suite dreams

We’re well and truly in the thick of The Block now. Shan­non takes us on a tour of the mas­ter re­treats, and re­veals the good, the bad and the ugly

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Mas­ter suites are the crème de la crème of any spec­tac­u­lar home. While bath­rooms and kitchens sell houses, a great mas­ter bed­room will pull at a buyer’s heart­strings and whis­per softly ‘Imag­ine your­self in this space at the end of the day’. And you do – it’s the very last straw of an ‘emo­tional buy’, and while we’re all told to buy smart, it’s hu­man na­ture to pic­ture your­self locked away from the world (and the kids). These rooms are no dif­fer­ent: all have an oa­sis-like feel with huge amounts of kid-free space, and while some are a bit more ef­fec­tive than oth­ers in creat­ing that per­fect re­treat, who­ever buys one of these homes can be sure they’re buy­ing that lit­tle slice of lux­ury we all dream of.

HOUSE 1

Af­ter a less than im­pres­sive ef­fort for their re­veal, Ja­son and Sarah turned in their room a week late, much to the judges’ dis­ap­point­ment. Hav­ing that ex­tra week has meant that they have the per­fect lay­out for their mas­ter suite – there are three dis­tinct zones and each has loads of space. The colour pal­ette is fresh and full of char­ac­ter – the blue, grey and mus­tard all sit in har­mony. The con­crete-look pendant lights are a nice con­trast and at per­fect bed­side height – fi­nally, some­one with a good light­ing plan! The bed is invit­ing, and the comfy seat­ing op­po­site re­ally makes the space feel like a par­ents’ re­treat. Nat­u­ral light floods the en­suite and the star is the black her­ring­bone floor tiling. That’s where the love stops though with an un­fin­ished walk-in (no mir­ror, eek!), no TV (a room this big should have one hid­den away) and un­dressed windows. It is prob­lem­atic fur­nish­ing tri­an­gu­lar windows es­pe­cially when they’re this big, so Ja­son and Sarah have left it all open, killing any no­tion of pri­vacy in an oth­er­wise gor­geous mas­ter re­treat.

HOUSE 2

The reno rook­ies have put it all on the line in this re­veal with dar­ing choices and bold de­sign el­e­ments. The flo­ral wall­pa­per seems like a step too far and the sil­ver vel­vet up­hol­stered bed­head feels a bit too blingy. You can see what Han­nah and Clint were try­ing to do, but they’ve just missed the mark. The bed is gor­geously made with the white, pink and grey tones all match­ing each other. The pink seats and that huge round mir­ror cre­ate a gor­geous set­ting that’s del­i­cate and fem­i­nine, and the walk-around wardrobe is ab­so­lutely mas­sive – with func­tional is­land stor­age, it seems like an­other room al­to­gether. The bath­room is great, though not overly im­pres­sive, with a con­tem­po­rary feel and sleek fin­ishes. A nib shelf runs across the en­tire room giv­ing the en­suite a mod­ern feel, but the tech show­er­head seems a step too far as the shower is a place where I’d want to be dis­con­nected from tech­nol­ogy. The van­ity and mir­rors are vis­ually im­pres­sive but Han­nah and Clint could’ve done more in this room to har­ness a bet­ter score. The blinds, I’m sorry, are a bit of a poor choice and re­ally hit a ‘nanna’ vibe, giv­ing this room too much of a ma­ture mood.

HOUSE 3

Pow­er­house cou­ple Ron­nie and Ge­or­gia have made great choices in their lay­out, fin­ishes and fix­tures, which saw them as strong con­tenders for the win with their mas­ter re­treat. The in­clu­sion of a hall­way lead­ing to the bed­room made the space feel very ex­clu­sive and al­most an­other world away from the rest of the house.

In­side, the pal­ette is a beau­ti­ful blend of earthy pink, grey and mush­room, giv­ing the space an or­ganic and soft feel. The Steve Cross art­work is fem­i­nine and a strong choice, and there’s a tonne of stor­age and plenty of room. The hid­den TV looks great, but func­tion­al­ity may trip the fea­ture up as it’s all man­u­ally op­er­ated. Their walk-around­wardrobe-cum-bed­head looks am­ple and serene, but seems a bit too cramped pushed right up against the far wall. The en­suite is laid out per­fectly with nat­u­ral tones and striking fit­tings for a pol­ished look. The win­dow’s re­veal, which runs into a nib shelf, is a beau­ti­ful fea­ture and adds real value to the room. Lux­u­ri­ous black and white fit­tings lend a con­tem­po­rary feel and are a per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment to a great mas­ter bed­room.

HOUSE 4

The boys cer­tainly love their tim­ber (c’mon, we all do!) and plenty was used in their ‘more of a blokey’ take on a mas­ter suite, though it was a lit­tle too much for the judges. Tim­ber is won­der­ful, warm and or­ganic but too many dif­fer­ent types and tones can make a space feel dis­jointed and awk­ward. It’s OK to have a va­ri­ety of tim­bers through your space – you just have to make sure the un­der­tones match up. The en­suite is sim­ple but co­he­sive with a neu­tral pal­ette and black fit­tings to top it off. The black beam that holds the show­er­heads is a state­ment el­e­ment but maybe tim­ber wasn’t the best choice in a wet area. The bed­room is pared back but invit­ing, and while it could have a few more lay­ers in the tex­tures and fin­ishes, it’s a strong room for the boys but not quite the win­ning combo.

HOUSE 5

Josh and El­yse went open plan and got rid of the en­try door wall from the stair­way to the bed­room and any pri­vacy that came along with it, but what a great move. Open­ing up the en­try made their mas­ter suite seem 10 times big­ger than what it al­ready is. The soft-pink pal­ette of the bed set­ting al­most bor­ders on a ‘nanna’ vibe, but the strong lines in the ceil­ing and bulk­heads cer­tainly ground the space. The daybed/read­ing nook is a great in­clu­sion, as are the two su­per over­sized seats, but they feel a bit awk­ward in ori­en­ta­tion as they’re too fo­cused on the TV and the out-of-place in­dus­trial ren­dered wall. The walk-around wardrobe is lux­u­ri­ous and more than am­ple, but while the bed­room is good, the en­suite is the star. The choices through­out are spot on and how can you not love that green her­ring­bone fea­ture wall. Ac­cented with gun­metal grey fit­tings, the bal­ance of the green and pale pink and ar­chi­tec­tural de­tail, this surely wins it for the pic­ture-per­fect cou­ple from Mel­bourne.

Ja­son and Sarah may not have fin­ished on time, but the com­plete zone does de­liver on re­fined, elegant style.

JA­SON & SARAH A big fat ZERO/30

The Block: Glasshouse co-win­ner and in­te­rior ar­chi­tect, Shan­non Vos. vo­scre­ative. com.au

HAN­NAH & CLINT 25/30

GE­OR­GIA & RON­NIE 28/30

WOM­BAT & STICKS 24.5/30

Mak­ing a big change to the bed­room’s floor­plan paid offff for Josh and El­yse, creat­ing an ex­pan­sive re­treat.

JOSH & EL­YSE 28.5/30

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