Darren Palmer shares his stopgap pre-reno ideas and a look at his new range for Myer
Not quite ready for that big reno? Author and The Block judge Darren Palmer shares his own home truths about small changes that can make a big difference to your place
The big question: how does Darren Palmer, whose job it is to judge the interior design of others on The Block, actually live? The answer: just like the rest of us, in a comfortable family home he loves, with plans for a big renovation. “It’s a really livable, friendly and accommodating house that we don’t have to be too precious with,” he says of the Bondi home he’s lived in for two years with his family and their three dogs. “I always buy pre-reno houses, and I have pretty comprehensive plans for this one,” he says. Time is tight though – right now he’s busy with the launch of his first range of homewares with Myer – so he’s made interim changes, many involving more than a dash of DIY, to make sure his home fits in with its beachside location and with his signature relaxed yet luxe style, a look he’s brought to his foray into home accessories. “Darren’s unique aesthetic is showcased beautifully in his collection, which makes his high-end look accessible for everyone,” says Dain Friis, Myer group general manager home and entertainment.
Before he undertakes a whole home makeover, Darren Palmer (left) is giving his Bondi home mini style updates. A pair of grey sofas with removable covers is a family-friendly choice. Cushions from Darren’s new range for Myer bring texture and pattern to the fore. The collection also includes vases, agate sculptures and hammered metal bowls.