Garden guru re­turns home

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FULL BLOOM: Garden guru Jamie Durie and his fi an­cee Lisa Christie.

JAMIE Durie’s re­turn to Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion is a labour of love in more ways than one. The 42- year- old land­scaper, hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist and pre­sen­ter has teamed up with both Chan­nel Nine and his fi an­cee Lisa Christie to over­haul a com­mu­nity cen­tre as part of WIN’s

spe­cial. It’s a re­turn to the fa­mil­iar for the former host of 42, who ditched a stint in Man­power to study land­scap­ing and hor­ti­cul­ture in his 20s, and es­tab­lished him­self as a tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter be­fore mov­ing to Los An­ge­les. And it’s a sign he’s home to stay. “I have been bounc­ing back and for­wards ( be­tween Aus­tralia and LA) but I think I have fi nally landed,” he says.

“I’m call­ing Aus­tralia home again, ab­so­lutely, and it feels really nice.”

Manly- born Durie and in­te­rior de­signer Christie, 33, met while fi lm­ing the ill- fated re­al­ity

in­te­rior

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Back­yard Blitz,

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SCREEN TEST de­sign se­ries in 2011. She was one of the con­tes­tants, and Durie was host and main judge. But love didn’t blos­som un­til well af­ter fi lm­ing had wrapped.

“It wasn’t un­til well af­ter the show, when we ended up work­ing on Hay­man Is­land, which I re­designed af­ter Cy­clone Yasi, and Lisa came to do work ex­pe­ri­ence with my de­sign fi rm that the sparks fl ew,” Durie says.

The pair were en­gaged at the start of this year, and have set up a love nest on the North­ern Beaches, where Durie’s re­cently- fi nished dream house has be­come a dream home for the cou­ple, Christie’s son, Bray­den, 8, and daugh­ter Char­lotte, 5, and Durie’s beloved dog, Rhode­sian ridge­back Bodhi.

Durie’s daugh­ter, Tay­lor, 18, re­mains in the US where she’s hop­ing to study in New York.

For the Easter spe­cial, Christie makes over the in­te­rior of the Croy­den com­mu­nity cen­tre, while Durie teams up with his former off­sider Nigel Ruck to sort the out­doors. The spe­cial also features

hosts Shane Ja­cob­sen and Anna Gare and judge Dan Lepard in the kitchen work­ing on Easter dishes, and Easter craft and home im­prove­ment ideas.

For the loved- up ren­o­va­tion dream team, ap­pear­ing on tele­vi­sion to­gether sec­ond time round has been both a nov­elty and a breeze.

Durie con­cedes this time “the ter­ri­tory is lit­tle more even, and she’s hav­ing quite the giggle about it”.

“They say we are go­ing in as equal part­ners, and I’m go­ing to go with that,” Christie says. Durie, long used to a life of travel and be­ing based in the US, is rel­ish­ing the sim­ple things like driv­ing to work to­gether.

“It’s been great. The kids are off to

Bake Off

Top De­sign,

Back­yard Blitz

Great Aus­tralian school in the morn­ing, then we head off to the set to­gether. I’ve never done that be­fore,” he says.

Durie says it’s all part of a new stage of life, as he and Christie build their lives to­gether. They’re yet to set a wed­ding date but are al­ready talk­ing more chil­dren.

“I have al­ways been open to hav­ing more chil­dren,” says Durie.

Christie adds: “Cer­tainly there’s plenty of room in the house for more.”

Durie says the tele­vi­sion spe­cial is the per­fect way to come back to Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion.

“This is where I cut my teeth with Chan­nel Nine. We did for seven years, and then I went on to host for a cou­ple of years and then I went overseas,” he says.

“It’s so nice to come back to Nine and work with my old fam­ily and in the com­mu­nity and feel like you are cre­at­ing some­thing that doesn’t just give back to the com­mu­nity, but also gives view­ers tonnes of ideas for their own houses.”

Durie seems to be eas­ing him­self back into the Nine sta­ble – he is also booked to fi le travel pieces for life­style show Get­away this year.

“I’m really keen to get back to my roots and work on some shows that fall right into my com­fort zone,” he says. “I think that’s where most peo­ple want to see me too. You know, in the garden, in makeover shows, ex­cited about giv­ing back and ex­cited about fresh ideas.”

Durie’s move home to Aus­tralia is in no small part due to his and Christie’s love. “It’s given me a lot more rea­son to be home, cer­tainly,” he says. “It’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent feel­ing. Travel while it used to be a lit­tle more ex­cit­ing it’s now kind of hard to drag my­self away from my life here.”

Turns out home just might be a per­son, not a place. Back­yard Blitz

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DEB­BIE SCHIPP

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