The Block recap: Deco disasters (04.09.2016)

Jodie Humphries 5 September 2016

The Block 2016 Episode 8 Guest Bedrooms revealed

Who dared to call Shaynna Blaze a bogan?

Jump straight to the results of judging

The controversy on The Block last night kicked off before the rooms were even revealed, with Andy and Ben working hard into the night to get all their painting done. But not as hard as some others: the sound of power tools after the official "tools down" was called.

Karlie and Will were also painting late, and heard the noise. Sasha and Julia couldn’t hear anything, and vouched for Kim and Chris as both couples were painting. All indications pointed to Carleen and Dan as the tool-wielding culprits -- an outcome proved via security footage.

Foremen Keith got Carleen to admit they were using power tools after tools down. Keith offered a stern warning but advised them that it is their one and only chance. Carleen remarks later that their neighbours must be snitches, with the couple apparently not realising that any infraction on noise restrictions for the area by any couple could shut the whole Block project down if the council finds out.

Scott Cam started off the judging by letting the contestants know that the judges were pleased that not only have the contestants shown they are great renovators, but also that some of them have demonstrated they are great listeners by taking on feedback.

The Block 2016 Karlie and Will Guest Bedroom Source: Channel 9

Judging started with Karlie and Will, with the couple confident that their design and styling choices are working well enough to give them a win. Shaynna’s favourite element was the artwork that was replicated with a matt and gloss paint on the opposite wall. Darren was impressed by the dressing of the bed, saying it takes time and is hard to do. Neale loved the exposed brick wall that the couple opted for around their window.

However, Shaynna wasn’t impressed by how the bedroom style wasn’t matched in the robe area, stating it felt like you were in a “suburban display home”. Darren disagreed, noting touches of a similar colour in the bedroom and on the robe. The dispute prompted Neale to suggest drawing a line between his two co-judges.

Next up were tool fiends Carleen and Dan, who were very confident that after having actually completed their room this week and getting the classic deco look they wanted, the judges would love their styling. However this confidence soon proved misplaced. On entering the room and seeing the wallpaper the first words to come out of Neale’s mouth were “I hate it”. Darren tried to clarify if it was just the wallpaper or whether it was the wallpaper combined with the bed styling; Neale just said it was all of it.

The Block 2016 Carleen and Dan Guest BedroomSource: Channel 9

Continuing his feedback Neale called it all a complete mess and said that it made him want to start renovating. Shaynna said besides the wallpaper she couldn’t see any art deco and called the throw “nana 50s”, the cushion on the bed “cat in the hat” (meow!) and the styling on the bedside also reeked 50s. That left Carlene and Dan confused; as Dan put it, “we’ve got the most art deco styling out of the whole thing”.

Continuing Shaynna noted that Darren’s book was on a table as styling and said “there is a whole chapter in that book on art deco”. That prompted Scott to ask if they had read the book, which it turned out they hadn’t. Neale continued: “Everywhere I look there is something else, nothing goes with anything else”, calling the room a mish mash and "just a total mess".

The Block 2016 Carleen and Dan react to judges feedbackSource: Channel 9

There were some positives: Shaynna loved the sheers and the drapery, and Neale liked the combination of the chair with the cushion and the artwork on the wall at the opposite end of the room from the bed. Shaynna’s parting shot was that it was not a good room and the couple should take it on the chin and realise it's not a room worth keeping and will need to be redone. Carleen adopted a "that's me" attitude, but Dan was more contrite: "it was a bit of a kick in the guts".

With the judges slamming Carleen and Dan the other contestants weren’t too keen to hear their feedback on their rooms. Of course they don’t have a choice and Ben and Andy were up next. The boys were hoping to get an A+ on art deco this week with their diamond-inspired feature wall and custom shelving.

The Block 2016 Andy and Ben Guest BedroomSource: Channel 9

When the judges first walked into the room Shaynna exclaimed “go boys!” And it turned out Ben needn't have worried about the triangular mirror in the walk-in-robe, which some of the other female contestants had questioned. Neale was jumping for joy: “the mirror’s fabulous”. Darren noted that it adds another dimension to the room and Shaynna loved that it was a full length mirror.

All three judges were impressed with how the boys had really embraced the theme this week. Darren loved the skirting (if not the finish they had applied to it). Neale wasn’t keen on the mottled glass, saying it looked like deco offices. Shaynna loved all the styling in the room and also noticed that the artwork behind the bed was a framed shot of the building. Neale said it was the room that best fused the deco sensibility.

Next up were last week's winners Julia and Sasha, and as per usual Julia was not confident. Both ladies were worried about how the judges would react to the teal feature wall. Again,they shouldn’t have worried. Shaynna’s immediate reaction was “that colour is beautiful”. She loved the colour palette, but she wasn’t impressed overall. Nor was Neale, calling it “pretty but soul-less.”

The Block 2016 Julia and Sasha Guest BedroomSource: Channel 9

Darren enjoyed the mix of the textures and colours and the styling. All the judges were again dumbfounded that the girls have not listened to their feedback about honouring the heritage of the building. Overall the judges were not wowed by the room, and were concerned about the ability to sell if the buyers can’t connect emotionally with the apartment.

Final couple in judging were Kim and Chris. While generally the most organised and efficient with time usage, their styling has been a frequent subject of criticism. Fearing the worst after the slamming of the other couples, Kim and Chris asked to skip the feedback and go straight to the scores.

Turns out those fears were groundless.with Darren’s first words being “this is way better than last week”, a point his fellow judges were quick to endorse. Neale was ecstatic: “I’m going to stick my neck out and say I love it.” Shaynna was a huge fan of the colour palette, saying it was her favourite of the day.

The Block 2016 Kim and chris Guest BedroomSource: Channel 9

One sticking point? The cornices. Shaynna really wanted to love them but all the judges were disappointed with their "generic" quality. Shaynna said as much as she loves exposed brick, this rendition just seemed "dirty" and she much preferred the treatment in Karlie and Will’s room.

Team Shaynna Darren Neale Total
Carleen & Dan5.56.55.517.5/30
Kim & Chris8.59926.5/30
Ben & Andy87.5823.5/30
Karlie & Will99927/30
Julia & Sasha6.58.56.521.5/30

After the judges' scores were announced Carleen and Dan weren’t shy about expressing their own opinions. Carleen was blunt: “We have to make the decision really as to do we go to what the judges want or do we stick to what we want to sell our apartment for a buyer that we think will like what we like?” All the couples could talk about post-judging was the absolute pasting Carleen and Dan had received. Karlie noted that the couple kept fighting back against feedback, when you should just take it. Once back at The Block Carleen decided to give her own brutal feedback: “Shaynna Blaze, you absolute bogan from nowhere who’s done good.” Ouch.

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