Bramstons winners after all

It has now been two months since Carole and Russell Bramston narrowly missed out on the top prize in House Rules but the Boya couple certainly haven't been wallowing in their defeat.

The Perth Hills pair made it to the final two on the Seven renovation show but it was Melbourne lovebirds Adam Dovile and Lisa Lamond who ultimately had their mortgage paid out.

While Russell went straight back to work in his administration job after the finale, it took Carole longer to work out what her next move would be.

But the grandmother has now taken up a job at Swan District Hospital and is putting her passion for design into use in her spare time by helping others revamp their homes.

"I think I went a bit flat after the show compared to Russell because he went straight back to work," Carole admitted to AAA.

"The next day he was gone and I was like 'I'm here, now what?' I went quiet for a little while because I needed time to collect myself and find a direction. Now I am out of it and every day I feel luckier and luckier."

After the show wrapped, Carole was surprised to find she was inundated with requests from the public to offer her design advice.

She is currently finding furniture for a woman who lost her home in the Hills fires and recently found a note in her son's letterbox from another viewer asking for help choosing wallpaper.

"I phoned her and asked if she wanted someone's name to do the wallpapering and she said 'Actually, would you and Russell come', and I said 'Of course'," Carole smiled. "We had a few glasses of red wine and had a really lovely time with these people."

Russell is also shocked how many local fans he and his wife have, saying they are regularly stopped on the street to chat about their experience.

"Even kids from four years old who watch the show, they get more hooked on it than the parents," he said.

"A few schools have asked us to come back and say hi afterwards because the kids just love it."

Carole added: "We were in their lounge room for three or four months entertaining them. We had that opportunity and it showed us who we really were so we don't mind chatting about it."

Having their house made over on the series still feels like a dream for the Bramstons, even though they didn't win.

"All these people go through these reality shows and when they get booted off they might get nothing," Russell explained.

"We spent six months of our lives (on House Rules) and we did really well out of this."

The West Australian

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