STYLE: Contemporary coastal
Brendan and Michelle, both 22, are the youngest couple selected to compete in this series of The Block.
But what these young newlyweds lack in age and experience they more than make for with confidence.
“Brendan is a real handyman – he picks up skills very quickly,” says his adoring wife. “He’s like a mix of McGyver and Bear Grylls.” Brendan jumps in, saying: “You give me a pen and a piece of string and I’ll win The Block.”
Brendan and Michelle met in Year Ten at school. “I tried to pick her up but failed,” recalls Brendan. Then, six years ago, they were reacquainted at a conference for school captains where Michelle was the one to make the move.
Says Brendan: “We’re the perfect match. She’s creative and has all the good ideas, and then she makes me do them.”
Michelle is a project support officer with the CFA and Brendan is a youth worker and part-time model.
The couple are renovating the house they purchased shortly after getting married.
“We’ve painted the interiors, resealed the roof, installed new lights throughout, fitted a new wardrobe in the master bedroom and revamped the garden,” explains Brendan.
“We are about to embark on our bathroom, update the kitchen, and plan to paint the outside of the house too,” adds Michelle.
The pair label their design style as contemporary coastal. “We love natural materials and furnishings with lots of warmth and character,” says Brendan.
If they won The Block, this young couple would put the prize money towards a house by the sea.