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The Block Triple Threat: Newbies and All Star Bedroom Reveals

The emotions were running high on The Block Triple Threat last night and I kinda hated myself for get swept up in the emotion of it all. Bec and George – I heart you guys – and I also heart your room (wasn’t it dreamy?). But let’s not get ahead of ourselves with the lovefest, because not all the rooms were stunning, right?. I’m sure you already know the culprits I’m talking about, but let’s take a quick examination anyway and work out where some of them went wrong – and why others were oh-so-right!

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Newbies

Josh and Charlotte

Charlotte and Josh

I really admire that the guys wanted to play with colour. They were answering all of my prayers in that respect. Sadly though it was not done well, because the colours in the prints fought against the furniture choices in the rest of the space. It didn’t really know what it wanted to be, I’m afraid. Take the prints away and bring in some soft-coloured bedding and it’s heading in a good direction.

Tim and Anastasia

Tim and Anastasia

I don’t like it when teams choose technology over taste. In this space, there were so many juvenile things going on. ‘Kids room’ was my first thought when I saw the space too, and the yellow and blue colour choices were too OTT for the space. It was just… pedestrian. It’s certainly not a room you want to spend time in. I’ve come to learn that people find colour hard to execute well. I need to host a styling class stat!

Jess and Ayden

Ayden and Jess

Ooh, thank the decor gods. Ayden and Jess brought it a bit this week. There is something so charming about this room. It’s bight, it’s colourful, it’s crisp and clean, but it felt sophisticated too. Layers, yes, there were too many of them, but at least this space had ambience. The pendants just needed to be a bit lower and a bit bigger and I think it would have been sublime.

All Stars

Bec and George

Bec and George

Wow. Wow, wow and wow. I want it, I need it, give me everything (except that creativity cushion). If that could find its way into the cupboard I will buy the entire apartment. The textural story here was superior, sublime, stunning. Good Lord, I don’t know what else I can say about this space – it’s just amazing. The indoor plant was really tapping into the Botanic theme that’s so prevalent at the moment – and I loved it.

Matt and Kim

Matt and Kim

Ok, it did feel elegant and romantic, it’s just very much not my cup of tea in terms of interior aesthetics. That said, I can look past that and point out some amazing moments in it. The wall mounting, for example, really made the room feel formal and luxurious. The colours were soft and sophisticated, but it was a bit too feminine. It needed a few harder, more rustic elements to give it a bit of balance. It was slightly off-kilter.

Darren and Dee

Darren and Dea

I think Darren and Dea have a lot of promise. I mean, they showed us this last season. The room has gorgeous moments, but it does feel a but cookie-cutter, which often happens when designers are emerging and finding their feet. The powder pinks and blues against neutrals just feels a bit expected. Proportionally it is amazing though. They didn’t pack to much in and spatially everything is where it needs to be. It just needs some more interest. I didn’t think it deserved to win, though.

>>> What are your thoughts on the bedroom reveals?

Did Darren and Dea deserve to win? Which room was your fave? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Sound off and have your say!

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Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

COMMENTS
  • Michael

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    Hmmmm this is a hard one, gorgeous room but winner? I’m still deciding! I’m loosing faith in the block… Is it a reno show or drama? Very convienient they won last night & accurant affair announces interview with him! A ploy to make them more likable? I’ll decide when I see the interview! Bec & George will go far, they’re the true peoples renovators

    16 February, 2015
  • My votes went to Matt and Kim’s room. Loved it. I know Darren gushed over Dea’s grass weave wallpaper, but it’s not something that is so different or so new.

    16 February, 2015
  • I loved Bec and George’s room and I also like Darren and Dee’s and thought it was a worthy winner. As for the newbies, I didn’t mind what they did but you could tell the difference between the newbies and all stars very distinctly. I’d love to know how to incorporate Colour into a bedroom. Greys and neutrals do little for me. I love colour and maybe that’s why I like the double D’s room.

    16 February, 2015
  • Emma

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    Bec and George nailed the demographic of the area and I just love their textural take on the room. I think they should have won… But I think it’s all about ratings and I wonder really if the judges knew who’s rooms were who??? Good on Matt and Kim for stepping out of their comfort zone too. Whether the decision was right or wrong I know I’ll keep tuning in every night but hope to see Bec and George back on the screen soo , such down to earth beautiful people..

    16 February, 2015
  • Anubhav Grover

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    Bec and George deserved that 4th place.. Double D are there only for the drama they create. Look at the way Dee lashed on Anastasia and also block is becoming more about the contestant’s personalities, rather than focus on room aesthetics.

    Charlotte and Josh room are following “Karstan and Max” style of blank canvas, where buyer can fill in their creativity. But Charlotte and Josh are too blank due to missing colors.

    I agree on Tim and Anastasia, they totally miss the point with the tech thing. Darren just made it perfect i think.. i love the new room.

    Ayden and Jess was on the same level of Charlotte and Josh. I wasn’t that impressed with the room.

    17 February, 2015
  • ladyjacq

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    I love love love Matt and Kim’s room, just gorgeous

    18 February, 2015
  • Rhonda Lockery

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    I am so addicted to this show I hate that it’s not on Fri night as well ,I love Charlotte & Josh
    I don’t always agree with the judges though

    4 March, 2015
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