STYLE: Modern with a vintage twist
It wasn’t exactly love at first sight when Brad, 26, and Courtney, 24, met on a bus trip organised by a mutual friend three years ago.
“There was only one seat left and we got stuck next to each other,” says Brad. “Brad was wearing these awful sunglasses, so I let him know in no uncertain terms what I thought of them,” says Courtney.
Brad stomped on his sunglasses and they’ve been together ever since.
The couple have big dreams but little hands-on renovating experience, having only tackled small DIY jobs around a home they rent from Courtney’s parents.
Courtney says, “We’re fast learners. We know that we’ll gain invaluable experience on The Block. It’s the ultimate learning ground for young couples hoping to get into the market. How often does someone give you money to do your dream renovation? And if we get nothing else out of it, hopefully Brad will become more handy.”
This vivacious couple describe their design style as a contrast of modern and vintage. “We love mixing the old with the new and the cheap with the expensive,” explains Brad.
Courtney, a speech pathologist, is feisty and fun, but tends to stress when things aren’t done her way, and Brad, a project manager for a commercial property provider, is an easy-going, laidback Aussie bloke.
In their spare time, they like to keep fit. Brad is into surfing and Aussie Rules, while Courtney enjoys a game of netball. They also love the beach.
If they win some money on The Block, they plan on buying the house they’re currently renting and renovating it. They dream of one day moving to country Western Australia and starting a family.