Tuesday Tour: Natalie Bloom's place

Warning: The content that follows may fill you with envy.

Today's tour is a Lucy Feagins special over at the ever glamourous Design Files. It's the home of Natalie Bloom, founder of Bloom cosmetics and all round style goddess.

The kids space.



And the adults zones...














The Block: Brad & Lara's happy ending....


Wowsers! I trust we were all glued to the tele tonight to watch the finale? And what a finale! I would never have imagined in my wildest dreams that there'd be a combined over-reserve amount of $1.7M!!!

New South Wales' own lovely Novacastrians, Brad and Lara took out not only viewers choice for Best and Fairest, taking away a car for their niceness, but they won the series as well! In similar fashion to the Block 2011, the first house to go under the hammer took the highest amount over reserve, and lucky for these guys, that was them. With a whopping $506K over their reserve, plus the $100K winners purse, these guys are all set up now for Brad to whip out a ring and start a life with Lara in a shiny new house with a shiny new car... fairytale ending much?

Dani bowled me over when she announced she "hopes everyone does that well" after the first auction. I'd have expected "hope we do that well", but to be so gracious and wish for everyone to have a happy ending was astounding.... Maybe she's not as bad as she was portrayed?

And well done to Ch9 for being so much less greedy than last year and setting the reserves so low that everyone had to come out a winner. Much more positive to have 4 winners than 2011's massive fail of 3 out of 4 properties not reaching reserve. But seriously, has anyone ever seen a 3 storey, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property with 180 degree city views in St Kilda under a mill? Me either. They really made sure everyone would reach reserve didn't they?

My faves Sophie & Dale may have come last but it's a last you'd be happy with! They walked away with $350K which is amazing. I'd be more than happy to leave my kids for 10 weeks, not sleep and get stressed and dirty for that kind of cash. And what's more, I think we'll be seeing more of them. Talent like that can't just disappear. Perhaps in the all-stars series Scotty casually plugged? Too many good options to even contemplate there.

And finally, did anyone notice house2.com.au? The brothers were plugging that all over their I'm-going-to-stop-traffic-in-these-bright-yellow-tshirts! I did have a look like a gazillion other probably did... not much to see let me just say, though there's potential for something good to develop. And granted, they haven't had much time to really get it going just yet have they? Maybe one to watch...

So sad it's over. This one has been my favourite series so far. Mainly due to Team S&D. Can't wait to hear what you all thought...

Ace space saturday - Woodland nursery

Welcome to Beckhams room. I found this space over at Apartment Therapy and it's all kinds of wonderful. Don't you just love a woodland theme? And this one with it's boyish slant ticks a lot of boxes...





The Block: WooHoo!!!!!

Well THAT was the best news I could have hoped for! Team D&S won! They nailed their rooms in the challenge house and came away with a 10/10 from all the judges for their kids room! 

Now, in case anyone out there doesn't watch The Block, (why???!!!!) I do apologise for coming across as some kind of deranged freakazoid fan, but this couple are just so inspirational. Look at this room!!!!


No, you aren't imagining things. That is a table and chairs setting hanging upside down from the ceiling. And yes, it is sitting on astroturf...


Yup. It's that wallpaper again....




I need that blanket...






Losing it over those pen holders...


And just to prove it really is all in the details, they even decorate the window latch...

And that's why I love them so... If you've ever seen more creative decorating in a kids space I'd love you to share it with me. My hat is off to Sophie and Dale. I'm wrapped that they won the challenge this week (the prize is $10K off their reserve price of their house), and I hope it paves the way for them to win the whole season (with the highest margin over reserve).

What did you think? I got worried for a moment that the boys were going to win when they weren't showing their room much. And as much as I didn't fall in love with Dan & Dani, they deserved second spot - their bathroom was quite amazing, even if the whole wetroom concept was one that Dani openly said she hated earlier in the series and the design was pretty much a direct rip-off of Brad & Lara's in their house... Dying to hear what you thought....

The Block 2012 - More genius from our fave couple

I gasped when I heard what they had planned. Truly. Gasped. 
I just adore this pair. (Noticed much?)
And at first when Ch9 started flashing up that preview of the judges scores, I felt uber confident that D&S had it in the bag.
Until I saw Dan and Dani's bathroom progress that is...
Those tiles look amazing. Though personally I would have used black or grey grout.
I soooooo hope they don't win. I suspect they wil. Dani was looking pretty smug on tonights ad.
Grrr. 
We're almost at the end of the road friends!
What do you think of the grass on the ceiling?
What do you think of D&Ds bathroom?
Who do you think will take out the 10K off reserve?
How will we all cope next week with no Block?





Party food - New looks for old ideas...

The daily quest to come up with food that can entice as well as nourish hits new high's when the boy's birthdays roll around. Here are two original ideas that put a new slant on presentation and ingredients...

Peppa Pig is a favourite at our house.  And now that I have this idea up my sleeve, I'm ready for a "Peppa" themed Birthday party... Well, I have the snacks idea taken care of anyway....



Eat zucchini? My kids? Not likely! 
But cover them in tomato, pepperoni and melted cheese and pass them off as pizzas!


Simpatico...

For the past few days I've had no voice... :(
Luckily, this image needs no words....


Tuesday Tour - Carolyn

Just adore this gorgeous home I saw on Design Sponge. It's in Toronto and belongs to Carolyn & Derek Gavin - let me tell you, these are peeps with no apparent fear of colour and it makes for a fantastic space...

First things first, here's the kids room....


And delicious grown up spaces....













Hop over here to D*S to check out the full tour and interview...


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