Leah and Ash have the smallest kitchen space on The Block this year. After initially deciding to delete the butler’s pantry, they decided to reintroduce it, and unfortunately it didn’t pay off for them with the judges. While they loved the aesthetic, they thought having the butler’s pantry was a mistake given the size of their kitchen.
“This aesthetic they’ve chosen for themselves not only is it polarising but it’s interesting” - Neale.
“Besotted, everything in here is bold and courageous” - Darren.
“Is this enough island bench for a multi, multi million dollar home?” - Darren.
“I think it’s a disadvantage to this house to have a laundry that is so snug where you have to walk through that bathroom to get to it” - Neale.
Week 6 - Master bedroom and walk-in robe
The Block's Leah and Ash undertook a massive experiment in their master bedroom with a ‘very large curved ceiling’. After managing to pull it off, the judges were definitely big fans. However, the couple’s styling choices for these rooms left them scratching their heads.
Points: 23 ½
“How good is that!” - Marty.
“That is art” - Darren on the ceiling.
“I think last week they sold the dream… whereas this is not so much selling the dream, it’s saying we are eclectic.”
“This is where all the work came unstuck”- Shaynna on the walk in robe.
“It feels dramatic and it feels expensive” - Darren on the walk-in robe.
Week 5 - Living and Dining
Leah and Ash chose to switch their living and dining spaces around, and went ‘full throttle’ with their design, and it certainly paid off. The judges loved the polarising nature of this team’s design, their boldness and confidence in their design choices.
“Woah! This just hits you between the eyes” - Shaynna.
“It’s f*ing phenomenal” - Shaynna.
“This is so hot” - Darren.
“I love it, I absolutely love it. But let’s be honest, it’s polarising” - Neale
“These guys are next level” - Shaynna.
“We have never seen this aesthetic on The Block before”
Week 4 - Downstairs Bathroom
The Block's Leah and Ash had a turbulent week with some clashes with trades people and changing their floor plan, but they made it through and it definitely paid off. The judges loved their downstairs bathroom this week, but there are some concerns about their overall cost effectiveness and budget as the competition progresses.
Points: 27 +1
"It's tonal, it feels luxurious. I love that herringbone pattern" - Darren.
"They're consistent in their use of stone, and that quality is now really evident. Every room that we're going through has that element of featured marble" - Marty.
"I think they're giving themselves a little bit of leeway which is really making me feel a lot more comfortable" - Shaynna on the floor plan.
Week 3 - Work From Home
"We know you copped it the worst, you could have been defeatist about it, but you kept going and that is a credit to you both... this is glamourzon" - Shaynna
"This is a really big swing... we said go bold again, and it's definitely bold"- Darren.
"They're in a family area and we don't have one single bedroom on the ground floor... they're sitting in a lane that's very dangerous" - Marty.
Week 2 - Guest Bedroom
"It's a really odd placement of furniture, we've got 5 side tables, we have 2 chairs and no one can talk to each other" - Shaynna
"This is giving me, no offence to you, like a real estate show room kind of vibes."- Darren
"The pull down Murphy bed is actually the wrong choice." - Darren.
Week 1 - Guest Bathroom
"Like I'm in a nightclub... there's a lot going on" - Marty.
"I love it! I love the details in here" - Darren.
"I absolutely love love love... but it can be polarising, to me I keep thinking I hope you know your market." - Shaynna
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