Collien Ulmen-Fernandes now shows how dream homes can come true.Photo: Warner Bros. Discovery / Jens Hartmann
Collien Ulmen-Fernandes is one of the most successful presenters in Germany. She began her career alongside modeling and as a member of Bravo TV’s Yam Yam. Since 2003 followed her for a long time work for Viva music channel. Meanwhile, she also acted in many films and Series played together. Her latest project is all about impressive conversion projects. On HGTVs Beste, the 41-year-old shares his top ten life dreams with various celebrities.
I Interview with Watson Collie reveals, that after eight years she is leaving Potsdam, she talks about her preferences in her new home and explains why she prefers housework.
Watson: You have a new show with HGTVs Beste and you show how dreams come true. Do you think there is still too much emphasis on the male gender?
Collien Ulmen-Fernandes: No, on the contrary. If you look at where these programs are being broadcast and who is watching them, you will find that very, very many are actually watching them Women that on I only know women who watch formats like Fixer Upper. I don’t know anyone who looks at it. I feel that the whole topic of “home improvement” including structural measures is of particular interest to women. In that regard, I absolutely see it as a female subject.
Why do you think this is?
I think we’ve fallen into the gender trap again. I noticed that whenever I had new life partners, my dad always gave them a toolbox.
What do you think about it?
I didn’t doubt it at all at the time. At some point I thought, “Wait, why do guys always get a toolbox and I never got one from my dad?” Later I met my mother-in-law who renovated old furniture. I really liked it myself and did it with her. I know a lot of women who want to repurpose old furniture and are interested in the whole “home styling” thing.
– But they didn’t teach me that because I’m a woman.
Only implementation was a process.
You’ve always been told that assembling and disassembling furniture is a man’s job. In fact, most women I know don’t want to ask a man, “Excuse me, could you put the shelf away for me?” They would like to do it themselves, but they haven’t learned how to do it. I feel like one of the many who would like to know how this or that works because I prefer to do things myself. But they didn’t teach me that because I’m a woman.
Was that the appeal of the format?
In fact, I have been buying properties for years, which I then prepare and rent out. I love thinking of all the creative things to try. Ever since I bought my first property, which is now 22 years ago, I have been very interested in creating beautiful homes.
Natascha Ochsenknecht also appears in one episode of the TV show.Bild: Warner Bros. Discovery
So you judge it yourself.
I think it’s so important that when there’s so much chaos in the world, you come home and feel good there. Filmmaking in particular is often quite stressful. There’s often quite a bit of cabin fever in the middle of filming. The worse the world gets, the more comfortable I have to be in my own home. Sometimes I travel a lot and live in a hotel room for four weeks. Even then I started to get organized. I brought decorative items, plants and picture frames with me to make it pretty.
“Now we’ve bought a new house and we’re just about to turn our backs on Potsdam.”
You live with your child and husband in Potsdam. What dream did you fulfill yourself?
We won’t be in Potsdam for long. We have now bought a new house and are just about to turn our backs on Potsdam. In this regard, the whole topic of “conversion and renovation” is very relevant to me at the moment.
Do you also live decadently with a pool and sauna?
It will be like that in the new house, yes.
What will be your highlight or your favorite room?
I try to divide a large room into several rooms with a glass partition. I want to try the industrial style in that area. I am also planning an open plan kitchen/living room….