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The Block 2019 Oslo: Guest bedroom 1 reveal (part 1)

Hi there!

I’m Katrina Chambers. I will be writing THE BLOCK updates this season. I was on the show in 2011 with my sister so I know what lies ahead for this year’s contestants!

I’ll be here every room reveal to share the photos, scores, judges comments and my thoughts throughout the season. Domain, The Block and PRDnationwide Wagga are all partners so it makes sense we share all things ‘THE BLOCK’ with you all.

Let’s start with 3 guest rooms which were revealed on The Block last night. 2 were unfinished. I don’t blame them for not getting the painting done! There was just no time. I’ve been there done that. It’s exhausting trying to paint an entire room (3 coats, plus a ceiling) in under 24 hours.

Let’s see how they went…

ANDY & DEB

SCORE: 17.5/30
It was “another unfinished symphony,” as the judges entered Andy and Deb’s room, the couple failing to complete their space on time due to a number of unforeseen circumstances and time restraints. What they had done, the judges did like, with Shaynna noting Deb had styled the space particularly well and that it was finished to a high standard. Both Darren and Neale thought that it was interesting that the couple had chosen to take the room in a Scandi-style direction, but weren’t entirely convinced about using that particular decor choice in the Federation-style home.
Classically, this is a good style from Deb and Andy. I never agree with the judges (well, very rarely!). I like that they’ve started a theme they know how to do comfortably. I hate when contestants are forced to style “retro” when you know they just struggle!

TESS AND LUKE

SCORE: 17.5/30

This year’s youngest contestants were caught off-guard with just how much work is required to complete a room of this size. And, after several big set-backs this week, they were unable to properly complete their room. The couple opted for a dark-coloured carpet, and dressed the room with a green occasional chair, a small wooden table, and quirky ornaments on the fireplace. They placed dark beading on the walls, presumably to frame two prints above the bed, but at the time of judging they were yet to hang them.

These two have potential I see! Again, comfortable styling, not too crazy and easy to maintain throughout the whole build.

MITCH AND MARK

SCORE: 24/30

Fifteen-time house flippers Mitch and Mark brought their own luxe sense of style to their first room reveal – and it hit the nail right on the head for our judges.
“It’s palatial,” Neale said, upon walking into the first guest room, which featured sky-high ceiling heights and a sumptuous palette of slate grey, greens and blues, which worked against a stunning tiled feature wall beautifully. The judges thought it exuded a sense of ‘Old Hollywood’ glamour, and Shaynna was particularly pleased with the couple’s use of colour.

As you can see, Mitch and Mark actually finished. So well done to them! I was not a fan of this room though. Although I don’t mind a bit of colour, this was too much. It will set the tone for the rest of the apartment (well I hope not!). The tv was in an odd spot, the room felt disjointed and I actually think the theme is “retro” not “Hollywood” as Shaynna said. Time will tell!

What did you think?

Pop back tomorrow to see the last 2 rooms revealed.

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