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Du Bois reveals inspirational DIY project

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Danielle McGrane

DIY expert and TV host Barry Du Bois took on a renovation project for The Living Room's Christmas special that's become close to his heart.

This year, Du Bois renovates Hummingbird House, Queensland's only children's hospice.

"It's a special one for me, there's no doubt about that," Du Bois said.

"When I first heard about Hummingbird House, I found it quite daunting

"I've got four-year-old twins and just the thought of anything to do with children passing away is pretty horrific. But I learnt pretty quickly that it was going to be an amazing story and the people behind it, Gabrielle and Paul Quilliam, are amazing people."

As Du Bois created something special for the house, including an impressive sensory wall for the children to explore, it gave him a new appreciation for how powerful architecture could be.

"They wanted it to be a home away from home," he said.

"There are something like 3700 children in Queensland with life-threatening situations so for many of them this is going to be a long way from their home. We wanted to make this place as special as possible so they could have real wholesome, holistic memories there."

The beauty of the Network Ten show, which Du Bois hosts alongside Amanda Keller, Chris Brown and Miguel Maestre, is that it feels just like stepping into a real-life living room which is largely down to the warm banter between the personalities on screen.

"The thing about our show I really think is you get to hang out with a bunch of people who seem to really like each other, and we do," he said.

"It makes you forget about the harshness of the week and you can sort of just wind into the weekend."

As Du Bois prepares to celebrate Christmas in his own living room, he says he's grateful for everything.

Five years ago, Du Bois was diagnosed with plasmacytoma myeloma, a cancer of the immune system, which he continues to fight with radiation and medication.

But he remains extremely positive.

"My life is fantastic," he said.

"I know a lot of people say because I've had cancer it's been a tough battle, but I like to think that your life is the sum of everyday added up and I think I've got the best number there is so I'm as happy as Larry."

* The Living Room Christmas Special airs on Network Ten on Friday, November 25, at 7.30pm

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