Meet the Judges
Interior design experts Darren Palmer and Romy Alwill, will be blind judging the rooms according to the homeowners' briefs. The fate of our teams lies in their hands!
About Romy Alwill
Romy Alwill, who lives in Sydney with her husband and two toddler daughters, graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Hons) in 2000.
She runs the successful Alwill Interiors design business, specialising in interior design, furniture and creative direction for domestic and boutique
Her interior design style is classic, contemporary luxury. She believes good interior design reflects the lifestyle and needs of clients, expresses
their personalities, and should also respect the architecture and environment.
After graduating from University and a stint of overseas travel and work, Romy worked as interior design editor for the prestigious Belle magazine for five years, which incorporated writing and styling.
As design editor she quickly learnt how to interpret and work with various styles, staying true to the magazine's luxury integrity, while forging strong relationships with the industry.
She went on to run the NSW division of the innovative luxe furniture and homewares store, Coco Republic, and played an integral role with the company's portfolio and brand.
In 2008, Romy worked on Domestic Blitz, a renovation show helping families in need.
She also has made regular appearances on Australian lifestyle show Mornings, hosting a series of home-styling segments.
On joining Reno Rumble, Romy says: “I’m so excited to be a part of this show. I think it’s offering homeowners who may not have been
able to prioritise their homes, the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of good design. And I mean good design. They will be blown away by the high standard of the finished product.
“All the stress, hassle, dirt, dust, decision-making and chore of renovating is taken away from these homeowners, and in the blink of an eye they have
an entirely new home to enjoy!
I have to pinch myself each week, so I can’t imagine how they are going to feel.
“I’ve really enjoyed meeting the homeowners each week, helping them define their style and making them feel special. I’m honoured to be a part of this show where we all have this amazing gift to give people. It's life changing for everyone.”
About Darren Palmer
Darren Palmer knows what it's like to be a contestant in a pressure-cooker environment.
He was runner-up on interior design competition HomeMADE, and is a judge on The Block.
Darren is a seasoned designer who works with a diverse range of clients to create and craft beautiful homes.
Living in Sydney, he originally worked in advertising after studying fine art and also owned a graphic design company. But eventually his love of interiors took over and he now runs his own interior design studio, working primarily in the residential market.
His philosophy for styling is borrowed from Coco Chanel: luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.
His work has been featured in top interiors magazines like Belle, Grand Designs Australia and Real Living, and last year he launched a coffee table book, Easy Luxury, which breaks down the fundamentals of good design to make it accessible.
Darren believes your home should be your sanctuary and castle and all too often its true beauty and potential isn't realised.
He gets a kick out of showing people the potential in their homes, the hidden opportunities that lay within, bringing them to life.
His aim is to create spaces that achieve a balance between homely and liveable and fresh and stylish.
Darren and Romy will work with the homeowners on Reno Rumble to drill down on what their style is and create a brief for the renovators.
Darren says: “Often people don’t know how to articulate what they like – they sometimes have some idea, or know what they don't want. It takes spending some time with them, going shopping and paying attention to the consistent, common items popping up along the way. This commonality will soon reveal to us what their style is.”
“What I love about Reno Rumble is that we get a chance to do something really amazing and kind for people. In a way it's like the homeowners have won the lottery.”