DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
WOULD like to say I’ve had worse, but I haven’t.’’ Well. Blow me. Can’t say I had heard Jamie Durie say this to a client at the end of a job on Backyard Blitz.
But is he joking? That’s what you’re wondering. Or is he holding a tyre iron in his hand, swinging it round above his head like it’s a pair of women’s undies he’d picked up off the stage in his old Manpower days? And why a tyre iron? It’s because there’s a tiny bit of a car theme in this garden makeover, the first episode of Jamie’s new USbased series starting tonight on LifeStyle’s latest channel.
Christopher and Lauren live in south-central Los Angeles and do up cars from the 1950s. They’re about to get married. Their backyard looks terrible — it’s like T. S. Eliot’s Waste Land, only without the lilacs — and yet they want to have their wedding rehearsal dinner there.
What is a wedding rehearsal dinner for exactly? Isn’t that the 1200 dinners you have when you live together first?
Anyway, the only things growing in their garden are zucchinis — huge zucchinis — and crepe myrtles, Jamie says, though I did see a very nice datura in the background. He may want to think about
Massive zucchinis: Jamie Durie ripping it out before the big day in case some of those California types are tempted to eat it and enhance their wedding experience . . . God knows some weddings need hallucinogenics. Some marriages, too.
One episode in, I can say with confidence that I like this show a thousand times better than anything I have seen of his on any commercial network. I was nervous, though. You probably are, too.
Plus makeover show— how many more do we need? This follows the basic floor plan, but it feels more real than his old work, like we’re getting closer to an authentic experience. There’s a Hollywood word for you. Authentic. The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie LifeStyle Home, Foxtel/ Austar, 7.30pm