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Living and Dining Week

After a season of ups and downs, Ryan and Rachel claimed their first win with a living and dining that served sloped ceilings, stacked stone and plenty of modern country style.

Putting the Lifestyle

into a Living and Dining

Raked ceilings, feature stone and brick fireplaces and views overlooking the rolling acres outside were just a few of the common features unveiled in this week’s living and dining room reveal.


The Blockheads had big ideas and big spaces to tackle. Riding the momentum from Kitchen Week, they all worked in the new extensions of their houses, faced with the challenge of bringing hints of the old into modern, architecturally striking spaces.


This week, best friends from House 5, Omar and Oz, took their space up a notch with a baby grand piano, while last week’s winners Tom and Sarah-Jane from House 1 moved away from the crowd with a stand-alone fireplace as the focal point of their living space.


But in their first reveal win of the season, Ryan and Rachel from House 2, won the judges over with a light-filled and well planned space that combined rustic warmth and modern simplicity.

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Game-changing tips to transform an open plan living and dining

How to bring height and heat into your space

Raked ceilings

You’ll often hear the terms raked, cathedral or pitched ceilings thrown about when chatting about a home’s layout and design. Instead of a standard flat ceiling, a raked ceiling slopes upwards to meet at a single point.


They’re commonly placed in the living and dining to create a light and airy space, but they can also potentially reap big benefits for your home’s resale value. This week on The Block, we saw teams like Omar and Oz keep their kitchen space intimate and cosy with a bulkhead above, before extending out to soaring ceilings which added a sense of grandeur into their living and dining space.

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With a raked ceiling, greater air flow, natural light and the illusion of space all combine to create a liveable and stylish look. Having the extra height also means you can experiment with bolder and/or darker interior design choices that you might have been too hesitant to feature beforehand, due to the risk of making the space feel smaller.


Take a cue from our Whitelock 28 on display in Waterford Rise, where the cascading charcoal-toned stone benchtop in Black Tempal from Caesarstone, industrial-style feature light and statement dining table are all balanced by the height and freshness of the panelled raked ceiling.

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A statement fireplace

This season, we’ve all seen how scenic the Macedon Ranges is, but we’ve also seen how it can drop down in temperature. This means fireplaces have been a must and the Blockheads have gone all out by using them to create stunning focal points of their spaces.


Ryan and Rachel have used stacked stone fireplaces in both their master bedroom and living, accentuating the height of their rooms while bringing texture and a natural earthy feel to their otherwise sleek spaces. If stacked stone isn’t your style, you can get a similar effect with vertical joint panelling or one of the many profiles from Surround by Laminex.


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If you’re wanting to mix it up entirely, the double-sided fireplace feature in our newly-opened Hampstead 32 on display in St Yves, SA is a great place to start. It adds separation between the dining and living space, without removing the sense of connection and openness completely. This is helped by enlarged windows either side of the fireplace which add symmetry and an architectural feel that families, or prospective buyers, will love.

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Throughout your Simonds building journey, you’ll have the opportunity to chat about raked ceilings, fireplace features and everything in between with your New Home Specialist and Gallery Consultant. But if you want to get a head start and have been feeling inspired by this week’s living and dining reveal, see what a few of our QLD Gallery Consultants, Kaela, Casey, Charli and Kiara, have put together. Recreating Ryan and Rachel’s earthy textures, freshness and pops of colour, but with our suppliers, so that you can get the look too. Check out their flatlay and the product details in this week’s room reveal post here.

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Photo by @casey.alexandria_interiors

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