After gutting the derelict interior, “we took the space as far back as we could to create a clean line.” Completed in two months, the project afforded the multidisciplinary design team an opportunity to flex their full range of creative talents, building “every square inch of the place” from the window latches to the sound system. Despite their painstaking labor over minute details, the effect is unpretentious and very much in keeping with the low-key character of the neighborhood.
A large number of consumers love wood furniture more than other types of furniture
Polished concrete floors, pigmented a velvety-grey, mimic the appearance of slate. Prior to painting the walls, the designers skimmed the exposed brick with layers of plaster to smooth out surface modulations. A freestanding block of rough-hewn concrete, which serves as a step to the raised floor in back, bears the serendipitous quality of a found object. The oxidized metal window casings and exterior shutters were also designed to look indigenous to the space.
WELCOME to our final installment in our coverage of Channel Nine’s 2010 series of The Block. It’s been a bumpy ride for the hard-working contestants but a lot of fun for us!
Check out the show’s info-packed website at www.ninemsn.com.au/theblock. There you’ll find comprehensive breakdowns of furniture and materials used, renovating tips, plus weekly blog commentary by real living editor Deb Bibby and interior designer Jason Sullivan. You can also watch the episodes again. And if you’re up for it, why not apply to be on the 2011 show. We dare you!
Easy Living Rooms with Sofa Chairs
TV shefl is arranged tidy in the living room, from a distance with sofas and glass table
EASY LIVING “This side of the room is my favourite in the whole apartment,” Chez says. It’s not hard to see why. The space feels open and generous, modern and classic. It’s a south-facing room so Chez and Brenton were wise to keep the colour scheme light and bright. The floor offers loads of character and the choice of rug and the furniture match it very well. Placing the TV on floating marble shelving near sofas and a glass table looks tidy, and if the person who buys the apartment wants to use the shelves for another use they will still look great.
FAMILY FRIENDLY Living Room
Leather sofas and recliners with flat armrests for resting drinks, creating a relaxing space for all family members at home
Neisha and John have been clever in desiging their living room – it works equally well as a place for conversation (since the recliners and the leather sofas face each other and have practical flat armrests for resting drinks), and for watching TV (the screen’s to the left). The night before the room reveal was the first in months that John had access to a working TV. “He couldn’t stop watching it and wouldn’t do any work!” Neisha says. It was actually Chez and Brenton’s visiting tradie Hicky (whom they flew down from Queensland and who got that couple into trouble by sleeping over) who built John and Neisha’s deck, from merbau timber.
ELEGANT Style for Interior
ELEGANTLY DONE As with all of Erin and Jake’s rooms there’s a confident dose of New York glam in this, their second-last project. It’s spacious, free-flowing and functional. Erin’s use of subdued colour, pattern and texture is delightfully easy on the eye. “I love vintage prints, like damask and flocked fabric, especially for sofa chairs” she says. And remember, there are views of Sydney Harbour from the balcony (to the right of this image). That should be a big selling point.
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