This week the teams are delivering two verandahs - one on Level Two, and one on Level Three - revealing breathtaking views all the way from the Bolte Bridge to the Bay
Mitch and Mark Verandah Reveal
Score: 30/30 - Winners!
Mitch and Mark delivered two exceptionally well-thought-out verandahs this week, securing themselves yet another well-deserved win - and a perfect score! On Level Two, they opted for a relaxed, comfortable chill-out space, placing an overstuffed cane couch with two cane occasional chairs, a large grey rug, coffee table, potted plants and a gorgeous rattan buffet full of blankets - perfect for snuggling up with.
“Level two comes off a guest bedroom, so I had to tie it in with that roo,” Mitch said. “But because it is a verandah, I didn’t want to have it as formal as the guest bedroom, I wanted to make it more casual.
“I think for people who live in that house, they will use that for going out and relaxing with the papers in the morning - [it’s] just a chill space.”
Shaynna thought they’d nailed their brief.
“What a sanctuary! Oh my goodness,” she exclaimed, upon walking out to the deck. She loved how beautifully thought-out everything was, and she was a huge fan of their stylish fixtures, especially the carefully-selected wall sconces. The use of creams, light blues and muted off-whites only added to a feeling of a beautifully zen space.
Darren shared her enthusiasm, collapsing into the super comfy couch saying, “This is our first room, but I’m very happy for it to be our last.”
“This is another living space in a house that already has a lot of living spaces,” he added. “This is a great outdoor room.”
Upstairs Mitch and Mark continued to impress, presenting a sumptuous outdoor dining area, complete with plants, that gorgeous wooden table, ceiling-mounted speakers, and a selection of wire-framed chairs - 12 in total. “We wanted it to be in-keeping with that indoor space,” Mitch explained.
Shaynna, once again, thought they got it bang-on.
“THIS is why you’d live in St Kilda,” she said. Neale agreed: “It’s a house that just oozes hospitality,” he said. “We have been referring to it as the party house all the way through. But seriously, it is the ultimate entertainers’ space. It’s when you step outside that it really makes sense of the whole lifestyle the home is selling.”
We agree - we’re totally in love with what you’ve done. Well done, guys!
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Tess and Luke Verandah Reveal
SCORE: 23.5/30 - Second place
Fresh off a win last week, Tess and Luke produced another two great spaces, their Level Two and Three Verandahs working seamlessly with the interior of their houses to produce a stylish, contemporary feel.
On Level Two, the couple opted for a relaxed, outdoor family area, including two occasional chairs, a bench seat, coffee table and large oversized floor rug. They dressed the space using charcoals, greys and creams, which worked perfectly against the gun-metal grey exterior paint used on the verandah woodwork and the colourbond dividing wall. Oversized plants in pots of grey and cream further accentuated the modern, luxe look.
“I like the industrial vibe,” Darren said, upon stepping out to the verandah. “I really like that little concrete coffee table.”
Neale agreed, saying “it’s a very, very nice verandah.
“Tess and Luke have got a really good eye for styling,” he added, saying he liked the choice of furnishings Tess chose on their dwindling budget.
On Level Three, the couple chose to continue the feel of their deluxe bedroom out to the verandah, dressing the space with a beautiful lounge, concrete coffee table, more oversized plants, and a practical, yet stylish, outdoor breakfast bar - perfect for Saturday morning paper reading sessions.
“I think they have done so well,” Shaynna said. “It’s a lounge, it looks out to this incredible view, and can I tell you - it’s just as good as the boys’.”
“I’d love to have breakfast there, looking out over St Kilda and the rest of Melbourne,” Luke said, echoing Shaynna’s sentiments.
We agree - it’s divine. Well done guys - see you next Saturday for eggs over easy!
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Deb and Andy Verandah Reveal
Score: 20.5/30 - Joint third
Andy and Deb veered away from their ‘coastal’ vibe this week, opting for a more industrial look for their Verandahs. Styling in muted greys and blacks, Deb says she wanted their furnishings, which included a couch, cane table, cane chairs, a circular rattan rug and a selection of large potted ferns to compliment the more toned down hues she’d used inside, to compliment the exterior.
“We have three bedrooms on the second level, so I wanted there to be enough seating for more people,” she also said, of their decision to max-out the useable living space on Level Two.
Darren was a fan - he liked the simple colour scheme, the rattan rug and the chairs, and he thought they went very well with the wall colour. “Stylistically, I think it’s right,” he added, referencing the unusual more industrial lights the couple chose to use. Neale and Shaynna weren’t so sure, but they appreciated the simplicity and style the space exuded.
Upstairs they were similarly impressed. Off the main bedroom, the space had a softer feel than below, with Deb opting to incorporate a large, overstuffed white couch, huge rattan rug, large black cane occasional chairs, a timber bench, and more of their mature palms. A drinks trolley rounded out the look.
Neale was a fan. “They have created an area you want to be in,” he said. And Darren agreed: “I think it’s much more consistent with the rest of the house,” he said. “This feels like it belongs with what is happening inside. But it also ties really nicely with the exterior.”
We agree - well done, guys.
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El'ise and Matt Verandah Reveal
Score: 20.5/30 - Joint third
El’ise and Matt delivered two very different spaces with their Verandahs this week, opting to present a beautiful ‘parents retreat’ on Level Three, and a more ‘family-friendly’ vibe on Level Two. They also wanted the outdoor spaces to flow well with their already-delivered indoor rooms - and they achieved everything they set out to do.
Down on Level Two, the use of simple furnishings in the form of black cane chairs, a large bench seat, and oversized rug, showcased the space available for families to use as yet another place to relax. The oversized Jenga game, placed in the corner with two small poufs, hinted perfectly of the family-fun that could be had - and the judges liked it.
“I love the game - I think that’s brilliant,” Shaynna said.
Darren liked the use of an oversized mirror and thought it added a sense of space.
Upstairs, the couple chose to extend the look and feel of their master suite into the outdoor area, adding a timber bench, large grey rug, cane chairs, a drinks cabinet, and some statement plants. They had intended to also include a bar fridge and coffee maker, but the budget got the better of them.
Darren was a fan of their bench, saying, “I think it’s a really lovely chair.” he also liked the use of charcoal and greys, though the other judges were unconvinced. “I like this monochromatic palette,” he insisted. “It’s a different approach, but I think they have committed to it, and they’ve done it really nicely.”
We agree - well done, guys.
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Jesse and Mel Verandah Reveal
Score: 16.5/30 - Fourth place
Simplicity was the order of the day for Jesse and Mel, who opted to furnish their two verandahs sparsely, yet stylishly, in an attempt to save money for their terrace area next week.
On Level Two, they dressed the outdoor area with two white-rimmed outdoor sofas, a simple wooden coffee table to match, and a few pots placed strategically in the corners. Soft greys, muted greens and creams punctuated the space through soft furnishings - but again, they kept those to a minimum.
“You’re not going to be bringing friends through your bedroom to entertain out here,” Jesse said, by way of explanation. “We did what was necessary - I think it’s a beautiful space.”
The judges weren’t impressed - especially Shaynna, who said, “We are on a Verandah, we are not in a garden,” upon stepping foot outside.
She thought the couple were wrong in their assertion that the space would not sell their house.
And though the views, which Jesse insisted were, “From the Bolte to the Bay” may sway a buyer, she thought it a wasted opportunity.
Upstairs all three were equally disappointed with Jesse and Mel’s decision to furnish the space with a simple outdoor couch, a small coffee table - and not much else.
But Jesse was adamant. “The outdoor terrace and the front will sell the house - not these spaces,” he insisted.
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