Inner space: We're made up with our celebrity party pad

When you know a home is owned by a celebrity makeup artist who regularly applies lip gloss to Reese Witherspoon, Elle Macpherson, Kelly Brook and Rachel Hunter, you expect a certain degree of, well, fabulousness.

Add to this a partner who is the handyman star of numerous TV makeover shows and expectations rise even higher.

But the detached house in Farnham Common, Surrey (for sale at £1.2million through Knight Frank, 01494 675 368) belonging to Gary Cockerill, the man with the make-up brush, and Phil Turner, who is much more at home with a hammer and nails, does not disappoint.

Gary Cockerill

TEAMWORK: Gary was in charge of soft furnishings, left, while Phil, seated with one of their spaniels, handled the year-long renovation

The kitchen alone ( is glamorous enough, with its wall of glossy black cupboards, gorgeous speckled stone-effect worktop ( and two ovens and huge fridge from Baumatic ( These are mirrored - just perfect for checking one's mascara, darling.

Then there is the line of nightclubstyle pink bar stools beside the worktop that just beg to be perched on with a cocktail ( For something softer to sink into, the kitchen also has a squashy velvet sofa in an even hotter pink, also Maison du Monde.

Not to be left out, Phil and Gary's prized Cavalier King Charles spaniels Scarlett and Dolly have their own matching pink velvet bed.

Upstairs, the colour scheme is more restrained, but the master bedroom is dominated by a huge four-poster, draped dramatically with fabric. There is an en suite and a dressing room, naturally.

The guest bedrooms feature glamorous bed linen sprinkled with sequins and crystal beads.

Even the bathrooms ( ooze designer chic.

Gary Cockerill home

Labour of love: The couple spent about £250,000 renovating the detached house

They are sleek with top-of-the-range fittings; huge heads on the showers and multiple body jets.

The house was built at the turn of the last century, but Phil has made it look contemporary with a new facade.

Gary, 39, and Phil, 40, bought it in 2006 for £535,000 from a couple who had lived in it for 40 years. They always saw it as a project and are selling now because they don't need six bedrooms. They are already looking around for another house in the area to renovate and extend.

It took a year to transform the place into a posh party pad. The total cost was 'at least £250,000', says Gary. While it was going on, the couple rented a townhouse in Marylebone, North-West London.

They added two double-storey side extensions and a loft conversion. The whole house was reconfigured. Walls were taken down on the ground floor to make three large interconnecting rooms - a kitchen, a dining room and a living room with doors to the garden.

Upstairs, they started with three bedrooms and one bathroom, and created another three bedrooms and a further three bathrooms. Oak floors and underfloor heating were laid throughout.

Phil put in 12 months of hard slog himself, project managing the build. 'I even drove the digger to lay the foundations,' he says.

Phil trained as a carpenter, before modelling. He then combined his ease in front of the camera with his skill as a craftsman, securing regular TV appearances, first as a hunky builder on The Big Breakfast and later as sidekick to Anna Ryder Richardson on daytime makeover shows such as House Invaders.

Gary Cockerill home

FLAMBOYANT: The dogs' velvet bed matches the nightclub-style pink bar stools used to add a touch of glamour in the kitchen

These days, Phil has his own company designing, building and refurbishing other people's homes (he can be contacted through

'I've done so many makeover shows,' he says. 'Working with designers gives you ideas. All they do is get them out of magazines and put together a mood board.' I'm not sure Ryder Richardson would see it that way.

Phil has just finished refurbishing Ulrika Jonsson's home in Cookham Dean, Berkshire. 'I redesigned the living area, including a new timber conservatory to replace the existing one and opening up the living room.'

Gary and Phil have been friends with Ulrika for more than ten years through Gary's work as a makeup artist.

While Phil handled the build of their own home, Gary was in charge of the soft furnishings. 'I'm more artistic,' he says.

Gary's dad Brian is an artist and together they did much of the artwork in the house, such as the brown abstract in the dining room and the brightly coloured paintings in the sitting room and leading upstairs.

Gary's style is more flamboyant than Phil's. He chose the pink kitchen stools and other bold touches, such as the two big steel and glass lanterns ( either side of the shiny black sitting room fireplace (

The pair like to entertain and recently threw a huge 40th birthday bash for Phil. They put a marquee in the garden for their friends who included Katie Price, Duffy and Barbara Windsor.

But while Phil and Gary have a showbiz side, their interiors have been done on a budget. The lovely glossy brick-shaped tiles in two of the bathrooms, for example, are from B& Q (, and some of the ultra-modern white gloss furniture in the sitting room is Ikea (

A four-poster bed draped with fabric

TIME TO REFLECT: A four-poster bed draped with fabric dominates the master bedroom, left, with a huge mirror adding dramatic effect

The shiny charcoal kitchen light shades are from Habitat (, while the neon pink plastic candelabra on the kitchen windowsills are from Paperchase (

The black dining table and chairs were from Lom Bok (, as was the White Mischief four-poster. The exotic bedlinen came from Kylie Minogue's Kylie At Home bedding line (Debenhams, House of Fraser).

Not everything is High Street, though. The white leather recliner in the dining room is from Ashley Wilde and cost £2,000 (

When not finding bargains, Phil and Gary have reused and reworked old pieces they've had for years.

The pair of leather Chesterfield armchairs, one in the dining room, one in the bedroom, have followed them from home to home. They show how classic items can sit well in any style.

The black timber shelving unit in the sitting room, however, is made of that slightly Eighties stark black oak that is very current again. It was originally light oak, but Gary had it sprayed black for a more contemporary feel.

'It's a difficult market to sell a house in,' admits Phil, 'but we always move every two years. When we finish a house we think, "That'll be nice for someone else", but we're ready to move on and start somewhere new.'

This just goes to prove: you can take the guy out of makeover shows but you can't take the makeover out of the guy.

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