Lau­rence Llewe­lyn-Bowen


Even a suc­cess­ful ren­o­va­tion show like House Rules could do with a makeover, so Channel 7 has con­firmed its judg­ing lineup has been spruced up for sea­son five.

Join­ing Wendy Moore and men­tor Carolyn Burn­sMcCrave is Australian ar­chi­tec­ture ex­pert, Drew Heath and Chang­ing Rooms UK de­signer Lau­rence Llewe­lynBowen, who will do any­thing but fade into his sur­rounds.

Tell me about the new role you will play with House Rules. The idea is to re­ally have a judg­ing panel with quite an enor­mous amount of in­sight­ful au­thor­ity. To a de­gree, it’s no more Mr Nice Guy … “Come on ev­ery­body, let’s work out how do you make the per­fect Australian in­te­rior.” I feel enor­mously hon­oured to be in­cluded in that, al­though I was teas­ing Wendy and say­ing she’s now sur­rounded by Drew, who’s a bit of a Peter Pan and I’m Cap­tain Hook. She is lit­er­ally Wendy Dar­ling, caught be­tween two naughty lost boys.

Some crit­ics would say the show’s judg­ing line-up needed an in­jec­tion of per­son­al­ity (re­plac­ing Joe Snell) and then you come along … It’s gone from the sub­lime to the ridicu­lous. Ob­vi­ously, I come from this very UK school of Si­mon Cow­ell, Gor­don Ram­say, mid­dle-aged fel­lows who should know bet­ter and have been un­leashed on the planet to ba­si­cally tell peo­ple off in a rather wor­ry­ing way.

What has im­pressed you about your Australian ex­pe­ri­ence? Ev­ery­body has as such a fabulous sense of hu­mourour ... Australian so­ci­ety is so re­laxed elaxed and happy with it­self, you u can have a lot more fun with h it. If the new Re­nais­sance iss go­ing to start any­where, e, I’m be­gin­ning to thinkhink it should be Aus­tralia.tralia. My pas­sion is to re­ally be an aes­thet­ic­s­thetic mid­wife now for or the Australian do­mes­tic in­te­rior rior and say, “Come e on guys, let’s re­ally let rip. Let’s go fur­ther r than you’ve ever gone be­forere … turn your in­te­ri­ors into a back­ground for sex, for rock ’n’ roll, for choco­late, ate, for all of the thingsngs that re­ally rock k your world.

Have you found d time to watch and rate ate any Australian TV? ? I’m find­ing it very­ery dis­tress­ing find­ing ing quite so much Bri­tish tele­vi­sion, on, I have to say. It’ss one of those things where you think, “Re­ally, lly, can’t I get away from you peo­ple?” What are you all like, but to be hon­est the [ Houseuse Rules film­ing] sched­ule has been en pretty pun­ish­ing so TV is some­thing I tend to turn on when I can’t sleep at two o’clock in the morn­ing. Al­though I do like watch­ing those [ex­er­cise equip­ment ads]. I like watch­ing other peo­ple exer ex­er­cise, it makes me feel like I’ve do done some­thing good.”

“You should al­ways lick your walls, you should al­ways wor­ship where you live”


Chang­ing Rooms was such a pioneering progr pro­gram. Can you be­lieve af­ter all th these years, the genre is still fl flour­ish­ing? I’m in­cred­i­bly proudp to have been as­so­ci­ated with a TV genre that con­tin­uescon­tinu to in­spire and ex­ci­te­exc peo­ple. Be­causeBe­cau the home­hom is such an emo­tionale in­vest­ment,inv as asw well as a fi­nan­cialfin one, it’s some­thing youyo should nev­erne take for You shouldsh al­ways lick­lic your walls, youyo should al­waysalwa wor­ship wherewher you live and buybu your house pre­sents.pre­sen You’ve got to treat youryo house as if you’re ha hav­ing an af­fair with it. TakeT it out for din­ner. BuyBu it pretty things, flirt withw it, re­ally cel­e­brate­cel­e­bra it.

Your per­son­alperso style will draw com­par­isonsc with MasterChe­fMaste Aus­tralia’sAus­tralia’ Matt Pre­ston. A Are you fa­mil­iar­w­fa­mil­iar with his style and w work? No, I’m notno but maybe we could h have dandy off. A fop off.o You could sell tickets.

Suits you, sir: Lau­rence Llewe­lynBowen.

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