LIFE has definitely moved on for renovators and popular “The Block 2011” contestants Josh Denston and Jenna Whitehead.
Only days after the controversial auction finale, which saw Josh propose to Jenna on national TV (she said, “yes!”) and three houses, including their own, passed in at auction – they embraced new-found fame and experience and launched their own interior design company, Bicker Design Co (named after their famous bickering on the TV show).
“What we’ve learnt from our experience on ‘The Block’ is you can pretty much do anything – nothing is too difficult,” Josh says.
Currently, they are in the thick of renovating another house, their property in the western suburbs of Melbourne, which they had only just gutted before being told they were selected for the television series.
“This house is a bigger project than what we had to do on ‘The Block’,” he says.
Josh, a plumber by trade who had worked in construction and was studying construction management, and Jenna, a hairdresser, may be young (24 and 23 respectively) but they are no strangers to the renovation game.
They bought their first home in Albury, spending $30,000 to renovate it. They moved to Melbourne to take on their second property.
“We had never really renovated and styled a house,” Josh says of his “The Block” experience.
But that wasn’t an issue for the couple, he says they were soon “experimenting” with interior design and realised very quickly they both had a keen eye for it.
“We love experimenting with different styles,” he says.
After the program finished, it was only natural for the couple to take advantage of “The Block” experience and follow their new-found passion for styling interiors.
“I’ve always liked plumbing, I love being out on the construction site with the boys,” he says.
“But with the new business, we work around life. We’ve made a lifestyle change.
“I used to start work really early and Jenna used to start work really late and we’d never see each other.
“Now we are working together.”
And as for the wedding?
“It’s planned for early next year,” he says. “But that’s all I can say for now.”
Josh and Jenna are coming to Canberra to host the “Styling Your New Space”, an interior design workshop at Springbank Rise on Sunday October 30. More information on 1800 929 466.