Home truths about a clash of styles that’ll make fas­ci­nat­ing view­ing

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

SWITCH on the TV or set the DVD recorder for this sec­ond se­ries of May the Best House Win, which is pure prop­erty porn.

The show, a must for nosey park­ers and pop psy­chol­o­gists, has a Come Dine With Me- style for­mat that sees four con­tes­tants com­pete against each other for a £1,000 prize.

In each episode, four proud home­own­ers open their doors to each other and al­low crit­i­cal gazes to be cast on their in­te­rior decor. Prop­er­ties are scored out of 10 on their style, com­fort and home­li­ness, though the hos­pi­tal­ity on of­fer is also taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

One of the best episodes is on Thurs­day when home own­ers Joe Walker and Granville Danny Clarke from Barns­ley and Vic­to­ria De­laney and Hi­lary Holt from Pud­sey, near Leeds, bat­tle it out.

First up is the ul­tra-modern min­i­mal­ist party pad of Porsche­own­ing heat­ing en­gi­neer Joe and it couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent to the home of fel­low Barns­ley res­i­dent Granville Danny Clarke.

Artist, poet and mu­si­cian Danny lives at Huskar Cot­tage, two-up, two-down other­wise known as Clut­ter Cot­tage, and ad­mits he is the male Miss Hav­isham.

“I’d de­scribe my in­te­rior style as Dick­en­sian,” he says.

“I love an­tiques and I never throw any­thing away. In fact my house is my muse,” says Danny, who has ap­peared on TVS Wa­ter­colour Chal­lenge and was one half of the Foggy Dew-o folk duo in the 1960s.

His favourite shop­ping haunt is Wilby’s auc­tion house, though the auc­tion­eer of­ten tells him to put his hand down when he tries to bid.

“He knows what my house is like and he says to me: ‘Danny. Do you re­ally need this? You’ve nowhere to put it.’ and I’ll cry: ‘but it’s a bar­gain’.”

Danny en­joyed film­ing for May the Best House Win, though he says his home is very dif­fer­ent to the other three prop­er­ties in the con­test.

“Joe has sticky up hair and tat­toos and his house is big and modern. Vic­to­ria’s home seems to have a French theme, while Hi­lary’s is also modern.

“Mine is very in­di­vid­ual and it also dou­bles as a stu­dio so there’s not much space.”

Shiver pro­duc­tions, which makes the se­ries, says Hi­lary has a su­per-clean 1970’s home where dust is not al­lowed. She also re­veals her dis­like of any­thing with “char­ac­ter”, which doesn’t bode well for Danny. Vic­to­ria’s fam­ily home has more than a touch of the Copaca­banas about it, while Joe shows off his cra­vat-wear­ing cats and re­veals where he keeps his “un­der­crack­ers”. It’s all top en­ter­tain­ment. Mean­while, Lloyds TSB Home In­sur­ance has launched a com­pe­ti­tion invit­ing you to post a photo of your favourite room online for the chance to win £10,000.

The com­pe­ti­tion runs un­til Jan­uary 9, 2012. Visit www. lloyd­sts­b­my­favourite­room.co.uk

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