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Turning the tables on the House Rules design expert

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The House Rules personality is going to auction. Image: Noel Jones Mitcham

Carolyn Burns-McCrave is perhaps best known for her role as a design expert and mentor for Channel 7’s renovation reality show House Rules.  

McCrave’s time on the show is spent doling out advice to newbie renovators before disappearing in a puff of smoke and leaving them to either doubt every move they’ve ever made or revel in the glory of their design genius.

Now it’s time for McCrave to have a little taste of her own medicine: the designer’s four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Mitcham, Victoria is now up for sale.

From the outside, McCrave’s property might appear quaint – even small – but a look inside the house reveals it’s full of drawcards, with a 780-square metre block, pristine wooden floorboards, built-in robes, gas-heating and split-system air-conditioning.

The block is perfect for anyone who loves to entertain, or those with a green thumb; there’s a large patio area, and lawn to spare. Avid gardeners will enjoy the convenience of a large garden shed to store their tools.

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The master bedroom features a walk-in robe and stunning ensuite with stone benchtops and even a walk-in shower.

It’s the main bathroom that will entice many buyers, though; double sinks and a claw-foot tub adorn the space, with dark tiles and two-toned walls delivering a sense of classic elegance.

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Open-plan living and high ceilings make the dining, living and entertaining areas appear huge.

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It seems almost every space has its own set of house rules to meet.  

The interior design tiptoes between styles, with some areas evoking a Hamptons feel, others reminiscent of a cosy cottage, and some with slight industrial touches, including the pressed metal splashback in the kitchen.

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There’s even a touch of tropical comfort with splashes of greenery and bright floral upholstery.

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The main bedroom is perhaps the least impressively designed, with a mishmash of furniture that might be more at home in the study of a genteel lord, and the soft feminine colour palette of the linen and oversized artwork that makes up the room’s centrepiece.

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Styling preferences aren’t everything – the new owner will undoubtedly bend the property to their own style, and the master bedroom has a sweeping command of space that would be easy to work with.

The property will go to auction on Saturday, July 24 with a listing price of $1.65 million to $1.8 million.  

What do you think of this home? Does the designer touch make it worth the price tag? 

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