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It’s Week 5, and The Block’s staircases, laundries and powder rooms have been revealed. It’s a week of unfinished spaces, spaces that don’t feel resolved, spaces that clearly don’t work, and spaces that are right on point…a mixed bag indeed! How did your favourite couple fare?
Apartment 1 | Michael and Carlene | This week’s winners (28/30)
It is clear to see why Michael and Carlene are this week’s winners.
Michael and Carlene’s laundry and bathroom is flawless…sexy even. Who can honestly say that about their laundry? The marble tiles and bronze-look mirror are just gorgeous, and definitely combine together to create a welcoming space for your guests. The etch web pendant light lifts this space to a whole other level. Stunning.
Michael and Carlene’s vanity is modern, sleek, and a gorgeous contrast to the tile. The brass inlay is unexpected, adding even more drama to this space. I love that their laundry appliances are concealed behind doors, allowing the home owner to hide away the laundry clutter when guests come to visit. This is a laundry and powder room that many people would want to emulate in their own homes.
The judges were also impressed with Michael and Carlene’s choice of staircase and treatment. Personally I find the black bars and navy feature wall too heavy in this space. Time will tell how this fits into the rest of their apartment.
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This was not Chris and Jenna’s week. The judges felt that they’d lost their way, and I completely agree. Every other week, I am quick to defend Chris and Jenna’s work, but this week I just can’t. Chris and Jenna’s master bathroom was an absolute winner, however this space just doesn’t stand up at all. Their tile selections do not work well together, and their choice of vanity was poor. That much storage in a vanity is perfect for a large family bathroom…it just isn’t necessary in a powder room. A simple bench-style vanity with sink is all that is required.
The feature tile is just so busy, and paired with the “disco” bench in the concealed laundry space looks dated already. I do, however, applaud them for installing loads of storage within their laundry.
A built-in ironing board is usually a fab inclusion, however this one misses the mark as well. The position is so awkward. When the ironing board is extended, it completely cuts off this space…you’re either trapped in the laundry, or blocked outside the room. A built-in feature that is surrounded by tiles is difficult to resolve without causing damage. Sadly, if this was in a home I was buying, it would be the first room to be gutted and renovated.
Their staircase though, is absolutely gorgeous! Despite what the judges expressed about the black being too heavy; I really like the industrial vibe of this area. The pale timber treads really warm up this area, while the bone inlay stool and plant give this space life. The void Chris and Jenna envisaged is starting to take shape, and I’m looking forward to seeing the complete product. Hopefully Chris and Jenna can pull themselves together from this point and create the gorgeous apartment I know they’re capable of.
Apartment 3 | Max and Karstan (23/30)
Max and Karstan’s laundry and powder room was a story in white. The judges felt it was a little stock-standard, however we all know white never goes out of style, and this space will suit most buyers.
A simple white vanity and toilet suite, with a black framed mirror, make up the powder room side of the room. Looking at these two photos, you could be forgiven for thinking they belong in to different rooms. I don’t think the laundry area is as polished and perhaps this let them down in the judging. It’s a little, dare I say, boring.
The staircase on other hand is far from boring. Max and Karstan made great use of the space beneath their staircase by installing a small bar and storage area. The glass wall is sleek, and allows loads of light to flow onto the stairs. The only addition I would make is a hand rail. I’m looking forward to seeing their kitchen next week.
Apartment 4 | Simon and Shannon (27/30)
I honestly thought the boys would snag the win again this week. Simon and Shannon have such a knack for mixing tiles successfully. Teaming gloss black cabinetry, with a gloss white tile and grey marble penny rounds was a great design decision. The contrast in shape and finish works really well.
Like most of the couples, Simon and Shannon have concealed their laundry appliances behind cabinetry. Given that this is a powder room guests will likely use, it’s a great idea to hide them away. Let’s face it…appliances aren’t always the prettiest things to look at.
The gloss black cabinet is mirrored in Simon and Shannon’s choice of vanity. Despite selecting heavy black, this room doesn’t feel dark or closed in at all thanks to the windows above. Follow the boys’ lead when planning a monochrome space…add touches of timber to add warmth.
Out of all the staircases, this one feels the most resolved. The floating black stairs are gorgeous, and the simple glass screen and black handrail finish it off beautifully. I note that Simon and Shannon are also the only team to add artwork to their stairwell, and it certainly lifts the space. The boys were only just pipped at the post by Michael and Carlene, and I know this will fire them up to deliver a stunning kitchen this week.
Apartment 5 | Dee and Darren (17/30)
Unfortunately Dee and Darren were unable to complete the staircase, laundry and powder room, making this the second week in a row. I hope they manage to deliver a completed kitchen…you can’t win rooms if they’re half-finished. Like the rest of their apartment, Dee and Darren have installed paneling in their powder room, painted in their signature “White Rhino” colour. The simple marble vanity top and white basin is really nice, however that’s where it ends for me in this part of the reveal.
Dee and Darren’s laundry is super practical, featuring a washer, dryer, and airing cupboard. I do wish they’d concealed their appliances like the other couples. This side of laundry/powder room is just too practical looking…not luxe enough for The Block I’m afraid.
What a shame Dee and Darren didn’t have the opportunity to finish their staircase on time. The classic oak treads, paired with the black metal balustrade and handrail matches their style perfectly. Dee and Darren have been the most consistent couple, with their whole apartment looking the most cohesive. I honestly can’t wait to see the full apartment. This one is right up my alley…aside from the laundry that is.
What does your dream laundry look like?