Studios, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms revealed - we take a look inside the contestants' incredible rooms
Tess & Luke Studio Reveal
Score: 28 + 1 /30 - Winners!
Tess and Luke needed to pull something very special out for their Reveal this week. With literally NOTHING left in their budget, a win was going to mean the difference between finishing their renovation and staying in the game. But - hooray! They managed to deliver a superb, near-perfect self-contained unit, complete with bedroom, ensuite and kitchenette - the only one of it’s kind on this year’s show. And they took out the win - thanks to that Bonus Point.
Tess and Luke went for a monochromatic look in their space, opting for black and white Freedom wardrobes, a bed dressed in browns, taupes and burgundy, black tapware for their kitchen and bathroom, and hints of timber throughout. It all worked together to create a sensational, stylish space which Neale thought was “perfect.”
“There’s a sense of cohesion within this little unit, and I like it for that,” Neale said. “I personally find this hard to fault, because they have really thought about the details of the person who is going to be using this space.”
Everything was thought through, from the kitchen, which included timber shelves, stovetop, oven, sink, fridge and cupboards, to the bathroom, complete with generous-sized shower, face-level storage, and that beautiful chevron white tile. There was even space to eat at, which doubled as a study desk.
Darren thought the couple had really opened up their market with this ingeniously designed space, which he believes is sure to attract a “multi-generational” family buyer.
“They are competing for a multi-generational buyer, somebody that might have elderly parents; somebody who might have teenagers; somebody who might have an au pair. I think this might be a full family house.”
Shaynna agreed, saying, “they may also rent out the space to an international student.”
The thing all three liked best was that this was a successfully glamorous space, but still entirely functional and practical - right down to the couple’s decision to include the TV and a buffet area behind those wardrobe doors.
“This is a luxury of a completely different kind - based on functionality,” Darren said. “It’s compact - but it works.”
Neale agreed: “They have really thought it through. They have really gone through the checklist of what the space requires to be self-sufficient. I think there is going to be plenty of buyers.”
We do too - well-done guys! You really pulled a rabbit out of a hat with this week’s Reveal - and we ADORE it!
Mitch and Mark Master Ensuite + WIR Reveal
Score: 28.5/30 - Equal second
Mitch and Mark changed up the architect’s plans again this week, presenting an ensuite and walk-in-robe designed to complement the plans they made way back in week one. All three judges were blown away upon seeing how their enormous master suite space had taken shape.
In the bathroom, the couple used a dark navy tiled feature wall set behind the white vanity, placing an enormous free-standing bath beneath the window to capitalise on natural light and including a high-end marble tile. The look and feel of the room worked perfectly with the glamorous walk-in-robe they also presented as part of their Reveal.
Shaynna fell in love with the dressing room area in this space instantly, especially taken with the large oversized mirror above the makeup station, the gorgeous purple occasional stool and the way the wardrobes were positioned for maximum functionality.
“Can I just say, walking from there to here - this is ‘sass’ personified,” she said. “It’s so Sex and the City!”
She loved Mitch and Marks’ decision to place brushed steel display cabinets in their walk-in wardrobe, which were backlit for maximum effect. But most of all - she loved their amazing ensuite space.
“Oh my god!” she exclaimed upon stepping inside their glamorous bathroom. “This is the best! I love it! I love it! I love it!”
Neale shared her enthusiasm - he loved the vanity feature wall ties, the luxurious chandelier pendant light and the use of light in the gorgeous space. And even though Mitch and Mark had decided to forgo one of their bedrooms in favour of an upstairs entertaining space, Neale thinks their long-play game plan could be a game-changer.
“This [room] more than makes up for [not having an upstairs bedroom],” he said.
We agree - we absolutely love it! Well done!
Jesse & Mel Studio Reveal
Score: 28.5/30 - Equal second
Jesse and Mel were aiming high this week, hoping to take out their third win in a row for their master bedroom with his-and-hers walk-in robe. They delivered an exceptional space, and while it might not have been quite enough to give them the win, all three judges thought the couple presented an excellent room.
They particularly liked the placement of a desk within the multi-purpose wardrobe space. “There’s lots of room in there and you can easily move around,” Darren said upon stepping inside their room. Shaynna also thought the area was well laid out and she loved the use of the enormous floor-to-ceiling mirror, placed at the end of the wardrobe to maximise light.
Around the corner, the main bedroom area was also well thought-out and included a large statement rug, ultra-modern occasional chair, marble side table, the use of large-scale abstract art and a sitting area with couch and table orientated towards a TV.
The judges were impressed with the scale of the room. “Look at this, you have a lounge room and a bedroom and a walk-in robe and ensuite,” Darren exclaimed.
Inside the ensuite, there was also lots to like, Jesse and Mel once again maxing out the luxury, including black cabinetry with polished chrome and simple, yet elegant, floor and wall tiles.
“This is a self-contained hotel room,” Darren said. “It has broad market appeal.”
Neale agreed: “Jesse and Mel are becoming the masters of this ‘modern luxury’,” he said.
We agree - well done guys.
Andy and Deb Studio Reveal
Score: 28/30 - Third place
Andy and Deb created another beautiful, calming space this week. And despite the fact they opted not to include any additional add-ons - like an ensuite or kitchenette - their light, bright bedroom was a big hit with the judges. Especially Shaynna - she cried tears of joy upon stepping inside!
“This is stunning!” she said. “It’s just so gentle.”
The couple chose a white/natural colour palette, opting to furnish with a cream bedhead, woven pendant lights, a brown leather ottoman, a rattan mirror, oversized white fan and oversized white rug. They finished the space with a square cube table, white occasional chair, white bespoke cabinetry, woven timber baskets for the plants and two beautiful timber bedsides.
It all added up to create a room with the couple’s signature elegant ‘coastal luxe’ feel, accentuated by that VJ panelled feature wall.
“It’s beautiful,” Neale said. “You can feel it - it’s an engagement that is instant when you walk in. There are so many buyers that will feel that connection, and will be more than prepared to overlook any of the shortcomings.”
Gorgeous statement art and the timber artifacts placed around the room only added to the room’s feeling of calm, cultural “homliness”.
“There’s something really healing about this interior,” Shaynna said. And though Andy and Deb didn’t add an ensuite to the room, the judges thought it may not be an issue at Auction - if they can connect with the right buyer.
“I think Andy and Deb take the buyer on that emotional journey,” Neale said. “You walk in - you fall in love with it. It’s so beautifully balanced.”
We agree - a beautiful room, guys. Well done!
El'ise & Matt Studio Reveal
Score: 27.5/30 - Fourth place
El’ise and Matt decided to reveal their fourth potential master bedroom this week, a moody, sophisticated space that featured an amazing feature wall, his and hers walk-in robes and ensuite, and stunning original artwork throughout.
“Look at the colour in here,” Shaynna said, upon entering the striking space. “They know how to do artwork, this couple,” she added.
Their choice of original pieces - both backlit and framed - worked well with the black chest of drawers and the soft romantic palette on the bed, which featured whites, the couple’s trademark burnt orange, and a bedhead of soft, velvet green.
“Isn’t that green stunning?” Neale said. “It’s quite restful.”
Darren was a particular fan of the consistency of their room, which he thought was a “replay” of their front room, but with subtle changes sure to appeal to buyers. “I think this is really wise,” he said.
Neale thought the room, which also featured black bedside tables, black bedside lights and two black occasional stools, had a great contrast between ‘classic’ and ‘ultra-modern.’ “When you look at the art choices, they are very cool and very contemporary, but there’s a sense of classicism of the other choices of the bedside tables and lamps and the button-back velvet headboard.”
All three judges liked the couple’s accompanying ensuite, which went for a simple monochromatic look, using black cabinetry, a grey basin and grey floor tile with a textured white wall tile to continue the moody, romantic feel.
They also thought the his-and-hers robes were a great addition. “I think the amount of storage in these wardrobes is perfect,” Shaynna said. “It’s very classy, classic and simple.”
We agree - well done, guys!
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