Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Block Villa Wars | Entrance, Kitchen & Dining Reveal

Wowza, a lot went down on The Block Villa Wars last week. It was pretty huge with contestants needing to completely finish their interiors, which included their kitchen, dining room, and their entrance. Somewhere in the middle of all that craziness, Sarah's boyfriend arrived looking dapper and got down on one knee to propose - so sweet! Then a bombshell was dropped when not one, but two teams were disqualified from kitchen and dining reveal. More about that later, first to the entrances...

Entrance - Cat and Jeremy: 1st place | 18 points

Cat and Jeremy had the largest entranceway and they created a beautiful first impression with panelling on the walls and a statement art piece by Trent Davis on the far wall, which is framed by the doorway.

I love the panelling, it adds subtle texture, and the shadows cast by the light adds subtle pattern. Each team had to use a rug they'd made in a previous challenge, and although none of them are very nice (sorry guys), a rug is a great addition to an entrance, leading you into the home.

Entrance - Brooke and Mitch: 2nd place | 17.5 points

It's nice to see Brooke and Mitch using a statement piece of art. The trio of lights and the character villa features are beautiful.

Something's not quite working for me with the console table and the art. I love the idea, but they seem to be fighting a bit, and the styling on the table is too small and bitsy. Perhaps a large solid vase picking up one of the colours in the painting would've been better.

Entrance - Sarah and Minanne: 3rd place | 14 points

There's a big jump between the top two teams' scores and the bottom two, and I'm not sure that it's justified. Although a little bare, Sarah and Minanne's hallway was really nice. I would've painted the front door a nice bright colour. That wouldn't have cost them much (and I know money is tight), but would've created a bit of 'wow'.

Once again the villa details are gorgeous, and I like their choice of light. A long Armadillo runner and a huge piece of art would make this hallway look amazing - that's what I would add if I was to buy this house.

Entrance - Jamie and Hayden: 4th place | 13 points

Once again, is that a harsh score? I think Jamie and Hayden's entrance and hallway should've scored higher if you're comparing them to the top teams. I do think those dark floorboards are going to be super hard to keep clean, but the David Trubridge light and the round mirror are great.

I also like the bench seat - they look great and are super handy in an entrance for putting your shoes on and off. They styling on the bench is a bit under whelming though.

Kitchen/Dining - Brooke and Mitch: 1st place | 19.5 points

Brooke and Mitch scored the first perfect 10 of the season for their kitchen/dining, the judges loved it. The wood is a nice contract to the white and adds warmth. I like the open shelves, that's a great place to style some favourite bits and pieces. We have very similar in our own kitchen (see more below).

The dining table is bespoke, built by Brooke and Mitch's builder and gifted to them, but this is what got them disqualified, as it's against the rules. Their builders are allowed to make furniture for them but they must pay for their labour and the materials.

Kitchen/Dining - Cat and Jeremy: 2nd place | 17.5 points

It's lovely to see how the houses all flow now that they're complete. Cat and Jeremy re-did their fireplace from living room week, and it looks so much nicer tiled in a white brick look. They continued the tiles on their kitchen splash back.

Unfortunately the tiles are what caused Cat and Jeremy to also be disqualified. They used a New Plymouth tiler, and to help them out he only charged them $1. I can see why these rules need to be enforced, otherwise all the teams will start to do similar things and what is the point in having a budget. What do you think?

Kitchen/Dining - Sarah and Minanne: 3rd place | 16.5 points

Although they came third on the leaderboard, Sarah and Minanne walked away with the $5,000 this week, which they desperately needed. Of course they would've preferred to have won the money fair and square, but I really like their kitchen and they deserve a win.

I love the choice of pendant lights, and the tiles add some subtle pattern and texture. The bench top ties in with their bathrooms, and there is a lovely flow between the indoor and outdoor cooking areas.

Kitchen/Dining - Jamie and Hayden: 3rd place | 7.5 points

We sort of knew this low scoring was going to happen, even Jamie and Hayden said the judges would hate their kitchen. They haven't backed down from their bold style, and the splash back was certainly controversial.

I think the black cabinetry is pretty cool, and although I love the braveness of the splash back, I don't actually love it myself. I worry that they will have limited buyers on auction day as they are appealing to a younger market who may not be able to afford the house. I hope they prove me wrong as I'd love to see them walk away with some cash at the end of this.

Now this final pic is my own kitchen. Don't you think Brooke and Mitch's open cabinets, Cat and Jeremy's high wooden shelf, and Sarah and Minanne's hexagon splash back could all merge together to look like mine? :)


  1. I actually assumed they had all looked at your kitchen (which I love and have filed for our someday renovation)

    1. Thank you, glad you love it too. I've recently found the perfect art piece for our kitchen, so will be doing a follow up blog post once it's up. x

  2. I also, thought of your kitchen Vic - in particular Cat and Jeremy's shelf. I really did love Brooke and Mitch's kitchen, despite not being their biggest fan this season. I have two questions - do you think the wood look is here to stay for a while? And, seeing I quite like Jaime and Hayden's choice of cabinetry, what could be done to lighten it up? Could you use a lighter colour in the benchtops, or is dark cabinetry and light bench tops a no no in kitchen design?

    1. Hi Rhonda. I love the use of wood in a kitchen to add warmth and texture. Kitchens are expensive so if you're worried about anything dating too quickly, use it in smaller doses. I prefer the look and feel of real wood as opposed to a laminate wood look. As for the black kitchen, a light marble bench top would look amazing with black cabinets. Also touches of brass look fab with black. I would've done a lighter floor in Jamie and Hayden's. It has brown undertones which are just not great. x

    2. Thanks Vic - I agree re flooring, it doesn't look right. Hmm, in the end I love beautiful light and bright decor, so I don't think I'll be trying a black kitchen anytime soon!

  3. To be honest I found all the villa kitchens look quite generic, with the exception of the black one which I just find oppressive. Out of all the kitchens you've shown, the one I genuinely like is your own and I have saved it for inspiration as I am renovating our kitchen next year. I hope you don't mind.

    1. I'm glad you like my kitchen Lynne, and you're welcome to use it for inspiration :) I've found the Block rooms to be getting more generic as the programme goes on. I can't help to wonder if it's because Brooke and Mitch's very plain rooms were getting the judges' top scores, so the others followed suit (apart from Jamie & Hayden). Most of them are just lacking that final layer of zhushing - art, rugs, cushions, accessories, all the things that help give a room personality and life. x

  4. Do you happen to know where the wall art cat and Jeremy used is from? http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d49UZ4lVQQk/VlzZFesRFrI/AAAAAAAAU9U/wXEQLGE9QMo/s1600/cushandnooks15.png

    1. I just checked Cat & Jeremy's Facebook page and they said they got the wall art from Freedom. x


It's lovely to hear from you. Thanks for your comment. Best wishes, Vic xxx

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