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Jamie Durie has done the round of the TV net­works but his lat­est job sees him land on Ten’s The Living Room.

“I’m a first-time of­fender,” laughs the gar­den­ing and de­sign mogul. “But it’s been great, I’ve re­ally jelled with the whole team.”

As of this week, Durie will be mak­ing sev­eral ap­pear­ances on the show shar­ing makeovers and de­sign ideas for your own out­door space. And lest you think it’s go­ing to be tough to recre­ate your­self, the 44-year old prom­ises they’ll be achiev­able.

“I en­cour­age all the view­ers to steal my ideas and try it them­selves in a week­end,” he says.

“That’s re­ally what it’s about – it’s an open fo­rum for fresh ideas and how to re­con­nect with your gar­den again through all sea­sons, not just in spring.”

The Living Room isn’t Durie’s only Aussie project in the works.

Hav­ing moved into fur­ni­ture de­sign in re­cent years he’s ready to open up his own flag­ship store in Syd­ney this Septem­ber.

And he’s hop­ing to spend far more time on our shores as a re­sult, say­ing that his bur­geon­ing de­sign ca­reer is where his fu­ture pas­sions lie.

“Never did I think that study­ing de­sign out in the sub­urbs of Syd­ney would en­able me to nur­ture a ca­reer that was this fruit­ful,” he says.

“I just love designing fur­ni­ture. It al­lows me to travel and to work from any­where in the world. I can touch a mil­lion peo­ple with one chair rather than one per­son with a mil­lion­dol­lar gar­den. It’s a much more re­ward­ing form of de­sign.”

But while he’s look­ing to shift fo­cus, Durie is still pas­sion­ate about re­con­nect­ing peo­ple with the great out­doors through his work on TV.

“We sur­round our­selves with so much work and tech­nol­ogy that we’re all suf­fer­ing from na­ture deficit dis­or­der, par­tic­u­larly in sub­ur­ban ar­eas,” he says.

Jamie Durie joins the cast of The Living Room.

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