The Block’s Sarah and George are ‘euphoric’ after first-ever room win
After eight weeks of never winning a room reveal or challenge on The Block, despite consistently good feedback and judges scores, Sarah and George won for the first time with their upstairs area.
The victory felt so good, George came up with a unique analogy to describe it.
“Let’s do the Homer Simpson — you know when he sees food and he just goes ‘ohhhhhhh’, that’s what it felt like,” he laughed.
“From day one it was just not good enough, not good, just short, so I think the word [to describe how we felt] is euphoric.”
Sarah and George’s win wasn’t just for the couple though, it was a shared victory with their team of tradespeople, who had put in long hours and even lowered their rates when the budget was tight.
“It was really, really lovely and I think I remember distinctly what we did was call our builder and tell him over the phone that we won.”
But it wasn’t just Sarah and George’s trades who were happy, the other teams were delighted too.
“It was just so nice because everyone was there for us and wanted us to win, and I know Tash even said her favourite moment was when we won, and it’s just really lovely that everyone wanted us to share in that moment,” Sarah said.
George added, “Even though it was a competition, I felt like everyone was really rooting for us to win because I think they all knew how much we were trying so hard.”
Sarah and George’s upstairs area reveal included a study, powder room and a children’s bedroom. While all their past rooms have only been a point or two off winning, Sarah believes it was this week’s styling that got them over the line.
Though the plan was to do a teenager’s room with a queen size bed, Sarah “fell in love” with a little girl’s bed and decided to design the room around that instead.
“And I feel like what got us across the line is that I just had fun with the styling, and just really enjoyed what I was doing,” she explained. “I think for a very long time I wasn’t doing that and I think it just came naturally, and that’s when you start to see the results because you’re just thriving in what you’re doing.”
Sarah tweaked her bedroom plan after seeing this gorgeous bed in store. (Nine)
George said Sarah was able to trust her gut instinct with the bedroom because of what they’d learnt from the judges’ feedback, and remembering the all important “emotional connection” factor.
“We were always told you need an emotional connection with your buyers right. Sarah was going to put a queen sized bed in, went to the shops, felt this connection with this bed and that’s the stuff you learn on the show.
“Shaynna [Neale and Darren] would always say comments like that and you take it on board — as hard as it was. We never really shunned their opinion, we took it on and I think that was a big thing for Sarah too.”
The win may have given the budget and morale a much needed boost, but Sarah and George are most proud of the positive attitude and hard working spirit they maintained throughout the competition, even when they weren’t winning.
“[Until week eight] we’ve lost every room, we’ve never stopped smiling, we’ve never stopped trying, we’ve never given up and that is why I walked away from The Block with my head held high,” George said.
“We could’ve sat in the corner and sulked but we constantly tried to better ourselves and we just wanted to prove we belonged, we just wanted to leave the show and have people say ‘Remember George and Sarah? They were alright, they didn’t win much, but they were good’.”
Sarah and George’s next opportunity to impress the judges is with their hallway. Can they make it two wins in a row?
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It’s the win every Block fan was hoping for. Sarah and George finally taste victory tonight, and it seems even their fellow contestants were rooting for them.
“Come on guys, it’s your week,” Luke says as the judges comments are delivered.
In another high scoring week the pair win by half a point over Harry and Tash for their cleverly designed, kid’s bedroom, powder room and study.
Sarah and George’s winning kids room
The spacious study has room for two chairs and lots of natural light, avoiding the claustrophobia that spoiled their downstairs study. Their pop art style photographs of celebrities add some fun to the entire upstairs area, and the kids’ room is styled perfectly — with teepee, canopy bed with pull out trundle, tree wallpaper and even a toddler-friendly padded side table — but not permanently.
“This room could be anything you wanted it to be,” Neale Whitaker says. “It’s beautifully styled as a kid’s room but there’s nothing fixed, so within five minutes it could be something else.”
The couple’s upstair’s study area is spacious with cool celebrity photographs.
“That’s what it feels like,” a euphoric George exclaims when the final points are added up and The Block 2020’s losingest couple finally find themselves number one.
In second place are Harry and Tash, for their masterful use of a north facing window overlooking a beautiful oak tree. They placed a desk and day bed under the window, with oak laminate on the desk and oak flooring to tie it all together.
It leads into that angled wall room, which they’ve styled as a bedroom, but could equally be used as another lounge area with its built-in cabinetry, floral wallpaper feature wall, velvet sofa and wall-mounted TV.
Harry and Tash’s upstairs study area takes advantage of the northern light flowing through a beautiful oak tree.
The judges note that a well -hought out working-from-home area has never been more vital than it is now.
“Giving yourself a beautiful space to work and think in is going to become so important,” Neale says.
The pair are only let down by their atrocious painting (something the judges overlooked last week when they gave them the win).
Harry and Tash’s angled upstairs room could be a bedroom or lounge, or both.
Luke and Jasmin have had a hell week, or at least, a hell day, but it’s largely Luke’s own doing.
Despite being warned his squeaky floor would need to be fixed, he procrastinated and ignored the problem until hours before the ban on power tools, only to discover he’d have to rip the whole thing up because he and his builder had neglected to glue down the sub-floor.
Then, after discovering the horrible truth, he wastes more time arguing with Keith and Dan over who is to blame. He claims the pair didn’t tell him the sub-floor wasn’t already glued, but all the other contestants seem to have got the message.
“He wants to blame everyone else,” Dan says.
Luke and Jasmin’s coastal style and now squeakless upstairs living area and study.
Even Steve the Carpet Court guy gets himself some screen time by sticking the boots in. He was meant to lay carpet in the room that morning but Luke’s failure to deal with the problem put him way behind.
“Now we’re under the pump. You should have got on to that this morning,” Steve says. When even the Carpet Court is against you, you know you’ve stuffed up.
Luke and his builder finally pull their fingers out and within a few hours pull up the floor and reglue it, just in time for the carpet to go in, earning Dan’s grudging respect.
“He doesn’t give up this one,” he says. “He’s a fighter.”
It’s not enough to get the pair higher than fourth this week though.
Luke and Jasmin’s upstairs bedroom lost points for a too low bedhead and the wrong coloured wardrobe handles.
While the judges like their generous hallway they think their barn door hardware looks shoddy. They like the pair’s coastal-style living room with comfortable white lounge, and TV, but the plain old roller blind (with a note saying there were meant to be curtains) and the drawers which don’t open properly because they’re too close to the thick carpet let them down.
In their bedroom the blue VJ panelling wins the judges’ approval but the rattan bedhead is too low and the black wardrobe handles aren’t right, though Neale Whitaker does concede “the standard this year is so high we’re noticing imperfections we might not have before.”
Daniel and Jade’s upstairs study cleverly divides the desk in two, but the wrong choice of couch and artwork lets them down.
Daniel and Jade present a study and lounge area. Their two person desk is cleverly designed with drawers and cabinets between each section allowing kids to be separated while they do their homework, but the couch in the room is stiff rather than comfortable and the artwork is “overpowering” according to Neale.
“But I think a lot of buyers will walk into this space and see it as a value-add.”
The judges are most excited about that secret storage area under the roof line of the old part of the house.
They come third for their efforts.
Just the place for storing polo mallets.
In fifth place comes Jimmy and Tam’s bedroom and living room.
They have a massive 3m sliding cavity door to cut off the media room they’ve designed for their upstairs area, but they’ve committed the cardinal sin of putting the TV too high. They’ve also neglected to put in a home office, something the judges say they will have to rectify when they design their studio section later in the series.
Shaynna Blaze isn’t impressed.
Jimmy and Tam trolled Neale Whitaker with this dried flower arrangement.
“This is a couple that has lots of money so I’m actually looking at this thinking, where have they spent it?”
And Tam trolls Neale by placing a “horrendous” dried flower arrangement in their otherwise tasteful bedroom, despite knowing they’re his pet hate.
“It’s funereal in its ugliness,” he says.
Jimmy and Tam’s TV placement means they should throw in physiotherapy vouchers with the house.
1 Sarah and George 28.5
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It’s been far too long coming, but one luckless team have finally won a room, and it’s just as heartwarming as we were hoping for.