The Block’s back in town & stylish South Melbourne is heating up  

As 12th season of The Block heats up our television screens, editor of Liz Rudenko, takes a look at some of the winning designs so far.  

The theme?  FullSizeRender

Art deco

The challenge?

To transform an old soap factory into a high end apartment building, while maintaining its heritage listed features

While the new season of ‘The Block’ began with a group of enthusiastic contestants, it didn’t take long for tears, tantrums, and setbacks to take over.

None the less – the first 4 weeks have produced some amazing designs, and we’re not even close to the finish line.

So what is Art Deco?

Essentially it’s taking concept from the 1920s and 1930s – think geometric shapes, strong colours and a little touch of gold.

Of course it wouldn’t be ‘The Block’ without the expectation of the contestants own original styles, so whist Art Deco may be the inspiration – it must come with a contemporary twist.

Sounds simple enough right?

There have definitely been some style highlights so far:Block week 1

Julia and Sasha’s winning tap got everyone talking in week one.

It may be a little over the top with its $4000 price tag – but the gold pleated look certainly made a huge impact.

The all white interior made it an easy canvas for pops of colour that were subtle enough to both appreciate and not be overwhelmed by.

Will and Karlie’s winning second week bedroom gave the concept of ‘feature walls’ a whole new look. 

The design incorporated ‘art deco’ geometric shaping and a strong bold colour, whist also manning a sophisticated modern touch – showing the original brick of the building.

The young couple are certainly making us think about bed heads, giving them a fresh new feel and making them as important as a feature wall.

While Dan and Carleen had quite the rough start to say the least, their master bathroom oozed art décor.

Particular attention was immediately drawn to the intricate floor tiling, it may not be for every bathroom, but paired with simplistic amenities, created a true sense of luxury.

And of course who doesn’t a bit of controversy mixed with a lot of style.

Week 4 saw some amazing styles from the contestants guest bedrooms; a golden four post bed that spells South Melbourne luxury, a striking black and gold bed head which created a mix of Deco and industrial vibes. 6d0ac9eb7e6d967fcec03db3cd5fdd48

But the star of the show (or rather episode) belonged to Andy and Ben, who in addition to the room, turned their walk in wardrobe into a en-suite.

From an Auction perspective it was genius, from a design prospective it was sleek and smart.

The most charming part about the room though, at least in my opinion, was the Melbourne wallpaper, a fantastic alternative to paint, creating a feature wall that is striking without being overbearing.

With 4 done and 6 to go there’s plenty more drama and style to comes – just in time for spring clean and new season update at home.

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