The Block Shop's Sarah Armstrong headed to Julia and Sasha's gorgeous home for the inside take on their stunning kitchen reno. Watch the video to find out all about how they pulled off their stunning transformation
They’re The Block’s undisputed Kitchen Queens, wowing the judges with two exceptionally executed spaces in their 2016 series, both in their own apartment, and the Challenge Apartment.
“[Freedom Kitchens] helped us deliver two of the best kitchens I have ever seen,” Sasha explains. “So, for us ,it was a no-brainer to work with them again.”
Julia and Sasha opted for a plain white ‘Shaker’-style kitchen for their newly renovated home. It has a lighter, breezier feel than their Block kitchens, but still stays true to their simple, elegant design aesthetic.
“We started out designing this house and thought, ‘We’ll go for something completely different; we’ll use a lot of timber - something so different from what we had ever done,’” Sasha explains. “[But] everywhere we went to look at things, we were naturally drawn back to our natural style.”
The girls opted for Cabinetry Sierra Shaker in White Matt, with a marble-look white Caesarstone benchtop.
“[The cabinetry] has a beautiful profile, and I think it suits this period of the house,” Sasha says.
“It’s classic and it’s still chic,” Julia adds. “The way we decided to mix it up this time was to not use handles.
“Last time we had real pops of gold everywhere, so this time we thought, ‘You know what, let’s try and keep this a little more modern.’ So we went without handles, and it just looks beautiful.”
As well as a stunning simple, white kitchen, including a state-of-the-art Bosch integrated fridge, Julia and Sasha also used Freedom Kitchens to create a spacious Butler’s Pantry, with room for more than one fictitious butler!
“Putting a mirrored splashback in makes all the difference,” says Julia. “It actually isn’t that big a space, but the mirrored splashback amplifies it and almost makes it look like it’s three times as big as it actually is.”
The girls also achieved a wonderful sense of space with their to-the-ceiling cabinetry.
“We are blessed with really high ceilings in this house, and one thing we learned from the challenge apartment on The Block, if you take the cabinetry right to the ceiling, it makes the entire space soar, so that was a no-brainer for us,” says Julia.
Along with their stylish kitchen and pantry space, the couple also used Freedom Kitchens to customise their laundry-come-mud-room, a must-have addition, according to Sasha.
“Freedom were amazing, because I wanted the cupboards a certain size, so we could fit school bags and soccer boots and ballet shoes in, so I think it’s come out really well,” she sys.
We do too. Well done, ladies!
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