Steph and Gian's winning secret's on The Block 2023

Dreams do come true… high school sweethearts Steph and Gian have created a winning home that is a masterclass in style and functionality.

While the young couple might have raised some eyebrows in their neighborhood with their unwavering devotion to all things beige, it's impossible to overlook the universal appeal of their home. It seems this hardworking duo has had the last laugh!

Winning multiple room challenges including the "Work from Home space" and $20k Häfele master wardrobe upgrade and subsequently the "Master Bedroom", plus the "Guest Bedroom" challenge.

As the young couple dove headfirst into their infatuation with every conceivable shade of beige, they couldn't help but catch an earful of criticism from their neighbors. However, when it came to the market appeal of their home, it was simply impossible to turn a blind eye. It appears that this diligent couple is now having the last laugh.


Master Walk-In Wardrobe 

Steph and Gian took their master wardrobe to the next level as the proud winners of the $20,000 Häfele Wardrobe Upgrade. With their exceptional design, they've raised the bar when it comes to high-quality storage solutions.

Their wardrobe design boasts a generous U-shaped layout that excels in maximizing cabinetry and storage. The central island bench, a true showstopper, takes center stage in this wardrobe masterpiece. Adorned with a stunning marble-look benchtop, complemented by metallic platinum and oak timber finishes, and strategically illuminated for a touch of luxury.

But that's not all; functionality and storage have been meticulously considered at every turn in this breathtaking design. A place for everything and everything in its place...

  • Accessory Trays for your precious jewelry, sunglasses, and small essentials.
  • An extendable, pivoting mirror for the ultimate dressing experience.
  • A rotating shoe rack that can accommodate up to 42 pairs of your favorite shoes!
  • Pull-out racks for trousers, scarves, and belts.
  • Ample long and short hanging space to keep your outfits perfectly organized.
  • Beautiful LED lighting that upgrades your style and makes it easy to find everything you need.


Work From Home / Studio 

Steph and Gian's guest studio / work from home space immediately caught everyone's eye, standing apart from the rest as the sole space nestled within the heart of the original home, boasting both internal and external access.

The judges showered praise on the room for its inviting and snug atmosphere, attributing its appeal to more than just the gas fireplace. The clever, custom joinery design paired with sliding panels create the perfect balance of form and function. 

Architect Steph reached out to the knowledgeable team at Häfele to find the perfect solution for her design - Swiss engineered HAWA Clipo 16 HM sliding system. The small track profile, concealed running mechanism and soft-close features were ideal for the light, 19mm panels. The panels slide effortlessly and precisely and elegantly conceal technology and transform the space from work to play!



Steph and Gian - The Block 2023 - Kitchen

With tranquility and sophistication, Steph and Gian skillfully merged neutral tones and texture to craft a contemporary kitchen that serves as the heart of their home.

Their kitchen features a luminous and natural color palette, showcasing Kinsman's Porto Maple Woodmatt and Platinum Metallic cabinets, adorned with eye-catching timber handles and soft creamy countertops, all in harmony with the couple's distinctive style.

“We knew we wanted to continue the Japandi aesthetic into our kitchen design and this is reflected in the colours and finishes we selected. Our design appeals to those who love to cook and entertain...” - Steph

A true haven for entertainers, this kitchen boasts an expansive 3-meter island bench, offering family and guests a front-row view of culinary creations in the making. Keeping the kitchen spick and span is a breeze, thanks to the thoughtfully designed cleaning zone with integrated dishwasher, discreet Ninka Waste Bin, elegant Gunmetal undermount sink, and a matching Gooseneck mixer complete with a veggie spray.

For added convenience, an integrated pull-out Dispensa Pantry takes its place right beside the fridge, ensuring that essential kitchen items are organized and always within easy reach.

Gripp Cutlery Trays make keeping your kitchen organised easy
• Hide your waste and recycling with Ninka Integrated Waste Bin and keep your kitchen always looking its best.
• Position 1 or 2 Dispensa Pull-out Pantry's next to integrated fridge for a beautiful, streamlined look.
• Create the perfect cleaning zone with  Squareline Linen Sink and drainer in on-trend Gunmetal finish.
• Clean-up quickly with Gooseneck mixer with vegie spray and get back to family and friends.
• Use the Pantry Squareline Linen Sink to do the heavy lifting and keep the mess out of sight.
• A beautiful warm ambience to the heart of your home with LOOX Warm LED strip lighting.

Designer tip: Add easy upgrades like drawer organisers, cooking agent pull-outs and hidden waste bins to improve the functionality and storage space in your kitchen.



Harmonizing functionality and aesthetics, Steph and Gian's laundry design strikes the perfect balance between practicality, storage, and style.

Every detail of their laundry room has been meticulously planned to create a space that meets all the requirements. Placing the washing machine and dryer side by side not only maximizes efficiency but also allows for the addition of a spacious laundry bench above - ideal for seamlessly folding and organizing clothing.

With a keen focus on enhancing functionality through ample storage, the inclusion of a Pull-out Wire basket and Häfele’s Tandem Side storage system ensures that all cleaning equipment finds a tidy home in one convenient cupboard.

Steph and Gian Laundry products

• Maximise the storage space for all the cleaning essential with Tandem Side and make it easy to keep your home clean and organised.
• Soak, wash and rinse with Squareline Laundry Sink in stylish Gunmetal finish
• Laundry tasks are made easier with the versatile Gooseneck mixer with pull-out sprayer so you can wash and clean quickly and efficiently.
• Functional LED Strip lighting makes it easy to spot stains the first time! #IYKYK


 Kids or Guest Bedroom

Steph and Gian masterfully crafted a pair of spacious wardrobes for their two guest bedrooms, showcasing a thoughtful approach to multi-generational design.

Their choice of a neutral palette is a sophisticated solution, tailored to create bedroom spaces that will undoubtedly appeal to both adults and children alike. What sets their design apart are the ingenious additional features, such as a versatile desk space that can double as a makeup table, or a cozy seating nook perfect for both bedtime stories and unwinding with a great book.

Each wardrobe is generously equipped with a variety of storage options, including hanging space, open shelving, and soft-close drawers. Integrated lighting with sensors not only bathes the space in a warm and inviting glow but also effectively illuminates the contents of the wardrobe.


• Create a place for everything with Matrix Soft-Close Drawers and keep the kids wadrobes organised.
• A mix of short and long hanging space with Black Hanging Rails ensures the design will last for as long as the kids live at home!
• Find everything easily with functional LOOX Strip Lighting with sensors and banish the morning rush.


Winners of The Block 2023 - Steph and Gian

CONGRATULATIONS Steph and Gian!!!! on creating a winning home that features an abundance of style, functionality and innovative design ideas.

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Natasha DenElzen

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