Friday, July 26th, 2013
In the wash-up of blood, sweat and tears, four couples hand in their keys and turn their backs on their South Melbourne apartments which go to auction tomorrow.

Melbourne property styling expert Brianna O’Neil will be eagerly watching ‘The Block, Sky High’ auction results to see how each of the five couples fared.

"It would be safe to say that the current series of the popular renovating series has presented the viewer with some real hits and misses,” said Ms O'Neil.

"Matt and Kim’s infamous ‘Pollock room’ would have to go down as the series disaster and would be unlikely to appeal to many buyers," she said.

“But amongst the bickering, the sleepless nights and the inclement Melbourne weather, there were some features that had the judges and viewers, salivating.”

Ms O’Neil highlights her top five from the 2013 series of ‘The Block, Sky High’ –

• Alisa and Lysandra’s perfect ten Freedom Kitchen ( – it’s no secret that Freedom do stunning kitchens, and when completed with Caeser Stone bench-tops and high end appliances, the twins are onto a winner. If installing a high level kitchen, such as those from Freedom, it is best done for the home, rather than as part of the property development process, as you run the risk of overcapitalising.

• Matt and Kim’s 'Designer Heat' ( – whether or not you are a personal fan of the artwork, the concept of turning heating and cooling into something interesting will always win you brownie points on your sale.

• Exposed wood panelling – we are seeing a huge trend towards lighter Scandinavian style woods in homewares and furniture and it’s no surprise that this is coming through on ‘The Block, Sky High’. While keeping in mind that these feature walls look great, they may date quickly so steer towards wood panelled artwork and sections that can be easily removed.

• DIY – Craft is great fun and adds an element of personality to your wall hangings and décor. Why not jump on YouTube and do a craft tutorial? It can safe you money on expensive artwork and you can tell guests that you did it yourself.

• Industrial ­– The industrial look has been hot for years and is not going away. Wire, rope and tin add a touch of interest. Source industrial typography and vintage tea crates to break up an otherwise highly polished room. These can be cheap and it’s great fun to go hunting for them.

“Who knows which of the five couples will bring it the highest bidder at tomorrow’s auction, but if I was a betting woman, I’d have a fiver on the twins.”

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Brianna O’Neil has twelve years of experience in the design industry in Australia and London having worked as a Graphic Designer, Homewares Designer and Real Estate Property Stylist preparing homes for sale.

P: 0402 480 808


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