As the ren­o­vat­ing re­al­ity show wraps up for an­other year, our Block ex­pert, former co-win­ner Shan­non Vos, runs the rule over the con­tes­tants’ achieve­ments

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Shan­non Vos of­fers his ex­pert opin­ion on the glam­our spa­ces de­liv­ered by this year’s teams

The kitchen may be the en­gine room of the home, but the lounge and din­ing ar­eas are the driv­ing seat, those comfy spa­ces from where we con­trol the home, en­ter­tain, watch the world go by (I’m talk­ing to you, Net­flix!), and re­lax. As a place to spend time to­gether, these spa­ces also need to be mul­ti­func­tional and cater to ev­ery­one in the fam­ily, in­clud­ing the scream­ing tod­dler, pre-teen drama queen, mono­syl­labic teenager, ex­hausted mum and dad, and ev­ery­one in be­tween. The liv­ing rooms on this year’s Block are cer­tainly big enough (the largest in Block his­tory!), but do they use the zones wisely, to cater to ev­ery­one? Let’s have a closer look.


Tack­ling The Block’s big­gest liv­ing space to date, Court­ney and Hans took on what looked like an im­pos­si­ble task, but what they de­liv­ered was out of this world. Three dis­tinct zones all sit co­he­sively side by side. A be­spoke Christian Cole din­ing ta­ble in wal­nut has hints of Art Deco, and ac­com­pa­nied by emer­ald vel­vet chairs, it makes a stun­ning start­ing point. The pair­ing also works per­fectly with an orig­i­nal Jessie Break­well art­work that is full of play­ful­ness. Flow­ing on is a for­mal lounge area, again teamed with mis­chievous art­works and a hint of colour, de­liv­er­ing a sense of re­laxed lux­ury and a lay­out that en­cour­ages con­nec­tion. A state-of-the-art pop-up bar is a fun fea­ture, but this zone could do with an­other layer of per­son­al­ity. The end­point sees a sec­ond, re­laxed lounge area, per­fect for zon­ing out in at the end of the day. The warm tex­tures cre­ate an invit­ing space, and the light tones keep the room from feel­ing closed in. What works: The three dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent spa­ces, all with their own pur­pose and aes­thetic, re­late to each other through tone, tex­ture and colour. The tribal pieces on the deep win­dow re­veals call to the boho styling in the re­laxed lounge area; the wal­nut ta­ble and cab­i­netry in the din­ing area com­ple­ment the tan leather sofa at the far end; and pops of colour through­out all take ref­er­ence from the hero art piece at the end of the room. My hero: The com­bi­na­tion of Jessie Break­well’s Raj Scarab and the Christian Cole din­ing ta­ble and con­sole, which bal­ances the re­fined aes­thetic of the tim­ber pieces with the colour­ful art­work. This vi­gnette is noth­ing short of a pro­fes­sion­ally cu­rated space.

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

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