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

Inside Out (Australia) - - Contents - WORDS VIC­TO­RIA BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY MA­REE HOMER

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.

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