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May 14, 2012, 4:50 pm betterhomesgardens
George Houvardas, Georgie Parker and Manu Feildel turn bland and boring rooms and outdoor areas into stunningly gorgeous areas.
What happens when celebrities take on a bit of home decorating? The Better Homes and Gardens TV team joined forces with local stars Manu Feildel, Georgie Parker and George Houvardas to find out. Each celeb was assigned a resident expert and had one day to transform a blank space. Here’s what they came up with.
French chef Manu Feildel, better known as a judge on Channel 7’s My Kitchen Rules and the 2011 winner of Dancing with the Stars, teamed up with Better Homes and Gardens decorating presenter Tara Dennis to create a cosy space with a French twist. First the carpet was ripped up to reveal beautiful floorboards. The walls were painted in warm beige (Dulux Buff It Half) and a thick pile rug was thrown on the floor. A fabric-covered couch in an earthy colour worked well with the mid-tones of other furniture pieces, and splashes of red were used as accents.
1. Create a framed montage of iconic Parisian landmarks. Work with rubber stamps, photos and 30cm filmstrips printed on card, which you can cut to suit your layouts.
2. If your widescreen TV has made your old cabinet obsolete, why not turn it into a wine rack? Sand, then finish the cabinet with Cabot’s Stain & Varnish in Dark Chocolate. Build a pine wine rack to fill the vacant space left by the TV, paint it in Dulux Red Blooded and fit in place.
3. Unearth gems, like these shelves, from recycling centres. They require little more than a thorough sand for a distressed look, and are the perfect place to keep your own Eiffel Tower artwork.
4. You can easily transform a room to embody French style with posters and an inexpensive mirror, framed with recycled timber for a rustic finish.
After moving the car outside, Packed to the Rafters star George ‘Carbo’ Houvardas and Better Homes and Gardens presenter Rob Palmer gave this standard double garage their male stamp. The dreary space was transformed into a vibrant, retro entertainment area, complete with a twin-tyre coffee table and car-boot bar! Before you start on your man pad, check with your council about any requirements. And be prepared to line the walls or deal with the possibility of water getting in during heavy rain.
1. Relive the fun of cuddling and canoodling in the back seat of your ’60s hottie with a lounge made from the real deal. The seat actually makes a comfy lounge! Simply place it in a plywood box and mount the whole lot on heavy-duty castors.
2. Not exactly what you’d expect when you open the boot of an old car! With beer on tap and your entire beverage needs neatly stowed, this bar is a pleasant surprise. While not inexpensive, you can buy car-body parts for fitting out, either as is, or spray-painted, with chrome trim and lights, just like this red beauty.
3. Got a stack of vinyl records gathering dust? Put all those 45s to good use with a retro-style record player. This chrome-plated machine perfectly complements the lines of the car on the wall.
4. With over 30m² of space, this garage has plenty of room for guests. The car-inspired area has been partially relined and painted, and the floor is now covered with chequered-flag vinyl – a winner in more ways than one. The ‘clocks’ over the bar, made from a matching set of hubcaps, simply indicate that it’s always the right time somewhere on the planet.
5. This has to be the world’s easiest coffee table to make. Just take two tyres (with good tread) – one with a wheel in it – and sit a sheet of round glass on top. You don’t even need an allen key! Use tyre gloss on the rubber, and make sure the glass is edge-polished. How easy is that?
Home and Away’s Georgie Parker channelled her inner gardener and helped transform a bare brick courtyard into a stylish outdoor area. Ably assisted by Better Homes and Gardens gardening presenter Jason Hodges, Georgie discovered a flair for pruning, planting and potting – and created a vertical herb garden, quirky garden wall art and a sumptuous daybed. The pair also used a large mirror to create the illusion of extra space, and added spots of interest with a few decorative pots. Jason recommends using recycled materials where possible.
1. For a fun focal point, create a plant sculpture with succulents. Just lie an urn on its side within a garden bed, then plant up a stream of echeverias spilling from its ‘mouth’.
2. Just as they do inside, large mirrors can really expand the sense of space when used in courtyards. This treated-pine frame is finished with decking oil for a natural outdoor look.
3. When working with brick walls and paving, it’s amazing the difference you can make just by adding the right items. Here, the essential ingredients are new furniture, a corner daybed, a little wall art, a mirror and a few decorative pots, especially the super-large container. A mini herb garden in the corner makes the area productive, too.
4. Who knew corrugated iron could look so good? These DIY wall panels can be cut to any size and are a great way of using up old roofing iron. The frames are made from treated pine. Paint the inserts any colour you like, or cover them with sheets of coloured glass for a different effect.
5. If you’re after a fab courtyard plant, look no further than Chinese star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), which grows well in both sun and shade. Georgie and Jason used it as a tub plant, trained over a tripod of stakes.
6. Make use of your wall space by growing plants vertically. This pair of recycled wooden ladders is used to support a potted herb garden – the effect is simple, but lovely.