There are so many daytime home and leisure programmes on tv nowadays, it’s difficut sometimes to take your eyes off the screen, get up and actually do something for real. I have been drawn in to one of the home renovation and remodelling show imports. The transformations are amazing from a building and decor point of view. The aim of this series is to show how an investment of several thousands of dollars improving the old house can really bring up its sales value by more than double that investment. I notice too that the furnishings and fabrics around these transformations are really fantastic. What surprises me most is not seeing a single feminine hand or brain cell at work – they’re all men. The colours chosen to upgrade are essential – hardware almost always the greys and shiny whites – but brighter neutrals for the accessories and soft furnishings. Fantastic results every time and totally inspiring.