Ponyo 7.30pm, SBS ONE ★★★★ G. 2008. Superbly animated enviro apocalypse tale from Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki, in which a fish-girl from the deep is washed ashore and found by a boy. Her alchemist fish father warns against contact with humans and engineers an immense storm which covers the land. Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon. Being Julia 8.30pm, Gem ★★★ M. 2004. Charming 1930s period piece based on a Somerset Maugham novel with Annette Bening conquering all before her but, to the bemusement of husband Jeremy Irons, claiming to be bored. When she meets a younger man she succumbs to a passionate affair but is it love or just a continuation of a stage role? She’s Out of My League 9.15pm, Showtime Comedy ★★ MA. 2010. Young Jay Baruchel still hangs out with his high-school mates and co-workers and broods over his ex-girlfriend, but all that changes when the beautiful Alice Eve, way out of his league, asks him to a hockey game. One of the most underrated flicks of 2010, this hilarious, realistic and surprisingly sweet comedy is a crowd pleaser. Swept Away 11.35pm, Ten, Ten SC ★ M. 2002. Disastrous vehicle directed by Guy Ritchie for then-wife Madonna about a rich woman who is shipwrecked on a desert island with only rough-hewn deckhand Bruce Greenwood for company. How this odd couple sorts out survival techniques and social interaction doesn’t make for the fascinating drama that it may suggest.
Always. Edit and organise are always the first two steps to a beautiful space. Also, when I’m editing their things, it helps me to get to know them. I typically don’t have a lot of time to get to know somebody, especially when I’m doing a makeover on a show. But when I’m in the space and I’m digging through kitchen cabinets . . . it’s really fun. I think that’s one of the distinctions between the interiors that I try to accomplish and many others that can just be expensive or very glossy. I am always reaching for the things that legitimately have meaning for the people that live there.
Absolutely. I think one of the things people who watch my show have started to understand is that you have to approach a space with an idea that is very well formed. You have to take the time to bring a space together, whether unifying it with a colour scheme or with a particular style of furniture or a feeling that can come from a movie set or a coffee table book. It doesn’t really matter where the inspiration comes from but you have to work into that space the things that have meaning to you all while keeping very cognisant of the theme. Being consumers is part of our personality as a country. Do you think that desire for new things all the time is taking away from making a home a home?
Yes, I do. The thing is, decoration is very similar to fashion in that companies come up with new products all the time and new ideas. Editors and people like myself on TV are constantly showing people new ideas and ways of doing things. I don’t believe in answering questions about trends for that
Do you do a lot of editing as far as your client’s furnishings are concerned? We have so many aspects to our personalities. Do you find some of the issues people have in decorating their homes are making those aspects blend? Nate Berkus