Tom and Sarah-Jane from The Block's winning rumpus room with a white couch, blue woven rug, a light timber TV cabinet and a wine fridge in the back of the room opposite a wooden barrel used as a side table.
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Study Week

After taking equal first place last week, Tom and Sarah-Jane got back on top with a perfectly polished study and rumpus space.

Recapping the

Study & Rumpus Room Reveals

This week, we crept one step closer to Auction Day as the Blockheads got to work on the final remaining space in their luxury country escapes. We saw the contestants bring a mix of wine bars, working from home nooks and rumpus rooms (or a mix of all three) to deliver versatile rooms that capped off the last ten weeks of early mornings and muddy sites.


In House 5, Omar and Oz’s space was still a work-in-progress, but their moody and rich vision still shone through, while Rachel and Ryan created a separate retreat, made for Saturday afternoons spent by the fire with a glass of red. But once again, Tom and Sarah-Jane stole the show with a working from home meets chilled hangout space.

Rachel and Ryan from The Block delivered a secluded retreat, with a brown leather couch on one side, TV and cabinet on the other, a freestanding fireplace in the centre of the room and a wine bar at the rear. A wooden chandelier hangs from the ceiling with graphic wallpaper of old Gisborne town on the opposite wall.

The 3 main things you should consider for your home study space

Location, light and look

1. Where should you place your home office?

Since the pandemic, we’ve come to realise the importance of having an at-home study space; one that gives you your own hideout to knuckle down in without being disturbed. It might be a nook off the kitchen that doubles as a homework spot, or now that many of us have made the move to working from home, your study space might even be your permanent office. While you’re figuring out your home’s layout, there are a few things to weigh up when it comes to your study. If you want ultimate peace and quiet, a home office off your master bedroom is the way to go, but a study off the open plan or the children’s rumpus makes the space versatile and easily accessible.

A photo of a first floor rumpus room with a terrazzo coffee table in the frame of the shot, and a kids homework retreat to the side with a linen cupboard, bench seat and wooden cabinetry. Surf and beach themed prints line the walls, opposite a Hamptons style staircase.

2. Create a study with plenty of natural light and air flow


This might seem like an obvious one, but it can easily be overlooked when you’re concentrating on the layout of your kitchen, living or master bedroom. Natural light is said to improve productivity, mood and alertness, while also supporting our natural circadian rhythms. When we’re spending so much of our work time glued to screens and in back-to-back Zoom calls, you want to make sure that you’re able to get your daily dose of sunlight and a breath of fresh air without leaving your seat. For those with a bit of an extra room to move, this could mean a skylight above. Or, for the more budget-conscious, enlarged windows and plantation shutters will do the trick.


A close up shot of a light-filled study with a light timber desk, big white plantation shutters, a white floor lamp and a big green tropical plant in the foreground.

3. Think about functionality

Everyone will have different needs and non-negotiables when it comes to creating the right space for them, but there are some common features that’ll be at the top of every must-have list. Generally speaking, you’ll want to include plenty of powerpoints for all of your laptops, iPads, lamps (we could go on), and you’ll want to make sure you don’t have to think twice about storage. Built-in cupboards underneath will maximise the space you’re working with, but on the other hand, leaving your desk with no base cupboards means more people can pull up a chair and start working at a moment’s notice. As always, it’ll all come down to what’ll work best for you and one of our friendly New Home Specialists or Gallery Consultants will always be on hand to guide you.

A separate study with grey plantation shutters, grey cabinetry, green palm and fern inspired wall paper and two laptops.

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