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  • Kyal and Kara Blue Lagoon Build - Episode 6

     


    Kyal and Kara are powering on with the build of their Mediterranean-meets-coastal home on the NSW Central Coast, with the guest house, parent's retreat, rumpus room, kid's room and toy room already complete.

    This week, Kyal and Kara have been working hard to finish the downstairs wet rooms, while also making headway on the pool and multiple walls of sandstone crazy paving, inside and out.

    Now, with the laundry, mudroom, powder room and main bathroom finished and looking fabulous, it's really starting to feel like a home.

    "This space has to serve lots of different purposes and I've got three distinct zones: I've got the mudroom, the laundry and the powder room," says Kara.

    Mudroom

    The mudroom doubles as an entryway to the home so Kara wanted to ensure it was both beautiful and practical.

    "For us, this is going to be our main entryway through the garage and into the main house so, I want to make sure that this is a really beautiful room to enter."

     Kyal and Kara Ep 6 - mud room

    Serie Grafton Tawny satin tiles, from Beaumont Tiles creating an eye-catching entryway, while setting the colour palette for the laundry, powder room and bathroom. The Dharma Door storage baskets from KK Homewares.

    "The mudroom isn't a big space but it's going to be very useful," says Kara who has included overhead storage, hooks to hang hats and bags and drawers under the benchseat to hide school bags away.

    A beautiful patterned tile that Kara has used on the floor in the mudroom/entryway has served as the inspiration for all three spaces. Kara has drawn on the soft muted blues and earthy pink tones, using these colours throughout the three rooms to create a cohesive feel.

    Powder room

    With no external windows in the powder room, Kyal and Kara decided to play on the moodiness of the space, opting for a dark blue feature tile. Everything else is kept light and bright to avoid the space feeling overly dark and beautiful brass wall light adds a beautiful warm glow. 

    Kyal and Kara Ep 6 - powder room

    Clay Indigo matt tiles (62x260mm), from Beaumont Tiles, give the powder room a moody feel. Taj Round Bone Mirror from GlobeWest

    Laundry

    "I think in any home, the laundry can often be the neglected room that everyone forgets about but you do actually spend a lot of time in it when you have kids," says Kara.

     Kyal and Kara Ep 6 - laundry

    Devonshire Seamist Gris structured gloss tiles (150x75mm), used to create the splashback, have a soothing effect in the laundry.

    Soft blue tiles paired with fresh white joinery make the laundry feel calm and inviting, while practical additions like the hanging rail, deep concrete sink, ample bench space and overhead storage, will make doing the laundry less of a chore. With plenty of room to move and store things out of sight plus, decorative features dotted through, this laundry room ticks all the boxes in terms of functionality and style.

     Kyal and Kara Ep 6 - laundry 2

    A timber shelf and hanging rack by Loughlin Furniture provides the perfect place to hang the kiddies clothes and display decorative wares to add personality to the room. Artwork by Mat Macready, from Good Wood Print Co.

    Main bathroom

    Reminiscent of a luxurious Mediterranean resort, the main bathroom is a melody of neutral tones and textures with large format travertine finish tiles creating a seamless and soft look across the walls and floors.

    "Not only do they look seamless, but less grout means less cleaning of the grout," laughs Kara.

     Kyal and Kara Ep 6 - main bathroom 2

    Using large format 'Timeless Marfil' tiles (2397 x 797mm), from Beaumont Tiles , has resulted in fewer grout lines, creating a seamless finish.

    Timber accents and an incredible amount of natural light flooding in through the skylights make the space feel warm and inviting; a place where you'd happily linger after your morning shower.

     Kyal and Kara Ep 6 - main bathroom

    The 'Angourie' American oak vanity by Loughlin Furniture x KK Homewares, has been custom made to fit the space. 'Alura Arch', American oak mirrors, Loughlin Furniture x KK Homewares. Timber ladder, from Inartisan. 

    "Our laundry and powder room have a fun nautical vibe, but our main bathroom has a calming, soothing feel and I love how they've turned out," says Kara.

     

    Originally published on Homes to Love as “Kyal and Kara reveal their laundry, powder room and bathroom”.

     

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    About the author

    • Kyal and Kara

      Kyal and Kara became the public’s favourite couple of The Block Fans v Faves series and caught the positive attention of the judges – winning multiple rooms. Their down to earth and friendly nature has made them crowd favorites and their skill and design flair has ensured some beautiful renovation results. As a young, enthusiastic, fit and healthy couple, they have an exciting future ahead.  

      Since The Block, Kyal and Kara have gone on to launch their own business, Diverse Design and Construct, and are working on various design and build projects around the country including their own renovation projects.

      Kyal and Kara Demmrich

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