The Block Guest Bedroom and Ensuite 2 reveal was an interesting one this week and I must say I do agree with the judges on the winning team – Luke and Jasmin. I am getting my firm favourites and although the rooms are not always executed perfectly I think there are some great ideas and potential from the contestants. Where did working to the brief go though? Some contestants are still almost meeting the brief and Jimmy and Tam, bless them, are still sticking resolutely to it, so I'm not sure there is a great level playing field with the scoring.
The judges' views are below together with my views on The Block Guest Bedroom and Ensuite 2. I'm still judging the rooms in terms of the initial brief – any designer that disregards this completely is showing no respect for their clients. However, as the link is getting more tenuous each week, I'm beginning to look more at the designs and general styling for each room too. Would love to hear which rooms are your favourites and whether you agree with the judges.
The Block Guest Bedroom and Ensuite 2 reveal
Luke and Jasmin Guest Bedroom and Bathroom Reveal 30/30
The Judges' views
WOW. That’s probably the best word to describe the bedroom and bathroom that Luke and Jasmin delivered this week. Whimsical and gorgeous were two words thrown about while judging the bedroom, which was made for a child. Stunning wallpaper, a hanging chair, and the bunk beds a highlight. They also loved the small touches including the elephant and lion mounted on the wall. The bathroom was executed perfectly, including beautiful terrazzo and subway tiles. 30/30 for Luke and Jasmin, you can’t get much better than that.
I found this child's bedroom and ensuite absolutely delightful. I love the freshness of Luke and Jasmin's rooms and the injections of personality. The look is clean and fresh but welcoming and warm too. I really like the introduction of gorgeous warm terracotta, which is on trend, and I am a huge fan of the artist Karina Jambrak, so loved the prints.
In terms of meeting the brief, the fresh feel of the bathroom meets the 1910s love of white bathrooms which was seen as hygienic at the time. The curves in the mirrors suit the organic mood of the time too. The overall mood and feeling of the combined spaces is one of natural colours and finishes which was certainly important during this era. Again, a nice contemporary interpretation of the era from Luke and Jasmin.
Sarah and George Guest Bedroom and Bathroom Reveal 29 / 30
The Judges' views
The Western Sydney married couple have come back from the break in the build with a healthy, new attitude. One of the first things the judges noticed was the stunning Grafico wallpaper mural in the bedroom, and the sheer size of the room. There was so much storage with the Kinsman wardrobes, and we all know the judges love lots of storage. With huge ceilings, there wasn’t much wrong with the bedroom. In the bathroom they loved the tiles. One of the only criticisms was the position of the tap in the shower, but overall, a fantastic week for Sarah and George.
In terms of meeting the brief of decorating to a 1940s period, I can't really find anything here that relates to that era. Sarah and George introduced soft sentimental pink into their other bathrooms which suited the post war period perfectly and allowed them to keep the other elements in the room more contemporary. However this week the bathroom is extremely neutral and they seem to have moved away from relating their house to the era.
I do like the bathroom, however the shower looks a little tight in terms of the width but I do love the treatment of the niche which is generous and nicely finished with feature tiling on that wall. I also have a big thumbs up for the gorgeously simple grey textured carpet – the nicest I have seen since the show started. I am completely over the dark plush carpets that show vacuum tracks. And I do really like the wallpaper too. The room has an understated and elegant wow factor and the navy blue does work with the era, but it needed more.
Jimmy and Tam Guest Bedroom and Bathroom Reveal 29/30
The judges' views
The nature of the space in Jimmy and Tam’s upstairs bedroom would have been difficult to work with, but they nailed it. The bench work from home space overlooking the back yard was just perfect, according to the judges. Once again the incredible Grafico wallpaper stood out. As for the bathroom, the bold choice of peach paint had a mixed reaction, with Shaynna calling it the Donald Trump of bathrooms. Everything else though was amazing. The big question is, will Jimmy and Tam’s build appeal to the Brighton buyer, as it is so specific? They are certainly taking the 1950s brief very seriously.
I don't really know what to say about this. Firstly, I would really like to applaud Jimmy and Tam for sticking to their guns and delivering rooms each week that meet the brief. Their fellow contestants are delivering rooms that are far more elegant and appealing but are not really meeting the brief of decorating to an era. Jimmy and Tam meanwhile have taken this to heart and are working hard to complete rooms to a 1950s style.
The apricot coloured paint in the ensuite is absolutely hideous and it would have been preferable to have selected a softer, more approachable pastel to use. What I do like this week though is that they have introduced the colour with paint which can easily be addressed and have used the most gorgeous Terrazzo tiles. The different tile heights though are an issue for me, as I have noted in previous weeks. This won't be so obvious with a softer neutral paint colour but I prefer simplicity in design and just these fabulous tiles to the ceiling would have been great. These tiles reflect that era and a different vanity with more of a nod to the period could have been included. A heated towel rail shouldn't be mounted half on tiles and half on a painted wall either.
In terms of the bedroom, I really don't like the choice of wallpaper – a stunning design – but simply too overpowering for such a small space. The gorgeous flowers on the bedside table are lost in the design and it took me ages to find just one bedside lamp. The plusses for me are the lovely warm colour palette which is welcoming, stylish natural floorcoverings and the timber elements throughout the room, including the handles on the wardrobes. Some beautiful foundation pieces this week for Jimmy and Tam but even for a lover of colour like me, there was too much.
Harry and Tash Guest Bedroom and Bathroom Reveal 28 ½ /30
The judges' views
It was initially all positive feedback from the judges for the Melbourne father and daughter couple. The judges thought the bedroom referenced the Art Deco period of the 1920s inspired House No.1. The Kinsman wardrobe was a hit, and the judges loved the art work from Art Lovers. The bathroom was also very well done, in particular the beautiful terrazzo tiles. However Darren was first to pick up a big mistake, the bathroom wall was out of plumb around 40mm and was crooked. A huge setback for Harry and Tash, they may have to pull the bathroom out and start again.
Try as hard as I can, I simply can't find any relation in these rooms to the glamorous and glitzy 1920s Art Deco period. Clearly meeting the brief to any degree has fallen by the wayside here. The bathroom is appealing and has an earthy organic feel which I like. The colours are neutral but warm and I like the tactile matt finishes used. The bedroom reminds me of a hotel. Perfectly nice but with the one obligatory artwork over the bed and no personality.
Daniel and Jade Guest Bedroom and Bathroom Reveal 25 ½ / 30
The judges' views
The South Australians did something unique to the other couples this week upstairs on The Block, they had two bedrooms and a bathroom. It’s a move that will surely add to the value of their family friendly 1930s inspired home. The judges loved that each of the bedrooms were designed for a boy and a girl. Shaynna loved Jade’s styling, something the hairdresser takes very seriously on The Block. However as far as the bathroom goes, it wasn’t brilliant feedback. Jade loved her mint green basing From Nood Co, and Shaynna thought it was a great addition. But Darren in particular wasn’t a fan of much at all in the room. So while the bedrooms were nearly perfect, the bathroom was a let down for Daniel and Jade this week.
The marble style tiles suit the 1930s Art Deco period well but the look was spoiled with a Shaker style vanity. I went into this last week – there is absolutely no way that this is right to use in an Art Deco bathroom. Brass tapware and accessories would have been great rather than a reliance on heavy black. I think the bathroom is perfectly nice but the green vanities don't relate at all to the Hamptons style vanity unit.
I do really like the idea though of presenting two bedrooms this week. One clearly masculine and one feminine but not traditionally so. The colour scheme of grey, green and black is inspired while the gorgeous on trend warm terracotta and blush tones are perfect. Nicely executed rooms for teenagers with good storage.
What did you think of The Block guest bedroom and ensuite 2 reveal this week? Do you agree with the judges? I would love to have your input in the comments section below.
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