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Lead­ing Aus­tralian in­te­rior de­signer Dar­ren Palmer, a judge on re­al­ity TV show The Block, has an­nounced an in­no­va­tive de­sign col­lab­o­ra­tion with G.J Gard­ner Homes, mak­ing his work avail­able across the coun­try.

The born-and-bred Queenslander said he wanted to al­low peo­ple who might not have been able to af­ford it to have ac­cess to his de­signs.

“When I’m do­ing pri­vate homes, these are $5m-plus homes, and I am very aware there are very few peo­ple in the coun­try who have those homes,” Palmer said.

“Ev­ery­thing I’ve tried to do with my work, with my brand – writ­ing for mag­a­zines, cre­at­ing books, cre­at­ing prod­ucts – is to give peo­ple some­thing that’s price-pointed at what­ever level they are.

“(It’s) so that they can en­joy a lit­tle piece of my brand, of my work, and en­joy it in their own way in their own home.”

G.J. Gard­ner Homes has re­leased six ex­clu­sive in­te­ri­ors and fa­cades called the In­spired Home Col­lec­tions, de­signed by Palmer.

He chose all as­pects of the de­signs, in­clud­ing colour pal­ettes, tiles, floor­ing, kitchen and bath­room hard­ware, and cup­board fin­ishes, to re­flect his styles of Beach, Ho­tel Luxe, Con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian, Hamp­tons, Ja­pandi and Ur­ban Modern.

Of all the de­signs, Palmer said the Beach, Con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian and Hamp­tons looks were best suited to the Queens­land life­style.

“The Hamp­tons is that clas­sic beach style based on the style of homes in the east Hamp­tons and up­state New York,” he said.

“It’s a very clas­sic, tra­di­tional take on the beach, which I think a lot of peo­ple are re­ally fa­mil­iar with.

“Then, the Beach style is very Aus­tralian and its VJ panelling is very white and very fresh and it feels quite youth­ful and energetic.

“I think it’s a re­ally beau­ti­ful scheme that fits the life­style re­ally well.”

Palmer said Queens­land and the trop­ics were fore­most in his mind when de­sign­ing the Con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian.

“It’s based on the Aus­tralian land­scape,” he said. “I lived in Queens­land for half of my life and I think that’s where my love for na­ture came from. I grew up amongst trees and on the ocean.

“I’m very in­spired by the pal­ettes of na­ture and the colours, tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als we see in abun­dance in Queens­land.”

G.J. Gard­ner Homes CEO Dar­ren Wal­lis said the ex­clu­sive range was re­vealed on Oc­to­ber 6, with its of­fices and dis­play homes show­ing the de­signs through spe­cial im­mer­sive 3D tours.

“Peo­ple can vi­su­alise what is as close to the ac­tual fin­ish and build qual­ity as pos­si­ble, which gives them a true ex­pe­ri­ence of Dar­ren’s de­signs,” he said.

The Block judge Dar­ren Palmer worked with G.J. Gard­ner on six styles, such as the Hamp­tons.

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