Whilst the House Rules teams are digging up the backyards in phase two of the competition, we’ve taken a tour of all of their interior renovations and have chosen our favourite looks so far.
1. Toad and Mandy’s dining room
The teams just seemed to get better as they go on and with Toad and Mandy's rule of "Turn our tired old lady into an elegant homestead" the teams we able to bring in the charm. Mel and Dave filled the dining room with texture and history to create a welcoming space for Toad and Mandy's family to come together. See the whole reveal here.
2. Mel and Dave’s Hamptons entry hall (and mud room)
We're big fans of Hamptons style and we were thrilled to find one of Mel and Dave's rules for the renovation of their Hope Island home was to "Transport us to The Hamptons". Josh and Brandon didn't disappoint in the entry hall, with stunning wainscotting, a crisp blue and white colour palette and touches of matte black metallics. Swoon! See the whole space here.
3. Jess and Jared’s living room
Who doesn't love a hanging fireplace? For those of us who didn't know there was such a thing - there's no going back now! The bar has literally been raised by Leigh and Kristie in the textural haven they produced for Jess and Jared in their Adelaide home. See the whole room here.
4. Josh and Brandon’s bathroom
Designing a bathroom for a pair of guys can be something of a challenge - how to get the balance right with the right mix of masculinity, modernity and practicality was a decorating feat not for the faint-hearted. Enter Chiara and David with their "GT striped" tiling in the shower area that won over the judges and was instantly recognised by Josh and Brandon as bang on the mark with their style. See why it worked so well here.
5. Leigh and Kristie’s kitchen
We could be forgiven for thinking Leigh and Kristie's kitchen was a disaster, due to the drama surrounding the limestone feature wall built by Jess and Jared that wasn't completed in time. The kitchen is otherwise a beautiful space however and is imbued with texture and natural finishes like no other in the competition. Sticking close to Leigh and Kristie's rules of "Chill out with “California Cool” style", and "Get earthy with copper, timber, limestone and concrete," Jess and Jared layered timber and stone beautifully beneath the wide glass splashback window and in the generous island bench. Stunning! See the whole home reveal here.
6. Leigh and Kristie’s kid’s room
Jess and Jared came through again for Leigh and Kristie in the bedroom of their son, Kobe where the rule was for them to make it look like a skate park. They did just that with a cleverly curved plywood bedframe and wall art.
See the whole home here.
7. Mel and Dave’s Hope Island kitchen
Hamptons ruled again in the kitchen of Mel and Dave where Toad and Mandy executed a clean and crisp kitchen with mosaic tile detailed splashback and navy blue cabinetry beneath the central island bench.
8. Chiara and David’s Auction house bathroom
This bathroom was a real hit with the judges and we can see why - Chiara and David got off to a running start with the clever use of tiles, wrapping them from the floor up to the wall to make a statement behind their show-stopping freestanding bathtub. See more of why it worked here.
9. Jess and Jared’s Auction house nursery
Sweet and colourful, this lovely bedroom was petite in stature but big on style with Jess and Jared's choice of pastel palette, Scandi styling and timber feature wall. See the whole auction house reveal here.
10. Josh and Brandon’s Auction House staircase
Josh and Brandon came out of the stalls racing as their carpentry skills shone above the other teams with the execution of this breathtaking stairwell. The concrete feature wall initially caused them grief but the carried it off in the end to great effect. Take a walk through the house that was sold to gain the prize money for the whole competition here.
We can't wait to see how the remaining backyards are transformed, followed by the front yards with the three remaining teams following the next elimination!
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