Week 2 was a real eye opener for loyal Block viewers as to just how different these five houses, spanning five decades, are really going to look.
This refreshing spin on The Block has essentially halted any “replica” room reveals among the five contestant teams. And what was delivered were five strikingly different, yet beautiful, guest ensuites.
We were a little on the fence with this bathroom, with so much that we loved, but certainly a few changes we would have made. The arched Kado Neue mirror is a stunning feature and is perfectly paired with the black wall hung Kado Neue Alldoor vanity. The floorplan is well laid out with the modern conveniences one would expect from such a high-end home.
At first glance, we didn’t get strong 1920s vibes from the colours and selections in this space, but we loved the bold colour choices. As a general rule we would always stick to one feature tile in any space as the turquoise tile and feature patterned floor tile do appear to be competing with each other for attention in this small space.
We are liking the dreamy vibes Sarah and George have achieved with the soft pink subway tile in their guest ensuite, although we are not quite sold on their styling choices and feel they could have paired it back here. The hero piece is undoubtedly the Australian-made ISSY Blozzom American Oak vanity by Zuster. The unique high impact design transports you to another era whilst simultaneously boasting modern luxury.
They have balanced high end items with affordable tapware to keep that budget in check with their selection of the Posh Canterbury tapware in matte black. Combined with the black and white Alape Uniso counter basin, the tapware and vanity really fit the brief for their home, and we are excited to see what else this couple can deliver.
Daniel and Jade really nailed the balance between the home’s character and contemporary appeal with their guest ensuite. What was quite a small space to begin with was transformed with abundant natural light, well-chosen tiles and excellent storage solutions. The ISSY Blossom Mirror Cabinet had 30s curves and hidden storage and tied in beautifully with the Mizu Drift Twin Waterrail shower, all in matte black.
The shower is luxurious as it looks with multiple shower head options to choose from whilst you blissfully bathe in the sunlight from above. The Venice 500 semi-inset basin is an elegant finish to the guest ensuite’s generously sized but sleek Posh Domaine all-drawer vanity. Everything in this room just seems to work and the modern inclusions detract nothing from the character of the home.
There were no cutting corners when it came to fitting the brief for this couple. Their inclusion of the fluted glass shower screen really paid homage to the era of their home, and everything from the tiles to the vanity mirror was a definitive early 20th century throwback.
What we loved the most was how modern technology was not sacrificed to achieve this glamorous traditional look. The Axo Uno rimless toilet is the ultimate inclusion in modern hygiene for the bathroom with its easy to clean technology. The stunning brushed gold fixtures told a cohesive colour story, with everything from the door handles down to the Mizu Drift tapware and shower head selected in a matching finish. This is the kind of attention to detail and cohesiveness that potential buyers really look for.
We love the enthusiasm that Jimmy and Tam have for 1950s style and this is apparent in their confident use of colour. The Palm Springs vibe they introduced in week 1 has carried through to their guest ensuite and we are starting to get a feel for this couple’s vision already. This was reflected in what the judges thought, handing top prize to the couple.
Storage has been carefully thought out and maximised with the Venice timber vanity and Posh Domaine Plus shaving cabinet. We would have carried the stunning aqua tile through at the same height or restricted it to the shower alcove due to the small size of the room. The towel rails would have brought more consistency to the room had they been finished in tumbled brass with the rest of the fixtures in this space, like the elegant Milli tapware and shower head. The tumbled brass is a glamorous finish that brings historical charm and luxury to this 1950s bathroom.
The contrasts between these amazing bathrooms made for an incredibly exciting room reveal this week and we cannot wait to see what further transformations are around the corner for these historical homes.