Ryder Richardson is well known for her role as an interior design
guru on such daytime DIY programmes as Changing Rooms and House
Invaders but how is she with the DIY on her own home? She laughs
as she talks about her house:
bought our house about three years ago and we're still not living
in it. We will be soon, in about another two months, once we get
a staircase in, let alone get some paint on the walls. I've got
two babies and I haven't got a home so it's all a bit sad really!"
for her striking, colourful designs, has she found that people are
more than a little eager to find out what she's done in her own
home, given her role on television? She says:
come in and say 'oh, you haven't got pink on your walls' or 'you
haven't got fluff all over the place and sequins'. I can't remember
the last time I did that on a show anyway but I do have a terrible
name for that. However, I do live with a big Glaswegian so he wouldn't
let me do everything pink and fluffy!"
has helped transform homes the length and breadth of the country
on her TV programmes but, given the sheer number of houses she's
been into over the years, does she ever get sick of looking at them?
I love it. It's great because it's such a personal thing. I've got
this title as interior designer but we're all interior designers
as I look at it. Some people go 'oh no, I couldn't do that' but
they could. You've just got to let it go, you've got to unleash
your creative side and it's really quite liberating, I think. I
like to see what makes people tick - to see, oh they like orange,
or like pink or brown or whatever. I think it's brilliant."
she walks into these homes, there must be occasions when she sees
an interior design horror story. Does she find she has to be really
careful about what she says? She says:
you do have to be tactful but just because I don't particularly
like it doesn't mean to say someone else doesn't. It's just having
to be tactful."
has travelled the length and breadth of the country, visiting homes
as part of the various home improvement programmes she's been involved
in but has she ever visited glorious Gloucestershire? She says:
have been there loads of times. I've filmed there with Changing
Rooms and House Invaders and in fact, Gloucestershire, you could
have me back if you really wanted to because I'm doing a new show
at the moment for the BBC called Staying Put. We are looking for
Put is a new BBC series about property but what goes on in the programmes?
you and your wife and have had a baby, and all of a sudden your
house isn't big enough. You think 'oh no, I'm going to have to move'
but you don't want to because you like the area. I come along and
say 'have you thought about expanding into your loft or down into
the basement or even put an extension on the back' and [our experts]
draw up the architectural plans. Adrian Simpson, who's lovely and
my partner in crime, he's a property developer and he will go into
the surrounding areas to select three properties that he thinks
will fit the role for you at the right price. Then we say to you
at the end, 'what are you going to do? Are you going to stay put
or are you going to go?'."
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been involved in home improvement programmes for many years and
being regarded as something of an expert on the subject, does Anna
find that people are always asking her to advise them on their DIY
dilemmas when she isn't on camera? She says:
do and I always find that a little bit worrying. I don't know these
people, I don't know their houses and they're quickly describing
the situation, talking about tiles and so on. How difficult is that
for me to turn around and say 'I think you should paint it purple'
because they'll go back and do it, and it [could] be horrendous!
Then they'll blame me for the rest of their lives. I do have to
be quite careful about answering those questions. I try to encourage
them to be brave and make the decision for themselves."
the past ten years, the country has been immersed in a home improvement
frenzy that has resulted in the appetite for such programmes as
Changing Rooms. Does Anna think the boom in these DIY programmes
has made us more house proud as a nation? She responds:
and people say to me is it going to stop, have we peaked? No. It's
going to stay here forever. We're as into the style of our homes
as we are the style of our clothes, our hair and our cars. And food,
as well, of course."
seems that our lifestyle as a nation has changed over the past decade
because we're definitely more into the interior look of our homes
- we entertain more and have people around to our houses. However,
the dining room seems to have lost importance in favour of more
open plan kitchens which encourages a more social atmosphere. Is
this something Anna agrees with? She says:
right. I think that is the way forward. It is much more about casual,
informal eating. The dining room has kind of gone now and it's much
more open plan - you've got your kitchen and maybe your cooking,
and your guests are there as well so it's all so much more friendly
and that's the same with how we like to eat as well. That table
can become your focal point, dress it up or down as much as like
because, let's face it, it's only temporary, it's only going to
be there for the night so have a bit of fun with it."
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