We can learn such a lot from tv lifestyle programmes. There are many now on constant loop discharging pockets of advice from how to buy a property at auction – for absolutely rock bottom prices and how to refurbish them to such a degree that we could make a fortune . . . well, that’s the programmes fanciful theory! Then there are the total makeovers of every kind of property from tiny cottages in the south west, to land mark flats in London or even chateaux in France We are shown the before, during and after pics throughout each show, so as to keep our attention and appetite for impending doom! I also like the cosier shows that invite us to join a presenter patiently showing a couple various properties that they might like to snap up in their quest to ‘downsize’ or sometimes, ‘upsize’ to the country from a busy town or suburban location. These shows serve to inspire and if not taken too seriously, inform us of the basics interior design and decorating work.