The block TV show winners Dee Jolly interior design

Darren and Deanne Jolly

Reality television is all around us, for better or for worse it is a guilty pleasure for millions of viewers. When it comes to home improvement TV shows, what’s not to like, observing a rundown home get renovated and decorated into a home of your dreams has the populations attention. So combine both – reality TV meets home improvement and you have a winning formula. That’s exactly what the Australian hi, The Block TV Show, is.

The Block pits 4 or 5 couples against one another to renovate and decorate houses or apartments and then sell them off at auction to the highest bidder. The couple whose renovation fetches for the most money wins… a very simple formula, yet very entertaining.

Originally airing in 2003 and 2004, the show was on a long break until returning with even more success and a higher production budget in 2010. The most notable block winners to come from the TV show are Darren and Dee Jolly.


The Dee and Darren Bathroom


The Dee & Darren Bathroom

The Darren & Deanne Bathroom


Another bathroom from The Block Glasshouse

The Block glasshouse main bathroom


The Block – What’s Happening Now

The last series of The Block was The Block 2017 Australia, premiered on 30th July, it received very popular television number and episode 52, the final, had over 2.2 million viewers. The overall winner from The Block 2017 contestants was Elyse & Josh.

The loved show has returned this year, The Block 2018 Australia has wrapped filming and the weekly show is only 2 weeks in. The Block 2018 contestants focus on the winning format of  5 couples but rumors are that the 2019 show could in-fact feature 8 couples.

The Block TV show advert graphic


Who Are Darren and Deanne Jolly?

With the amount of success, viewers and sponsorship The Block was bringing in, it was no doubt that the best of the best would gain fame. Darren and Deanne first appeared in season 9, in what was titled ‘The Block Glasshouse’. The Glasshouse episode was set in Melbourne at the Glasshouse building, 121-127 High Street. The building used in season 9 was double the size of the Dux House, the property used in the previous season. What made season 9 of the Block more interesting was that for the first time in the show, not only did the judges cast a vote on contestant’s rooms / homes but the other contestants also cast a vote on each other. Even though Darren and Dee didn’t actually win season 9 they became the nation’s favorite, with their talent, charisma and personality. Most notably for their incredible provincial Bathroom, the viewers nicknamed it ‘the Dee and Darren bathroom’.

Following their popularity, Dee and Darren returned to the show for season 10 in which 3 couples went head to head in what was known as The Block: Triple Threat.



Where Are Darren and Dee Jolly Now

When Darren & Deanne Jolly finished the block they were on the hunt in search of their next project. With a passion and immense talent for interior design and home renovation, it was no surprise that Darren became a qualified builder and both of them set up their own Darren and Deanne Jolly Interior design business.

The couple’s first project was a cottage measuring 700 square feet in a decent street. The cottage, when first purchased was in a dire state and needed a lot of work – Darren and Dee Jolly where the right people for the job.

All was going well with the business and Daren and Deanne Jolly until suddenly, tragedy struck. Darren was experiencing numerous severe headaches and after examination it was thought that Darren Jolly had a brain tumor. Darren was straight in for a long grueling surgery and thankfully it was a benign cyst located in the right middle of his brain. After months of recuperation Darren is now on the mend and plans on soon getting back to his and his wife’s business.

Youtube video of a brief interview with Darren & Dee after the brain tumor

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Are unique designer items for interior design worth the money

In another hopefully helpful article by “Keep It Cartesian” we show how designer items for interior design give you a chance to express/show your unique sense of style to your home with a personal touch. The creativity and passion that is behind every article of designer items is a true delight. It is worth to spend an extra coin on the distinctive and unique designer interior items to decorate your house rather than using a mass of randomly selected items.

Unique designer items offer you an affordable and easy way of creating a long lasting impact on your interior design. However, you need inspiration in order for you to decide how well to decorate your house using designer home accessories. It is paramount for you to check each room in your home carefully. You should consider the structure and layout of each room and mark spots that you should draw a person’s attention away from. In other words, decide in which areas you will place your designer items. Also, find out what kind of designer items that you will need.


Arne Jacobson Vintage Copper Egg Chair

Egg Chair by Arne Jacobson

Identify Focal Points

When you are considering to buy designer items for your home, it is essential to find focal points in your house where you will place the items once you buy them. A focal point is a place where you would like to draw the eyes to. Some of the items that you can place at such a point include earthenware vase, sculpture or painting to mention just but a few.

It is essential to select only special, unique and lovely items to display and avoid all clutter items. Ensure that you brainstorm and make a possible list of items that you will need. Also, make sure that you group the designer items that you need according to theme or style. This handy guide by The Spruce called “Creating and defining a focal point” goes into detail about identifying focal points. You can group the items as follows:

  • Object type
  • Glass
  • Color
  • Porcelain

A typical focal point of a room

A typcial fireplace focal point

image sourced from The Spruce



Plan Your Approach

Once you know the kind of designer items that you require, it will be easy to find them. Moreover, it will be easy for you to be creative and stylish. However, do not be too strict such that it will be devoid of creativity and expression. It is essential to have a thematic approach to ensure that each display will be symmetrical.

You can use different splashes of colors and textures to bring liveliness to your home. For instance, if you want to display family pictures, buy similar but non-identical frames that complement each other and match with the theme of your house. You can use things like:

For a more detailed deep dive into this topic head over to “Jack Brunsdon`s” to the article “How to approach an interior design project


Find The Best Prices

When you are purchasing designer interior design items, it is better to buy online because you are likely to find more options. There are numerous talented designers online who have unique and quality designer items for interior design like Claire Davies from ““. Compared to mainstream stores, they have a wider range of unique designer items often exclusively sold by them alone.

Most importantly, purchasing your designer interior design items online allows you to compare prices from different retailers and hence get the best deal for your money.



There are numerous unique designer interior design items available on the market today. You can be sure of finding special, unique, lovely and quality designer items that will help you to come up with a beautiful, warm and inviting interior of your home. Designer interior design items for interior home design are worth spending your money on.

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minimal holiday apartment For design enthusiasts

Polish office Thisispaper Studio has branched out into hospitality, with the opening of a minimalist holiday apartment in Warsaw’s historical Praga district.

Called A-Place, the one-bedroom apartment is located within a new housing estate that is set inside a former 19th-century vodka distillery in the Polish capital of Warsaw.

The apartment, which marks the first hospitality project to be carried out by Thisispaper Studio, is described founders Zuzanna Gasior and Alexander Zaharov as “a place where both the body and the spirit can unwind”.

The duo wanted it to reflect the minimal aesthetic Thisispaper has become known for while providing tourists with a space to explore Warsaw in an “an unconventional way”.

Designed in its entirety by Gasior and Zaharov, an interior and graphic designer respectively, the apartment is neutrally decorated with white walls and natural wood flooring.

Furnishings and accessories include pieces by designers such as Dieter Rams, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Richard Sapper, Nao Tamura, and Louis Poulsen.

“Furnishing the apartment was at once the most exciting and challenging part,” said the duo. “To recreate the ambience of Warsaw, where its recent past intertwines daily with novelty and progress, we combined authentic vintage furniture with pieces designed by contemporary designers whose work we follow and admire.”

“Regardless of their provenance, what the pieces always have in common is modesty and restriction, idée fixe of the design ethos that has guided Thisispaper from the start.”

While the kitchen features dark-stained timber cabinetry and a stainless steel worktop, the rest of the apartment is decorated in light neutral colours.

In the bedroom, a low-level bed is framed by a light green headboard, and the bathroom is covered in off-white tiles.

Aiming to appeal to those interested in architecture and design, the apartment is equipped with books and magazines about the creative industries.

Visitors can also find origami kits, organic Japanese tea and freshly roasted local coffee. A vintage sound system from the 1970s encompassing a gramophone, an amplifier, a tuner and selected vinyl is located in the living room.

“We designed A–Place from scratch, guided by our love for honest, natural materials, such as wood, steel, ceramics and linen,” said the studio.

“Every surface, object and colour has been hand-picked in line with our design philosophy that creates harmony through a focus on function and purity of form.”

Warsaw-based Thisispaper Studio started out in 2011 as an online magazine but has since launched a print magazine and an online and store bricks and mortar store, located in a Soviet-era dental clinic in Warsaw.

A-Place is the first hospitality project to be completed by the studio.

“For a while now we’ve been meaning to take the Thisispaper experience from digital to reality,” said Gasior and Zaharov. “We created a space where our values take a tangible form, available to everyone that chooses to make Warsaw a stop in their journey.”

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7 Types of Medium Density Fiberboards

What is a Medium Density Fiberboard – MDF?

MDF stands for Medium Density Fiberboard, which is a manufactured wood using wood particles and chippings which are then commonly glued together. There are many different boards that are available in today’s market, such as Particle Board, Fiber Board, Laminated Board, Veneered Board and the list goes on. The usage in MDF sheets the past few decades have spiked due to the low cost in which it is to manufacture and to purchase such boards, each type of MDF has its own pros and cons and depending what the task at hand is, there will be a perfect board for the job. If you’re now asking yourself what type of MDF should you be considering this year when fulfilling your projects, then we will help guide you with all your MDF 2018 needs.

Is MDF Good For The Environment?

Most MDF boards have a few environmental issues, as it has the potential to emit formaldehyde as off-gas because of the adhesives used in manufacturing. Formaldehyde, in most cases, causes plenty of short-term health effects, such as watery eyes, respiratory irritation and many other, annoying and unnecessary problems. Formaldehyde affects sounds more annoying than anything serious but in fact, due to recent studies, the particular emissions is now seen as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and a “probable human carcinogen” by the EPA. The reason the furniture emits such high formaldehyde values which are slightly above 0.1 parts per million is that of the type of glue which is used to assemble the board together, commonly lower formaldehyde glues are more expensive to buy and manufacture. In addition to this, boards that use this resin to be completed generally take longer to set, which further increases expenses due to the longer creation time of the product. If you wish to read even more on the topic before you form your final opinion, please fell free to read on here.

Cheap MDF

What is Particle Board?

Particle boards, as the name suggests, are made up of wooden particles which are bonded together with a form of resin, particularly some form of glue as its safe, reliable and predominantly cheap. These boards also mistakenly get referred to as a chipboard due to their chipboard texture like surface. Environmentally friendly, due to the fact the boards are made with wood throwaways like sawdust, shavings and chipping which would generally just go to waste after being cut from their parent log. All of its contents is then sent through a wood chipper so that all of the particles are equal in size so that the fibreboard is an even size once put together with the resin. As we have just mentioned, the resin is then mixed together with the particles and placed in a sheet to keep everything compact, usually, this would also have some form of weight on it to make sure the fiber board sticks together and forms an equal shape. Particle boards can be used for small-scale furniture such as cupboards, plenty of minimalist style furniture is made up from these exact boards due to the curvy and reliable things you can design with them when used correctly, a particular favourite is particle board cabinets as they are cheap and reliable to have in your home. There are many different areas of your home that you may want to spruce up, adding particle board detailings around your windows, doors and floor or even ceiling in the form of elegant trims and mouldings. It’s particularly popular for these things because it is easy to create furniture and decor with and even easier to paint. If you’re interested in other uses you could get out of particle board, please feel free to read this helpful article about such uses.

particle board cabinets

What is Plywood?

Plywood is the most widely available manufactured MDF material sheet which you can get on today’s market and for good reason. It is assembled like the other boards by bonding together a large number of soft or hardwood veneers, generally, the more veneers MDF sheets which are used, the stronger the plywood will be. Particularly on floors, plywood panels may include groove edges that allow each board to be slotted together to allow them to become one, meaning they will stay sturdy and will also be great when used for an underlay like skin suitable before you place tiles. The water proof plywood thickness makes this an even stronger choice if you’re looking for a particular board to be used in your floor and roofing project. Along with plywood flooring, this board is also known as ‘playwood’ due to the many uses that you can get out of it when making children’s furniture and activity units, the name suits it very well due to the low plywood price, which enforces the creative but fitting name even more. Plywood can be bought at various locations and in fact, places like home depot will cut your plywood if you do not have a plywood cutting machine at hand, which makes it the perfect sort of wood if you’re looking to do some DIY around your home

plywood exterior

What is Fiber Board?

Fiber board is a high-density particle board and manufactured using a similar process as particle board and hardie board/hardee board. Although we did say particle boards are environmentally friendly due to the use of wood waste, rather than cutting down fresh tree’s the fiber boards are slightly different in the fact that the particles are made up of similar wood cuttings except that these are formed together with organic fiber from sugarcane and vegetable starch, which is a lot more safer than man created resins. This Fiberboard is certainly the one for you if you are always considering the environment but you’re in desperate need of some reliable MDF boards. You can’t doubt their practicalness as they are used when creating residential and commercial buildings due to the soundproofing quality which they hold.

fiber wood

What is Stirling Board?

Also known as OSB, manufactured from softwood strands which have then been compressed and bonded together with water resistant resins making this the perfect MDF material to be used in somewhere like a bathroom as it will make for a strong hold that will not be affected by the moisture. This particular MDF should only be used in in places where appearance is not a matter as the surface is a little rough and somewhat awkward to give it an appealing finish, this is why this type of board is generally found on the back of wardrobes or at the bottom of a bed because this is somewhere, in theory, no one will get to view. Particularly if you wanted to use such fibreboard for a display piece, as part of some furniture or other decorations, you will need to sand the boards down first to get rid of their rough texture so that it is a lot easier to paint over them.

osb wood

What is Chip board?

Chipboard is not so dissimilar to a laminated board, as the creation process consists of heating and assembling at high pressure. The key difference is that instead of layers of fibreboard bonded together, chipboard is just made up of wood particles which are stuck with resin all at once, meaning that it isn’t as reliably strong as the laminated board may be but it will be a lot cheaper because of the shorter manufacturing process. Similar to laminated board it is also possible to give the MDF wood more style by painting the chipboard with colours of your choice. Chipboard has seen a high spike in uses by furniture manufacturing companies such as IKEA as it makes the perfect durable material to be used for flat pack furniture a long with it being great for kitchen furnitures such as worktops and flooring.

chipboard thickness

What is Laminated Board?

Laminated boards are a type of hardboards that you would particularly find if you took apart that beautiful shabby chic sideboard that you feature in your hallway, because of its reliable strength and durableness. The particular board consists of a number of thinner boards which have been created with wood fibres that have then been exposed to high heat and put together with the use of equal high pressure to enable the sheets to essentially blend together and become one. With strong and stiff qualities, this particular MDF wood is more common for larger furnishings, the complete opposite of what particle boards and fibre boards would be used for.

laminated beams

What is Veneered Board?

The final board in which we will look at is the veneered board, this is a great board if you really want the natural wood look along with the feel. Because the MDF panel can be veneered with decorative wood patterns sheets you can get a lot more creative use out of this particular fibreboard than you might be able to with something like a particle board. Although the drawbacks of this board if any, is that you can only use it on gradual curves as when the Medium Density Fiberboard has dried up you could find yourself with cracks across your design and of course, no one wants this look.

wood panneling

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Just how many styles of shabby chic are their

What is old is now new again! About a century ago, Shabby Chic antique style took America by storm with its charm, simplicity and elegance and many years down the line; this look surprisingly remains popular and relevant across the globe.

Beautiful, eclectic and versatile, this style blends well with historic homes which boast great bones, not to mention those homes which are, of course, shabbier. And while these are remarkable aspects, sticking around this long has been primarily due to its ability to embrace upgrading, recycling, and DIY.

In its original format, Shabby Chic style is a blend of warm flower-bedecked English cottage approach merged with a touch of contemporary style of Californian coastal lifestyle. In establishing this particular feminine style, Ashwell was not under any obligation to follow any rules and as such she began incorporating Zen elements, earth materials such as stone and warm natural woods into her aesthetic.

Currently, Shabby Chic has maneuvered its way into a trendy interior design approach that has surpassed all expectations surviving the test of time to remain stable in a stupendously continually changing design world and has hit the mainstream being found at many places online such as Homes Direct 365, The Painted Lady & The Bella Cottage.

Nonetheless, only in very limited instances can you find Shabby Chic in its pure original form. It has slightly been modified to better adapt and blend into new scenery. Numerous variations can integrate well with this antique style but below are the most popular modern variations that have diversified its contemporary application across the globe catapulted it into a timeless gem’ in the world of interior designs.

Modern Variations of Shabby Chic Style

# 1 Belgian style Shabby Chic

In general, armchairs and sofas associated with Shabby Chic design are usually overstuffed, and feature rolled arms. However, with the Belgian Style, the lines adopt a more gentle and slender style. What’s more, burlap and linen takes the place of cotton denim which was traditionally the primary element
Belgian style shabby chic display cabinet

# 2 Colourful palette for Shabby Chic

In a room where the entire interior of the house is painted in one uniform color say white, it is customary for Shabby Chic design to concentrate on a single bold accent color to establish a visual contrast with the rest of the space. For instance, you can decide to use a Turquoise floor to create a contrast with the white color for example.
Turqoise accent piece

# 3 Crisp black and white Shabby Chic

For you that loves vibrant oppositions and contrast feelings, by using black and white colors, you can produce a classic blend that reflects the elegance and controversial emotions simultaneously.

To complement the furniture and overall interior, you can use a black and white rug rather than the typical floral one.
Black and white shabby chic layout

# 4 Shabby Chic with objects collected from nature

Items such as bird’s nests and seashells play a remarkable decorative role when positioned at an ideal location in an interior. What’s more, once you have collected them, they can become a great reason to remind you of some of your loveliest and sweetest memories of your past moments. The secret is in where you place them.
Tree branch shabby chic lamp

# 5 Shabby Chic with earthy tones

It is no secret that women adore gorgeous sweet looking interiors. You can surprise your lady with an interior design featuring an appealing earthy tone. The tones that blend well with this style including greens, tans, and browns.
Earthy tone shabby chic room

# 6 Modern Rustic Shabby chic

All of us want a home that is not only orderly but has some touch of warmth to it. The modern rustic is the way to go about it. It is an exclusive reaction to the pretty and fussy shabby chic style. You can use a crisp rug boasting thick stripes which can not only work as a standard grounding element but can also add to the coziness of the room. The room can also use wide panels (pine) on both the ceiling and floor.

Modern rustic shabby chic room

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Minimalism in Interior Design

The beauty of minimalist interior design lies in its simplicity. Minimalism can be defined as design which has been rid of all frills and contains only the absolute essential elements. Minimalism isn’t restricted only to interior design and architecture but also can be seen in art and music. Infact, minimalism in the arts began in the 1960s and was first used in the early 20th century to describe a painting done in 1913 by the Russian painter Kasimir Malevich.
“Less is more” is the founding principle of minimalist interior design. The idea here is not to completely shun ornamentation but to remove superfluous elements and ensure that every element such as joinery, handles etc that go into the design improve the design. Interior designers who work with a minimalistic style design sites, so that a relationship is created between the building and the surrounding environment. Big windows and open floor plans thus become trademarks of the minimalist interior design style.


Minimalism is said to be influenced by Japanese design. To design your home interiors in a minimalistic style choose a colour palette with only 1 to 2 colours. A minimalist colour palette is usually dominated by white, grey and black. Other natural hues and metallic finishes also can sometimes be seen in minimalistic interiors. Very few minimalistic interiors will feature accent walls in a third colour. If the look is too stark brighten it with pops of colour in art or accent cushions etc. While selecting art choose large bold pieces instead of a collage of smaller pieces.

Since the beginning, minimalism has inferred the use of materials like glass, mirror, polished cement, and wood with natural finishes. Minimalist interiors are airy and designed to make a space feel vast and open. Mirrors play a large role in minimalistic interior design in order to make small spaces look larger. When it comes to flooring, minimalism encourages the use of large tiles that give the room a seamless appearance and stays away from parquet flooring and similar intricate design elements. In minimalist interiors, glossy and matte surfaces can correlate with shiny polished elements.


Interior designers in India often employ the 20-80 principle while designing minimalist interiors where a space has 20% furniture and the rest is left free. Simple geometric shapes and functionality are the most important criteria in choosing minimalist style furniture. Also, minimalist furniture is compact and can often be found to be dual functional and feature low seating. To create an impact you could add a singular unconventional element like a table or easy chair.
For lighting elements, natural light is favoured in minimalistic home interiors. Additional light features are usually hidden or also act as sculptural décor.

Minimalism stays away from patterns and employs only solid colours in upholstery fabrics, curtaining etc. Traditional curtains are hardly ever seen in minimalistic home interiors and windows are usually shaded by roman curtains, roll curtains or blinds.

What do you think of this interior design style? Would it work in your home?


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