The couple, who ended up winning the show and received a whopping $1.75 million, quickly became known for their Japandi aesthetic in their house.
Japandi is a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian design styles, celebrating minimalism, functionality and respect for nature to create a calm and inviting environment.
“For me, it’s the best of both worlds,” Steph told DIY Blinds. “The Japandi style makes for easy, liveable spaces that feel relaxed without being boring.
“While Scandi style is about pared-back functional minimalism, Japanese interiors like to embrace the beauty of life and all its imperfections. When you bring them together, you get a sophisticated look that relies on texture and earthy tones.”
After seeing the Japandi aesthetic on-screen this year, The Block fans have begun to notice the style is now being advertised in furniture stores around Australia.
“Nick Scali is now selling Japandi furniture. Steph has made it trendy,” one person wrote in a popular Facebook group for the reality show.
“Scandinavian and Japanese style is so pretty together,” another fan replied, while someone else agreed, “It’s quite beautiful and classy”.
“Sounds wonderful, love her style,” a fourth shared, followed by a different user who said, “Good on her”.
'Put it on the map'
While some fans argued Steph didn’t “invent” the style and that it’s not “groundbreaking”, others were quick to argue that she introduced the trend to plenty of viewers who hadn’t heard of it before.
“It might have been around for a while but Steph has made it famous lol,” one viewer remarked, with someone else writing, “Never heard of it till Steph”.
“It was a thing with stylists but now that mums can replicate the same with Kmart finds I'd say she's put it on the map for Australians,” another commented.
Following their record-breaking win, Steph and Gian have since announced that they are launching their own homewares brand called Japandi Estate.
“We really want to help people achieve the Japandi way of life by creating a one-stop-shop with homewares to place into their home to create a Japandi feel,” Steph told The Greek Herald.
“We’re working with really close sponsors and connections from the show and that should be launching early next year.”
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