Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Addicted to Bargains- Recreate the Block look without the expense!


In October, I was lucky enough to be invited to help style a sanctuary for the amazing non-profit charity, Friends with Dignity (FWD).  The charity assists men, women and children who have been affected by domestic violence and FWD help find a suitable new home for them to move into.
I was in charge of selecting all the décor and any additional items for the bedroom, living and dining rooms, bathroom and kitchenette which were all purchased and donated from the stores in the Grand Plaza. We had the luxury of being able to use up to 18 stores to purchase everything we needed.



The first room we focused on was the living and dining room.  Because this area was quite compact we didn’t want to overcrowd this space.  This space needed to be functional so we kept it simple yet stylish.  Details of everything we used in the living room are as follows:
1.     Kmart – fern, floor lamp, cushions, throw, geo candle holder, book, rug, wall shelf, pegboard, white canister
2.     Dusk – candle
3.     Villa 9 – Side/coffee table, faux plant
4.     Target – clock,
5.     The Lush Lilly – faux flowers
6.     Big W – Black hexagon vase
7.     Healthy life – Mist lamp
Details of everything we used in the dining room:
1.     Kmart – chairs, faux plants, terra vase
2.     Dusk – taper, taper candles, 3 wick candle, dish, lantern, candle in lantern
3.     Target – Wall art
4.     Villa 9 – Placemats, coasters, side table, clock
5.     Stacks – Glasses
6.     Dollars and Sense – Bowls and plates
7.     Big W – Black cutlery



The second room we styled was the bedroom.  This had to be my favourite room to style and everything we put into this room I wanted to put into my own home.  We wanted this room to be glam and sophisticated therefore adding touches of gold.  We also wanted this room to be a peaceful sanctuary. We didn’t do any bright colours, we kept it have neutral. Details on everything we used in the bedroom:
1.     Big W – Ottoman, queen quilt cover set, 4 x canvases.
2.     Kmart – box, cactus, bed side lamps, basket, Wellington rug, hanging shelf and cow hide
3.     Villa 9 – cushions
4.     Target – side tables, cushions, jewellery stand
5.     TSG Tobacco Station – affirmation
6.     Butterfly silver – bangles
7.     Healthy Life – Salt lamp


The third room we styled was the kitchenette.  It was a tiny little kitchen so we didn’t want to overdo it with too many appliances.  We wanted to add a touch of greenery to this space, so we put little faux succulents underneath the chalk/peg board. Details on everything we used in the kitchen:
1.     Kmart – chalkboard, fry pan, cook books
2.     Villa 9 – Cook book holder, gold pear, faux plants, black canisters
3.     Target – Toaster, Kettle
4.     Overflow – Chopping Board, mortar and pestle
5.     Healthy Life – Blender
6.     Stacks – Glass canisters



The final room in the home we styled was the bathroom.  I was advised to add a touch of black into this space and I came across a fabulous circle bath mat and geo bath towel which were both from Kmart. This area had no storage so I added the 3 tier trolley so that the client could put any toiletries or appliances on it.  We also added the black metal wall shelf up to store any makeup or other miscellaneous items on it. Details of everything we used in this room:
1.     Kmart – faux plant, metal wall shelf, 3 tier trolley, geo towel, soap dispenser, bath mat
2.     Villa 9 – faux plant
3.     Lush Lilly – glasshouse candle
4.     Body Shop – beauty pack


Styling your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  We mixed a lot of on trend budget pieces with more expensive home décor items.  Kmart/Target and Big W have a lot of replica items instore that can be purchased at a quarter of the price you would pay to buy the original. It pays to shop around, especially if you are a budget. 


Make sure to follow @addicted_to_bargains on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat for your daily bargain fix!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Future of The Block

Yesterday marked The Block 2016 Open for Inspections! It's estimated that 10,000 people turned up to view the apartments this year. That's almost double of last year. Among the many fans waiting to view the apartments, filming was being conducted. Whether that be filming for the Grand Finale, or the Open for Inspections episode. Scott Cam was on the rooftop filming his lines for the grand finale, fans stood around him waving their signs frantically in support of their favourite couple. 'In 2017, The Block is bigger and better than ever!' Scott says. Have The Block bought their site for their 2017 series?

Recently K Rock Geelong reported that a source close to The Block said that 'The Block are eyeing off Geelong for their next series.' Should these rumours be true, which building would they choose? Among K-Rock's list of aspirational sites was the Ford Factory, Point Henry and many other sites. Do you know where they have bought their next building? Do you own an aspirational site in Victoria that is on the market?

Comment where you think the next Block series should be...

Saturday, 8 October 2016

We're Back!

After a long busy few months, The Blockinator Blog is back! With so much time spent on our new Instagram page, The Blockinator Blog online, was neglected. We would also like some blog post suggestions, or features to our website you wish were added. Make sure you go and follow our Instagram Page [@theblockinatorblog] and join our forum!

Monday, 11 July 2016

The Next Series of The Block- Frank Valentic

It is always an exciting time waiting to see the apartments being completed on every series of The Block. Every year there are some new renovation trends and ideas which are showcased by the contestants on The Block.
We have seen a lot of different rooms and apartments in bidding on all seven Melbourne series of The Block, bidding on 26 of the 31 apartments  that have been auctioned. Though we have always given our client’s professional advice to stick to our budgets and limits and not get carried away with the emotion of an auction and have successfully purchased 5 apartments on the big Auction Grand Finales.
The most popular series to date with our buyers was Dux House, 47 O’Grady St, Albert Park which our buyers loved because of the blue chip A1 Albert Park location. They also loved the art deco features and heritage timeless appeal of the building. We bid on all four apartments and successfully purchased the winning Block apartment again, which was Steve and Chantelle’s north facing apartment. We had three disappointed buyers and many others who we couldn’t bid for that would have loved to secure one of the deco apartments.
Though, we had a delighted homebuyer that still enjoys living their today with their young family. My professional doctor clients and their young child love everything about the apartment and location. We look forward to taking many buyers that missed out on Dux House, Albert Park through this new art deco building, a former soap factory on Ingles St, Port Melbourne. It will be exciting seeing the bigger spaces as these apartments are approximately 200 square metres internally compared to 160 square metres in Albert Park.
Many of our past buyers are keen to see the roof top communal entertaining terrace which will have amazing 360⁰ bay and city views. Many of the apartments are expected to have some park or city views which is always a big bonus and popular feature.
Again there will be five apartments to choose from this series and I am sure the art deco features including the high ceilings and heritage features will again result in a combination of investors and homebuyers bidding against us again on auction day at our 8th series later this year. We look forward to seeing the former soap factory taking shape into some special apartments with a WOW factor

This blog was written by Frank Valentic from Advantage Property Consulting – Buyer’s Advocate. (Judge and bidder on The Block.)

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Retailer Spotlight: Design Twins

Last week we featured the fabulous outdoor furniture store, Remarkable Furniture as our Retailer Spotlight. For WK2 we will be featuring the scandinavian retail phenomenon, Design Twins. The Design Twins store is located 70 Edith St, St Peters NSW. They sell a wide range of pots and also a wide range of Scandi homewares. Below we will show our top 3 picks from their online store.

Top 2 Picks


This print is my absolute favourite in the whole entire store. The Black and White moon print is absolutely scandinavian styled and the perfect artwork for above a bedhead.


I absolutely love this Tan style Leather Occasional Chair. It is a perfect addition to any bedroom and it compliments any Scandinavian style interior.

Design Twins

https://www.designtwins.com

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Retailer Spotlight: Remarkable Furniture

It is great that we are able to start the retailer spotlights again. Our first chosen retailer is Remarkable Outdoor Furniture in Moorabbin, VIC is a one of the best outdoor furniture stockists that I've seen as of yet. They stock a wide range and variety of Outdoor furniture as well as outdoor heaters, cushions, accessories and a lot more. There products are of great quality. Below we will share our favourite items stocked by Remarkable Furniture.

CORFU BENCH

The Corfu Benchseat is a great addition to any family outdoor seating area.  It is made from solid Teak wood. It is currently $799 in the Remarkable Furniture Store.


JRC Cross Leg Table

The JRC Cross Leg Table is a beautiful piece of furniture that is perfect for any family home. It has a real concrete tabletop. If you are currently decorating an industrial outdoor space, we highly suggest this.


Montreal Table

Another beautiful piece of furniture in the Remarkable Furniture showrooms is the Montreal Table. It is a perfect piece for a plantation-styled home.

Make sure you check out their website for more amazing pieces of furniture!

http://www.remarkablefurniture.com.au

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The Block 2016 Series Name Possibilities?

Yesterday was my first visit to The Block 2016. Trust me, this will be the greatest Block EVER. The building is absolutely massive. As for Heritage plans they will just restore the building and remain to the exact same colour. But there was 1 thing that was not made clear. The series name? In this post we will discuss possible theories for series names.

The Block Soap Factory

As you may know, when this building was built, its purpose was a soap and candle factory. It distributed iconic products like 'Solvol' and many other products.

The producers may choose to stick to its original 1920's purpose. This would be the most plausible name.

The Block Port Melbourne 

This time, The Block has ditched South Yarra and Prahran for there series. This was awaited by many as everyone was interested to see a building that had a different purpose renovated. Right now they are in Port Melbourne. These apartments will sell for a high price tag. The residential development happening around it will consist of 300 units. They all sold within 2 days for $330,00-$750,00. That could be what all the contestants were wanting to hear as it could mean there is lots of interest in Port Melbourne.

The Block Heritage Listed

Before the producers bought this building it was owned by property magnate, Harry Stamoulis. He bought the building of $25million. When he bought it, it wasn't Heritage. As it became Heritage, it soon began to lose its value and then was sold for $5mil to The Block producers. It still is heritage listed. This year the only thing that will be done to the building is restoration and repainting the building. It will be painted the same colour as before and I'm guessing that they will remove the timber that boards up the windows.


Which do you think it could be?
Leave your answer in the comments!

Monday, 16 May 2016

What we know so far...

What we know so far...

Last week Dan Reilly & Scott Cam confirmed The Block is in Port Melbourne.  Scott confirmed this by announcing it to the paparazzi and announcing it to the Today Show. Dan confirmed this by announcing that the soil issues are in the process of being solved and that he cannot wait to for filming to start.

As the building is heritage listed, they now have a lot more design issues. All varnished surfaces are to be kept the same. All internal doors are to be reused in the building somewhere. All timber floors are to be reused. As far as the facade goes, the only changes that are allowed is to paint the building. it will be rendered with Concrete Render. Included in council permits is the history of the building over time. 


'Mr. J. Kitchen arrived in Australia in 1856 and together with his three sons established the firm of J. Kitchen and Sons, the largest soap making firm in Australia. By 1890 it had premises in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland with its principal works at Ingres Street, Port Melbourne and at Alexandria, near Sydney. Products manufactured included "Velvet", "Witch" and "Anchor" laundry soaps; "Persil", "the modern oxygen washer; "SoIvo!" and "Electrine" candles. An important by-product was glycerine used for explosives, medicinal purposes and in the tobacco industry. The site of the works at Ingles Street had been chosen as a suitably remote one for a noxious trade from as early as c.1858. By 1894 it was occupied by the Apollo Candle factory at the Kitchen Street intersection. The administrative offices were erected in 1925. They consisted of a brick and steel frame on piles with a mosaic floor to the vestibule, polished Maple and plate glass doors and a social hall for the use of staff. The premises have been recently vacated. Founded as John Kitchen and Sons Pty. Ltd., subsequent company names included Lever and Kitchen, Unilever and Unichema.'
 

The show will feature 6 couples. Due to the building having 7 apartments planned in total, they will need 6 couples to fill the building. The remaining apartment would be used as a challenge apartment and would be completed by all the couples as a team. Unit 5 is significantly smaller than the rest but is split-level.

Dave Franklin will be in charge of landscaping the building. The landscaping features include the rooftop pergola. Unlike the rest of the building, the rooftop terrace is going to a modern space with splashes of yellow and timber.

One of the main heritage features of the building is the void in the centre of the building. The architect had planned to scrap it and not use it but the council rejected. They said that the void in the building needs to be fully-respected therefor it needs to be kept somehow.


Production is due to start in the next 1-3 weeks. Filming should last for about 10-11 weeks.



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Monday, 25 April 2016

Scott And Nadia's Top Tips For Renovating!

When doing a renovation there are four really important things you need on the checklist peach cushions with how many chandeliers needed are not high on our list. 

 

1.     Know your Style & How you Live– There are so many different styles to choose from like our personal fav’s  Hamptons, Coastal, Scandi, Scandustrial & Industrial to name a few. Just as people are individuals we all have different styles & taste so the most important thing to do before you begin is work out your style or your clients style! You can look around things like Houzz, Instagram, pinterest & you  can also check out the Beaumont tiles website they have this really cool style quiz put together by designers & a psychologist to help you identify your style.  Identifying your style is not the only part you need to think about with regard to planning a renovation. You need to also think about how you live or if doing it for someone else how they live. Do they entertain a lot & have friends over all the time, love reading, mad movie buffs, work from home all these import things need to be understood so you can incorporate them into your overall design. This is commonly described by designers as the “Brief” & one of the main inclusions of the brief is functionality as it is a critical part of any successful renovation!

 

2.     Work out your Budget & stick to it – Talk to your local real estate agents & ask what houses are selling for in the area and what style & size (how many rooms) etc. is getting the most $$$. This will help you understand your budget limit. Once you know your budget typically as a guide allow around 10% of the cost of the overall property and allocate funds to each area to be renovated from the overall budget. You have to then stick to that allocation for each room & understand if you overspend then somewhere else will suffer. If this happens you need to work out a way to save money on items or labour or even sacrifice some luxury items. If you stay disciplined with your budget you can eliminate budget creep which has been the undoing of many a renovation. The last thing you want to do is go back to the bank when you didn’t really need too or overcapitalise on the property. 

 

3.     Choose your trades or builder – It is really important to choose your trades wisely the wrong choice can impact your whole renovation & not in a good way. Simple rules can help you identify the right people for the right job. Talk to friends that have had work done or use google. Once you narrow the field ask them to show you jobs that they have done & if they can supply references that you choose. Are they approachable give you their details to contact them personally not through the office. Always get a minimum of three quotes for anything you get done, unlike us you don’t have to deliver the house in 7 days! A good tip for you is that if they don’t want to turn up to meet you onsite to discuss getting the job then what makes you think they will when something is wrong. We were very lucky on Reno Rumble we had amazing trades that worked tirelessly to deliver our visions & we are firm believers in treating people how you want to be treated. Keeping to this rule If you treat trades poorly, then unwittingly you can be the undoing of your own renovation. This can also be the opposite & you could get an Amazing transformation by treating them really well. When dealing with all our trades we keep one rule in mind & that is ask their opinion, involve them in the process & ask them would they do it in their house. You don’t have to follow their advice but you should always consider it.

 

4.     Do what you can will save money– You don’t need to me the most amazing handyman on the planet to save yourself money Nadia is the only person with a trade in our family & she is a hairdresser. One of our favourite parts of any renovation is the “D” word……..meaning Demolition. Anyone can do it so just talk to your trades about what can be done that will save money or what needs to be removed so they can start to rebuild. Order a bin and away you go. The other thing that anyone can do is offer to be the labourer for your trades this will get you more involved in the whole process & save you money at the same time. If you are working for them they don’t need to pay someone else to do what you can. The side benefit of that is you don’t need a gym membership on Reno Rumble Scotty lost nearly 15Kg!

 

These are top four tips for renovations so good luck & Rumble on!

 

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