HOLLY BYRNES OUT OF THE BOX

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SARAH Richard­son is the kind of wo­man you re­ally want to hate. Canada’s an­swer to Martha Ste­wart, she ap­pears to have the kind of seam­less, chic life you’d pay good money for – if only you could ship her in with her glue gun and her colour swatches and her con­trac­tors who al­ways fin­ish their work on time.

We’ve seen her buy un­der­priced, clapped-out ter­race homes on rail­way lines, with wood rot and de­press­ing base­ments, and within weeks con­vert them into multi-mil­lion dol­lar, must-have man­sions.

So I’m not sure whether her new sum­mer se­ries is go­ing to make you love her more or fill you with homi­ci­dal envy.

The fo­cus of her lat­est makeover show is a stun­ning is­land cot­tage, which she picked up as a pack­age deal with her hand­some hus­band, Alexan­der.

To add to the fan­tasy is­land ex­pe­ri­ence, Sarah is six months’ preg­nant and glow­ing her way through a se­ri­ously com­plex ren­o­va­tion, smile and style in­tact.

The only sign of baby brain is the slip-up last episode when she or­dered the wrong glass

Is­land life: Sarah Richard­son panels, but in the scheme of things it’s not enough for us to cru­cify her. Pity.

With the stun­ning lounge room ex­ten­sion com­plete and gleam­ing in nau­ti­cal shades of calm­ing blue and white, her at­ten­tion now turns to two guest bed­rooms.

When she lunges for a nau­se­at­ingly loud flo­ral print, pint-sized off­sider Tommy tuts his dis­ap­proval. He’s deeply in­vested in whether the re­cy­cled pan­elling works out or she, hor­ror, goes for the coun­cil-green colour pal­ette.

She does. And it works beau­ti­fully, with a mix of natty de­tail­ing and fam­ily nos­tal­gia.

Don’t you just hate happy end­ings some­times? Sarah’s Sum­mer House Life­style Home, 7pm

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