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Can you believe this is the third week of The Block Glasshouse? This season seems to be flying by. This week, the couples revealed their second bedrooms, and it’s now that we really get a feel for their style, and answer the question…was their first bedroom a one-off, or is their style consistent.
Apartment 1 | Michael and Carlene (27/30)
I am really starting to love the direction Michael and Carlene’s apartment is taking. The colour palette they’ve chosen is so soothing, and Carlene sure knows how to accessorise! Together with Michael’s carpentry skills, their apartment is really starting to show some character.
In an effort to claw back the budget, Michael put his carpentry skills to good use and constructed a workstation and day bed in their study. A simple timber desk and floating day bed flank the window wall that faces onto the atrium. Placing your workstation in front of a window is great for productivity. No one likes looking directly at a wall while they work. A statement black pendant adds serious interest to this space without overpowering it.
As with their first guest room, Michael and Carlene have selected another artwork by Belynda Henry for their second guest room; and once again they’ve drawn their colour inspiration for the room’s accessories from the painting. This is a great starting point for any room in your home. If you find a piece of art you love, simply add a few accessories around the room to coordinate/compliment it.
Michael and Carlene’s guest bedroom is beautifully styled. The exposed brick wall is a great touch, adding another layer of texture to the space. Carlene has a real knack for using the most of the surfaces throughout the room. By stacking the accessories instead of spreading them out, she has created a more cohesive look.
Get the look…1. Ethnicraft Teak N2 lounge chair, 2. Castell side table, 3. Artwork by Belynda Henry, 4. Tiny landscapes (set of 4) by Auf Wiedersehen, 5. Replica Jason Miller Modo 10 chandelier, 6. Replica Eames Organic chair, 7. Ethan white blanket, 8. In The Shadows “Bird” limited edition screenprint by Kareena Zerefos
Apartment 2 | Chris and Jenna (19/30)
Following the perfect scores awarded for their master bathroom last week, Chris and Jenna were under immense pressure to deliver another stellar space. Unfortunately, this week, the judges were not at all pleased with what Chris and Jenna presented.
The main criticism was that the room looked too much like a garden centre, and not a welcoming guest bedroom. I disagree. Yes there were a few plants on display, but I wouldn’t say it’s overdone. Perhaps if they were mixed with a variety of accessories, they wouldn’t have made such individual statements. I do think the bench at the end of the bed is wrong for this space. Perhaps if it were lower with something soft layered on top, such as a cushion or two, or a throw, it may have worked.
I’m impressed that Chris and Jenna have continued the black trusses through to this room as well. It’s these architectural details that make these spaces that much more interesting.
This bedroom is short on space, and unfortunately the walk in wardrobe really cut into the available floor area. Personally, I would have preferred to have seen a built in wardrobe and more room to walk around the bed. However, the detail and amount of storage space they’ve incorporated into their WIR is excellent.
This week, Chris and Jenna made the bold move to forgo including a study on the second floor of their apartment; instead opting for a void that extends through their staircase from the first floor right through to the roof. Time will tell if this was a winning move (I think it will look stunning!). Chris and Jenna also revealed an attic storage space, using the valuable space above their bathroom. In an apartment, every square inch of storage is a must, and this area is perfect for storing all of those bulky items that won’t fit in a linen cupboard…think luggage, Christmas decorations, or perhaps a dodgy looking stag head (poor Albie).
Get the look…1. Max armchair, 2. Rope ottoman, 3. Mechanics cage pendant, 4. Monochrome Geoblob, limited edition print by Brent Rosenberg, 5. Hunter round cross side table, 6. Manor wall bracket frame, 7. Mazagran contemporary French Poterie, 8. Cashmere Mix throw, 9. Have a Ball lavastone pots
Apartment 3 | Max and Karstan (21/30)
Poor Max and Karstan…the budget is starting to get a little tight, and it really showed in this week’s reveal…
The judges felt that Max and Karstan’s home office felt dated. I disagree. A clean, white workspace always looks so fresh. I love the floating shelves and the ample drawer space they’ve included in the desk. My only criticism is that this area looks a little plain. A nice print featuring a touch of that burnt orange of the chair, would really liven this space up.
In a Block first, Max and Karstan have installed a polished concrete veneer floor. This product allows a home owner to achieve a polished concrete look, without the depth or weight…perfect for an apartment or second floor. The finish they achieved in their study and hallways was super sleek, and the sheer curtains contrast beautifully.
Max and Karstan’s bedroom really let them down this week. It wasn’t for the lack of architectural detail, or the quality of their finishes; it was their lack of decoration. This room looks so plan, and it’s hard to compete with the other couples if you do not spend the money. The oversized artwork they chose as a feature would have had more impact if it were hung on the wall opposite the door as you walked in. That simple change would have changed the whole look and feel.
Apartment 4 | Simon and Shannon (27/30)
Simon and Shannon are fast proving themselves to be the kings of bedrooms, creating stylish spaces that would suit any couple.
A simple nook with built in shelving and desk makes up Simon and Shannon’s study space. I really like the rustic nature of the raw timber they’ve used for their shelving. The black nib wall allows the computer screen to disappear into the background when not in use (monitors can be quite ugly at times). Classic replica pieces such as the Arne Jacobsen AJ desk lamp, and Eames DSW chair give this small space ample character.
A full size built in wardrobe is a great addition to this guest bedroom, and as you know, you can never get enough storage. In a bold move, Simon and Shannon chose to dress the bed in an orange velvet blanket. It appears the 70’s are back! Will you be embracing them?
Simon and Shannon have been blessed with an apartment with quite large bedrooms, affording them the space to add architectural detail like the timber slat bulkhead, and for it to not overpower the space. It’s impressive, and I hope they incorporate this detail in other areas of their apartment. Well done boys.
Get the look…1. Ethnicraft teak Square Root chair, 2. Love Club wall flag, 3. XO gold foil print set, 4. Classique Si bedside, 5. Paradise gold foil print, 6. Replica Arne Jacobsen AJ floor lamp, 7. Dietrich Collection candles, 8. Replica Eames DSW chair
Apartment 5 | Dee and Darren | This week’s winners! (28.5/30)
From the moment I set my eyes on Dee and Darren’s study space, I knew they’d won this week…
…and now you can see why. The timber floor laid in a herringbone pattern is absolutely gorgeous! This classic pattern is back in style in a big way and it adds major impact to this walk through space. Dee and Darren installed a long, narrow window in their study to bring in extra light, and it makes a really interesting feature. Also loving the floating timber desk and white shelving. This is a great study space.
Dee and Darren have carried the timber paneling theme in their second guest bedroom; this time painting it out in a moody grey. A white linen canopy adds softness to this space, and gives this bed a little grandeur.
If you were a guest in this room, you would not be disappointed. Dee sure knows how to dress a bed. Her use of colour, texture and varied size is spot on. There’s nothing I don’t like about this space. Dee and Darren well and truly deserved the win this week. Don’t you just want to crawl into that bed?
Get the look… 1. Clondrisse Tree limited edition fine art photograph, 2. Ethnicraft Oak Tripod side table, 3. Gypsy by Sibella Court, 4. Ethan dark grey blanket, 5. Dear Yahoo notebook, 6. Book | Rock the Shack
So, which couple delivered your favourite study and guest bedroom? Next week, the master bedroom and walk in wardrobe.