeks.
Apartment 5 | Darren and Deanne (25.5/30)
Darren and Deanne have been blessed with gorgeous windows for their guest bedroom, and have made full use of this feature by placing the bed directly against the wall. The wood paneling sheets with horizontal grooves make the room seem so much wider and add a really nice texture to the space. The winning feature in this room for me are the Cumulus pendants. Their diaphanous nature reminds me of the lanterns floating in the sky in the movie Tangled.
I’m all about practicality and comfort when it comes to guest rooms. On the comfort side, Darren and Deanne have delivered a very welcoming and comfortable looking space. The layers of blankets and pillows in a variety of textures look so inviting. When it comes to practicality, like Karstan and Max, Darren and Deanne have included a small side table which looks a little lost in this space. I like the accessories featured on the tables, however there’s not much room left for your current reading or cuppa. A small criticism, however it’s details like this that might effect their points (we all know Shaynna Blaze loves storage).
Speaking of storage, Darren and Deanne have installed wall to wall wardrobes, coated in a mid grey. The monochromatic colour scheme is punctuated by touches of yellow and navy on the bed. By simply swapping out three cushions, you can create a completely different look for this room, and it’s this versatility I love. Finishing off the room is a stunning John Martono print in a simple black frame. The fluidity of the painting contrasts beautifully with the wall paneling. Darren and Deanne are a couple to watch and I look forward to seeing how they tackle their master bedroom.
There you have it…the first week on The Block Glasshouse done and dusted. Which couple delivered your favourite guest bedroom?
Next up, the master bathroom! Already the couples are discovering that the space allocated is tight, so some innovative thinking is required. Stay tuned for the next reveal…