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The Block 2018 Guest Bedrooms Revealed, plus Win a Block Shop Voucher

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The Block 2018 guest bedrooms were just revealed and I gotta be honest: I don’t know whether I’m Arthur or Martha. Coming or going. Night or day. Up or down. To quote the legendary Kath Day-Knight, “I am one confused tramp”.

I didn’t really love the rooms this week, though the judges seemed to. You know when everyone is telling you something is amazing but you know inside it’s just not? It’s happened to me several times when I’ve had a shocking haircut but my partner has told me it’s cute. I’m experiencing that feeling right now. Are you? Either the world’s gone mad, or I have. I’m not sure which it is.

And it’s not to say that some moments in the spaces weren’t delicious. There were several decor and furniture pieces that were so sweet I developed type two diabetes while watching the reveal. But overall, I do have to be the official Debbie Downer and say that this week wasn’t a show-stopper like last week was. Sad but true.

But let’s delve further into each room below, because I have loads to say. And make sure you scroll to the bottom of the post where you can WIN a $100 Block Shop Voucher just by telling me what you thought of this week’s guest bedrooms!

Let’s talk The Block 2018 Guest Bedrooms

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Kerrie and Spence gave Guests a Library

I have to say right off the bat, what’s with so many of the guest bedrooms having walk-in-robes? I know this is a flashy Melbourne apartment complex, but who goes to a friend’s place to stay and expects something so grand?

When I stay over my friend’s place, I’m happy to get a futon, a corner to stash my suitcase, and a mug of Jarrah in the morning. But perhaps that says more about my standards than it does anything else.

Design-wise I’m not loving this room. It feels quite soulless. Kerrie and Spence took up valuable real estate with a walk-in-robe and library nook (truly confused about they included the latter), but left the bed zone tight on space. I also thought the orientation of the bed was a fail. I would have turned the bed so you see the headboard when you walk in. As it stands you walk in and see shutters. Not cute.

Some other things also weren’t working…

It was more than just size and scale that went wrong here. The walls were very stark. I mean, I adore that artwork, but it alone cannot make the walls feel resolved. A soft grey paint would have helped. A subtle wallpaper like these ones would have been even better.

But as it stands, it kinda feels like a rental home. It needs something permanent. Add some pendant lights above those gorg bedsides or install wall sconces; something to give it some sense of grandeur!

Now don’t hate me for saying this either, but the silver headboard… I just can’t. And the bedsides… completely unfinished on the vignette-front. Why did they not decorate them properly?

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I’n Not Mad at Norm and Jess’ Guest Bedroom

I’m really not mad at all. This room certainly feels more sophisticated than Kerrie and Spence’s space, and it has a lot going for it.

The paint colour is divine, Let’s start there. They avoided a stark white and it’s paid off. What that soft grey does is allow colours, especially dramatic ones, to pop a thousand times more. The emerald green in that headboard is living its best life against that grey backdrop. They get points for the colour choices for sure.

Now, I do have issues with the headboard though. Only because I feel like I’ve seen it before on The Block. Perhaps not that exact one, but similar.

Here’s the thing about Block deja vu

I kinda don’t ever want to see vibes replicated when I watch The Block. I just think of this show as the one series we have on Australian TV that can be a design leader and inspire the life outta us. And as such, I don’t want to see spaces that feel rehashed. But maybe I’m being too harsh. I know there are no original ideas left, but I think Norm and Jess could have thought outside the box a bit more.

The bedside tables are a gift from the decor gods. Love those. I’m also quite fond of the bedding and the way they styled the vignettes. The sheer curtains you know I am fully on-board with. And the wardrobes I think are quite chic. Love the little compartments at the bottom for shoes.

I thought the reading chair could have been a softer upholstered situation. And the wall sconces were an odd choice here. Love the look of them, but pendants would have worked better. Overall though I think this room is still successful, even if it is a little ‘been there, done that’.

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Hayden and Sara: Did they Run Out of Time?

I do mean that as a serious question, I’m not being a raging monster bitch (you know I’m the first to admit when I’ve turned green and my inner hulk is emerging). But truly; we gotta call a spade a spade here and admit that this room feels unfinished.

If you take a step back and examine it, all you have is a bed and side tables, and a desk and chair. There is no oomph. No wow factor. No layers. Even the bed feels naked. It’s so underdressed that it could be mistaken for Janet Jackson during the 2004 Superbowl halftime performance.

Why no life on the walls?

I know I sound like a broken record, but wallpaper. Wallpaper! Why is nobody embracing wallpaper? This is the one thing that can take a room from barren to beautiful and yet I’m just not seeing it utilised.

Wallpaper on all of these walls would have given it a high end hotel feel in a heartbeat. And when you have that sorta presence on the walls you don’t have to do a whole lot in the way of furniture and decor.

But when the room is all white, you do have to do a lot with furniture and decor. But nothing happened. Yes, we have divine marble side tables that I would buy in a heartbeat. But they’re too small for this zone. And nobody styled them. I’m also not mad at the bedding choices, but it needed more. It’s not plump enough.

And that desk zone. Ugh. No shelves installed? Nothing to give it an identity? This room is just not there.

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Hans and Courtney: Thank the Heavens Above!

Thank GOD! Thank Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Thank the 12 apostles. Thank the person who let Mary and Joesph use that barn in Bethlehem. And also thank both Pope John Paul and the new one whose name I can’t remember.

Just when I thought things were heading in a bad direction, the universe delivered me Hans and Courtney. And the two of them delivered me a space that is nothing short of phenomenal. I will absolutely be getting into that bed when I tour this space toward the end of the season. I will roll around on the floor. I’m even going to get back into the closet just so I can come out of it again; the wardrobes are that amazing.

I have nothing bad to say about this room. It is a shining beacon of light in an otherwise dreary week of guest bedroom reveals. It is the sugar in my skim flat white. The shiraz in my giant goblet. What more can I say? Turns out, a fair bit!

Let me break down the goodness for you:

  • The headboard is simple and clean, but gives the room warmth
  • The side tables are the right shape and size for the space
  • The pendants above them are the clear focal point in the room – love them!
  • Everything on the bed is styled to perfection and layered beautifully
  • The quirky styling on the tables – like that crab – is a nice bit of irreverence
  • The strip of lighting at the bottom of the wardrobe was a sensation

This is the calibre I expect from The Block. Everyone else take note. Last week’s bathroom by Bianca and Carla, and this room from Hans and Courtney is what we watch the show for. I need more of this from here on in so I truly hope they deliver the goods.

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Bianca and Carla: It’s Not You, It’s Me.

I’m willing to accept that when I walk through this room shortly I will probably gasp at the sheer work that went into that timber roof. I will probably wet myself right there and then, which is going to be embarrassing because a lot of people will be present and it’s not the sorta thing you can hide once you’re drenched.

But looking at it on the tele and in these photos… it isn’t grabbing me. I’m not hearing the angles singing in the distance the way I was when I saw Bianca and Carla’s bathroom last week. Maybe it’s just that: I’ve seen the timber already.

Speaking of ‘before’, the headboard and everything on the bed reminds me of The Block from last year. The headboard looks mighty similar to the one Josh and Elyse used in one of their bedrooms last season. And the bedding feels a little Ronnie and Georgia. Again, it’s not bad, it just feels done already.

The walls are an issue for me here too

I also know that because the timber roofing is such a dominant moment in the space, that the girls probably wanted to keep other walls subdued. But the white wall across from the bed needed its own feature. I’m going to say it again: wallpaper. Something soft would have looked good here. Or at the very least, a much larger artwork. I do love the artwork they chose, but not for such a large wall.

What I am gushing over is the side tables attached to the wall. Finally: a team who gave the room some permanence. Something you can’t just pick up and run out of the room with. They get a huge seal of approval from me there. And the good news is that you can get the side tables with legs if you don’t want them wall-mounted!

Lastly, I am a fan of those ballsy wall lights. It takes guts to install something like that, so they also get a thumbs up there. I haven’t seen these used much before so it feels quite now and fresh and 2018.

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    Mia
    19 August, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    They may be termed the “rookies” but Hans and Courtney are kicking goals in my books. I disagreed with the judges comment about the lights preferably being white – I love the black! Definitely helped pick up the black accents in the room. Hayden & Sara’s room was so bland, the roof was cool but the styling … oh dear!!! Here’s hoping to the reveals really upping a notch over the coming weeks

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    Jazz
    19 August, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    I would love to see wallpaper too, cos I’m mad for it. Loved the green bed head, loved Courtney and Hans art work, Loved the wood in the netballers room. Hated Kerry and Spences silver bed. Eww.

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    Fiona walker
    19 August, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I feel really underwhelmed (again!). Was it because we were so spoilt last season? All the rooms are so similar, and for any teams trying something new and daring, it sort of falls a bit short. I did like the wood panels but felt that hideous black sheer curtain and blind ruined the overall feel. Felt like an afterthought. The green bedhead from norm and Jess is giving me life though!

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    Mel champion
    19 August, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Omg all the rooms were just blah!! I kept thinking “why are the judges so excited, what am I missing??” Why are the rooms so stark and lacking personality??!! Some warmth in mist if the rooms would have been fabulous..wallpaper!! And why does a guest room have such magnificent walk in robes?? Too many questions and not enough answers for me this week.

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    Karina
    19 August, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Definitely need more wallpaper & Hayden & Sara need a rug a occasional chair and a lot more texture.

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    Nicola
    19 August, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Norm and Jess get my vote this week, love the colour palette whoever said “blue and green should never be seen” got it sooo wrong. The texture and colour combo = luxe (judges favourite 208 Block word) love their wardrobe doors, artwork, sheer drapes and eve with forgetting light switches/power points I still think it’s a winning room I’d be happy to sleep in.

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    Julie R
    19 August, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I feel like we’ve seen it all before and they haven’t really started the ‘game’ yet. What’s going on?Norm and Jess, their bedding reminded me for Darron Palmers bedding range at Myer. Bianca and Carla, I want to love it …but it can’t all be about the ceiling .Hans and Courtney , thank you or why did we bother.

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    Alanna
    19 August, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    I adore Bianca and Carla’s timber ceiling feature (again) and their linen choices including the colours but I don’t like their window furnishings. I love the fact that they have storage in their bedside tables too. I actually don’t like Hans and Courtney’s pendant lights at all I think they’re the worst feature of their room! Hubbys favourite item tonight was Kerrie and Spence’s library -m

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    Meredie
    19 August, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    I’m working on having an opinion for a room (as a rookie renovator about to embark) so here goes:
    Courtney and Hans: I love the different textures on the bed, the level of detail to the colour of the flowers to the accents of black in the lights and wardrobe handles.
    Bianca and Carla: They may be at risk of me never leaving their ‘guest bedroom’ with a walk in like that. Love the floating bed side tables that are another addition of timber.
    Norm and Jess: I spend my life climbing around an over sized bed head to reach an offensively placed plug so that is a downer. But emerald green with those flowers and gold additions are gorge.
    Kerrie and Spence: …obviously not accustomed to stubbing one’s toe when trying to walk past their bed and a wall. It hurts. Get a smaller bed.
    Sara and Hayden: I love the ceiling but I feel like I’m on a space ship with that bed head and me-no-likey. Maybe bigger artwork would have helped?

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    Alanna
    19 August, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I love the wood feature ceiling in Bianca and Carla’s room (again). I also can think the fact that they have bedside storage is a definite plus however their window furnishings were a miss. Hate hans and Courtney’s pendants unfortunately Chris we will have to disagree on that one! Hubby’s favourite tonight was the library corner and Spence and Kerry’s room

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    Rhiannon
    19 August, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Hey Chris, I said it to my husband last week and I said it again this week: These rooms are something you would put in an everyday modern house…. not a lux lux luxury (just in case the contestants didn’t get the memo… LUX) apartment… So frustrating!

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    Christina Hooper
    19 August, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    I’m agreeing on all accounts. Hayden and Sara seem genuinely shocked to get critical feedback! Are they not seeing what everyone else sees? That bedhead, those pendants and the shiny wall…it’s like a disco ball exploded over there!
    Bianca and Carla’s room looks cozy, like you would actually want to spend a night or 2. The heavy black blind and black curtain didn’t rock my world.
    Hans and Courtneys room was equally good or a very close second in my opinion!

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    Dayle
    19 August, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Velvet seems to be a hit…still! It’s early days for the blockheads, I’m sure they’ll lift their games as the season progresses. And yes, why wouldn’t you wallpaper? One less wall to paint!!

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    Karly
    19 August, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    This season is so underwhelming and my brain also keeps tricking me into liking something I never would. I’m starting to doubt my own sense of style! I’m loving the girls style and Sara just being Sara.

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    Meagan
    19 August, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Nothing spesh this week. It’s like a little bit of each previous block seasons all put together!

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    Katja
    19 August, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Everyone is playing it safe.
    Bianca & Carla and Hans & Courtney’s rooms were okay but nothing seemed to hit the nail on the head.
    It’s St Kilda- I want more risks, bolder looks – more patterns/wallpaper/fun. They all looked like display homes to me and that’s just underwhelming!

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    Katie McGregor
    19 August, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Love the artwork in Hans and Courtney’s room! All this velvet is inspiring me to get some velvet cushions, though I’m not sure how sensible they will be with kids

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    Alison
    19 August, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    The black curtains in Bianca and Carla’s room where such a miss… otherwise the room was lovely. I enjoyed seeing more richer greeens and Navy’s in the rooms. Why do people always miss the basic functionality?

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    Kylie Pepper
    19 August, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    I think Kerrie and Sara both need to read your blog post about being SSTD – Shit Scared to Decorate! Totally agree that Sara and Hayden’s room looked unfinished. Was also confused by walk in robes in guest rooms. I’m so glad that Courtney decided to keep the awesome indistrial look closet in their room. None of them seem to be quite sure of what the “luxe” look is – would be interested to read what your take on what it is Chris…of course there’d be fabulous wallpaper!

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    Liz
    19 August, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Underwhelmed.. I have no other words

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    Melissa Jelinic
    19 August, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Agree with it all! I really wish stark white walls would stop being people’s goto! There’s a massive paint chip wall in everywhere paint store, choose anything other than just white!

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    Kerry
    19 August, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    None of the rooms totally hit the mark for me. My fav was the netballers but the black sheers were a bit on the witchy side and somewhat puzzling. I liked the rookies room overall but the wardrobes reminded me of dodgy 1990s paint effects. Norm and Jess’s wall sconces looked off.. too small maybe and I disliked the open shoe storage – unless you only own sexy heels this will look awful. I liked the look of the library in 1 but the bed was too big for the space. I feel sorry for Sara if she seriously couldn’t see the issue with the pixie-sized bedside tables and the boring desk area in apt 3. Maybe a lovely built-in desk and shelving would have been better. I really hope the walls in the next room the contestants do are less stark and they are a bit more innovative in their design choices.

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    Lawrence
    19 August, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Totally agreed with everything you wrote and judges. The scores that the contestants got do reflect what the order of preference with hayden and Sara being last. I think the issue while these apartments are marketed as guest bedrooms these are actually 2nd/3rd bedroom especially for those with families with 2/3 kids. Also bearing in mind it’s still early days being 2nd week and contestants are in the stage where some do risks but do not havung the confidence to explore with colours outside of furnitures and accessories to wall or even floors. I think they’re thinking of the end game where they are afraid of alienating buyers (like the case with Ronnie and George last year) so that’s certainly what intimidating them. They also probably more budget conscious as it’s a very big build and that they’re concentrating their biggest portion of their budget for Terrance, main bathroom and kitchen/living room as these rooms are what helps sell properties

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    Vicky
    20 August, 2018 at 12:44 am

    oh my goodness this season is just making me feel so lack lustre! These people need to step back and take a look at the rooms they are creating and take a few more risks, so lifeless and definately done before! i was so irritated at the fact that they barely used enough pillows or even euros so the bedding looked quite awkward and the styling needed to be picked up alot…was confused at the walk in robes for a guest room too- i think Hans and Courtney should have won this week- their room was quite dreamy and innovative-the pendants were awesome! i do love the idea of the panelled roof in Bianca and Carlas apartment but from the way it was shown it looked like it was not highlighting the rooms high ceilings because it was white interval painted (not black like the bathroom) and alot of varied wood tones shown in the pictures and not to mention the god awful dark sheers were circa 1990!!! i wonder if the bed would have looked better on the opposite side of the room but im not sure where the door is placed. loved the lights but it looked pretty weird next to that bedhead…. they need to think outside the square on that but the side tables were brilliant but i dont think they did enough wowing to win…cant wait to see the master bathrooms next week but hoping not to see another one of those sad face white vases like hans and courtney used 😛

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    Suzanne
    20 August, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Meh – I’m not overly excited about any of it. As you said in your post I look for bold exciting new ideas. I just see last season Its clear they have worked hard but the styling is underwhelming

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    Megan
    20 August, 2018 at 6:00 am

    I was confused about walk-in robes in a guest room. Either they’re accepting housing affordability in Melbourne means realistically these luxe apartments will also be share homes (a very real possibility in St Kilda I suppose) or a small ensuite would have actually been more functional. As a guest, I never need a wardrobe but the one thing even hotels often miss these days – somewhere to prop your carry on so you can rummage through for that hair straightener/pair of runners/charger cord!

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    Kylie Docherty
    20 August, 2018 at 6:34 am

    I loved the colour palettes in the girls room, and Couttney and Hans’. In a perfect world I’d take aspects from all of their rooms and make them my own. Except Kerrie and Spence’s….I didn’t love that. I too wondered why a “guest bedroom” is so damn important! When my mum visits she sleeps on the fold out in our pool room/bar

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    Nerida
    20 August, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I feel like they could have just shown a repeat of last years episodes and I would have been happy. We’ve seen it all before and I feel a bit meh about watching the rest of the series. I would love to see someone try something new or do a different style – maybe it’s just because the show hasn’t left Melbourne that we are seeing the same thing – it’s what the Melbourne buyers expect/like. Perhaps a Queensland or Sydney version might help mix it up and give it a fresh new look to renovating.

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    Zillah
    20 August, 2018 at 7:52 am

    I love how Courtney/Hans and Bianca/Carla have styled their beds. They look fresh and inviting. I’m excited to see the main walk ins as these were amazing!!! They better have something rotating and interacting to top these.

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    Mel
    20 August, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Haha nothing like the sniff of a $100 bill to get a 1000 people to write in. I’m no different…me likey the smell.
    Is it just me or did they kick the absolute design gene stuffing out of Sara? She won the first week then got absolutely kicked repeatedly to the curb on week two. And now her inner designer has packed up and gone home.
    I think Kerry and Spence are banking on their guests from the Barossa being to tanked on red to notice the bed was facing the wrong way.
    Jess and Norm… the queens ship Britannia from the 1960’s called they want bed and bedding back.
    Lastly tho, air hosty with the mosty…. that girl knows how to style! Love, love, love!

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    Jenna Waller
    20 August, 2018 at 9:06 am

    As a fellow designer, I couldn’t agree more with your comments! I always jump straight onto Instagram after the show wraps up to read your thoughts after I’ve been yelling at the TV for the last hour and a half to know I’m not alone in my views haha.
    Is it just me or is the draping and roller blind in Bianca and Carla’s room an eyesore? Why black? It’s the first thing I see in their room. And I agree, the timber panelling worked wonders in the bathroom, but maybe should have been kept as a feature in the wet areas only. I hope we don’t see this in every room. I’m already tired of it.
    Silver bed heads against white walls scream boring! I was surprised to see two.. who’s selling these?
    Maybe I’m feeling a little bratty because last year everyone achieved luxe in the right way and this year it’s just half done. I guess I have to remind myself that I’m expecting a lot from people who aren’t designers.

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    Elizabeth Ruth Stein
    20 August, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Oh I was literally screaming at the TV – WHERE is the wallpaper!!! All the rooms were so boring like a hotel room – boutique on a budget and no time. I really think the contestants would benefit from looking at Italian, French and NYC high end living spaces with layered decorating. If I see one more cement grey colour palette I might just give up on the Block altogether. Come on people there’s no need to embrace our convict origins so readily!

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    Amalie
    20 August, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Yes! I’m hanging out for wallpaper and some individuality. Everyone is playing it pretty safe at the moment. What about the way people take their criticism from the judges. Most people take it on the chin and think about how to fix it and do better next time except for Sara who takes it all too personally. I thought they could of done better than that. I liked their layout better than Kerrie and Spence but why does no one have any plants??????? Seriously frustrating!!

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    Andrea
    20 August, 2018 at 9:52 am

    These bedrooms all felt very last year! As much as I
    LOVE a velvet and fabric bed head, I’m so OVER seeing them. Surely there’s something else on the market? So far I’m disappointed with this year’s The Block. I feel like the teams could up the ante, but they’re all just playing it “safe” and what does pop is really trendy. I dunno, I just feel like these apartments lack personality and soul. But then again, we have only seen them deliver two rooms each.

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    Kelly Moran
    20 August, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Hans and Courtney’s were the definite winners this week! It was the only room that felt like every element was working. The others were a bit of a let down, with at least one design piece or furniture not working with the space. Agree with you about the wood paneling, I bet it looks amazing in person but in photos and on tv didn’t do it justice.

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    Andrew Golden
    20 August, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Oh you know I got a lot to say, Chris! Almost as much as you haha. Kerrie and Spence – that silver bedhead is REVOLTING. Why throw that colour bedhead, with that awful sheen against a boring white wall? There is no presence or purpose and it just feels so BORING. They did have a pretty rad black rectangular mirror with rounded corners, so I guess there’s that. Norm and Jess – I’m digging this room, although (and it may just be how it photographs) but does that side of the room just feel a little squat? It’s like that whole side of the room just feels a little squished to the floor and it’s probably those real dainty wall sconces (that do nothing for actual lighting) that make it feel like that. Pendants would’ve been my choice here. The only thing that saves the squashed feel is the ceiling-to-floor curtains – I’m loving them. And the cabinetry is great! You thought shoes at the bottom, I thought pillows; either way it’s great that the cabinetry has open compartments. Hayden and Sara – what a boringggggg room. Again, it’s probably the way it is in photos, but that feature wall is defo not a ‘feature’. It’s a nothing wall. It just blends in with the similar coloured bedhead (which is almost as awful as K&S’ bedhead). The glass desk makes it feel even sparser because it just draws the eye through it, making it feel even more unresolved. Hans and Courtney – that bed is the best. I SUCK at styling beds and I wish I could deliver that; the pillow placement is wicked! Those closets are the best I’ve seen; the texture and the black handles. It is everything. I usually hate underlit furniture too (especially in kitchens), but here it is perfect! Lastly, Bianca and Carla – I still love that ceiling! I’m also digging how it has a white background rather than the black. It’s the same ceiling with a bit of a twist. Hopefully, we don’t see it in every room though! I’m also realllyyyy in love with that brown leather armchair paired with the monstera! What a corner! I am so shocked (and loving that fact that) for the only female-female team, they are delivering some seriously stellar masculine vibes. It’s right up my alley!

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    Helen Paone
    20 August, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Loved the colour palette and overall feel of Courtney and Hans’ room. I think they were unlucky not to score their second room win. Really excited to see how their apartment progresses, so far they are my favourites.

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    Ella
    20 August, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    They need big storage/walk in robes as these apmts are going to be rented out to young professionals sharing the flat, who want the lux life.
    They all need to realise that once on tv the cool paint colours end up looking stark and uninviting, it’s why the bold colours and textures work so well in Block rooms, it translates onto the screen. So far the only room I’ve thought wow was Carla and Bianka’s bathroom.

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    Natashia
    20 August, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I really love Norm and Jess’s room, and maybe it’s entirely because of the headboard – I am absolutely in love with emerald green. I love all things mid century modern, and emerald is that!
    I do have one big issue, and it’s in most seasons of the block.. what the hell is wrong with beside table lamps?? Why must they all be a hanging pendant!? I find them all to be so over the top, and too high? Do these people not read books in bed? It baffles me..

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    Agent 86
    20 August, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I’m torn. On the one hand, I want to applaud most of the couples for providing simple, stylish and functional guest bedrooms without a bunch of obnoxious bells and whistles. But, on the other hand, it makes the room reveals a little dull. I want Hayden and Sara’s guest bedroom because of its simplicity, but it doesn’t translate into entertaining TV. At least Kerrie and Spence were able to provide a number of WTF moments with the “library” and WIR in their very, VERY special guest (presumably the owners of that apartment will be hosting HRH Queen Elizabeth or similar).

    I like Bianca and Carla’s room, except for the black curtains. But, I’m not sure if I’d find the timber ceiling overpowering and even claustrophobic in person, especially when in bed. The bedside wall lights are also ridiculous.

    I do like that Black Mango bedhead used by Hans and Courtney. And it’s surprisingly affordable for The Block. Speaking of which, are they no longer telling us how much the teams spent on their rooms? I thought it was great that they finally started doing that again, even if the numbers were unrealistic given the “discounted” trades, “discounted” furnishings and artwork and assorted freebies they all get.

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    Alicia
    20 August, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    A bit ho hum this week…. totally agree with the walk in robes, no necessary for a guest bedroom…. they could have done so much more with that space

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    Leanne Piasente
    20 August, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Hans and Courtney That bed…….No words needed <3

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    Katja Germano
    20 August, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    It all just feels incredibly blah at the moment.
    Carla and bianca’s ceiling it a standout, but did anyone else think the dramatic curtain around their itty bitty window was a little off putting?
    Otherwise, I think these guys need to explore St. Kilda a little more. The beach! Luna Park! The nightlife! The culture! It’s unique, creative and fun and that’s not really coming out in any of the rooms so far.

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    Janelle
    21 August, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Norm and Jess were my pick this week – love the colour which delivered on the luxe brief in spades – the pendants lights do need to be spaced further apart. The wardrobe and desk space was ideal for guest needs, but agree with judges styling was lacking. But I still think they were winners!
    The other contestants rooms were ho hum. The wardrobe finish chosen by Courtney and Hans lets their room down – I would be grabbing the paint brush to fix that!
    Overall the rooms could benefit from textural layers, i.e. the soft sheer curtains in Norm and Jess”s room softening and adding visual and textural depth. Scale of furniture and art pieces need to be closely considered. Plus as most people have said bring in more colour.

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    Jacinta
    21 August, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Totally agree Chris! All the rooms had no life. I feel like they were all “decorated” (if you can even say that) for a quick flip Reno to sell. Not a luxurious house. Where the drama in the rooms and the depth to the walls. Agree wallpaper wallpaper wallpaper…… and I also feel like we have seen all these colours before! Sorry nothing innovative this me. Where all the gorgeous linens that are out at the moment.

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    Jacinta
    21 August, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Ps give me some terra-cotta and inky blues to create. Some drama. So over seeing pastel pink on its own.

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    Tracy
    21 August, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Hans and Courtney are doing a great job but this last reveal felt to me like she copied Georgia from last season. Carla and Bianca also have great taste, the black curtains though didn’t quite hit the mark for me, I wasn’t really a fan of the wardrobe black either. I’m really surprised that Kerrie and Spence aren’t doing that great; when they first started I picked them to be ones to watch but they’ve fallen flat.

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    Kerry Clayton
    21 August, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    It would be nice to see at least one of the contestants defy what is ‘fashion’ and step out of the box with something new and exciting. All I see is ‘same as same as’. They need to take some risks with their designs and make the judges sit up and take note. Rabbit ear cushions and scruffy beds don’t do it this season

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    Anne-Margaret
    21 August, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Please! Some colour!! The spaces looked so empty I thought and a bit Hotel like. Some dark cosy walls would be gorgeous.

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    Taryn
    23 August, 2018 at 10:24 am

    I liked Norm and Jess’ room best – the colors they used had the most impact but I thought most lacked personality. There didn’t seem to have any layers to the styling – there were no plants, hardly anything on the walls, besides were pretty bare. It’s like they are conserving budgets for later in the season – and it looks like Hayden and Sara spend ALOT in the bathroom this week so maybe they all have a gold bath up their sleeves!

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    Yvonne
    23 August, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Seems to me that all the bedrooms are the same…velvet bedheads and cushions, white walls etc. Ever since they saw the house that the judges styled the have all been cloning the same look. Hope that one couple will be brave enough to inject some personality soon!

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    Esra
    23 August, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    I think Courtney and Hans delivered the best room! The crab is my favourite 🙂

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    Sharon Smith
    23 August, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Love all of your comments. Whilst I love the velvet bedheads I’m yearning for something else. Back in the 70’s my parents had the coolest headboard. It was a timber headboard with built in bookcase and either side wrapped around the walls with lots of drawers. Piddly little side tables don’t provide enough surface. You need a spot for charging phone/laptop/iPad, hand cream, candle, lamp, tea cup etc. oh and book/magazine stack.
    I would love to see more bookcase headboards, or a headboard with shelf. And yes to having wallpaper.

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